February 26, 2013

Moriarty, Bornemann Earn LEC Women's Basketball Honors

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - Two members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's basketball team have received post-season honors from the Little East Conference.

Senior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) was named first team All-Conference, and was also named Player of the Year, while junior forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) earned second team All-Conference honors. Moriarty's honor marked the first time a UMass Dartmouth player has ever been named LEC Player of the Year.

Moriarty led the LEC in scoring (19 points per game) and blocked shots (2 per game), while ranking third in field goal percentage (49.4 percent) and sixth in rebounds (8.3 per game). Moriarty started every game, scored in double figures on 26 occasions, and scored 20 or more points 12 times. Her career high of 35 points against Plymouth State January 26th allowed her to become the sixth Corsair to pass the 1,000 points mark, and she finished her UMD career with 1,174 points.

Bornemann ranked second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.4 points per game (eighth in the LEC), and her 9.0 rebounds per game led the Corsairs and ranked third in the conference. She was 10th in the LEC in field goal percentage (42 percent), and ranked third in blocked shots (1.8 per game). She was fifth in three-point field goals (1.7 per game) and fourth in there-point field goal percentage (34.6 percent).

"Colleen Moriarty established herself as one of the all-time great players in our program," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "Our record-setting season directly correlates with her contributions on the court and her leadership behind the scenes. No player to date has left a mark in so many statistical categories. Our opponents double and triple-teamed Colleen every game, which speaks to her impact and the respect shown for her skills. She had a stellar season and earning LEC Player of the Year caps off her outstanding career."

"Erika Bornemann impacted each game this season with her rebounding ability and outside shooting," Van Voorhis continued. "She is a player who forced teams to prepare for her, and she got many shots by virtue of her counterpart Colleen being double-teamed. Her release became quicker and she made clutch threes when we needed to score. At her size, and with her shooting ability, she had to adjust to spending more time on the perimeter. She became stronger with the ball and cut harder in the offense to get open. I think the experience she had this season sets her up nicely to have a standout senior campaign next year."

Moriarty and Bornemann helped lead the Corsairs to their most successful season ever, as they won a school-record totals of 20 games and eight conference games, and advanced to the LEC championship game for the first time, finishing with a 20-8 record.

 
 

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