NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's basketball team handed Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis her 200th career coaching victory this afternoon in a lopsided 91-43 win over visiting Elms College in the opening round of the Fairfield Inn & Suites Classic at the Tripp Athletic Center.
In her sixth season at UMass Dartmouth, Van Voorhis has made great strides with the program. Last season, she coached the Corsairs to their highest single-season win total (20) and earned their first appearance in the Little East Championship Game. Prior to joining UMD, Van Voorhis served as the Head Coach of Salve Regina University, compiling a record of 143-51. In her seven seasons with the Seahawks, she directed Salve Regina to four Commonwealth Coast Conference Championships and advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament on each occasion. Van Voorhis' overall career coaching record currently stands at 200-127.
UMass Dartmouth (1-0) displayed a well balanced offensive attack as four players recorded double-digits in scoring. Senior Erika Bornemann (Canton, Mass.) led all scorers with 18 points, on 8-for-16 shooting, while also producing six rebounds and two steals. Junior Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, Mass.) piloted the offense with 17 points and four assists, while sophomore Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) scored 13 points and handed out five assists. Beth Castantini (Newburyport, Mass.) also turned in a solid performance with 10 points and six bounds.
The pestering defense of the Corsairs produced 21 turnovers with Kane and Garrity earning three steals each.
Elms College (0-1) junior Denisha Parks (Fall River, Mass.) led the Blazers in scoring with 12 points in 26 minutes of action. Classmate Gianna Youngblood (East Freetown, Mass.) added nine points and a team-high six rebounds.
The Corsairs built up 47-23 halftime lead and did not look back. Bonnerman knocked down two of her 18 points off an assist from Garrity with just over 11 minutes remaining in regulation to increase the score to 72-36.
In the second half, UMass Dartmouth scored 44 points, three shy of their first half total, while holding the Blazers to only 20.
The Corsairs will host Castleton State (1-0) tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the Championship Game of the Fairfield Inn & Suites Classic. Elms College will play Framingham State in the consolation game, beginning at noon.