November 19, 2013

Balanced Worcester State Attack Downs Corsairs

WORCESTER, Mass. --- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's basketball team dropped a close one to Worcester State in a non-conference affair on Tuesday evening at Clark University's Kneller Athletic Center, 75-70.       

The Lancers (2-1) were paced by senior Meaghan Burns (W. Brookfield, Mass.), who notched a team-best 20 points and snagged seven rebounds, while junior Shannen El-Qasem (Rutland, Mass.) added 16 points on 7-14 shooting and grabbed eight boards. Sophomore Julie Frankian (Millbury, Mass.) finished with 13 points to go along with seven caroms and classmate Cheyenne Jennings (Worcester, Mass.) contributed 13 points and six assists.

Senior Erika Bornemann (Canton, Mass.) had a monster game for the UMass Dartmouth (1-2) with game-high's of 24 points and 17 rebounds. Freshman Megan Ronaghan (N. Attleboro, Mass.) connected on 8-13 field goals to finish with 18 points and sophomore Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) had a great all-around game with nine points, six boards and five helpers.

Midway through the opening stanza, the host team built their largest lead of the half off a 9-3 spurt to open up a 33-25 advantage with 6:30 on the clock. The run was sparked by field goals from seniors Emily Barrett (Dracut, Mass.) and Michel'le St. Pierre (Seekonk, Mass.), as well as a trifecta from Jennings.

The Corsairs countered with a 16-5 run to close out the frame, 13 of the points coming from Bornemann. During the run, the senior forward sank 5-8 from the field, including a trey at the top of the arc with 46 seconds remaining to help the visitors take the 41-38 edge at the break.

After four ties and a trio of lead changes, Ronaghan canned a pair of free throws to equalize the contest at 56 with 6:35 remaining.

UMass Dartmouth peaked at 64-58 on the back of a Ashley Brown (Fairhaven, Mass.) three-pointer before the Lancers responded by utilizing a 9-3 run to go up 67-66 with 2:36 remaining in regulation.

Worcester State scored on buckets in the paint from Burns and El-Qasem, followed by a Keisha Jones (Worcester, Mass.) three pointer to finish off the rally.

Down the stretch, the Lancers got the job done at the line going 6-for-6 at the charity stripe to seal up the victory.

For the game, Worcester State hit 13-14 tries from the charity stripe and had the advantage in points in the paint (28-20), second chance points (14-13) and total rebounds (46-41).

The Corsairs return to play on Saturday, November 23 when they host non-conference opponent Salem State at 1 p.m.