November 23, 2013

Garrity Leads Corsairs To Comeback Win Over Lady Vikings

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass.—Junior guard Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, Mass.) scored a team-high 15 points, including the game-winning jumper with 52 seconds remaining in regulation, to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to a 71-68 victory over visiting Salem State University this afternoon in a non-conference women's basketball game at the Tripp Athletic Center.

Garrity led a well-balanced Corsair (2-2) attack with 15 points and a game-high seven assists as four student-athletes reached double figures in scoring.  Senior Erika Bornemann (Canton, Mass.) posted a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, while freshman Megan Ronaghan (North Attleboro, Mass.) and sophomore Samantha Mangano (Winchester, Mass.) chipped in with 14 and 11 points, respectively. 

Junior guard Rachael Carter (Merrimack, N.H.) paced the Lady Vikings (2-3) with a double-double of 19 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.  She also handed out five assists. Senior Ginny Fleming (Peabody, Mass.) led all scorers with 23 points, while classmate Ashley White (Salem, Mass.) was one point behind Fleming.  The trio accounted for 94.2 percent of the visitors offensive output.

In a nip and tuck first 20 minutes of action, neither team could create any distance between themselves.  The first frame featured three lead changes, while the score was tied five times.  UMD sank a pair of free throws just over two minutes remaining before the intermission to match its largest lead of the afternoon, 34-28.  Salem State closed the half with an 8-0 run to take a 36-34 advantage into the locker room.  Carter keyed the surge with five straight points, while Fleming put the visitors on top with a pair of makes from the charity stripe.

Salem State continued its momentum into the second stanza as the Lady Vikings raced out to a 49-37 lead thanks to a 13-3 run.  White fueled the run with a pair of 3-pointers, while Carter and Fleming each added four points.  The hosts tried to stem the tide with a pair of free throws, but White connected from long range to give the visitors their largest lead of the afternoon at 52-39 with 13 minutes left on the clock.

UMass Dartmouth responded with a 12-2 surge of its own to whittle the deficit to three points, 54-51.  The Corsairs began to find their stroke from beyond the arc, converting on 3-for-4 attempts capped by a Garrity trifecta.  The visitors reeled off four quick points to extend the lead to 58-51, but UMass Dartmouth came charging back.  Freshman Ashley Brown (Fairhaven, Mass.) hit the front end of a pair of free throws and knocked down a clutch 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 61-58 with five minutes to go in regulation.  Garrity trimmed the lead to one with two free throws, while Mangano gave the hosts their first lead of the half with a jumper.  The lead exchanged hands four times before Garrity knocked down a jumper with 52 seconds left.  The Lady Vikings tried to answer, but were only able to hit one of their two attempts from the line.  Mangano sealed the win from the charity stripe with two free throws to provide the Corsairs with the margin of victory.    

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, when the Corsairs host Salve Regina University.