Bornemann Records 1,000th Career Point In Corsairs' Win
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Senior Erika Bornemann (Canton, Mass.) scored 23 points to become the seventh women's basketball player in University of Massachusetts Dartmouth history to eclipse the 1,000 career point barrier to lead the Corsairs to an 81-75 victory over visiting Salve Regina University in a non-conference contest this evening at the Tripp Athletic Center.
Bornemann connected on a jumper from the top of the key with 15 minutes, 17 seconds remaining in the second half to reach the milestone. She came into the contest 18 points shy of the century mark, but quickly closed the gap with an 11-point first half. Bornemann joined another Canton, Mass. native as former UMD standout Colleen Moriarty '13 was the last Corsair to net 1,000 points, accomplishing the feat against Little East rival Plymouth State on January 26, 2013.
Bornemann produced her third straight double-double to lead three UMass Dartmouth (3-2) student-athletes in double figures in the scoring column, registering 23 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Megan Ronaghan (North Attleboro, Mass.) matched Bornemann's production with an identical stat line. Junior Kelsey Garrity (Somerset, Mass.) scored 12 points, including 8-for-9 from the charity stripe, while handing out five assists.
Sophomore Meaghan Harden (Sandwich, Mass.) paced the Seahawks (2-2) with a team-best 21 points. Senior Marissa Pendergast (Medfield, Mass.) nearly posted a double-double with 17 points and nine boards, while junior Brianna Del Valle (Belchertown, Mass.) contributed 17 points.
Bornemann's milestone was a pivotal point in this evenings contest as the Corsairs built a 52-38 lead. Salve Regina responded with a 30-11 run over the next 10 minutes to take its first advantage of the game. Pendergast and Harden fueled the surge with 11 and nine points, respectively, while freshman Kelsey Kennedy (Medford, N.J.) capped the run with a 3-pointer to give the visitors a 68-63 lead with 5:32 left on the clock.
The hosts used a balanced attack to counter with a quick 7-2 surge to knot the contest at 70-all with two minutes, 38 seconds remaining in regulation. Bornemann stemmed the tide with a triple from long range, while sophomore Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) knocked down a jumper on the ensuing possession. Ronaghan capped the spurt with one of her nine field goals.
UMD continued to apply the pressure as Garrity converted on a layup and drew a foul to give the Corsairs their final lead of the evening. Ronaghan secured the offensive rebound off Garrity's miss and hit a bunny to provide UMD with a four-point possession. Ronaghan and Garrity sealed the Corsairs' second straight victory from the foul line, connecting on six consecutive attempts to build the advantage back up to nine, 80-71, with 42 seconds left in regulation.
UMass Dartmouth shot 46 percent (29-for-63) from the field, while limiting Salve Regina to 38.5 percent (25-for-65). The Corsairs also won the rebounding battle, 42-39, and caused 24 Seahawk turnovers.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, when the Corsairs travel to Bridgewater State for a non-conference contest.