Ronaghan Earns A Pair of Weekly Awards

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- University of Massachusetts Dartmouth freshman Megan Ronaghan (North Attleboro, Mass.) earned a pair of weekly awards this afternoon.  She was named the Little East Women's Basketball Rookie of the Week by the conference office, while also garnering New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) Rookie of the Week honors.  Senior Erika Bornemann (Canton, Mass.) represented UMass Dartmouth on the NEWBA weekly honor roll. 

University of Massachusetts Boston sophomore Olivia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) was selected as the Little East Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 1, while Connecticut College's senior Tara Gabelman (Irvington, N.Y.) was tabbed as the NEWBA Player of the Week.

Ronaghan averaged 20.5 points and 8 rebounds per game to lead UMass Dartmouth to a 1-1 mark this past week.  The freshman from North Attleboro, Mass. shot 70.8 percent (17-for-24) from the floor, while converting on 87.5 percent (7-for-8) from the foul line.  Ronaghan posted her first collegiate double-double against Salve Regina with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while also registering season-highs in assists (5) and blocks (4).  On Sunday, she scored 18 points, on 8-for-11 from the floor, and pulled in six boards as the Corsairs fell at Bridgewater State.

A starter in all six games, Ronaghan is first on UMD in field goal percentage (59.5), while ranking among the Corsair leaders in points per game (t-1st, 17.5) and rebounding (2nd, 6.3).  She has reached double figures in scoring in her past five contests.  Ronaghan scored a season-high 28 points, on 13-for-24 from the field, against Castleton State in the championship game of the 2013 Fairfield Inn & Suites tournament.  Ronaghan nearly posted a double-double against the Spartans with nine rebounds.  She is the only women's basketball player to earn a conference citation three weeks in a row. 

Bornemann became the seventh player in UMD women's basketball history to reach the 1,000-point club.  She attained the milestone against Salve Regina on Nov. 26, sinking a jumper from the top of the paint with 15 minutes, 17 seconds remaining in the second half. Bornemann finished the contest with a double-double, consisting of 23 points and 10 rebounds. She connected on three 3-pointers, while also redirecting four Seahawks attempts.

UMass Dartmouth (3-3) will return to action at 7:30 p.m., when the Corsairs travel to Brandeis University (2-3) for a non-conference contest.