December 10, 2013

Corsairs Cruise Past Wildcats, 91-50

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's basketball team closed out the first semester in style, cruising past visiting Johnson & Wales (R.I.) 91-50 this evening in a non-conference contest at the Tripp Athletic Center.

The Corsairs captured their third consecutive game to raise their overall record to 6-3, while the Wildcats slipped to 1-6.

UMass Dartmouth matched its largest offensive output of the season—tying its 91-point performance against Elms College—as all 14 Corsairs cracked the scoring column. Sophomore Beth Castantini (Newburyport, Mass.) led four student-athletes in double figures with 14 points, while senior Erika Bornemann (Canton, Mass.) and freshman Megan Ronaghan (North Attleboro, Mass.) each produced 12 points. Junior Megan Keohane (Mansfield, Mass.) netted 11 points, while senior Cassie Liston (Stoneham, Mass.) pulled in a game-high seven boards. Classmate Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, Mass.) piloted the offensive with a team-high four helpers.

Johnson & Wales netted the first point of regulation, but Bornemann gave the hosts a lead they would not relinquish with a 3-pointer. Freshman Brianna Hochwarter (Attleboro, Mass.) sank a pair of triples to provide UMass Dartmouth with a little breathing room, 15-10, with 12:43 left in the half. Hochwarter's field goal ignited a 16-6 run. Ronaghan fueled the surge with six points, while freshman Ashley Brown (Fairhaven, Mass.) chipped in with five points.

The Corsairs continued to apply the offensive pressure, ballooning their advantage to 22 points with an 8-0 run. Castantini capped the surge with five unanswered points to give the hosts a 41-19 lead. The Wildcats were able to trim their deficit to 20 points (45-25), but UMD scored the final eight points of the stanza to take a 53-25 lead into the locker room.

UMass Dartmouth continued to pull away from its visitors during the second half. Castantini converted a traditional 3-point play to give the hosts a 68-38 advantage with 13 minutes, 19 seconds remaining in regulation. The Corsairs maintained at least a 30-point lead for the remainder of the contest.

Sophomore Savannah Kresge (Ellington, Conn.) paced Johnson & Wales with 13 points, including 3-for-3 from behind the 3-point arc, while junior D'Ana Rolle (Gardner, Mass.) chipped in with 11 points. Senior Jenna Juron (Burnt Hill, N.Y.) handed out a team-best four assists.

The Corsairs shot 47.9 percent (34-for-71) from the field, while limiting JWU to just 27.3 percent (11-for-55). UMD also won the rebounding battle (50-36), while forcing 19 Wildcat turnovers.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 7 p.m. on January 7, when the Corsairs host Mount Ida College in a non-conference contest.