Corsairs Dodge Rams' Comeback Bid

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth freshman Megan Ronaghan (North Attleboro, Mass.) poured in a game-high 21 points, while senior Erika Bornemann (Canton, Mass.) collected a season-high 18 rebounds as the Corsairs were able to hold off charging Framingham State University, 51-48, this evening in a non-conference women's basketball game.

UMass Dartmouth (10-6) held an 11-point lead with 54 seconds remaining in regulation, but the visitors created a turnover on the final possession to escape the Rams' comeback bid. Carlee Putnam converted on a traditional 3-point play to spark the rally, while Kristen Hoffman sank a layup to trim the hosts' deficit to six points, 51-45, with 29 ticks left on the clock. The Corsairs were whistled for an offensive foul to turn the ball over with no time elapsing off the clock. Putnam made the turnover prove costly as she connected on a triple from behind the 3-point arc to trim the contest to one possession. UMass Dartmouth was unable to widen their advantage from the foul line, which set Framingham State up with a chance to tie the game. Kayla Murkison's attempt to send the contest into overtime was off the mark, but Margo McCarthy gathered the offensive rebound. Sophomore Beth Castantini (Newburyport, Mass.) was credited with her second steal of the game to thwart the Rams rally.

Leading 12-9, the Corsairs used 3-pointers from freshman Ashley Brown (Fairhaven, Mass.) and sophomore Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) and a Ronaghan layup to spearhead a 8-0 run that helped UMass Dartmouth take a 29-18 lead into the locker room at the break.

The Corsairs continued to maintain a double-digit lead for the opening nine minutes, 15 seconds of the second stanza.  Ronaghan tossed in six consecutive points to balloon UMass Dartmouth's lead to a game-high 16 points (42-26). The Rams were able to whittle their deficit to seven points (46-39) with just over five minutes remaining in the ballgame.  The Corsairs kept their hosts at-bay, until Framingham State unleashed a furious comeback over the final 54 seconds.

Ronaghan eclipsed the 20-point barrier for the fourth time this season, connecting on 10-for-16 from the field. Bornemann reached double digits in rebounds for the fifth time on the campaign, surpassing her previous high-water mark by two. Junior Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, Mass.) recorded seven points, eight boards, and three assists.

Putman was the lone Ram to reach double figures in the scoring column with 11 points. Nicole Bostic scored eight points, while Alycia Rackliffe hauled in 10 rebounds for the hosts.

UMass Dartmouth shot 34.4 percent (22-for-64) from the field, while limiting Framingham State to just 28.6 percent (20-for-70). The visitors also held a comfortable 55-38 edge on the boards.

The Corsairs will return to Little East Conference action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, when UMass Dartmouth hosts Plymouth State University (2-12, 1-5).