NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Erika Bornemann (Canton, Mass.) recorded 21 points, six rebounds and a season-high eight blocks to lift the Corsairs to a 76-59 Little East Conference victory over visiting University of Massachusetts Boston this evening at the Tripp Athletic Center.
UMass Dartmouth (13-9) captured its second straight conference contest to improve to 6-5 in the league, while UMass Boston (12-10) slipped to 3-8.
Bornemann was 7-for-9 from the field, including 3-for-3 from behind the 3-point arc, to lead three Corsairs in double digits in scoring. Junior Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, Mass.) poured in 16 points and handed out five assists, while freshman Ashley Brown (Fairhaven, Mass.) filled up the box score with 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and four steals.
Sophomore Olivia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) led the Beacons scoring attack with 19 points; while junior Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) chipped in a dozen and Mallory Nelson (Topsham, Maine) added 10 points, respectively. Murphy and Morrison performed strong on the glass, reeling in eight and seven rebounds.
In the first half, the Corsairs shot a season-high 57.6 percent from the field and recorded their third highest point total of the season (45). Bornemann gave UMass Dartmouth a 12 point advantage (33-21) when she drained three of her 14 first half points with seven minutes, and 12 seconds remaining in the half. The Corsairs reached their highest lead in the first (17) when Garrity found sophomore Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) for a trifecta with just over two minutes left in the opening stanza. The visitors whittled down the deficit (45-31) just before the intermission when Murphy converted an old-fashioned three point play.
Half way through the second, the Beacons cut into the host team's lead (53-41) when Nelson converted a free throw attempt following an and-one scoring play, but the Corsairs proved to be too much for UMass Boston as UMass Dartmouth followed with a 19-10 run. At the 3:58 mark, UMass Dartmouth increased their lead to 21 (72-51) when freshman Brianna Hochwarter (Attleboro, Mass.) buried a jump shot for two of her eight total points.
The Corsairs shot a season-best 49.2 percent from the floor and dished out 19 assists in the contest. The Beacons converted 14 of their 20 attempts from the charity stripe.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, when the Corsairs travel to Little East rival Eastern Connecticut State University.