February 15, 2014

Castantini Helps Corsairs Complete Sweep Of Warriors

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth sophomore Beth Castantini (Newburyport, Mass.) scored a season-high 15 points to lead the Corsairs to a hard-fought 54-41 Little East Conference women's basketball victory over homestanding Eastern Connecticut State University this afternoon at the Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

UMass Dartmouth (14-9) captured its third consecutive conference contest to raise its record to 7-5, one game behind second place Eastern Connecticut and Southern Maine. The Corsairs snapped the Warriors (16-7) four-game winning streak to remain in a fourth place tie with Western Connecticut.

Castantini connected on 5-for-13 from the field, while converting on each of her four foul shots to lead three UMass Dartmouth student-athletes in double digits in scoring. Senior Erika Bornemann (Canton, Mass.) scored 14 points and pulled in seven rebounds, while junior Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, Mass.) registered 10 points and hauled in eight boards. Classmate Erin Fahey (Salem, Mass.) collected 10 rebounds to help the Corsairs hold a 47-42 edge on the glass.

The visitors closed the contest on an 18-6 run to break a 35-all tie with seven and a half minutes remaining in regulation. Castantini sparked the surge by sandwiching a pair of foul shots and a 3-pointer between a Bornemann lay-up to give the Corsairs a 41-35 advantage.

Eastern Connecticut trimmed its deficit to four points (45-41), but UMass Dartmouth would hold the hosts scoreless for the final three minutes and 24 seconds. Freshman Ashley Brown (Fairhaven, Mass.) sank a triple, while Bornemann added a lay-up. The Corsairs sealed the contest from the foul line as Brown and Garrity each went 2-for-2 from the stripe.

Freshman Jordyn Nappi (Southington, Conn.) led the Warriors with 13 points, on 6-for-19 from the floor. Classmate Jill Ritrosky (Pittsfield, Mass.) collected 10 rebounds and netted six points, while junior Taylor McBride (Willimantic, Conn.) handed out five assists. UMass Dartmouth held the Eastern bench to just seven points.

The Corsairs shot 33.3 percent (21-for-63) from the field, while limiting the Warriors to 25.8 percent (16-for-62) from the floor. The visitors made all 10 of their free throw attempts and committed only 11 turnovers.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, when the Corsairs host Little East frontrunner Rhode Island College (16-7, 10-2). Prior to the start of the conference contest, UMass Dartmouth will honor its two seniors in Erika Bornemann and Cassie Liston (Stoneham, Mass.).