Jan. 5, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting Westfield State outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team, 17-5 in the final 6:16 of the first half, took a 36-21 halftime lead, and defeated the Corsairs, 79-50, in a non-conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Wednesday evening.
Junior guard Janae Jones (Springfield, MA/Minnechaug Regional HS) ignited the run with a pair of layups and sophomore guard Briana Kelly (Hampden, MA/Minnechaug Regional HS) added a free throw before UMD junior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State) stopped the run with a three-pointer. The Owls connected on four free throws before sophomore forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) connected on a layup for the Corsairs. Senior forward Ashley Finnegan (Worcester, MA/Holy Name HS) hit a pair of layups and junior guard Brittany Armstrong (Schenectady, NY/Mohonasen HS) added another for WSU before the half ended.
Moriarty and freshman forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) scored early in the second half as UMD cut the Owls' lead to 11, but they could get no close, and Westfield State steadily expanded their lead during the game's final 10 minutes.
Bornemann led UMass Dartmouth with 17 points, while senior forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) added 12. Senior center Cassy Jouannet (Conway, MA/Frontier Regional HS) of the Owls led all scorers with 22 points, while Finnegan added 13 and Jones contributed 11. Bornemann led UMD with nine rebounds, while Finnegan had 12 and Jouannet 10 for Westfield State, each recording a double double, as WSU outrebounded UMass Dartmouth, 45-37. The Owls made 52.6 per cent of their shots from the field to 27.5 per cent for the Corsairs.
"Westfield State shot the ball really well in both halves, and the difference in the game was their hot shooting, and our defensive lapses," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We didn't do a good job of handling their screens, and we didn't have an answer for their posts. It was our first game back after the break, and no one wants to lose like this, so we need to find a way fix this heading back into conference play on Saturday."
The Corsairs dropped to 3-8 with the defeat, while the Owls improved to 8-4 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Southern Maine in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader this Saturday. Westfield State will visit Bridgewater State Saturday.
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