Jan. 7, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team held visiting Wheelock to a single point in the first and went on to defeat the Wildcats, 65-17, in a non-conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Thursday evening.
The Corsairs held Wheelock off the scoreboard until sophomore guard Caitlin Kerr (Attleboro, MA/Bishop Feehan HS) made a free throw with 7:52 left in the first half. UMass Dartmouth scored the first 23 points of the game, all from the field, on nine lay-ups, a jumper and a three-pointer by freshman guard Nicole Marotta (Bridgewater, MA/Bridgewater/Raynham HS). Junior forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) made a free throw, and then UMD made five more field goals to go to the locker room at halftime with a 33-point advantage.
Sophomore forward Kayla Drescher (Wallingford, CT/Mark T. Sheehan HS) connected on a jump shot for Wheelock's first points from the field with 16:48 remaining. UMD outscored the Wildcats, 31-16, in the second half to account for the final margin.
"We were shaking off the rust after a long layoff, and we had double sessions earlier this week to get our conditioning back," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We focused on offensive execution, and working out some problems from the first semester, and this game gave us feedback, we saw some positive adjustments, and we were able to pay attention to detail. It was a good game to get everybody involved in, and a good overall team effort."
Marotta and freshman guard Shannon Singletary (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) led UMass Dartmouth with 14 points each, Ashmeade added 13, and freshman center Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) added 10. Junior guard Joy Holliday (Milford, MA/Milford HS) led Wheelock with six points. Ashmeade had 11 rebounds for UMD for a double double, while freshman guard Keneisha Milton (Boston, MA/Wayland HS) led the Wildcats with nine points as the Corsairs out rebounded Wheelock, 50-33. UMass Dartmouth blocked 11 shots, forced 23 turnovers while committing 11, and held Wheelock to 14 per cent from the field on seven of 50 shots while making 28 of 62 shots for 45.2 per cent.
The Corsairs improved to 5-6 with the victory, while the Wildcats fell to 0-7 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Southern Maine in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader on Saturday. Wheelock will host Mitchell Saturday.