Jan. 11, 2011
WILLIMANTIC, CT-Host Eastern Connecticut State used a 20-9 run late in the second half and pulled away for a 69-51 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Geissler Gymnasium Tuesday evening.
The Corsairs had closed to within seven points via a 6-0 run, getting a pair of jump shots from junior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State) and a layup from freshman guard Keneisha Debnam (Dorchester, MA/Minuteman Regional HS) to make it 47-40 with 10:03 remaining. Tanisha Carter hit a pair of jump shots to ignite the decisive run for the Warriors, who stretched their advantage to 69-49 with 1:53 to play.
A layup by Debnam and a three-pointer by freshman forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) staked the Corsairs to an early 8-7 lead. The Warriors retaliated with a 21-9 run that gave them a 28-16 lead with 3:13 left in the first half. The Corsairs then scored five of the final seven points of the first half, getting a three-pointer and a jump shot from Houtman to make it 30-21, ECSU, at the intermission.
"It was a great effort by everybody, and I'm very proud of the team," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We were very competitive, but we ran out of steam towards the end. The final spread is not an indication of how well we played. We worked hard, we played smart, and we competed, and those are things that we need to do before we win games. We were down nine at the half because of mistakes and missed shots, but when we come out ready to work, we can compete, and it all goes hand in hand."
Senior forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) led the Corsairs with 13 points, while Houtman added 12. Piper Chapman of the Warriors led all scorers with 17 points; Jessica Moriarty added 15, Carter had 14 and Jessica Blodgett scored 11. Debnam was the game's leading rebounder with 13. Moriarty had 11 for ECSU, which out rebounded the Corsairs, 44-30. The Warriors made 47.5 per cent of their shots from the field and held UMD to 30.6 per cent.
The Corsairs dropped to 3-10 and 0-4 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Warriors improved to 10-3 and 4-0 in LEC play with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Roger Williams in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday evening. Eastern Connecticut will visit Southern Maine Saturday.
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