Jan. 12, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team lost to visiting Eastern Connecticut State, 91-72, in a Little East Conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
The Corsairs ran into a red-hot ECSU team. The Warriors exploded out of the gate with a 17-2 run to open the game led by junior forward Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville, CT/Plainville HS), who sandwiched a three-pointer between two jump shots, and junior guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven, CT/Eastern Haven HS) who went 4 for 4 from the free throw line and canned a three from the wing. UMD would cut the lead to 19-8, as sophomore guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater St) scored her first points as a Corsair on a pair of lay ups. That would be as close as UMD would get as the Warriors would extend their lead to 25 points in the first half before the Corsairs closed on a 10-1 run to cut the deficit to 42-26 at the break.
"They came out blazing," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We ran into a hard, physical, hot shooting East Conn squad. We had no choice but to apply the full court pressure early and try to force them into mistakes"
The Warriors came out hitting on all cylinders in the second half as well and opened up their largest lead of the contest, 72-40, on a Pierlioni lay up with just under 11 minutes to play. UMD still showed plenty of fight as freshman guard Nicole Marotta (Bridgewater, MA/B-R) buried a three, junior forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable) scored in the paint and then hit a three of her own from the baseline and freshman Shannon Singletary (Brockton, MA/Brockton) scored a lay up off a steal to make it 74-50 but ECSU got three consecutive lay ups, two by freshman forward Lauren Kelleher (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) and another from sophomore guard Nicole Cote(Ashford, CT/Smith HS) to push the lead back to 80-50 and never looked back on their way to victory.
"I was pleased with our effort, there was no quit," said Van Voorhis. "We put some points on the board against a strong defense that had been holding teams down. They just got too many open looks both inside and outside that they knocked down."
For the game, the Warriors shot 56% from the field including 64% in the second half. UMD shot the ball well also connecting on 44% of their field goals including 53% in the second half. ECSU won the battle inside as they outrebounded the Corsairs 43-29 including 14-9 offensively.
The Warriors had five players reach double figures. Junior guard Brittany Whiteley (Windsor Locks, CT/Windsor Locks HS) had a game-high 20 points, freshman forward Tanisha Carter (East Hartford, CT/East Catholic HS) contributed 17 points on 8-8 shooting and Pierlioni, Kelleher and freshman guard Samantha Riccio chipped in with 12 apiece. The Corsairs were led by Singletary who scored 13 points. Ashmeade and Houtman joined her in double figures with 12 and 11 respectively.
The Corsairs dropped to 5-7 and 0-3 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Warriors improved to 9-3 and 3-0 in LEC play with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Roger Williams Thursday evening. ECSU will host Southern Maine Saturday.