Jan. 13, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team lost to visiting Roger Williams, 60-59, in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Thursday evening.
The Corsairs turned a four-point deficit into a four point lead at 57-53 with just a tick over two minutes left in the game on a layup by freshman guard Megan Sheehan (Carver, MA/Carver) and back to back three pointers from the wing by junior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford/Bridgewater State) and Sheehan. Corsair freshman forward Mykaliah Best (Cambridge, MA/Cambridge Rindge & Latin) would answer a Hawks jumper by sophomore guard Elizabeth Kilzi (Waverly, PA/Abington Heights) with a pair of free throws to keep the lead at 59-55 with 1:19 to play. A layup by Hawks sophomore forward Alexandria Lanieri (Port Jefferson, NY/Port Jefferson) cut the lead to two and Kilzi would give the Hawks the lead for good with twelve seconds to play on an old-fashioned three point play as she was fouled making a lay-up. Houtman had a chance to win it for the Corsairs but her well-contested jumper came up short as time expired.
"From beginning to end, our offense wasn't crisp and we missed a lot of easy buckets," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We played great defense and forced them into a lot of turnovers, but we had to rely on Stephanie too much."
Houtman, who played all but two minutes, led the Corsairs with a game-high 31 points on 11 of 25 shooting including 5 of 8 from beyond the arc. However, the rest of the Corsairs shot a combined 9 of 46.
"Steph is the type of kid who gives you everything she has," said Van Voorhis. "I've never been more pleased with a player. She's done everything asked of her, been supportive of the team and acted like an extension of the coaching staff."
Joining Houtman in double figures was Sheehan with 10 points. Freshman forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) led the way on the boards for the Corsairs with a game-high 12 rebounds. Roger Williams had three players in double figures with Kilzi pouring in 20 points, Lanieri adding 14 and freshman guard Kaitlyn Bovee (Berlin, CT/Berlin) chipping in with a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The Corsairs were out-rebounded by the Hawks, 53-38 but a tenacious defense forced Roger Williams into 22 turnovers compared to just 8 for UMD.
The Corsairs fell to 3-11 with the loss, while the Hawks improved to 8-3 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Keene State in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday. Roger Williams will visit Wentworth Saturday.
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