Jan. 15, 2011
KEENE, NH-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team lost to host Keene State, 83-68, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at Spaulding Gym Saturday .
Senior guard Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) led the Corsairs offensively with a team-high 20 points on 9-of-19 shooting with 11 rebounds. Freshman center Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) achieved another double-double with a game-high 12 rebounds and 14 points while junior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State) also registered 14 points and five assists in the loss. UMD shot 42.4% (28-of-66) from the floor, including 27.3% (6-of-22) from three-point range.
Keene State junior forward Courtney Cirillo (Windsor Locks, CT/Windsor Locks HS) scored a game-high 33 points, connecting on 14-of-23 attempts, with nine rebounds and five assists. Junior guard Sara Laudano (North Haven, CT/North Haven HS) added 17 points and five assists and junior guard Meghan Farrell (Chester, VT/Green Mountain HS) chipped in with six points and nine rebounds. The Owls shot 41.9% (31-of-74) from the field and 50% (9-of-18) from behind the three-point arc.
Tied 4-4 with 16:49 left to play in the first half, the Owls orchestrated a 17-5 run, fueled by eight points from Cirillo, over the next six minutes. A three-pointer by freshman guard Megan Sheehan (Carver, MA/Carver HS) pulled the Corsairs within nine points, but after that they faced a double-digit deficit the remainder of the half. UMD outscored Keene State 11-5 to close the first half, making the score 45-30.
The Owls opened the second half with consecutive buckets to push their lead to 50-30 with 18:46 to play. The Corsairs executed a 21-6 run over the next nine minutes, featuring seven points from Ashmeade and six from Houtman and Sheehan. With 6:44 on the clock, Houtman connected on a jumper to cut the Owl lead to only two points. A 10-0 run from the Owls created separation from the teams that UMD wasn't able to overcome, eventually falling 83-68.
"We got nice contributions from Tashauna and Erika. We shot 63 per cent in the second half which is exceptional, but we weren't able to make enough plays defensively and we got hurt on the boards," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis.
Both squads grabbed 43 rebounds during the contest, but a tenacious defense forced Keene State into 9 turnovers compared to just 1 for UMD.
"Being down was a real challenge, and as we grow as a team there will be times when that effort does not go for naught." continued Van Voorhis. "We'll keep plugging away, and we're looking forward to getting home to host UMass-Boston and Plymouth State next week."
The Corsairs fell to 3-12 and 0-5 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Owls improved to 6-8 and 1-4 in LEC play with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host UMass Boston in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday evening. Keene State will host Eastern Connecticut State Tuesday.
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