Jan. 20, 2010
BOSTON, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team outscored host UMass Boston in the second half and defeated the Beacons, 69-29, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Clark Athletic Center Saturday.
The Corsairs, who led at halftime, 20-16, scored the first seven points of the second half and outscored UMass Boston, 29-4 in the first 10 minutes of the second half to take a 49-20 lead. Sophomore guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS//Bridgewater State) ignited the run, scoring the first six points of the second half. Junior guard Lynley DeAmato (Melrose, MA/Melrose HS) and Houtman capped the run, each hitting a lay-up and a three-pointer.
DeAmato led UMass Dartmouth with 22 points, Houtman added 14, and junior forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable) scored 11. Kate Levy led UMB with seven points. Senior forward Kaylin Nelson (New Bedford, MA/ Salve Regina) led UMass Dartmouth with 10 rebounds, while Caroline Ashe had six for the Beacons, who out rebounded UMD, 36-32, but committed 34 turnovers to the Corsairs' 12.
The win broke a 22-game losing streak in conference play for the Corsairs. It was their first LEC win since they defeated Rhode Island College, 77-62, at the Tripp Athletic Center February 12, 2008.
"We played with a lot of energy, and, defensively, we were able to get a lot of steals and turn them into some easy buckets," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We came out cold in the first half, and we missed some lay-ups and some easy shots. We got off to a real quick start in the second half, and we just pulled away."
The Corsairs improved to 6-10 and 1-5 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Beacons dropped to 4-11 and 0-6 in LEC play with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Plymouth State in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday.