Jan. 22, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team defeated visiting Plymouth State, 88-54, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center on Saturday.
Playing arguably their best first-half of the season, the Corsairs raced out to a 20-6 lead in just over six minutes and never looked back, thanks in part to a stingy defense, an opportunistic offense and great ball movement.
All five Corsairs starters scored during the run. Freshman forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton) led the charge with 10 points on four layups and a pair of free throws, junior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford/Bridgewater State) and freshman guard Megan Sheehan (Carver, MA/Carver) both nailed three pointers while senior guard Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable) and freshman guard Keneisha Debnam (Dorchester, MA/Minuteman Regional) both added jumpers.
"This was a total team effort," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We knew how important this game was and we executed the best we have all season on offense and defense."
UMass Dartmouth went into the break with a 46-27 lead over the Panthers already having three players reach double figures while holding Plymouth State to just nine made field goals on 27% shooting. The Corsairs also won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding the Panthers by a 31-16 margin including ten off the offensive glass that led to second chance points.
"Keeping Plymouth State off the boards was a big key to the game," said Van Voorhis. "We stressed rebounding and running the floor and both led to some easy baskets for us."
UMass Dartmouth never let up in the second half. The Corsairs defense continued to dominate holding Plymouth State to just eight made field goals, while the offense continued to fire on all cylinders due to a patient attack.
"We spread the ball around well and the story of the game was we found the open player," said Van Voorhis. "Steph did a great job of controlling the offense and we continued to stick with the game plan".
The Corsairs shot just over 50% from the field for the game and out-rebounded the Panthers 52-29, en route to three players notching double-doubles in both categories. Bornemann had a game-high 20 points and 12 rebounds, Debnam had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Ashmeade finished just three points shy of the 1,000 point plateau adding 18 points and 10 rebounds. Houtman joined her teammates with double digits in the scoring column, pouring in 19 points. The Panthers were led by senior forward Amanda Kania (Manchester, NH/West) who had 18 points and junior guard Alicia Doucet who chipped in with 14 points.
"Keneisha is a rebounding machine, especially on the offensive end, and that leads to a lot of put backs for her," said Van Voorhis. "Erika shot well from the floor and is becoming more and more poised while Tashauna just does it all. Knowing she was so close to 1,000, she still didn't force shots and kept her teammates involved."
The Corsairs improved to 5-12 and 2-5 in the Little East Conference with the win, while the Panthers fell to 7-9 and 1-6 in LEC play with the loss. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Rhode Island College in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday evening. PSU will visit Keene State on Tuesday.
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