Jan. 26, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team used a 16-2 run midway through the first half to take a commanding 32-17 lead, then outscored visiting Pine Manor in the second half 39-22 and defeated the Gators, 79-40, in a non-conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Thursday evening.
The Corsairs broke from a 14-13 lead, getting a pair of layups from sophomore forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) and a pair from junior forward Kaylin Nelson (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Salve Regina) to ignite their run, which ended with a layup by freshman guard Rayven Tillman (Plymouth, MA/Sturgis Charter HS) that put UMass Dartmouth ahead, 32-17, with 5:08 remaining in the first half.
A 17-4 run at the outset of the second half put the Corsairs ahead, 57-22, with 14:05 to play, and they maintained their lead for the remainder of the game.
Senior forward Vicki Andruszkiewicz (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS) led all scorers with 25 points, making 10 of 20 shots from the field and five of nine from three-point range. Ashmeade had a double double with 18 points and 19 rebounds, Nelson added 13 points, while Tillman contributed 11. Michelle Campbell, Amanda Dennis and Enjolee Phillips each scored 11 points for Pine Manor. The Corsairs out rebounded the Gators, 50-29, and made 47 per cent of their shots from the field to 27.5 per cent for Pine Manor. Andruszkiewicz had seven steals as UMD forced 19 turnovers while committing 14.
"I was very pleased with the way we shared the ball tonight," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We wanted to attack their zone and not settle for outside shots, and we got strong interior passing which led to us getting the ball inside. We shot the ball consistently, with Vicki leading the way, shooting 50 per cent from the floor. Tashauna was a bear inside. She had a big-time double double."
UMass Dartmouth improved to 3-11 with the defeat, which broke a 10-game losing streak, while Pine Manor dropped to 2-11 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Plymouth State in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon. The Gators will visit Norwich Monday evening.