Women's Basketball Falls at UMass Boston, 58-41

Women's Basketball Falls at UMass Boston, 58-41
BOSTON, MA-Host UMass Boston outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team in the second half, 40-26, and defeated the Corsairs, 58-41, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Clark Athletic Center Tuesday evening.

The Beacons used a 16-5 run at the start of the second half to take a 34-20 lead with 13:55 remaining. Caroline Ashe hit three three-pointers for UMass Boston, which scored 11 of the first 13 points of the second half.

The Corsairs rallied in the first half, and overcame an early 10-point deficit to go into the halftime break down by three points. Consecutive baskets by junior forward Kaylin Nelson (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Salve Regina), sophomore guard Kelly Whooley (Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) and senior guard Madison Malloy (Cranston, RI/Bay View Academy) cut the deficit to four points. UMB grabbed a 16-6 lead midway through the first half, but UMass Dartmouth outscored the Beacons, 9-2 in the final 9:38 to go into halftime trailing by 18-15. Nelson and sophomore forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) each hit a pair of shots during that run.

Nelson led the Corsairs with 15 points, while senior forward Vicki Andruszkiewicz (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS) added 11. Laniece Langford of UMass Boston led all scorers with 16 points, while Ashe contributed 14.

Ashmeade grabbed eight rebounds for the Corsairs. Sharmayne Sturgis had seven rebounds for the Beacons, who out rebounded UMD, 47-30, and shot 58.3 per cent from the field in the second half and 44.9 per cent overall to 28.6 per cent for UMass Dartmouth.

"We were only down by three at halftime, but Caroline Ashe had the hot hand in the second half," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We didn't cover her well, all of her shots from the corner and we didn't rotate the way we should have. We didn't have many quality possessions on offensem but we were still in the game for quite some time. They got hot in the second half, and we just stayed on our pace, and it just got away from us."

UMass Dartmouth fell to 3-15 and 0-8 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while UMass Boston improved to 3-15 and 1-7 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Southern Maine in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday.