Jan. 27, 2011
SALEM, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team used a 21-5 run early in the second half to take the lead for good and went on to defeat host Salem State, 71-59, in a non-conference game at the James Twohig Gymnasium Thursday evening.
Junior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford/Bridgewater State) began the run with a jumper, cutting the Vikings' lead to 39-33 with 17:54 remaining. Senior forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) followed with a jump shot, Houtman added a free throw, and sophomore guard Shannon Singletary (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) hit a jumper to make it 41-38. A jumper by Ashmeade and a free throw by freshman forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) tied the score at 41-41 with 14:22 to play, and Bornemann's jumper 43 seconds later gave the Corsairs the lead for good. Ashmeade's three-pointer and a basket by Singletary capped the run, giving Mass Dartmouth a 52-44 advantage with 9:58 remaining.
"We didn't execute well the in the second part of the first half, and we were down by three at halftime," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "After the first few minutes of the second half, we played a lot better. Our defense, especially against their three-pointers, was improved, and we shot the ball better as well."
Ashmeade, who became the fifth UMD women's basketball player to go over the 1,000 point mark for her career, made 14 of 22 shots from the field and led all scorers with 30 points. She now has 1,038 points for her career. Bornemann had 15 points and 12 rebounds for a double double, Houtman and Singletary each scored 10 points, and freshman guard Keneisha Debnam (Dorchester, MA/Minuteman Regional HS) grabbed 15 rebounds. Madeleine Park had 25 points for the Vikings, while Kristen Federico added 10. Federico also had nine rebounds as each team grabbed 46 boards. The Corsairs made 48.4 per cent of their shots from the field in the second half and held SSU to 27.6 per cent.
"A lot of players contributed," said Van Voorhis. "Shannon was big off the bench. It was a good road win. We hadn't won on the road since the first semester, and we're going to have to win on the road in conference play, so, hopefully, this will be a good confidence builder for us."
The Corsairs improved to 6-13 with the victory, while the Vikings dropped to 3-12 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Western Connecticut State in the second half of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday. SSU will visit Emmanuel Saturday.
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