Jan. 29, 2011
DANBURY, CT -The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team fell to host Western Connecticut State, 67-40, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at Feldman Arena Saturday.
Junior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State) was the leading scorer for UMD with a team-high 15 points, five rebounds and a game-high five steals. Sophomore guard Shannon Singletary (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) scored nine points with three steals while freshman guard Keneisha Debnam (Dorchester, MA/Minuteman Regional HS) grabbed a game-high seven rebounds. UMass Dartmouth shot 24.1% (14-of-58) from the floor, including 21.4% (3-of-14) from behind the three-point line.
The Colonials were led offensively by senior center Melissa Teel (Hamden, CT/Hamden HS) and senior guard Karli Spera (Waterford, CT/Waterford HS), who combined for 43 points. Teel netted a game-high 22 points, on 10-of-16 shooting, with a game-high 16 rebounds and three blocks. Spera registered 21 points, shooting 3-of-6 from three-point range, with seven rebounds and six assists. Senior guard Heather Lee (Seymour, CT/Seymour HS) scored nine points with two assists in the victory. Western Connecticut shot 41% (25-of-61) from the field, including 29.4% (5-of-17) from three-point and 60% (12-of-20) from the free-throw line.
The Colonials continued from where they left off the last time these two teams met, an 80-34 victory from Western Connecticut. The Colonials opened the game with a 13-0 run, fueled by 7 points from Teel. UMD pulled back in the game with a 14-1 run with six points from Houtman. The Corsairs pulled even again at 21-21, behind three-pointers from Houtman and senior guard Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS), with 4:00 to play. UMD was held scoreless over the final four minutes while executing a 12-0 run, closing the half with a 33-21 lead.
Western Connecticut continued their offensive surge, executing an 8-1 run during the opening two minutes of the half. With 9:56 on the clock, the Colonials took a 56-28 lead behind 11 points second-half points from Spera. Teel poured in six consecutive points to give Western Connecticut their largest lead of the game, 62-30, with 6:29 remaining in the half. The Corsairs closed the game on a 10-5 run, making the score 67-40 at the final buzzer.
"Their seniors really led the way for them," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "They're very strong offensively and we struggled to put points on the board. Defensively, we couldn't contain their post player inside and their point guard. We were down 14-0 and came back to tie at 21-21 and that was a great effort but they pulled away at the end of the first half."
The Corsairs dropped to 6-14 and 2-7 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Colonials improved to 16-3 and 8-1 in LEC play with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Southern Maine in the first half of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday. WCSU will visit Plymouth State next Saturday.
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