Jan. 31, 2009
GORHAM, ME-Host Southern Maine outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team in the first half, 36-20 and defeated the Corsairs, 69-41, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Hill Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.
Senior guard Madison Malloy (Cranston, RI/Bay View Academy) connected on a pair of lay-ups in the early going for UMass Dartmouth, but the Huskies used an early 10-0 run to take a 14-4 lead and were never headed. Nicole Paradis and Nicole Garland capped the run with consecutive three-pointers. A jump shot by sophomore forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) and a pair of free throws by Malloy allowed the Corsairs to cut the lead to six points at 14-8, but USM outscored UMass Dartmouth, 22-12 during the remainder of the first half to take a 16-point lead at intermission.
Ashmeade had 12 points and Malloy 10 for the Corsairs, who were forced to play all five of their players who dressed for the entire game. Kaylie DeMillo had 19 points and Kristi Violette had 15 for the Huskies, who made 42.9 per cent of their shots from the field and shot 43.5 per cent from three-point range while holding UMass Dartmouth to 29.8 per cent. Junior forward Kaylin Nelson (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Salve Regina) led the Corsairs with nine rebounds. Violette had 2 for USM, which out rebounded the Corsairs, 46-28.
"With only five players available, I was proud of the effort we gave," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We gave them a run, and the score doesn't really indicate the effort that we played with. Kaylie DeMillo had a hot hand in the first half, especially from three-point range. Her shots were closely contested, but she was just draining them. We didn't box out well at times, and we missed some layups, but I was proud of the effort that we put forth."
UMass Dartmouth fell to 3-16 and 0-9 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Southern Maine improved to 15-4 and 6-3 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Tufts next Tuesday evening.
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