Feb. 3, 2009
MEDFORD, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team gave nationally-ranked Tufts all they could handle in their non-conference game at the Cousens Gymnasium Tuesday evening.
The 16th-ranked Jumbos rallied in the second half and defeated the Corsairs, 66-60.
The Jumbos scored the game's first 12 points, but UMass Dartmouth rallied, utilizing a 24-10 run to take their first lead of the game, 24-22 on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Kelly Whooley (Raynham, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS) with 6:36 left in the first half. The Corsairs scored 12 consecutive points during the run, the final eight coming on a pair of three-pointers and a jump shot by senior forward Vicki Andruszkiewicz (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS). Kim Moynihan of Tufts hit a layup to tie the game, but UMD got a jump shot from sophomore forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) and a layup from junior forward Kaylin Nelson (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Salve Regina) to take a 28-27 lead into the halftime break.
Nelson hit a jump shot and a three-pointer at the start of the second half, but the Jumbos got a layup from Katie Tausanovich and a three-pointer and a jump shot from Colleen Hart to take a 37-35 lead with 17:21 remaining. Vanessa Miller's jumper with 11:47 remaining gave Tufts a 50-43 advantage, but Ashmeade, Andruszkiewicz and Nelson hit consecutive jumpers to make it 50-49, and Ashmeade's trey moments later deadlocked the game at 52-52.
Julia Baily and Tausanovich responded with consecutive layups that fueled a 14-4 run, giving Tufts a 66-56 advantage with 1:42 remaining. Ashmeade followed with a three-pointer and Nelson added a free throw, but the Corsairs could get no closer before time expired.
Ashmeade made 11 of 21 shots from the field, including three of four from three-point range, and led all scorers with 27 points. Andruszkiewicz added 13 points, and Nelson scored 12 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for a double double. Hart led the Jumbos with 23 points, while Baily and Moynihan each scored 12. Baily had 11 rebounds and Tufts grabbed 21 offensive boards en route to a 45-32 rebounding advantage. UMass Dartmouth made 42.9 per cent of their shots, while holding the Jumbos to 39.7 per cent.
"It was a great effort, I was very proud of our team," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We really stayed with them. To come as close as we did to knocking off a ranked team is a credit to the six people we put on the floor every night, the strength they have within themselves, and the faith they have in each other. It was something to be seen. Tashauna had a great night from the field, Vicki was hot in the first half, and Kaylin did a great job on the boards. They did have a lot of offensive rebounds and they did pressure us into making some turnovers, and in a close game those are key elements. We just kept battling, and it was a good tuneup for the weekend. We will head into our conference games with the belief that we can play with the remaining opponents on our schedule."
UMass Dartmouth fell to 3-17 with the defeat, while Tufts improved to 16-2 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Keene State in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon.
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