Feb. 5, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA -The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team lost to visiting Southern Maine, 82-51, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Saturday.
Freshman forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) led the Corsairs offensively with a team-high 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting, with a team-high eight rebounds. Senior guard Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) scored 10 points with seven rebounds while freshman guard Keneisha Debnam (Dorchester, MA/Minuteman Regional HS) also grabbed seven rebounds. Junior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State) added six points, five rebounds and four assists in the loss. UMD shot 30.5% (18-of-59) from the floor.
The Huskies had three players reach double figures in points during the contest. Senior guard Kaylie DeMillo (Jay, ME/Jay HS) netted a game-high 22 points, shooting 7-of-14 from the field, with six rebounds. DeMillo shot 5-of-9 from three point range, en route to becoming Southern Maine's career three-point leader with 197. Courtney Cochran (Waite, ME/Woodland HS) recorded a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds while Haley Jordan (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS) added 10 points and three steals. Southern Maine shot 40.3% (25-of-62) from the field, including 61.5% (8-of-13) from three-point range. The Huskies outrebounded the Corsairs 47-39.
A layup by Bornemann gave the Corsairs their lone lead of the game, 2-0, with 19:27 remaining in the first half. Eight points from DeMillo powered a 12-4 run for Southern Maine over the next six minutes. A three-pointer by the Corsairs pulled them to within one point, 12-11, with 12:01 on the clock. The Huskies executed a 13-4 run, featuring six consecutive free throws, pushing the Huskies lead to 25-15. Both teams exchanged buckets down the stretch maintaining a 10-point lead, 33-23, for Southern Maine going into the break.
"We hung in there during the first half," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "I really believe we should have been up, we had the same number of field goals, but we allowed them to make 14 of 15 shots from the free throw line."
Back-to-back three-pointers gave the Huskies a 39-23 lead to open the second frame. Bornemann answered back with consecutive jumpers making it 39-27 with 16:48 to play. The Huskies held the Corsairs scoreless over the next seven minutes, orchestrating a 19-0 run to push the lead to 58-27 with 9:35 remaining. A three-pointer by freshman guard Mariah Callender (Portland, ME/Portland HS) with 4:00 to play gave the Huskies their largest lead a 32-point advantage, 74-42. The Corsairs outscored the Huskies 9-8 down the stretch, resulting in the 82-51 win for Southern Maine.
"The second half was a different story," continued Van Voorhis. "We can't give up 49 points in a half to a team like Southern Maine and expect to win. Until we put together two good halves and play better defense, we're not going to beat the top teams in the league."
The Corsairs dropped to 6-15 and 2-8 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Huskies improved to 14-7 and 9-1 in LEC play with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit UMass Boston in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday evening. Southern Maine will host Plymouth State Tuesday.
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