Feb. 12, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA -The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team lost to visiting Eastern Connecticut State, 72-53, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Saturday.
UMass Dartmouth was led offensively by freshman forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) with a game-high 16 points. Bornemann was 7-of-15 from the field with a team-high nine rebounds. Junior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State) dished out a game-high eight assists with 14 points while sophomore center Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) netted 12 points and four rebounds off the bench, seeing her first action since suffering an injury in December. UMD shot 36.2% (21-of-58) from the floor and 66.7% (10-of-15) from the free throw line.
Eastern Connecticut had all five starters reach double-digit point totals during the contest. Junior forward Piper Chapman (Portsmouth, RI/The Prout School) and senior guard Brittany Whiteley (Windsor Locks, CT/Windsor Locks HS) each scored 15 points during the contest. Piper grabbed nine rebounds while Whiteley added four. Senior forward Amanda Pierlioni (Plainville,CT/Plainville HS) registered a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Senior guard Jessica Moriarty (East Haven, CT/East Haven HS) and sophomore forward Tanisha Carter (East Hartford, CT/East Catholic HS) added 11 points a piece. ECSU shot 45.1% (23-of-51) from the field and 80.6% (25-of-31) from the free throw line. The Warriors out rebounded the Corsairs, 39-23, during the contest.
The Warriors jumped out to an early 12-2 lead behind five points by Jess Moriarty. At the 13:24 mark, Colleen Moriarty connected on a jumper to pull the Corsairs within six, 12-6. A jumper by Jess Moriarty with 10:12 left in the first half gave the Warriors their largest lead of the half, 20-10. The Corsairs closed the first half on a 12-10 run, fueled by eight points from Bornemann, making it 30-22 at the break.
With 16:03 left to play, Pierlioni converted a layup, pushing the ECSU lead to 40-29. The Warriors maintained a double-digit advantage over UMD the remainder of the game. A layup by Chapman with 5:18 on the clock gave the Warriors their largest lead of the game, 64-42. ECSU made free throws down the stretch to keep their lead, eventually securing the 72-53 victory.
"We missed some shots that put us at a deficit at halftime," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "Between missing some layups and not moving our feet defensively and allowing them to get to the free throw line, those things did us in in both halves. We have to keep battling and we're trying to hold sixth place [in Little East] or possibly move into fifth place before the playoffs start."
The Corsairs dropped to 7-16 and 3-9 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Warriors improved to 17-6 and 10-2 in LEC play with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Rhode Island College in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Tuesday evening. ECSU will visit Western Connecticut Tuesday.
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