Feb. 15, 2011
PROVIDENCE, RI Host Rhode Island College used a 14-0 first half run to take a commanding lead, raced to a 41-20 halftime advantage and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team, 81-45, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Murray Center Tuesday evening.
The teams traded the lead early; with the Corsairs getting jump shots from senior forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) and freshman forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) to create a 9-9 tie with 17:17 remaining. But a pair of free throws and a three-pointer by Stephanie Coro that sandwiched a three-pointer by Stephanie O'Dell ignited a 14-0 RIC run, which didn't end until junior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State) converted a lay-up with 10:16 left in the first half. RIC steadily increased their lead throughout the remainder of the half.
Ashmeade led UMass Dartmouth with 13 points, while Bornemann added 12. Coro of the Anchorwomen led all scorers with 22 points; Rachel Riley added 21 and O'Dell had 15. Sophomore center Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) and freshman guard Megan Sheehan (Carver, MA/Carver HS) led UMass Dartmouth with six rebounds apiece. Riley of RIC had 16 rebounds for a double double as the Anchorwomen won the battle of the boards, 48-33, and made55.2 per cent of their shots from the field in the second half. UMD shot 41.7 per cent in the second half but just 29.1 per cent for the game.
"Rhode Island College had the hot hand tonight, they had multiple players who got involved in their offense, and we had a tough time stopping them," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We struggled offensively; we had only a couple of people in double figures. We shot better in the second half, but being down 21 at halftime really hurt us. Offensively and defensively, we never clicked. We did a nice job handling their press, and I was pleased with that. However, we just weren't in rhythm offensively."
The Corsairs dropped to 7-17 and 3-10 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Anchorwomen improved to 17-6 and 8-5 in LEC play with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Keene State in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader on Senior Day Saturday. RIC will visit Plymouth State Saturday.
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