Feb. 19, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA -The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team defeated visiting Keene State, 57-53, in overtime in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Tripp Athletic Center Saturday.
With the teams tied at 49 heading into overtime, UMD senior forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable) made a jumper giving the Corsairs a 51-49 lead. Owls junior forward Courtney Cirillo (Windsor Locks, Conn/Windsor Locks) made two free throws to force a tie at 51, but the Corsairs answered with four straight points on a lay-up and a pair of free throws by freshman forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton) to give UMD a 55-51 advantage. Cirillo answered back on the Owls next possession with a jumper in the lane to pull Keene State within two. The score would stay that way as the teams traded turnovers but the Owls would get one last chance as they would work the clock down to just seven seconds before missing a lay-up. Ashmeade gathered the rebound before being fouled and calmly sank both free throws of a one and one situation to seal the victory.
"We knew what was at stake in terms of the playoffs as well as it being Senior Day," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We knew it would be a defensive battle and down the stretch and in overtime we made some key defensive stops. This is a great accomplishment. In three years, we have improved from eighth to sixth and now the fifth seed. They believed the whole game and played with a will to win."
The Corsairs shot 33.3% from the field (22 of 36), 28.6% from behind the arc (4 of 14) and 75% from the foul line (9 of 12 including 6 of 6 in OT). The Owls shot 22.2% from the floor (16 of 72), 22.7% from behind the three point line (5 of 22) and 69.6% from the charity stripe (16 of 23). Keene State edged UMD in rebounds, 53-52.
Bornemann led UMass Dartmouth with game highs in points and rebounds, notching 21 and 15, respectively. Ashmeade also collected a double double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Junior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/Bridgewater State) added 12 points. The Owls were led by Cirillo, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds, sophomore guard Siobhan Carnell (Quincy, MA/North Quincy) with 10 points and junior guard Meghan Fareell (Chester, VT/Green Mountain) who pulled down 14 boards.
The Corsairs improved to 8-17 and 4-10 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Owls dropped to 11-14 and 4-10 in LEC play with the victory. Both teams will return to action in the first game of the Little East Conference playoffs Tuesday evening. UMass Dartmouth will visit Rhode Island College at 6:00 p.m. while Keene State will travel to Eastern Connecticut for a 5:30 p.m. matchup.
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