Feb. 20, 2010
KEENE, NH-Host Keene State outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team in the second half, 37-24, and defeated the Corsairs, 61-43, in the first game of a Little East Conference game on the final day of the regular season at Spaulding Gymnasium Saturday.
The Owls, who led at halftime, 24-19, steadily increased their lead in the second half, building a 12-point advantage midway through the second half, and taking a 15-point lead, 53-38, with 4:29 remaining. Keene State got off to a good start, seizing a 17-9 advantage with 7:42 to play in the first half. The Corsairs scored the next six points, sandwiching lay-ups by freshman center Colleen Moriarty and sophomore guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State) around a pair of free throws by junior guard Lynley DeAmato (Melrose, MA/Melrose HS) to cut the lead to 17-15 with 6:19 left. Sara Laudano answered with a three-pointer for the Owls, and KSC took a five-point lead into the intermission.
DeAmato led UMass Dartmouth with 13 points. Kristin Degou had 18 for KSC, Nicole Simmler had 16 and Jen Cleaveland added 11. Junior forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/ Barnstable) had a game-high 10 rebounds for UMD, while Degou had nine for the Owls, who out rebounded the Corsairs, 37-27. Keene State, which made only 28.6 per cent of their shots from the field in the first half, made 56.5 per cent in the second half. UMass Dartmouth shot 37 per cent from the field in the second half, and 30.8 per cent for the game.
"Obviously, the second half was the difference," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis, "They were hot from the outside, and we struggled offensively. We were within seven to 10 points for most of the second half, but I think we got frustrated, we let down our guard, and the margin was a little greater than it should have been. They are a senior-laden team, and they showed their experience and scoring ability."
The Corsairs dropped to 10-15 and 5-9 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Owls improved to 16-8 and 8-6 in LEC play with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Southern Maine in a Little East Conference quarter-final playoff game Tuesday evening.