Feb. 22, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA -The third time wasn't the charm for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team.
Host Rhode Island College built a 31-21 halftime lead and went on to defeat the Corsairs for the third time this season, 63-52, in the first round of the Little East Conference playoffs at the Murray Center Tuesday evening.
Ahead 14-10, RIC used a 10-0 run midway through the first half to take command. Junior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/Bridgewater State) hit a jump shot to end the run, but the Anchorwomen led, 24-12, with 4:32 left in the first half. The Corsairs stayed within range, and a pair of free throws by Houtman and two more by freshman guard Keneisha Debnam (Dorchester, MA/Minuteman Regional HS) allowed UMass Dartmouth to keep the halftime deficit at 10.
The Anchorwomen buil6t a 43-25 advantage with 16:07 to play, but a pair of layups by sophomore forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) sandwiched around a three-pointer by Houtman brought UMD back to within 11 points. RIC again built their advantage, leading 54-34 with 11:02 to play, but the Corsairs came back again and cut into the lead late in the second half.
"We needed to play a cleaner, crisper game, we turned the ball over on eight of our first 12 possessions," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "Although we got off to a slow start, we battled to stay in the game. We trailed by 20, but we fought back, applied pressure, and cut the deficit. We played with a lot of energy; it was a true playoff game. However, until we put two good halves together, we're not going to be able to beat a team like Rhode Island College."
Houtman led UMass Dartmouth with 20 points, while Moriarty added 16. Ashley O'Dell led the Anchorwomen with 18 points; Rachel Riley added 17 and Stephanie Coro contributed 16. Freshman forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) led UMD with 10 rebounds, while Riley had 15 for the Anchorwomen, who were outrebounded by the Corsairs, 45-38 but forced 23 turnovers while committing 13. Senior forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) scored three points and finished her career as the fifth leading scorer for the Corsairs with 1,090 points.
The Corsairs dropped to 8-18 with the defeat, while the Anchorwomen improved to 20-6 with the victory. Rhode Island College will advance to play host Western Connecticut State in Friday night's semi-finals at 6:00 p.m. The game was the final action of the season for UMass Dartmouth.
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