Nov. 29, 2011
BRIDGEWATER, MA-Host Bridgewater State used a 17-3 run at the outset of the second half to take a 51-38 lead and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team, 83-67, in a non-conference game at the Adrian Tinsley Center Tuesday evening.
Trailing, 35-34, the Bears got a layup from Monica Bharoocha, a jumper from Michaela Cosby, and two more free throws and a layup from Bharoocha to take a 42-35 lead. Junior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/ Canton HS) made a free throw and subsequent layup to cut into BSU's lead, but the Bears stretched their advantage out once more.
The teams traded the lead back and forth in the first half, and UMass Dartmouth led at halftime, 35-34. Sophomore guard Megan Sheehan's (Carver, MA/Carver HS) jump shot with one second left in the first half gave UMD the lead, after Moriarty's layup with 41 seconds left in the first had cut the Bears' advantage to 34-33.
"We shot fairly well from the field, and we were able to defend their three point shots well, but we failed to play good, sound, fundamental defense overall," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We gave them the opportunity to shoot too many free throws, and they scored 25 points from the free throw line as a result. It would have been a closer game if we had played better defensively."
Senior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State) led the Corsairs with 18 points; Moriarty added 16 and freshman guard Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) had 15. Cosby and Megan Boutilette scored 18 points apiece for the Bears, Jenna Williamson had 17 and Bharoocha added 15.
The Bears made 25 of 30 free throws to UMD's 13 of 18, and outrebounded the Corsairs, 47-38.
UMD dropped to 3-2 with the defeat, while Bridgewater improved to 3-1 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Becker Thursday evening.
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