Nov. 30, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team fell to visiting Bridgewater State, 92-89, in a non-conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
Corsair senior guard Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) recorded her first double-double of the season with a career high 28 points on 12-of-20 shooting with a game-high 11 rebounds. Freshman forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) scored 20 points while sophomore forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) registered 14 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Keneisha Debnam (Dorchester, MA/Lynn HS/Roxbury CC) added eight points and nine boards off the bench. UMass Dartmouth shot 44.3% from the floor and 40% from three-point range in the loss.
The Bears had three players reach double digits in points. Sophomore guard Elisha Homich (Ludlow, MA/Ludlow HS) netted a team-high 20 points while junior forward Monica-Sabina Bharoocha (North Smithfield, RI/LaSalle Academy) tallied 14 points and senior guard Corey Cuddihy (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) scored 10 points. Freshman forward Megan Boutilette (Charlton, MA/Shepard Hill Regional HS), senior guard Brittney Chappron (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS) and sophomore guard Michaela Cosby (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) each added nine points. The Bears shot 50% from the field including 44.4% from behind the three-point arc.
The Corsairs outrebounded the Bears 53-40 during the contest.
The Corsairs jumped out to an early 15-9 lead over the Bears, but Bridgewater evened the score at 19-19 with 12:47 left in the first half. The Bears went on 12-0 run to push their lead to 31-19. The Corsairs pulled within two at 37-35 after a 5-0 run with 5:24 remaining in the opening half. Foul trouble gave the Bears free throw opportunities late in the half, allowing Bridgewater to push their lead to 52-44 as the first half came to a close.
Both squads opened the second half answering each other shot for shot, making the score 62-54 with 15:36 left to play. A three-pointer by Bornemann and a layup by sophomore guard Shannon Singletary (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) cut the Bears lead to three points. A jumper by Moriarty cut the lead to just one point but the Bears responded with a 11-3 run, making it 78-69. Freshman guard Megan Sheehan (Carver, MA/Carver HS) scored eight of the next 10 points for the Corsairs as they again pulled within 1 point. Bornemann converted a jumper to tie the game at 85-85 with 5:31 on the clock. The Bears scored consecutive buckets to take a four point lead. With 1:21 on the clock, Ashmeade nailed a jumper to put UMass Dartmouth within a point but Cuddihy answered back with a quick layup making it 92-89 with under a minute to play. The Corsairs stopped the Bears final possession and had a chance to tie the game but junior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State) forced up a tough shot that was off the mark, securing the 92-89 victory for Bridgewater State.
"It's always a battle with Bridgewater," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We just weren't as strong as we needed to be converting second chances, defending the three and overall defensive awareness. But, for us to come out as flat as we did against Worcester and then compete the way we did today, proved a lot to ourselves. Coming close is only good for so long, we expect results."
The Corsairs fell to 1-4 with the defeat, while the Bears improved to 4-0 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Plymouth State in their Little East Conference opener on Saturday. Bridgewater State will play Vassar Friday at the Wesleyan Invitational.
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