Dec. 2, 2010
NEWPORT, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team lost to host Salve Regina, 55-33, in a non-conference game at the Rodgers Recreation Center Thursday evening.
Freshman guard Keneisha Debnam (Dorchester, MA/Minuteman Regional HS) was the lone Corsair to reach double digit points with a team-high 10 off the bench on 5-of-6 shooting and a team-high eight rebounds. Sophomore Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) and junior Jessica Underwood (Dorchester, MA/Lynn HS/Roxbury HS) added six points each in the loss. The Corsairs shot just 23.6% from the floor and 11.8% from behind the three point line.
The Seahawks were led offensively by senior forward Erin Philips (Morristown, NJ/Morristown HS) with a game-high 18 points on 8-of-17 shooting with a tied game-high nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Kaitlyn Birrell (Hope, RI/Scituate HS) scored 10 points while senior center Victoria Audet (Broad Brook, CT/East Windsor HS) chipped in eight points and grabbed a tied game-high nine rebounds.
The Seahawks outrebounded the Corsairs 50-40 during the contest.
Salve Regina jumped out 15-2 early on the Corsairs behind nine points by Philips with 12:55 left in the first half. The Corsairs missed 11 of their first 12 shots in the opening frame. A layup by Underwood with 10:16 left pulled UMass Dartmouth within eight at 15-7. The Seahawks followed that basket with a 12-2 run, making the score 27-9 with 6:02 remaining in the first half. UMass Dartmouth took momentum as the half came to a close with a 7-2 run, putting the score at 29-16 going into the half.
The Seahawks opened the second half on a 9-1 run, and a layup by Birrell gave them their greatest lead of 20 points at 37-17 with 15:46 left to play. Both teams exchanged baskets back-and-forth for the next four minutes with the Seahawks maintaining a 46-26 lead with 11:07 on the clock. Scoring slowed over the final minutes with both teams scoring seven points down the stretch, making the final score 53-33 in favor of Salve Regina.
"We struggled offensively," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We had a tough night shooting, and we failed to get into any sort of offensive rhythm. Salve's defense really disrupted our flow, and as a result they got the better of us."
The Corsairs fell to 1-5 with the defeat, while the Seahawks improved to 5-0 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Plymouth State in their Little East Conference opener on Saturday.
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