Dec. 8, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team raced out to a 16-point halftime lead and went on to defeat visiting Simmons, 68-47, in a non-conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Wednesday evening.
The Corsairs limited the Sharks to just 16.7 per cent from the field in the first half on just five of 30 shots. UMass Dartmouth led, 22-16 with 4:29 left in the first half before outscoring the Sharks, 12-2, before halftime to take a 34-18 lead into the intermission break.
A 16-7 UMD run at the outset of the second half allowed the Corsairs to build a 50-23 advantage with 14:23 remaining. Simmons never got closer than 18 points after that.
All 23 players who dressed saw action, including 13 Corsairs. Freshman forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) led UMD with 17 points, senior forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) added 13, sophomore forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) posted her second consecutive double-double with 12 and an equal number of rebounds, and freshman guard Megan Sheehan (Carver, MA/Carver HS) also contributed 12 points. Sophomore guard Liz O'Connor (Milton, MA/Milton HS) led Simmons with 14 points, while sophomore forward Emily Thomas (Cheshire, CT/Cheshire HS) added 13. Junior forward Alex Acloque (Canton, MA/Blue Hills Regional HS) had nine rebounds for the Sharks, but Moriarty's dozen were the high mark for the game as UMass Dartmouth out rebounded Simmons, 54-45. The Corsairs forced 20 turnovers while committing 13, and held the Sharks to 23.3 per cent from the field for the game while making 34.8 per cent of their shots.
"It was a much-needed win," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We're still exposed defensively, and we need to limit our fouls and do a better job of defending the perimeter. I'm pleased with the win, and glad that everyone was involved. It was a much-needed boost as we look ahead to playing Western Connecticut. We're looking to make some noise in the conference, and playing a great team like West Conn on Saturday is something to take advantage of."
The Corsairs improved to 2-6 with the victory, while the Sharks dropped to 4-3 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Western Connecticut State in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon. Simmons will host Roger Williams Saturday.
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