Dec. 12, 2009
DANBURY, CT-Host Western Connecticut State rallied in the second half and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team, 73-63, in a Little East Conference game at Feldman Arena Saturday.
The Colonials, who outscored the Corsairs in the second half, 47-32, used an 18-1 run in the latter part of the second half to take a commanding lead of 67-50 with 4:33 remaining. Freshman center Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) had made two free throws and a subsequent three-point play to bring the Corsairs back to within a single point at 49-48 with 9:41 left to play before WCSU's decisive run.
UMass Dartmouth used a 13-6 run at the end of the first half to take a 31-26 halftime lead. Moriarty and senior guard Madison Malloy (Cranston, RI/Bay View Academy) hit lay-ups at the start of the run, and junior forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) and senior forward Kaylin Nelson (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) capped the run with three-pointers. The Colonials built a seven-point lead at the beginning of the second half, but UMD rallied and cut the lead before Western Connecticut's late run.
"The biggest difference in the game was their three-point shooting," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We ran our offense well, and we produced against a high-pressure man-to-man defense. They hit some big three-pointers and that was the difference, We worked hard in both halves, and it was a good performance on the road, and we were pleased about that.".
Moriarty led the Corsairs with 22 points and 14 rebounds for her second consecutive double double, while Ashmeade added 18 points. Stephanie Slonski had 19 points and Heather Lee 18 for WCSU, which also got 19 rebounds from Melissa Teel. The Colonials out rebounded UMD, 42-40, and made 57.1 per cent of their shots in the second half after the Corsairs shot 43.8 per cent and limited WCSU to 31 per cent in the first half.
The Corsairs dropped to 4-6 and 0-2 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Colonials improved to 7-2 and 2-0. UMass Dartmouth will break for the holidays, returning to action when they host Wheelock Thursday evening, January 7th.