Dec. 13, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team went on a 20-4 run midway through the second half and to turn a three point deficit into a 61-46 victory over visiting Johnson & Wales, in a non-conference game at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
Freshman guard Melissa Daigle (Rockland, MA/Rockland HS) started the decisive run for the Corsairs with a three pointer, tying the game at 31 all, as freshman guard Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) drove through the paint and found Daigle wide open on the wing. Junior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA/Canton HS) then made one of two free throws and Garrity followed with a three from the baseline giving UMD a 35-31 lead at 12:36. Junior guard Shannon Singletary (Brockton, MA/Brockton HS) provided a spark off the bench sandwiching two fast break layups around a Moriarty field goal to push the lead to 43-35 at 9:37. The lead would swell to thirteen points as the Corsairs finished off the run with a free throw from Moriarty, a pair of free throws from Daigle and a steal and a layup by Garrity giving UMD a 48-35 with just over eight minutes left in the contest.
The Wildcats would answer back with consecutive baskets by senior guard Kaitlyn Lefort Pawtucket, RI/Tolan HS), sophomore forward Justine Hughes (New York, NY/Bishop Ford HS) and freshman guard Kaitlin Kenney (Bradford, CT/Bradford HS) but the Corsairs' defense was up to the challenge holding the Wildcats to just five points for the last 6:42 of the contest.
"It was a tale of two halves," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We committed too many turnovers and did not shoot the ball well in the first and JWU was very scrappy. We were able to pull away in the second half by shooting the ball better, limiting the turnovers and getting Colleen involved. Shannon provided a huge boost of momentum off the bench. I think it says a lot about the team, to play as we did in the first half yet compose ourselves to come out in the second and pull out the win."
UMass Dartmouth was led by Moriarty who had a game-high 25 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Garrity joined her in double figures with 14 points and added 8 rebounds to go along with 7 assists. The Wildcats were led by a quartet of players with eight points including Hughes, junior guard Ayla Walter (Mt. Pleasant, SC/Bishop England HS), sophomore guard Jenna Juron (Burnt Hills, NY/Burnt Hills Ballston Lake HS) and junior guard Marina Millian (Chester, NY/Monroe-Woodbury HS). Senior forward Katurah Andrews (Hartford, CT/Manchester CC) pulled down 10 rebounds for JWU.
The Corsairs improved to 7-3 with the victory, while the Wildcats dropped to 2-6 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will break for the holiday, returning to action when they host Eastern Nazarene January 4th. Johnson & Wales will visit Framingham State Thursday.
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