Dec. 14, 2010
PROVIDENCE, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team HELD host Johnson & Wales to 21 points in the first half, grabbed a 34-21 halftime advantage and went on to defeat the Wildcats, 66-46, in a non-conference game at the Harborside Recreation Center Tuesday evening.
The Corsairs never left the outcome in doubt, scoring 15 of the game's first 18 points. Consecutive jump shots by junior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State) and senior forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) gave UMD the lead for good. Ashmeade later added a layup, and freshman forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) capped the run with a pair of jump shots sandwiched around two free throws. Three more free throws by Bornemann allowed the Corsairs to take a 16-point lead, 32-16, with 1:13 left in the first half. The lead remained in double digits throughout the second half.
Ashmeade and Bornemann each posted double doubles. Ashmeade led the way with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Bornemann had 15 points and 13 rebounds. Freshman guard Keneisha Debnam (Dorchester, MA/Minuteman Regional HS) added 10 points for UMass Dartmouth, which held JWU to 24.1 per cent from the field in the first half and 25.8 per cent for the game. Ayla Walter led the Wildcats with 14 points; Morgan Wilson added 12 and Marina Millian contributed 10. Wilson had nine rebounds for JWU, which was outrebounded by the Corsairs, 58-38.
"It was a good team effort," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We faced a zone for 40 minutes, which is something that we hadn't encountered all season. We moved the ball pretty well, found the open player, and put some points on the board. We controlled the game, we did a good job of contesting their shots, and we always had a hand in the face of the shooter. We finished a lot of defensive possessions with a stop and a rebound."
The win allows the Corsairs t head into the semester break on a positive note. "It certainly does lift our spirits as we head into the holiday season," said Van Voorhis. "We'll regroup in January for practice, and get ready to face Westfield State."
The Corsairs improved to 3-7 with the victory, while the Wildcats dropped to 1-7 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action after semester break when they host Westfield State Wednesday, January 5th.
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