Women's Basketball Opens LEC Playoffs at Rhode Island College

Women's Basketball Opens LEC Playoffs at Rhode Island College

Feb. 21, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI -The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team will try to win a post-season playoff game for the first time in seven years when they visit Rhode Island College in the first round of the Little East Conference tournament at the Murray Center Tuesday evening.

The Corsairs, 8-17 overall and 4-10 in LEC play, are the fifth seed in the tournament. RIC is 19-6 and 9-5 in LEC and is the fourth seed.

Senior forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA/Barnstable HS) led the Corsairs in the two games against RIC, averaging 12 points per game, while junior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State) averaged 10 points per contest. Ashmeade, who ranks fifth on the all-time scoring list at UMD, has 1,087 points for her career.

The last time that UMass Dartmouth won a Little East Conference playoff game was when they defeated Keene State, 80-64, at the Tripp Athletic Center following the 2003-04 season. The Corsairs dropped both of their regular season meetings against the Anchorwomen, and are hoping to turn the tables Tuesday evening.

"Our team worked hard to earn the 5th seed in the LEC Tournament," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "We are pleased that we have been able to climb from eighth place to sixth place and now into the fifth spot, in the last three seasons, respectively. We are confident and energized after our Saturday win and ready to take on the challenges ahead of us Tuesday night. Watching film and learning from our mistakes has been a big part of winning five of our last ten games. We witnessed all of our players in the last week begin to think and play the game as if they're a year older. Our freshmen in particular have taken on the look of sophomores. We're a better team every day. The playoffs represent a new season and when there is a championship on the line, expectations are high".

The winner of Tuesday night's game will advance to play regular season champion and host Western Connecticut State in a semi-final game Friday night.