Feb. 8, 2011
BOSTON, MA -The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team outscored host UMass Boston, 37-19 in the second half, and went on to defeat the Beacons, 57-44, in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the Clark Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
The Corsairs got a layup from freshman guard Keneisha Debnam (Dorchester, MA/Minuteman Regional HS) and a three-pointer from freshman guard Megan Sheehan (Carver, MA/Carver HS) at the outset of the second half to forge a 25-25 tie. A pair of layups by Kendra Mosley kept the Beacons in front, but a jumper by freshman forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA/Canton HS) with 12:36 remaining made it 33-31, UMD and put the Corsairs ahead to stay. Junior guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS/Bridgewater State) added a three-pointer and Bornemann hit another jump shot as the Corsairs scored 13 unanswered points to take a commanding 44-31 lead with 8:35 left.
"We played better in the second half, our offense was a little crisper, and we were in a better rhythm," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis. "In the first half, I felt like we were running into each other, we weren't in a rhythm, and we were committing fouls left and right. In the second half, we spread things out a little bit, UMass Boston was in foul trouble, and we got to the free throw line. Our perimeter defense was better as well."
Bornemann led the Corsairs, scoring 22 points and added 14 assists for her eighth double double of the season. Houtman added 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Elisa Ogawa led UMass Boston with 13 points, while Mosley and Senteria Renwicks each scored 10. Mosley had seven rebounds for the Beacons, who were outrebounded, 52-35. UMB made 45.4 per cent of their shots from the field in the first half, but was limited to just 19.4 per cent after halftime.
"It was sort of the reverse of what happened when we played at our place," said Van Voorhis. "We played well in the first half, and UMass Boston played well in the second half, and it was enough to put us over the top. The Salem win on the road a couple of weeks ago gave us confidence, we had to find a way to win on the road and we were able to do that and keep our playoff hopes alive."
The Corsairs improved to 7-15 and 3-8 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Beacons dropped to 11-10 and 2-9 in LEC play with the defeat. UMD is now tied with Keene State for fifth place, and has a one game lead and the tie-breaker advantage against the Beacons in the race for the final two Little East playoff spots.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Eastern Connecticut State in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday. UMass Boston will host Suffolk Thursday.
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