January 24, 2012

UMass Dartmouth Sneaks by Women's Basketball

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Led by Erika Bornemann's team-leading 14 points in the second half, the Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth (10-7, 3-5 Little East) were able to hold-off women's basketball (5-13, 2-6 Little East) to take a 63-54 Little East Conference win Tuesday evening in Tripp Athletic Center.

Bornemann finished the night with 16 points to the team-high alongside Colleen Moriarty, who also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.  Shannon Singletary finished third on the team with 12 points, while Stephanie Houtman recorded 10 boards.

Reigning Little East Conference Rookie of the Week Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) recorded her ninth double-double of the season, as the 6'2" center dropped in 19 points, while also picking-up 11 rebounds.  Lauren Perra (Taunton, Mass.) and Teresa Pina (Boston, Mass.) combined for 25 points respectively on 10-of-29 shooting.

As a team, the Beacons shot over 33% and were 23-of-68 from the floor.  They also had three 3-pointers, and were 5-of-12 from the line.  On the glass both teams were deadlocked with 43 rebounds.  The host Corsairs closed out Tuesday's contest shooting 39.7% (23-for-58), and were 13-for-16 (81.3%) were from the line.

Through most of the opening half, UMass Boston controlled the scoreboard.  Early on they jumped out to an eight point lead following Perra 3-pointer, her first of two on the night.  With the Corsairs right on their heels, the Beacons were able to remain in control of the lead until the final five minutes of play, when UMass Dartmouth went on a run to jump out to a six-point lead before the half.

UMass Dartmouth would maintain that momentum throughout the second half, despite two major pushes by the Beacons.  UMass Boston would retake the lead at 12:57 after a Morrison lay-up made it 38-36.  Unfortunately the Corsairs would regain control of the scoreboard and would hold onto a slim lead throughout the final minutes of the half to take the victory.

Women's Basketball returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Keene State College for 1 p.m. Little East Conference game.