February 19, 2013

UMass Dartmouth Upends Women's Basketball 71-59 In LEC Quarterfinals

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass.—Erika Bornemann scored a season-high 23 points and the Corsairs forced 20 turnovers to held third-seed UMass Dartmouth earn a 71-59 win over sixth-seeded UMass Boston Tuesday evening in the Little East Conference Quarterfinals.

With the loss, UMass Boston ends the second-best season in program history with a 14-12 record. The loss marks the end of senior guard Teresa Pina's (Boston, Mass.) career. Pina appeared in 51 games with the Beacons over two seasons, finishing with 370 points. 

On the other side, the Corsairs (20-7) will advance to Friday's Little East Conference Semifinals in Gorham, Maine, to take on second-seeded Western Connecticut State University.

Bornemann knocked down 4-of-8 3-pointers and added a game-high 18 rebounds to make up for a poor game from senior Colleen Moriarty. Moriarty, the Little East Conference's leading scorer, was held scoreless by the Beacons for over 30 minutes and finished with just eight points and seven rebounds. 

Forwards Olivia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) and Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) carried the Beacons for much of the evening, finishing with 41 of UMB's 59 points. Murphy finished with a team-high 21 points on 10-for-27 shooting and added 15 rebounds and three steals. The reigning Little East Conference Rookie of the Week finishes her freshman year with 10 double-doubles in 26 contests. 

Morrison was just as good on the evening, knocking down half of her shots (8-of-16) en route to 20 points and eight rebounds.

Sophomore guard Lauren Perra (Taunton, Mass.) added eight points and three assists, while Meghan Agger (Sacco, Maine) chipped in with five points, three steals and two assists.

UMass Dartmouth jumped out to an early 8-2 lead five minutes in behind four points from Shannon Singletary. The Beacons battled back and grabbed their only two leads of the game at 12-10 and 15-14 midway through the half behind Morrison and Murphy. 

The Beacons fearsome duo combined for UMB's first 17 points and 23 of the UMB's 25 points in the first half.

Bornemann responded to the Beacons lead with back-to-back 3-pointers to open up a 20-15 UMD lead and added two more right before halftime, to help the Corsairs open up a 32-25 halftime advantage. 

The first 11 minutes of the second half would follow a similar pattern, as UMass Dartmouth consistently held a two-possession lead, with the Beacons nipping at their heels. Every time UMB mounted any kind of mini rally, the Corsairs responded with a basket of their own, with Bornemann and Beth Castantini (11 points) providing the majority of the Corsairs offense. 

UMass Dartmouth managed to open up their first double-digit lead of the contest at the 8:01 mark, when Bornemann took a pass from Kelsey Garrity and finished a layup to push the Corsairs lead to 52-42. 

Trailing by 10 with 6:21 to go, UMass Boston went on a 5-0 run to cut the deficit to 56-51, behind an Andrea Suffredini (Milford, Mass.) layup and a Perra 3-pointer. But the Corsairs answered right back, going on a 6-0 run to grab a 62-51 lead with 1:37 to play.

UMass Boston knocked down just 3-of-8 shots and turned the ball over twice in the final 5:30, to help UMass Dartmouth earn the series victory 2-1.

The Beacons shot 36.8 (25-for-68) percent from the field and 3-for-12 (25 percent) from behind the arc. UMass Dartmouth knocked down 24-for-69 (34.8 percent) of their field goal attempts and 37.5 percent (17-for-29) of their shots from behind the arc. The Corsairs also got to the line 29 times, knocking down 58.6 percent (17-for-29), while UMB hit 6-of-10 their free throws.