Jan. 27, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Freshman guard Laniece Langford (Boston, MA/Jeremiah E. Burke) netted a career-high 16 points to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston over visiting University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 58-41, this evening in a Little East Conference contest at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons improve to 3-15 overall and 1-7 in LEC play, while the Corsairs fall to 3-15 and 0-8.
UMass Boston shot a torrid 58.3% (14-24) from the floor in the second half as they outscored UMass Dartmouth, 40-26. The Beacons began the half with a 16-5 run, fueled by a trio of three-pointers from junior guard Caroline Ashe (West Roxbury, MA), to take a 34-20 lead with 13:55 left in the second half. The Corsairs countered with a 9-4 burst, paced by five points from senior forward Vicki Andruszkiewicz (Danvers, MA), to cut the deficit to 38-29 with 10:11 showing in the second half. UMass Boston came right back with another 16-5 stretch, led by five points from Ashe, to increase the home team's lead to 51-31, its largest of the night at 5:20 of the second half. UMass Dartmouth got no closer than within 15 points the rest of the way.
The Beacons began the game with a 10-0 run, led by six points from Langford, before junior forward Kaylin Nelson (New Bedford, MA) converted a lay-up at the 13:54 mark of the opening period to put the Corsairs on the board. UMass Boston maintained a 16-6 advantage with 9:38 showing in the first half, before UMass Dartmouth closed out the half on a 9-2 burst, while holding the Beacons scoreless for over seven minutes during the run, and headed into the intermission trailing UMass Boston, 18-15.
Langford was 7-10 from the floor and added six rebounds, four assists and five steals to her night for the Beacons, while Ashe finished with 14 points on 5-10 from the field, including 4-8 from three-point range to go with five boards. Senior forward Leanne Meninger (Everett, MA) chipped in with eight points and four rebounds in 16 minutes of action.
Nelson led the Corsairs with 15 points on 7-13 from the floor in addition to six rebounds, four steals, an assist and a blocked shot, while Andruszkiewicz netted 11 points, grabbed seven boards, dished for two assists and made a pair of steals.
UMass Boston will be in action again on Saturday, January 31 when it travels to Willimantic, CT to take on Little East Conference foe Eastern Connecticut State University at 1:00 p.m., while UMass Dartmouth goes to Gorham, ME on January 31 for an LEC tilt with University of Southern Maine at 1:00 p.m.