Feb. 9, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's basketball team defeated visiting University of Massachusetts Boston, 53-45, in the first game of a Little East Conference double-header at the Tripp Athletic Center Tuesday evening.
The Corsairs' defense held the Beacons scoreless for a span of over six minutes late in the second half and finished the game on a 17-5 run en-route to the victory.
UMass Dartmouth had its largest lead of the game at 34-25 when the Beacons capped off a 15-2 run of their own with back to back to back three-pointers to turn a nine point deficit into a four point lead at 40-36 with 7:25 to play. Freshman guard Bethany Rossoll (Colorado Springs, CO) led the charge with seven points on a pair of jumpers and a trey. Junior forward Cammy Brown (Malden, MA) added a jumper, and both freshman guard Sarah McDonough (Weymouth, MA) and senior forward Caroline Ashe (West Roxbury, MA) drilled shots from beyond the arc.
The Beacons' three-point bombs were a wake-up call for the Corsairs, as the defense clamped down. Corsairs' junior guard Lynley DeAmato (Melrose, MA) scored consecutive fast break lay-ups off of UMass Boston turnovers to tie the game at 40. A free throw from junior forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA) put the Corsairs in front for good, and DeAmato canned a three from the wing to push the lead to 44-40 with less than three minutes to play.
A pair of free throws by sophomore guard Stephanie Houtman (New Bedford, MA) and DeAmato capped a 12-0 Corsair run, making it 48-40 with just under a minute left in the contest. Ashe and DeAmato would trade a pair of free throws for their respective teams, and Ashe added a three-pointer from the baseline to pull the Beacons within 50-45. UMass Boston fouled on the ensuing in bounds play and Houtman calmly sank both free throws of a one and one, securing the win.
DeAmato led all scorers with a game-high 15 points, including 6 of 6 from the foul line. Joining her in double-figures were Houtman with 13 points and Ashmeade with 10. The Beacons' offense was led by McDonough with 14 points. Ashe chipped in with 10 points.
The Beacons out-rebounded the Corsairs 39-36 as sophomore forward Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) pulled down a career-high 14 boards. However, the Corsairs forced UMass Boston into 23 turnovers while committing only 12 themselves.
The Corsairs improved to 9-13 and 4-7 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Beacons dropped to 4-17 and 0-11 in LEC play with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Eastern Connecticut State in the first game of a Little East Conference doubleheader Saturday. UMass Boston will visit Plymouth State University on Saturday, February 13 at 2:30 p.m.
Material used in this report courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information