LANGFORD, PENNEY LEAD WOMEN'S HOOPS PAST UMASS DARTMOUTH, 40-39

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - Freshman guard Laniece Langford (Boston, MA/Jeremiah E. Burke) scored a game and career-high 21 points to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston women's basketball team over Little East Conference foe University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 40-39, in a dramatic come from behind victory Tuesday night on the campus of UMass Dartmouth.

The Corsairs came out running, opening the first half of play on a 10-0 run before the Beacons put points on the board with 11:51 to play in the stanza on a layup by junior guard Caroline Ashe (West Roxbury, MA). On the next possession, a three point field goal by freshman forward Molly Piette (Webster, MA) cut UMass Dartmouth's lead in half to make it 10-5 with 11:23 to play in the first.

A free throw by junior forward Tashauna Ashmeade (Hyannis, MA) with 7:13 to play in the half extended the Corsair lead back to 10, making it 17-7 before UMass Boston would score on consecutive offensive trips to cut the margin down to 17-11, capped by a Langford layup with 5:50 on the clock.

Once again, the home squad would extend its lead to 10 points at 21-11, this time coming from a layup by senior guard Madison Malloy (Cranston, RI) with 3:08 to play in the stanza. Langford would score the final three points of the half for the Beacons, including a jumper at the buzzer to make it a 21-14 game heading into the locker rooms.

In the second half, UMass Boston would open things up with a 10-2 run to take its first lead of the game with 13:30 to play, 24-23, when Piette nailed her second trifecta of the evening.

UMass Dartmouth answered and was able to muster up an 8-2 run of its own fueled by four points from senior forward Vicki Andruszkiewicz (Danvers, MA).

With 6:27 to play, sophomore forward Kristen Penney (West Roxbury, MA) ended the Corsair run with her only three pointer of the night to pull the Beacons within two points at 31-29.

A pair of Langford free throws with 3:30 remaining would pull UMass Boston back ahead, 34-33, but UMass Dartmouth would answer with two of its own foul shots by Ashmeade to regain the one point advantage at 35-34. After forcing a UMB turnover, junior forward Kaylin Nelson (New Bedford, MA) connected on a jumper to extend the Corsairs' lead to 37-34 with 2:25 left to play.

Langford would drop the game's next four points, first on a layup with 1:36 to play and then two from the charity stripe with 58 seconds left to pull the Beacons ahead 38-37.

Following the free throws, UMass Dartmouth was able to push the ball to its end of the floor and find Ashmeade for her sixth field goal of the game coming from a mid-range jumper, giving the home squad a 39-38 lead with only 43 ticks left on the clock.

UMass Boston looked to Langford to score but she was unable to convert a jump shot with 24 seconds left, however Penney was able to grab the offensive board and draw a foul on the attempted tip in.

With 23 seconds on the clock, Penney calmly drained the two freebies to give the Beacons a 40-39 lead. The Corsairs would have two chances to take the lead, but failed to convert either attempt.

Langford added 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season for UMass Boston. Penney chipped in with a career high nine rebounds to go along with five points from the field. Freshman forward Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) also snagged nine boards, tying a career high in her 30 minutes of action.

For UMass Dartmouth, Ashmeade led the way with 15 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double of her own. Nelson grabbed a game-high 13 boards in her 40 minutes, while Andruszkiewicz and Malloy chipped in with eight points each.

With the victory the Beacons improve to 5-19 on the season, 2-11 in the Little East Conference, while the Corsairs fall to 3-21, 0-13 in the LEC.

Both teams will be back in LEC action on Saturday, February 21 when UMass Boston travels to Keene, NH to take on Keene State College at 1:00 p.m. while UMass Dartmouth goes to Plymouth, NH to face off against Plymouth State University for a 1:00 p.m. game.