February 14, 2012

UMass Dartmouth Holds Off Women's Basketball

BOSTON, Mass. – Led by a team-high 12 points from Colleen Moriarty and Erica Batchelder the Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth defeated women's basketball by the final score of 56-47 Tuesday evening in the Clark Athletic Center in a Little East Conference contest.

With the loss, the Beacons (6-17, 3-10 Little East) have to defeat Eastern Connecticut State University this Saturday to earn a spot in this year's conference tournament.  UMass Dartmouth (15-9, 6-7 Little East) secured its spot in the postseason with the conference win.

For the Beacons it was freshman Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) who put-up a game-high 20 points.  The 6'2" center also managed 12 rebounds as well to earn her 11th double-double of the season.  Senior Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, Mass.) recorded her best outing on the glass as pulled down a game-best 14 rebounds, while also adding six points, six assists, and five steals in 40 minutes of work.  Lauren Perra (Taunton, Mass.) ended the game with 13 points and two assists.

As a team the Beacons outrebounded their in-state rivals 53-41, but it was the Corsairs who won the contest from the field as they shot 37.3% (22-for-59), while UMass Boston was held to just 25.0% (17-for-68). 

The two teams were almost identical in assists, blocks and steals with UMass Boston finishing the night +1 in assists (12-11) and steals (11-10).  The Corsairs managed just two more blocks than the host Beacons (5-3). 

In total there were a combined eight lead changes in Tuesday's contest.  For most of the first half the two teams battled back and forth.  At around the eight minute mark, the Beacons put together an solid run to jump out to a seven point lead over a three minute span which made it 22-15.  UMass Dartmouth would manage a run of their-own to close out the first half with a slim one point lead following a Stephanie Houtman 3-pointer. 

Unfortunately, the late momentum built-up by the Corsairs translated over into the second half, which allowed them to extend their lead to eight points in the first four minutes of play.  The Beacons would cut that lead down to four following back-to-back baskets by Elisa Ogawa (Yamanashi, Japan) and Taylor Whyte (Ballston Spa, N.Y.). 

At only one point in the second half did UMass Dartmouth get their lead into double-figures and that came when Erica Batchelder drained a 3-pointer to make it 51-40.  Down but not out UMass Boston battled back and for the third time in the half cut the Corsairs lead down to four points, but with another three by Batchelder and a lay-up by Moriarty the Corsairs were able to walk away with the win.

Women's Basketball will travel to Suffolk University on Thursday for a non-conference game at 7 p.m.