Hot-Shooting Leads UMass Dartmouth Past Women's Basketball

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass.—UMass Dartmouth jumped out to a 17-point first-half lead and never relented en route to a 76-59 victory over women's basketball Tuesday evening at the Tripp Athletic Center. 

With the victory, the Corsairs improved to 13-9 and 6-5 in Little East Conference play. UMass Boston falls to 12-10 and 3-8 Little East Conference, after dropping their fourth-straight Little East Conference contest.

Sophomore Olivia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) paced the Beacons with a team-high 19 points and eight rebounds. While she struggled from the field, shooting just 6-for-17, Murphy knocked down 7-of-8 free throws and added two steals. 

Junior Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) pitched in with 12 points and seven rebounds, while freshman Mallory Nelson (Topsham, Maine) reached double-digit points for the fourth-straight game, with 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting.

UMass Dartmouth senior Erika Bornemann led all players with 21 points and a season-high eight blocks. Bornemann knocked down 7-of-9 of her field goal attempts, while hitting all three of her 3-pointers and going 4-of-4 from the free throw line. 

Kelsey Garrity pitched in with 16 points, five rebounds and five assists and Ashley Brown finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and a game-high four steals.

The Corsairs managed to build a huge lead in the first half by shooting 57.6 percent (19-for-33) from the field and 5-for-9 (55.6 percent) from behind the arc. At the same time, the Corsairs held UMass Boston to 38.7 percent (12-for-31) shooting from the field and a 2-for-7 (28.6 percent) mark from behind the 3-point line in the first half.

Bornemann, Garrity and Colleen Kane, who scored all eight of her points in the first half, combined to outscore UMass Boston 32-31 in the first half. After the Beacons grabbed a 14-13 lead at the 12:32 mark, UMass Dartmouth proceeded to go on a 30-12 run, capped off by eight-straight points from Kane to cap the run.

UMass Dartmouth headed into the break with a 45-31 lead and would hold onto a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

Nelson managed to cut the deficit to as few as 12 with 10:17 to play when she converted an and-one, but the Corsairs quickly answered with a 19-10 flurry to push the lead to a game-high 21 points.

UMass Boston will return to action Saturday at 1 p.m. when they travel to take on Plymouth State University.