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They can't distance themselves from Corsairs in LEC in 66-50 loss

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At left: Jill Ritrosky

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Six-foot-two inch Erika Bornemann scored 16 of her 19 points in the second half when the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth shot 61.5 percent from the floor in a 66-50 Little East Conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Monday night at the Tripp Athletic Center.

With its first conference loss in the last five games, Eastern (9-14, 7-5 Little East) falls into a two-way tie for third place in the conference with UMass (17-6, 7-5 Little East), which has won five of its last six.

Behind Bornemann (6-for-10), UMass Dartmouth shot 61.5 percent from the floor in a 42-point second half - equaling the most points allowed by the Warriors in a half this season - to earn its second straight regular-season split with Eastern after being swept the previous 16 straight seasons.

While both teams struggled from the floor in the first half following a five-day snow-induced layoff, the Corsairs found their bearings in the second half while Eastern never got fully untracked after missing 18 of 25 attempts from the field and turning the ball over12 times in the first 20 minutes.

Now 10-2 at home this season, UMass got a game-high 21 points from LEC scoring leader Colleen Moriarty, who was limited to 12 points when the Warriors handed the Corsairs only their second loss in their first 12 games in a 54-51 overtime victory a month ago at Geissler Gymnasium. While her teammates struggled in the first half, the 6-foot-1 inch Moriarty carried the load by scoring 14 of her squad's 24 points on 7-for-10 marksmanship from the floor.

The Warriors led by six points nine minutes into the game but were limited to only five points the rest of the half and trailed by seven at the break when Bornemann broke through for her first points of the stanza on a three-point field goal inside the final 30 seconds.

Bornemann's inside bucket opened the second half and pushed UMD's  lead to nine and the Warriors were never able to get closer than five the rest of the way. The hosts sank five of their game total of six three-pointers over the final 20 minutes, with Bornemann sticking two of her game total of four from long range and Kelsey Garrity one in the first 3:30 of the second half.

In Eastern's overtime victory over UMass, Bornemann grabbed a team-high ten rebounds but was held to just four points in 35 minutes, missing all four of her three-point tries.

Eastern freshman forward Jill Ritrosky (Pittsfield, MA) enjoyed her second strong game this year against UMass, totaling a team and career-high 20 points (her eight straight double-figure game) and grabbing six rebounds. Ritrosky had her most productive collegiate game to that point earlier against UMass with game-highs of 14 points and 15 rebound and only one turnover in 35 minutes. Sophomore forward Shannon McCourt (New Fairfield) added her first double-double in eight games with ten points and a game-high 11 rebounds. The pair accounted for 30 of the team's 50 points.

Freshman forward Brianna Leonard (Amherst, MA) had eight points and nine rebounds, helping the visitors to a decisive 43-30 advantage on the boards.

Eastern hosts Keene State College Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in a conference game.

 

 

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With chance to distance themselves from Corsairs in LEC standings, they falter

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Six-foot-two inch Erika Bornemann scored 16 of her 19 points in the second half when the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth shot 61.5 percent from the floor in a 66-50 Little East Conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Monday night at the Tripp Athletic Center.

With its first conference loss in the last five games, Eastern (9-14, 7-5 Little East) falls into a two-way tie for third place in the conference with UMass (17-6, 7-5 Little East), which has won five of its last six.

Behind Bornemann (6-for-10), UMass Dartmouth shot 61.5 percent from the floor in a 42-point second half - equaling the most points allowed by the Warriors in a half this season - to earn its second straight regular-season split with Eastern after being swept the previous 16 straight seasons.

While both teams struggled from the floor in the first half following a five-day snow-induced layoff, the Corsairs found their bearings in the second half while Eastern never got fully untracked after missing 18 of 25 attempts from the field and turning the ball over12 times in the first 20 minutes.

Now 10-2 at home this season, UMass got a game-high 21 points from LEC scoring leader Colleen Moriarty, who was limited to 12 points when the Warriors handed the Corsairs only their second loss in their first 12 games in a 54-51 overtime victory a month ago at Geissler Gymnasium. While her teammates struggled in the first half, the 6-foot-1 inch Moriarty carried the load by scoring 14 of her squad's 24 points on 7-for-10 marksmanship from the floor.

The Warriors led by six points nine minutes into the game but were limited to only five points the rest of the half and trailed by seven at the break when Bornemann broke through for her first points of the stanza on a three-point field goal inside the final 30 seconds.

Bornemann's inside bucket opened the second half and pushed UMD's  lead to nine and the Warriors were never able to get closer than five the rest of the way. The hosts sank five of their game total of six three-pointers over the final 20 minutes, with Bornemann sticking two of her game total of four from long range and Kelsey Garrity one in the first 3:30 of the second half.

In Eastern's overtime victory over UMass, Bornemann grabbed a team-high ten rebounds but was held to just four points in 35 minutes, missing all four of her three-point tries.

Eastern freshman forward Jill Ritrosky (Pittsfield, MA) enjoyed her second strong game this year against UMass, totaling a team and career-high 20 points (her eight straight double-figure game) and grabbing six rebounds. Ritrosky had her most productive collegiate game to that point earlier against UMass with game-highs of 14 points and 15 rebound and only one turnover in 35 minutes. Sophomore forward Shannon McCourt (New Fairfield) added her first double-double in eight games with ten points and a game-high 11 rebounds. The pair accounted for 30 of the team's 50 points.

Freshman forward Brianna Leonard (Amherst, MA) had eight points and nine rebounds, helping the visitors to a decisive 43-30 advantage on the boards.

Eastern hosts Keene State College Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in a conference game.

 

 

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