Late rally lifts Corsairs past Panthers in Little East opener
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth closed the game with a 16-3 run over the final eight minutes Saturday afternoon en route to a 52-48 victory over Plymouth State University in the Little East Conference women's basketball opener for both schools at Foley Gymnasium.
Senior Erika Bornemann (Canton, Mass.) came off the bench to score 11 of her team-high 17 points in the Corsair rally. She finished 5-for-14 from the field, including 3-for-5 from beyond the 3-point arc, to lead the Corsairs (5-3, 1-0 LEC). Freshman Megan Ronaghan (North Attleboro, Mass.) nearly posted a double-double with 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Plymouth State got 13 points from sophomore Taylor Perry (Simsbury, Conn.) and 10 points from senior Krystin Corliss (Loudon, N.H.), while junior Tiffany Lewis (Hillsboro, N.H.) scored six points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Senior Kait Deering (Sidney, Maine) also contributed nine points in the setback.
The Panthers, seeking their first win of the season, never trailed in the first half. PSU stretched its lead to double digits (16-6) six minutes into the half, and reach 11 points (19-8) at its highest margin. UMD battled back to tie the score at 27-all with 2:35 to play. Perry drained a three-pointer and another jumper in the final two minutes to give PSU a five-point margin at the break, 32-27.
PSU maintained the lead for much of the second half, and led by nine points (45-36) with eight minutes to go. Bornemann heated up for UMD, connecting on each of her three attempts from long range, including giving the visitors their first advantage of the contest (47-45) with 3:45 left on the clock. UMD continued to ride her hot hand down the stretch as Bornemann poured in the Corsairs' final eight points, knocking down a trifecta with 40 seconds remaining to provide the Corsairs with a lead they wouldn't relinquish, while sealing the victory with a make from the foul line.
Plymouth State is home again on Thursday for a non-conference game against Salem State University. UMass Dartmouth returns to action on Tuesday when the Corsairs host Johnson & Wales (R.I.) in a non-conference contest to close out the first semester.
(With contributions from UMass Dartmouth Sports Information)
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