February 5, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Freshman forward Vandell Andrade (Providence, RI) scored 14 points and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds, but the Rhode Island College women’s basketball team lost, 60-57, in overtime to UMass Dartmouth in Little East Conference action played at The Murray Center.


Junior forward Cara Paladino (Arlington, MA) led RIC (13-9, 6-5 LEC) with 15 points to go along with six rebounds. Senior forward Courtney Burns (Rockland, MA) contributed 11 points, eight boards, two assists and two steals.


UMass Dartmouth (16-6, 6-5 LEC) senior forward Colleen Moriarty (Canton, MA), the reigning LEC Player of the Week, posted a double-double of her own with a game-high 21 points and 10 boards. Junior forward Erika Bornemann (Canton, MA) also reached double digits in both categories with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, MA) chipped in with six points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals.



 Freshman forward Vandell Andrade


It was a close first half with UMass Dartmouth holding a two possession lead for almost the entire stanza. A layup by freshman forward Beth Castantini (Newburyport, MA) and a jumper by freshman guard Colleen Kane (Arlington, MA) gave the Corsairs a six point lead, 22-16, with just under a minute remaining in the first half. Burns made a layup after a senior forward Melanie Cline (Glocester, MA) picked up a steal to send the hosts into the intermission down by four, 22-18.


RIC opened the second half on a 7-2 run, capped by a Paladino layup to give the Anchorwomen a one point, 25-24, lead at 17:05. It was short-lived, however, as Moriarty quickly regained the advantage with a layup 26 seconds later.



 Junior forward Cara Paladino


A Bornemann trifecta at 13:59 put UMD up by five, 38-33, at 13:59, but RIC stayed within striking distance. The Anchorwomen finally regained the lead, 43-42, on two Paladino free throws at 5:14. A layup by Kane at 4:11 tied the game, 44-all and two free throws by sophomore guard Melissa Daigle (Rockland, MA) gave UMass Dartmouth a 46-44 lead with just over three minutes left.


Castantini sank a layup with 44 seconds left to give the visitors a 50-47 lead with 44 seconds left. After the Anchorwomen missed a jumper with 26 seconds left, they fouled Daigle, who missed the ensuing free throw and the board was corralled by Andrade. After a timeout, senior guard Ashley O’Dell (Lincoln, RI) sank a huge three-pointer to send the game into overtime.



 Senior guard Ashley O'Dell


RIC used the momentum generated by the O’Dell trey and quickly scored five straight in the extra session to lead, 55-50, with 2:50 remaining. UMass Dartmouth clamped down and outscored the Anchorwomen, 10-2, the rest of the way, paced by four points from Garrity to seal the win. O’Dell tried her heroics one more time, but her potential game-tying three in the final seconds was off the mark.


RIC shot 32 percent (20-for-62) from the field, 15 percent (2-for-13) from long range and 68 percent (15-for-22) from the charity stripe. UMD shot 40 percent (26-for-65) from the field, 19 percent (3-for-16) from downtown and 50 percent (5-for-10) from the free throw line.


RIC turned the ball over 25 times, while the visitors coughed it up 20 times. The Anchorwomen also held the advantage in rebounding, 47-40.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play at home against Southern Maine on Saturday, Feb. 9 (1 p.m.).