Daily Collegian reporter Andrew Cyr followed up with head coach Sharon Dawley and junior forward Kim Pierre-Louis after UMass took a 63-59 win from Hartford on the road
Saturday afternoon. Pierre-Louis provided a career day with single-game personal bests of 19 points and nine rebounds in leading the team to the win.
Massachusetts's women's basketball coach Sharon Dawley knew that with
a young roster it was going to take some time for her team to get
acclimated to playing at such a competitive level.
However, just five games into the season, with back-to-back nail
biting wins only three days apart, this Minutewoman team is gaining
confidence quickly, and showing no signs of slowing down after a 63-59
win against Hartford on Saturday.
"I was really happy with our team's performance on the defensive
end," Dawley said. "We had a couple big shots from [Jasmine Harris] and
[Emily Mital] late in the second half, but it was our ability to defend
and get to loose balls that kept us in this game."
Trailing 51-46 with 9:23 remaining, Rashida Timbilla dished the ball
out to an open Harris, who buried a deep 3-pointer to cut the Hawks'
lead down to just two. Less than two minutes later, Harris drilled
another straightaway three to give UMass a 52-51 lead, its first lead
since the 14:44 mark of the first half...
For the entire recap of the game, check out the Daily Collegian website here. More information on UMass women's basketball is available through UMassAthletics.com.