Henry Tallies Career-High 15 Points In Loss At Harvard, 85-59
Jan. 2, 2013
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - UMass women's basketball freshman point guard Nola Henry tallied a single-game personal-best 15 points at Harvard's Lavietes Pavilion on Wednesday evening; however, the Minutewomen dropped a 85-59 decision to the Crimson in their first contest of 2013. Henry's career-high included an 11-point second half, during which the Willingboro, N.J., native knocked down 4-of-4 attempts from the floor and 2-of-2 free throws for her first collegiate double-digit scoring output.
Redshirt-junior forward Kiara Bomben added 11 points and a team-high three assists while redshirt-sophomore center Millie Niggeling tallied nine points on a trio of three-pointers. Freshman guard Rashida Timbilla contributed six points, five rebounds and two assists while redshirt-junior guard Carolann Cloutier totaled five points, a pair of helpers and a board in a season-high 27 minutes on the floor.
Each team opened strong from the floor, with Bomen and Timbilla pacing the Minutewomen (2-12 overall) offense. The duo combined for UMass' first seven made field goals, going 7-for-7 in the process, while Bomben finished the half 5-for-5 from the floor for 11 points.
After trading baskets in the early-going, Harvard (8-5) earned an 8-2 run to take a nine-point lead, 21-12 at the 10:14 mark in the first half. The Crimson added to their advantage over the remainder of the first stanza, entering the break with a 48-29 lead on the strength of a 20-for-34 shooting performance from the floor (58.8 percent).
In the second half, senior center Jasmine Watson and Niggeling produced on the offensive end of the court for UMass during the opening minutes. After Henry knocked down a pair of foul shots to open scoring in the frame for the Minutewomen, Watson and Niggeling added the next 13 UMass points, with seven and six, respectively.
Henry took control of the offense from there, tallying nine of her 11 second half points during a 4:42 span. The freshman began the run with her second trey of the contest with 8:43 to play and closed out the strong showing with a running jumper at the 4:01 mark.
UMass went 22-for-54 from the floor (40.7 percent), hit 7-of-20 three-point attempts (35.0 percent) and finished 8-for-13 from the charity stripe (61.5 percent). Harvard answered with 33 made field goals in 64 tries (51.6 percent), including a 6-for-17 evening from behind the arc (35.3 percent), while the Crimson converted 13-of-16 free throws (81.3 percent).
Harvard led the points in the paint battle, 38-22 while tallying advantages in scoring off of turnovers, 26-10 and on the fast break, 9-0. The Crimson also led in bench points, 30-20 and second chance scoring, 17-6.
Christine Clark's 19 points led Harvard while Victoria Lippert tallied 17, Elise Gorden added 14 and Temi Fagbenle chipped in 12.
In their next contest, the Minutewomen face their second consecutive opponent hailing from the Ivy League in Dartmouth (1-11), hosting the Big Green at the Mullins Center on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m.