Temple Defeats UMass Women's Basketball, 67-57
Jan. 3, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - Natalia Isaac scored 23 points to lead Temple University to a 67-57 victory over the University of Massachusetts in the first Atlantic 10 conference women's basketball game of the season for both teams. The victory improves Temple to 6-6 on the season, and 1-0 in A-10 play, while the loss drops the Minutewomen to 2-10 on the season.
Trailing by as many as 17 points in the second half, the Minutewomen battled to within seven points behind a pair of steals by freshman Katie Nelson (Ellicot City, Md.) and a turn around jumper by junior Nekole Smith (Ann Arbor, Mich.) with only two minutes remaining in the game. Isaac capitalized on a pair of free throws to give the Owls a 66-57 advantage and seal the first A-10 conference win of the season for Temple. She finished with a game-high 23 points on 6-for-12 shooting from the floor and 8-for-10 from the free throw line.
The Owls broke free early, leading by as many as 13 points in the first 10 minutes of the game. The Minutewomen cut the lead to seven behind a pair of free throws by junior Jennifer Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) with three minutes remaining in the half. She finished the half with 11 points and six rebounds. Temple entered the halftime break with a 34-27 lead.
Nelson finished with a career-high 18 points on 4-for-7 shooting from three-point range and going a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line. Butler recorded her seventh double-double of the season, scoring 17 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. She is currently the only player in the Atlantic 10 to average in double figures in both scoring and rebounding. Smith also chipped in seven points for the Minutewomen on 3-for-3 shooting from the field.
The Minutewomen return to action on Tuesday, January 8, 2002 when they take on St. Joseph's University at the Mullins Center. The game is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m.