UMass Women's Basketball Drops Contest With Fordham, 75-61
Jan. 5, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - Freshman center Kymber Hill notched 13 points to lead four Minutewomen who scored in double-figures, but Massachusetts women's basketball suffered a 75-61 setback to Fordham at the Mullins Center on Sunday. Kim Pierre-Louis followed with 12 points while Emily Mital chipped in 11 and Kiara Bomben scored 10.
Hill finished 9-of-9 at the free throw line, tied for the team lead with five rebounds and provided a pair of assists. Pierre-Louis was 6-for-12 from the floor and pulled down four rebounds, including two from the offensive glass. Mital hit five of her seven field goal attempts and dished out three assists.
Erin Rooney led Fordham with 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Abigail Corning provided 20 points and seven boards while Hannah Missry notched 11 points.
Supported by Hill's perfect day from the charity stripe, UMass finished 18-of-21 on free throw attempts (85.7 percent) for its highest single-game percentage in the category this season. Hill's nine made three throws mark the most in the freshman's tenure with the Minutewomen and tie her for the single-game team lead this season with Nola Henry, who hit 9-of-10 against Central Michigan on Nov. 10, 2013.
The Minutewomen and Rams traded baskets early as both teams shot well from the floor. Fordham drained seven of its opening 14 field goals while UMass answered with seven makes in 11 attempts as the Rams earned a 15-14 lead with 10 minutes, 45 seconds left in the half.
Hill and Pierre-Louis paced the squad during the opening stanza as Hill notched eight points on an 8-of-8 performance from the charity stripe and Pierre-Louis added six more through a 3-for-4 line from the field.
Pierre-Louis substituted in from the bench with 14:27 to play in the opening half and hit her first shot only eight seconds later to make it 11-10 in favor of the Rams. She added back-to-back layups for the Minutewomen to keep UMass within striking distance of the lead, with her final attempt of the frame pulling the Maroon and White within 15-14 of the Rams with 10:45 left.
However, Fordham struck ahead, 23-14 on the strength of an 8-0 run spanning 3:02 of game action and led by as much as 13 points before the break.
The Rams (13-2 overall, 2-0 Atlantic 10) offense continued its scoring pace during the second half and maintained a double-digit advantage throughout. They extended their lead to as much as 19 points, 65-46 on a pair of free throws by Rooney with 7:40 to play.
The Minutewomen brought it to within 13 points down the stretch with an 11-5 run, started by a Mital jumper with 6:40 remaining and capped via a three-pointer from the Frisco, Texas, native to drop the deficit to 70-57 with 2:34 left. However, Briana Jordan answered for the Rams with a trey of her own and UMass was unable to pull closer than within 14 points during the remainder of the contest.
UMass shot 43.8 percent from the floor, including a 14-for-28 mark in the second half. The Minutewomen finished 1-of-8 on three-point attempts (12.5 percent). Fordham hit 30-of-62 field goal attempts (48.4 percent) with six made three-pointers in 19 tries (31.6 percent). The Rams went 9-for-13 on free throw (69.2 percent) and out-rebounded Massachusetts, 34-27.
Points in the paint favored Fordham, 34-30 while the Minutewomen held the advantage in second chance scoring, 13-7. The Rams also led in points off of turnover, 17-16 while the Minutewomen reserves notched 17 points to eight scored by the Rams bench.
Massachusetts (3-13, 0-2) continues its Atlantic 10 slate with a trip to Philadelphia, Pa., where the Minutewomen face La Salle (7-7, 2-0) at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11.
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