UMass Closes Non-Conference Slate With 57-55 Loss To Dartmouth
Jan. 6, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Kiara Bomben produced a career-high 16 points, including a personal-best 10-for-12 day from the free throw line, and Carolann Cloutier added 10 points as UMass dropped a close contest with Dartmouth, 57-55 at the Mullins Center on Sunday afternoon. Bomben scored in double-figures for the second consecutive contest while Cloutier's 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting from the floor marked the most since the redshirt-junior guard's return from a knee injury suffered during the 2011-12 season.
Sophomore Aisha Rodney also finished 4-for-8 from the field to earn eight points while pulling down four rebounds. Sophomore Emily Mital added five points, two boards and a pair of helpers for the Minutewomen while senior center Jasmine Watson chipped in a team-high six rebounds.
After the Big Green (2-12 overall) earned a 9-3 lead to open the contest, the Minutewomen (2-13) responded with an 11-3 run, capped by a pair of Bomben foul shots with 8:32 remaining for a 14-12 advantage. UMass was supported by six points each from Bomben and Cloutier during the low-scoring and hard-fought first half, which featured eight lead changes. However a strong finish to the frame by Dartmouth over the final three minutes resulted in a 26-21 lead for the visitors at the break.
The Big Green continued to connect from the floor during the opening minutes of the second half, extending the advantage to as much as 11 in the process. After falling behind, 45-34 with 10:03 left, the Minutewomen responded with a 15-6 offensive spurt to knock the deficit down to only one basket, 51-49 with 2:23 to play.
However, UMass was unable to push ahead during the final minutes, dropping the deficit to a pair, 55-53 with eight seconds remaining before Kaitana Martinez knocked down a set from the foul line to put Dartmouth ahead, 57-53 with seven seconds to play. Freshman guard Rashida Timbilla converted a layup at the buzzer to reach the final score, 57-55.
Points in the paint were even at 28-28 while UMass tallied a slim lead in scoring off of turnovers, 15-13. Dartmouth held an 11-6 advantage in second change points while fast break scoring favored the Minutewomen, 6-4. The UMass reserves also notched 27 points to 21 for the Dartmouth bench.
UMass went 19-for-59 from the floor (32.2 percent) - hitting on 4-of-16 three-pointers (25.0 percent) while finishing 13-for-26 at the free throw line (50.0 percent). Dartmouth knocked down 19-of-52 attempts (36.5 percent), including a 2-for-15 day from behind the arc (13.3 percent), while connecting on 17-of-18 from the charity stripe (94.4 percent).
Tia Dawson and Faziah Steen led Dartmouth with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Daisy Jordan also scored double-digits with 10, while Dawson added 13 rebounds and Kamala Thompson pulled down 11 boards.
UMass opens Atlantic 10 Conference play at home in their next contest, hosting George Washington (6-7) at the Mullins Center on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m.