Women's Basketball Hangs On To Beat La Salle, 67-60
Jan. 7, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. -- Freshman Pam Rosanio (Southampton, Pa.) led three double-figure scorers with 16 points and three assists as the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (8-5, 1-1 A-10) hung on to defeat La Salle (6-7, 0-2), 67-60, Friday night at the Mullins Center. The Minutewomen out-scored La Salle, 10-3, in the final 1:57 for the win. Senior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Redshirt junior Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) also added 10 points and four assists.
The Minutewomen led by as many as 11 points in the second half only to see La Salle come back and tie the game with 2:20 left. A pair of free throws by Shaune McLaughlin capped a 5-0 La Salle run to tie the game at 57. Freshman Kate Mills (Elkton, Md.) then hit a pair of free throws on the other end to put the Minutewomen back up. On the next La Salle possession, Campbell stole the ball from just outside the three-point circle. She drove the length of the floor and hit a lay-up to put UMass back up four points with 1:30 left. La Salle was unable to score again on its next possession and the Minutewomen started back up the floor on offense.
Sophomore Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) was sent to the free throw line with 1:06 left. She made one of two and La Salle got the ball back down five. Crista Ricketts missed a shot and Campbell hauled in the rebound. She was then fouled with 45 seconds left. Campbell made both shots at the line and made it a three possession game. With 28 seconds left, Monica Garrido-Sanz hit a three-pointer to bring the Explorers within four points, but were unable to score anymore. The Minutewomen went 3-4 from the free throw line the rest of the way for the win.
UMass came out of the gates firing in the first half and had a 9-2 lead just 2:05 into the game forcing La Salle to call a timeout. The Explorers then settled into the game and the two teams exchanged runs. The Minutewomen led by as many as nine points in the first half, but La Salle had a 14-4 run to take a lead late in the first half. The Minutewomen closed out the first half on a 7-2 run to hold a four-point edge at intermission.
UMass shot 46 percent (22-54) from the field, including a season-high 67 percent (6-9) clip from three-point range. La Salle shot 33 percent (22-67) from the field and just 25 percent (4-16) from three-point range. The Minutewomen were out-rebounded, 39-36, but had 19 assists on their 25 field goals in the game.
Rosanio's 16 points tied a career-high. She was 6-for-12 from the field and 3-for-5 from three-point range. She also had three assists. Nelson had her 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting from three-point range as well as a free throw. She dished out four assists and had two steals. Campbell had 10 points on 3-for-6 shooting from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. She also added 10 boards, four assists and three steals. Redshirt junior Patrycja Gulak (Olsztyn, Poland) had seven points, three assists and three blocked shots.
Ricketts led all scoreres with 21 points. She was 9-for-10 from the free throw line.
Massachusetts will next play at George Washington on Sunday. Tip-off at the Smith Center is set for 7:00 PM. The game can be heard live on WMUA, 91.1 FM and over the Internet at umassathletics.com for free beginning at 1:30 PM.