Minutewomen Fall To Saint Joseph's, 68-61
Jan. 8, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts women's basketball team fell to Saint Joseph's University, 68-61, tonight in Atlantic 10 action at the Mullins Center. The Minutewomen fall to 9-4 overall and 1-1 in A-10 play, while the Hawks are now 6-6 overall, 2-0 in the A-10.
Massachusetts opened up the second half on a 7-1 run, erasing a four-point deficit and taking its first lead since 3-2 early in the first half. A three-pointer by senior Ebony Pegues (Columbus, Ohio) gave the Minutewomen a 41-40 lead, but Erin Brady scored a basket on the other end to give SJU the lead again. On the ensuing possession, UMass senior Jen Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) made one of two free throws to tie the game at 42, but a field goal by the Hawks' Irina Krasnoshiok gave them the lead back for good.
UMass played good defense the remainder of the second half, but made just five field goals over the last 16:19 and shot just .280 (7-25) in the half. After SJU built a six-point lead at the 11:56 mark (52-46), the Minutewomen cut it to one a minute later. UMass had two chances to retake the lead but were unable to record a field goal. The Hawks used a quick 6-0 spurt to go back up by seven (58-51) and UMass was unable to get any closer than five the rest of the way.
UMass had four players reach double-figures, led by Butler's 16. She also pulled down 16 boards for her 11th double-double of the season and dished out four assists. Sophomore Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) added 12 points and four assists with no turnovers, while Pegues had 14 points and five assists. Senior Nekole Smith (Ann Arbor, Mich.) chipped in with 10 points.
Saint Joseph's was led by Erin Brady with 26 points. Amra Mehmedic scored 15 on 5-of-10 shooting from three-point range, while Stephanie Graff and Krasnoshiok each added 11. The Hawks shot .490 (25-51) from the field, including a .500 (10-20) clip from behind the arc. They used a 38-point first half on 13-of-21 (.619) shooting to dig a hole for the Minutewomen early.
Massachusetts shot .373 (22-59) from the floor and was out-rebounded, 35-34. UMass did have good ball movement, recording 18 assists on its 22 field goals.
Massachusetts returns to action Sunday, Jan. 12, with a 2:00 p.m. game at A-10 foe Fordham in the Bronx.