Women's Basketball Drops Close Game At George Washington, 58-52
Jan. 9, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Redshirt junior Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) had 13 points and tied a career-high with seven rebounds, but the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (8-6, 1-2 A-10) lost to George Washington (9-4, 2-0), 58-52, on Sunday afternoon at the Smith Center. Senior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) hauled in a team-high 13 rebounds, while freshman Pam Rosanio (Southampton, Pa.) scored 11 points - all in the second half.
Massachusetts trailed by 10 points, 48-38, with 5:38 left in regulation before mounting a comeback. Rosanio scored her first basket of the game 20 seconds later to cut the deficit to eight.
After GW missed on the offensive end, sophomore Joyce Massey (Detroit, Mich.) scored for UMass off a put-back to cut the Colonial lead to six.
After GW's Jessica Simmonds went 1-for-2 from the free throw line, sophomore Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) came back to hit a pair of freebies to bring the Minutewomen within five points, 49-44, with 3:56 left.
Sarah-Joe Lawrence came right back and scored off a feed from Anna Montanana to bring the lead back to seven with 3:35 left.
Massachusetts then made several defensive stops, but were unable to convert on the offensive end. The teams exchanged possessions three times for the next two and a half minutes. Campbell finally ended the drought with a pair of free throws which made it a 51-46 game with just1:48 left.
UMass then got another defensive stop and came right back down the other end. Freshman Kate Mills (Elkton, Md.) was fouled attempting to make it a one possession game. She made one of her free throws and the Colonials led by four with 1:18 left.
UMass forced a miss by Kimberly Beck, but Simmonds got the offensive rebound between two UMass players and the put-back with 46 seconds left to make it a six-point game again.
Mills came right back with a lay-up on the other end just seven seconds later and UMass called a timeout down four points.
After Liz Dancause went 1-2 from the line for the Colonials, Mills scored another basket for UMass to make it a three-point game with just 19 seconds left.
The Minutewomen were unable to get any closer as GW made four straight free throws in the last 14 seconds to hang on for the win.
UMass held GW, the second-best shooting team in the league, to just 35 percent from the field. The Minutewomen shot just 30 percent, however, including 8-for-24 (.333) from three-point range. UMass held the edge on the glass, 48-43, but committed 19 turnovers. In addition, the Minutewomen were just 8-for-17 (.471) from the free throw line.
Nelson had a team-high 13 points and was 4-for-13 from three-point range. She also had four assists to just one turnover and tied a career-high with seven rebounds.
Rosanio scored all 11 of her points in the final 5:18. She also tied a career-high with six boards. Campbell scored six points but had a team-best 13 rebounds. She also had three steals. Tatham added four steals and four points.
Massachusetts will play at Saint Joseph's on Thursday, Jan. 13. Tip-off is slated for 12:00 PM and the game will be televised live on the Atlantic 10 Television Network. Locally, it can be seen on NESN.
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