Women's Basketball Downs Dayton, 78-68
Jan. 11, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - Junior Edris Bailey (Mt. Hope, Trinidad & Tobago) led four double-figure scorers with 20 points and five rebounds as the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (5-10, 1-3 A-10) defeated the University of Dayton (2-13, 0-4), 78-68, this afternoon at the Mullins Center. The win was the first of the New Year for the Minutewomen and the 78 points were a season-high.
Massachusetts led by 13 points, 47-34, at the 15:49 mark of the second half until Dayton caught fire from the outside. An 11-0 UD run in the next 1:59 cut the UMass lead to two points at 47-35 and forced it to call a timeout. After the timeout, UMass reeled off the next six points to build the lead back to eight. The teams traded baskets for the next couple of minutes until UMass began to pull away late in the half. A jumper by freshman Joyce Massey (Detroit, Mich.) gave UMass a 15-point edge, 68-53, at the 5:44 mark. The Minutewomen were 4-for-4 from the free throw line down the stretch and locked up their first conference win of the season.
UMass led for much of the way in the first half, but the Flyers chipped away and eventually took the lead, 23-22, at the 3:11 mark of the first half. A three-pointer by Stefanie Miller, one of her seven trifectas on the day, gave Dayton its only lead of the game. UMass senior Judit Zsedenyi (Budapest, Hungary) drained a three-pointer of her own the next trip down the floor and sparked an 11-0 UMass run to close out the half. Zsedenyi hit two three-pointers in the run while Massey also connected from downtown.
Miller led all scorers with 27 points and was 7-for-16 from three-point range. Bailey led four UMass double-figure scorers with 20 points on 9-of12 shooting. She also had five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Zsedenyi finished with 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting from three point range and three assists. Junior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) had 13 points, seven boards, three assists, a block and a steal, while senior Cleo Foster (Toronto, Ontario) had a career-high 12 points and seven assists.
UMass shot 48 percent from the field for the game and out-rebounded the Flyers, 39-27. UMass also outscored Dayton in the paint, 30-18, and committed a season-low 15 turnovers.
The Minutewomen return to action on Friday, Jan. 16, for a 12:00 p.m. matinee at Rhode Island.