Women's Basketball Outpaced By La Salle In Road Matchup
Jan. 11, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Kim Pierre-Louis notched 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds but the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team fell at La Salle, 78-41 in the Tom Gola Arena on Saturday afternoon. Pierre-Louis finished 8-for-11 on field goals and 3-of-4 on free throw attempts while she contributed a pair of blocks on the defensive end.
Kymber Hill added seven points and as many rebounds, including four from the offensive glass. Rashida Timbilla followed with five points and six rebounds. Emily Mital led the Minutewomen in assists with four.
Micahya Owens finished with a game-high 23 points as the only La Salle player to score in double-figures. She was 9-for-15 from the floor, including a trio of three-pointers, and 2-of-2 on free throws.
Interior play dominated the game early on as both sides attempted to work the ball into the paint. La Salle (9-7, 4-0 Atlantic 10) struck to a 14-6 lead at the first media timeout with a balanced scoring approach as seven Explorers hit a two-point attempt each.
Pierre-Louis provided six consecutive points for UMass as she took the ball to the hoop from the right side and drew a foul while converting a layup. With La Salle ahead, 10-3, Pierre-Louis used her first bucket and foul shot to convert the three-point play to drop the deficit to 10-6.
After the Explorers used a 7-0 run to expand their lead to 17-6, Pierre-Louis ended the Minutewomen scoring drought with her second hoop and harm to bring UMass within 17-9 with 12 minutes, four seconds to play in the half.
Pierre-Louis continued her torrid scoring pace to lead the Minutewomen offense in the opening frame en route to her fourth consecutive game totaling double-digits in the category and the eighth time over the last nine contests. The Ottawa, Ontario, native hit 6-of-7 field goal attempts and drained 3-of-4 free throws in 13 minutes on the floor for 15 points in the first half alone.
However, La Salle stretched its advantage to 16 at halftime with the final seven points of the frame to hold a 39-23 lead at the break. The Explorers added 17 of the opening 19 points during the second stanza to push their lead to 54-25 with 12:21 to play. Massachusetts was unable to respond down the stretch as the balanced scoring approach from the La Salle lineup led the home side to earn the 78-41 final score.
Led by Pierre-Louis, the UMass bench scored 28 points while the La Salle reserves had 31. Scoring in the paint also favored the Explorers, 38-26 as did points off of turnovers, 29-13.
Massachusetts finished 16-for-53 on field goal attempts (30.2 percent) with one made three-pointer in seven tries (14.3 percent). La Salle went 32-for-63 overall (50.8 percent) including a 5-of-11 finish from beyond the arc (45.5 percent). UMass added eight points via 21 free throw attempts (38.1 percent) while the Explorers were 9-of-15 on foul shots (60.0 percent).
The Minutewomen (3-14, 0-3) head to Pittsburgh, Pa., to complete their next contest, a Wed., Jan. 15 game at Duquesne (11-6, 3-1) set to begin at 7 p.m.