UMass Falters In 67-52 Loss At Duquesne
Jan. 15, 2014
PITTSBURGH - Kim Pierre-Louis finished 7-for-13 from the field and tallied 17 points, but UMass women's basketball was unable to keep pace with Duquesne's offense in a 67-52 loss at the Palumbo Center on Wednesday. Rashida Timbilla joined Pierre-Louis in scoring double-digits with 10 points and led the Minutewomen with five assists while she grabbed four rebounds.
Pierre-Louis scored in double-figures for the fifth consecutive game and the 10th over the previous 11 contests with the junior averages 14.8 points per contest in four Atlantic 10 games. Combined, Pierre-Louis and Timbilla finished 12-of-22 on field goal attempts (54.5 percent).
Raegan Moore tied with Pierre-Louis for the game high in points with 17 while Wumi Agunbiade scored 14 for the Dukes and Olivia Bresnahan tallied 11 more. Agunbiade pulled down 11 rebounds to earn a double-double.
Defensive efforts on both ends of the court kept the contest low scoring over the opening 12 minutes of the game. Duquesne took a 14-4 lead on a Bresnahan layup with 14 minutes, 20 seconds left in the opening half; however, buckets by Kiara Bomben and Nola Henry brought the Minutewomen within 14-8. Bomben drove the lane and used a right-handed layup to notch her first points of the evening while Henry pulled up in the paint for a jumper.
The Dukes (12-6, 4-1 Atlantic 10) used an 11-4 run spanning 3:28 of game action to pad their lead to 27-13 with 6:07 left in the half, spurred on by four different scorers during the stretch.
The Minutewomen (3-15, 0-4) cut their deficit to 35-25 at the break on the strength of accurate shooting by Pierre-Louis and Timbilla. Pierre-Louis finished the half 5-for-7 for 10 points while Timbilla scored eight more via four makes in seven attempts.
After the Dukes scored the opening four points of the second half to extend their lead to 39-25 the Minutewomen played even with Duquesne throughout the remainder of the contest. The second stanza featured a more balanced scoring approach from the Minutewomen as Pierre-Louis had seven, Kymber Hill scored all six of her points during the frame and Mital finished with five.
However, the Minutewomen were unable to pull closer than within 11 points during the final half. With Duquesne up 43-29, Mital hit her only three-pointer of the game to drop the margin to 43-32 with 15:48 left in the game.
Massachusetts finished 21-for-52 on field goals (40.4 percent) and made one three-point try in three attempts (33.3 percent). Duquesne answered with 23 makes in 53 shots from the floor (43.4 percent) including a 6-of-16 line from beyond the arc (37.5 percent). The Dukes hit 15-of-17 free throws (88.2 percent) against a 9-for-14 finish by the Minutewomen (64.3 percent).
Points in the paint were even, 24-24 while Duquesne led in scoring off of turnovers, 17-11 and second chance points, 13-11. The Minutewomen reserves scored 22 points against 16 netted by the Dukes bench.
UMass will host VCU (15-3, 3-2) for its next contest, a 2 p.m. game at the Mullins Center on Saturday, Jan. 18.
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