Women's Basketball Falls At URI, 63-57
Jan. 16, 2004
South Kingston, R.I. - The University of Rhode Island (9-6, 2-2 A-10) converted 18 of 19 free-throw opportunities in the second half, en route to a 63-57 victory over The University of Massachusetts (5-11, 1-4 A-10) at the Ryan Center in Atlantic 10 women's basketball action. Senior guard Judit Zsedenyi (Budapest, Hungary) led all scorers with a game-high 19 points to go with her four rebounds and three assists.
After the two teams came out of halftime tied at 26-26, Rhode Island built a six-point lead, 45-39 at the 9:26 mark. Massachusetts used a 6-0 run of its own over the next 1:20, including four of her 13 total points by freshman Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario), to erase the deficit, knotting the score at 45 apiece. At the 6:05 mark, Zsedenyi hit a jumper to put the Minutewomen up 49-47, but the Rams responded with an 8-0 run over the 1:35 to take another six-point lead, 55-49, with 3:26 left to play. Massachusetts cut the Rhode Island lead to three, 55-52, with 2:29 left, but could not take advantage of three opportunities to further cut the lead or tie the game. Rhode Island then made eight free-throws in the final 1:19 to seal the victory, handing the Minutewomen their fourth conference loss.
Rhode Island had four scorers in double figures, led by Tanya Rhodes, as she poured in 15 points and snatched six boards. The game consisted of 12 ties and seven lead changes as UMass outshot URI, going 22 of 48 for the game, to the Rams' 19 of 52, respective percentages of 45.8 and 36.5. The Minutewomen also held a slight rebounding edge as they grabbed 32 boards to Rhode Island's 31. URI earned 23 points at the charity stripe, going 23-25, while UMass was only 10-16.
The Minutewomen will be back in action on Sunday, Jan. 18, as they return home to face Atlantic 10 foe St. Bonaventure in a 2:00 p.m. matinee at the Mullins Center.