Minutewomen Fall To Fordham On The Road, 69-57
Jan. 16, 2013
BRONX, N.Y. - UMass women's basketball shot 58.3 percent from behind the three-point arc (7-for-12) at Fordham's Rose Hill Gymnasium; however, the Minutewomen fell to the Rams, 69-57 on Wednesday evening. In the first A-10 road game for UMass on the year, redshirt-junior Carolann Cloutier scored in double-figures for the third straight contest, leading the squad with 13 points.
Senior Jasmine Watson added 11 points and six rebounds for the Minutewomen while sophomore guard Emily Mital totaled 11 points and two assists. Freshman guard Rashida Timbilla notched eight points while recording 10 boards and securing two steals.
Each squad had its shooting touch throughout the first half, with the squads exchanging baskets until late in the stanza. With the Rams (12-5 overall, 2-0 A-10) finding success inside the arc, the Minutewomen (3-14, 1-1) used their three-point game to keep the contest close.
Trailing, 7-2 with 18:11 to play in the first, freshman guard Nola Henry drained her first attempt of the night from behind the three-point line before Timbilla added a jumper to tie it at seven only one minute, 50 seconds later. Cloutier kept the Minutewomen within striking distance by following Henry's lead, keying in on a pair of three-pointers, with the second dropping the UMass deficit to 14-13 with 10:47 remaining in the half.
Following a Kiara Bomben layup to knot the score at 22-22 with 4:41 to play in the first, the Rams used a 10-2 run to build a 32-24 lead as time wound down. However, on the final possession, Timbilla stole the ball from Abigail Corning and passed ahead to Cloutier, who converted a layup as time expired to pull UMass within 32-26 and give the Minutewomen momentum heading into the break.
Cloutier continued to knock down her attempts in the second half, tallying her third three-pointer of the game as UMass moved within 42-38 of Fordham at the 14:18 mark. With the conversion, Cloutier has gone 7-for-11 from behind the arc over the previous three contests while tallying double-digit scoring totals in each game and at least a pair of made three-pointers.
Fordham pulled away during the middle of the second half, recording a 14-2 run to go ahead, 58-42 with 7:42 remaining. The Minutewomen battled back to cut the deficit to single digits, 60-53 as Mital made a trio of three-pointers in as many attempts during a three-minute span; however, UMass was unable to drop the gap further over the final 3:49 of game action.
The Minutewomen finished 23-for-54 from the field (42.6 percent) and made 4-of-7 free throws (57.1 percent). Fordham went 28-for-63 overall (44.4 percent), but finished just 2-for-15 from three-point territory (13.3 percent) while hitting 11-of-15 foul shots (73.3 percent).
Fordham earned a 32-28 advantage on points in the paint while totaling a 21-19 lead in scoring off of turnovers. UMass tallied an 11-4 advantage in fast break scoring while leading in bench points, 11-6.
Erin Rooney led Fordham with 19 points while Marah Strickland and Corning added 14 each.
The Minutewomen cap their two-game road trip to New York with a trip to Olean, N.Y., the face St. Bonaventure on Saturday, Jan. 19.
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