Women's Basketball Falls To Duquesne, 60-47
Jan. 17, 2002
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Duquesne University defeated the University of Massachusetts, 60-47, in women's basketball action tonight at the A.J. Palumbo Center. Despite not converting a field goal in the final seven minutes, Duquesne outscored UMass, 12-2, late in the game with all 12 points coming from the free throw line.
UMass trailed by as many as nine points early in the first half, but the Minutewomen fought back to within three points at the 5:00 minute mark, behind a jumpshot from junior Jennifer Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y.). At one point in the second half, UMass held Duquesne scoreless for almost 7:00 minutes, but the Minutewomen could not capitalize on their own opportunities. The Minutewomen shutout Duquesne's leading rebounder Jen Friday, while Butler pulled down an A.J. Palumbo Center record 21 rebounds. UMass pulled down a season-high 50 rebounds in the game and for the first time in history, the team grabbed more rebounds than points.
The Minutewomen and Dukes battled basket for basket in the first half, with the lead changing hands on eight different ocassions. The Dukes went on a seven point run at the 13:27 mark, sparked by a three-pointer by Shiri Sharo to give Duquesne a 14-9 advantage. The Minutewomen answered with three-pointer by freshman Katie Nelson (Ellicot City, Md.) and slicing drive by freshman Monique Govan (Chicago, Ill.) to tie the game at 14-14. Once again, Duquesne took a five point lead, this time at the 4:00 minute mark. A pair of free throws by junior Amber Sneed (Cincinatti, Ohio)tied the game at 25-25, and a turn around jumper by junior Nekole Smith (Ann Arbor, Mich.) gave UMass its first lead since the six minute mark. Nelson converted on two free throws with 20 seconds remaining to tie the game, 30-30, for the Minutewomen.
UMass and Duquesne both shot 40.7 percent from the floor on 11-for-27 shooting from the field in the first half and each team committed eight turnovers. UMass was led by Nelson with seven points in the first half, while Smith chipped in five.
Butler finished with 12 points and 21 rebounds, while Smith and Nelson each chipped in seven points. UMass shot a season-low 6-for-35 from the field in the second half to finish with 27.7 percent for the game. The Minutewomen fall to 3-13 overall on the season and 1-4 in the Atlantic 10, while Duquesne improves to 8-8 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
The Minutewomen return to action on Monday, Jan. 21, 2002 when they travel to Rhode Island to face the Rams. The game is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m.