Women's Hoops Downs Bonnies, 70-48
Jan. 18, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (11-5, 3-2) defeated St. Bonaventure (4-12, 1-4), 70-48, this afternoon in an Atlantic 10 game at the Mullins Center. With her ninth point at the 3:58 mark of the first half, senior Nekole Smith (Ann Arbor, Mich.) became the 14th Minutewoman to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau.
Massachusetts, which led 30-21 at the half, saw the Bonnies go on a 14-2 run over the first 7:12 to take their first lead since mid-way through the first half. On the next trip down the floor, senior Jen Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) converted on an old-fashioned three-point play to put the Minutewomen back up a point at 35-34. After St. Bonaventure's Eva Kadlecova made one of two free throws to tie the game for the fourth time, UMass sophomore Monique Govan (Chicago, Ill.) slashed through the lane and hit a runner to put it up for good. Caitlin Crist hit a jumper at the other end to tie the game again, but that would be the last Bonnies field goal for 8:44. After calling a 30-second timeout, Massachusetts went on a 28-7 run before Courtney Mattingly finally hit a fade-away jumper to end the drought at 2:35.
Butler had just four points at the half as the Bonnies were constantly double- and triple-teaming her, but was able to get it going in the second half to finish with a team-high 17. She also grabbed 12 rebounds for her 14th double-double of the season. Smith and sophomore Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) each finished with 12 points. Smith hauled in six rebounds, while Nelson dished out three assists and did not commit a turnover. Govan made the most of her 13 minutes posting a career-high 10 points, including a perfect 2-for-2 from behind the arc. She also dished out four assists and had four rebounds. Junior Cleo Foster (Toronto, Ontario) had five points, seven rebounds and three steals. All 13 Minutewomen played at least two minutes this afternoon.
Massachusetts shot .400 (24-60) from the field and out-rebounded the Bonnies, 44-33. St. Bonaventure was .347 (17-49) fro the field and .435 (10-23) from the free throw line. UMass recorded 20 assists on its 24 baskets and committed just 10 turnovers. The Minutewomen were .360 (9-25) from three-point range and .619 (13-21) at the charity stripe. Massachusetts held a 37-16 edge in the paint.
Courtney Mattingly led the Bonnies with a game-high 20 points, but was held to just four in the second half.
Massachusetts will return to action this weekend with a pair of games against the Atlantic 10's Ohio entrants. On Friday, the Minutewomen play Xavier at 7:00 p.m. in Cincinnati and then head up the road for a 2:00 p.m. game at Dayton on Sunday, Jan. 26.