Saint Bonaventure Defeats Minutewomen, 70-58
AMHERST, Mass. -- The University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (5-12, 1-5) lost to Saint Bonaventure (5-11, 1-4) this afternoon, 70-58, giving the Bonnies their win ever at the Mullins Center. SBU guard Steph Collins scored a game-high 20 points including four three-pointers to lead a squad that canned 11 threes and never trailed.
Saint Bonaventure opened up an early 8-2 lead off the opening tip and never looked back holding a 36-24 lead at the half.
In the second half, UMass cut the 12-point halftime deficit to 10, but a 13-3 run by the Bonnies over the next 3:35 gave them a 20-point lead and closed the door for the Minutewomen. UMass never got any closer than 14 points until the end of the game.
UMass had four players in double figures including freshman guard Joyce Massey (Detroit, Mich.) who netted a career-high 16 points. Also totaling double-digits were junior forward Edris Bailey (Mt. Hope, Trinidad & Tobago) who had 14, senior forward Judit Zsedenyi (Budapest, Hungary) who had 11, and freshman forward Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ont.) who totaled 10. Tatham also had a career-high five blocked shots which tied for the second-most in a game at the Mullins Center and was the most by a UMass player in nearly four seasons.
Saint Bonaventure also got 14 points and a team-high six rebounds from Tory Vyborny to round out an attack that was more productive from beyond the arc (52.4 percent) than in was inside it (46.3 percent). UMass recorded 20 assists on its 22 field goals and was out-rebounded, 34-27.
UMass women's basketball returns to action Friday, Jan. 23, with a 7:00 p.m. home contest against Xavier at the Mullins Center.