Women's Basketball

Dayton Tops UMass Women's Hoops On Field Trip Day 80-55

Freshman Emily Mital got her first career start against Dayton.

Freshman Emily Mital got her first career start against Dayton.

Jan. 18, 2012

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AMHERST, Mass. - Juniors Shakia Robinson and Jasmine Watson shot a combined 15-for-24 from the floor but the rest of the squad was just 6-for-30 as the UMass women's basketball team suffered a 80-55 setback to Dayton in front of a crowd of 2,504 on Field Trip Day at the Mullins Center on Wednesday. With the loss, the Minutewomen fall to 6-13 on the season and 1-3 Atlantic 10 play, while the Flyers improve to 11-5, 3-1 in the A-10.

Robinson scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for UMass, while Watson followed with 14 points and 8 boards. In her first career start, freshman Emily Mital had 7 rebounds and 3 assists, while senior Emilie Teuscher contributed 6 points and corralled 5 rebounds.

The Minutewomen were without sixth-year senior Megan Zullo, who did not dress due to illness, ending a streak of 48 consecutive starts.

Dayton began the game with a 7-0 lead at the 18:52 mark and though the Minutewomen would get on the board with a layup by Watson at 18:16 that brought the deficit to five, that would be as close as UMass would come in the contest. The Flyers responded by scoring the next 10 straight points and went on to hold a 47-22 advantage at the intermission on the back of 45.9% (17-for-37) shooting.

Minutewomen could draw no closer than 22 the rest of the way and finished the afternoon 21-for-54 (38.9%) overall, 1-for-9 (11.1%) from three and 12-for-17 (70.6%) at the free throw line. Dayton shot 29-for-78 (37.2%), made 7-for-23 (30.4%) from long range and 15-for-23 (65.2%) at the charity stripe, while out-rebounding UMass, 47-40.

Cassie Sant scored 17 points for the Flyers while Casey Nance grabbed 10 rebounds, including seven offensive boards. Dayton had four players scoring nine points and all players scored at least one point on the day.

UMass, which has a bye this weekend, will be back in action next Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Duquesne for a 7 p.m. tip.




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