Second Half Scoring Puts VCU Past Massachusetts
Jan. 18, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - Four Minutewomen eclipsed double-figures in scoring, but Massachusetts women's basketball fell to a visiting-Virginia Commonwealth University squad, 81-51 at the Mullins Center on Saturday afternoon. UMass was led by Kymber Hill's career-high 14 points earned on a 5-of-9 finish from the floor to go with four made free throws.
Kiara Bomben added 12 points and tied for the team lead in rebounds with seven. Jasmine Harris also pulled down seven boards to go with 10 points and a career-best and team-leading five assists. Kim Pierre-Louis scored 10 to round out the quartet and earned four rebounds, a pair of assists and two blocks. Hill also had five rebounds, two steals and a block for the Minutewomen.
VCU's Robyn Parks produced 21 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double. Jessica Pellechio notched 16 points and Isis Thorpe scored 13 for the Rams.
Thorpe took four of the first five VCU field goal attempts and drained three of her shots from beyond the arc as the Rams raced out to a 10-0 lead. Harris answered with a trey from the left side for the first UMass bucket.
The Minutewomen scored six of the next eight points to stay within striking distance of VCU, closing a 12-3 gap with 15 minutes, 55 seconds to play in the first to 14-9 only 2:43 later.
Hill started the streak with a pair of free throws and a layup while Rashida Timbilla knocked down her first try from the field to cap the streak. Timbilla ended the day tied for the team lead in rebounds (7) and added five points, three assists and a blocked shot.
The Rams (16-3 overall, 4-2 Atlantic 10) pushed their lead to as much as 13 points before the Minutewomen chipped away at their deficit during the closing stretch of the opening half to pull within 35-28 at the break. Bomben and Hill each earned eight points during the frame as the duo went 4-of-8 from the floor and 4-for-6 at the free throw line combined.
With the Minutewomen down 35-23 following a Camille Calhoun fastbreak layup with 1:57 left in the half UMass rattled off the final five points of the first. Bomben knocked down a jumper on the ensuing UMass possession before Timbilla netted the front end of a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left to make it 35-26.
After Timbilla's second try from the foul line bounced off of the rim, Pierre-Louis corralled the loose ball and hit a put-back layup with seven second remaining to reach the halftime score.
The Rams started the second half on a 12-4 run to extend their advantage to 47-32 and the Minutewomen were not able to counter despite shooting at a higher percentage during the frame. VCU's up-tempo style allowed the visitors to fire up 43 field goal attempts in the closing stanza, of which the squad converted 16 (37.2 percent). Concurrently, UMass was 11-for-29 from the floor (37.9 percent).
For the game, the Minutewomen made 39.3 percent of their field goal attempts (22-of-56). They added five points on nine trips to the foul line (55.6 percent). VCU finished 30-of-83 overall (36.1 percent), including a 9-for-27 mark from beyond the arc (33.3 percent). The Rams were also 12-of-18 on free throws (66.7 percent).
The Minutewomen (3-16, 0-5) continue their Atlantic 10 slate on Wednesday, Jan 22, with a 7 p.m. game against Dayton (10-4, 3-0).
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