UMass Loses 61-49 Decision At St. Bonaventure
Jan. 19, 2013
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - UMass women's basketball cut a 16-point deficit down to one in the second half before eventually falling at St. Bonaventure's Reilly Center, 61-49 on Saturday afternoon. Redshirt-junior Kiara Bomben led the Minutewomen with 12 points, including a trio of three-pointers, over 19 minutes on the floor.
Senior center Jasmine Watson added eight points and four rebounds while freshman forward Rashida Timbilla pulled down nine boards and chipped in six points. Redshirt-sophomore Millie Niggeling tallied eight points, all in the second half, and four rebounds over 16 minutes.
St. Bonaventure (8-10 overall, 1-2 Atlantic 10) built a 10 point lead with 5:21 left in the first before the teams exchanged baskets down the stretch as the Bonnies led UMass (3-15, 1-2) at the half, 29-22. Bomben knocked down a three-pointer before sophomore Aisha Rodney connected on a turn-around jumper at the rim to drop the deficit to 27-22 with 1:59 remaining; however, Doris Ortega converted a layup 46 seconds later to cap scoring in the stanza.
The Bonnies extended their lead to 16 points in the second half before UMass rallied back in the final nine minutes to pull within 45-41 of St. Bonaventure on the strength of a 10-0 run. Freshman guard Jasmine Harris converted a pair of free throws to start the stretch before Niggeling knocked down back-to-back three-pointers, with the second dropping the deficit to 45-39 at the 7:46 mark. Cloutier capped the run with a pair of made free throws.
After Ortega ended the UMass scoring streak with a layup, Harris answered on the other end with a trey before freshman guard Nola Henry hit a running layup to cut the St. Bonaventure lead to one, 47-46 with 4:23 left. However, the Minutewomen were unable to continue their strong offensive showing into the final four minutes as St. Bonaventure used free throws to pull away.
UMass went 18-for-56 from the floor overall (32.1 percent), including finishing 6-of-20 from behind the arc (30.0 percent). St. Bonaventure hit 18 of its 52 field goals (34.6 percent) while going 3-for-17 from three (17.6 percent). The Bonnies converted 22-of-26 free throws (84.6 percent) while UMass ended 7-for-8 from the foul line (87.5 percent).
The UMass bench outscored St. Bonaventure's reserves, 29-10 while the Bonnies earned a 24-20 advantage in points in the paint. Second-chance scoring favored the Minutewomen, 17-5 while St. Bonaventure tallied a 13-6 lead in points off of turnovers.
Alaina Walker led St. Bonaventure with 21 points and eight rebounds while Ortega scored 19 for the Bonnies.
The Minutewomen continue their A-10 Conference slate at home against Butler (10-7, 1-1) at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23.