Women's Basketball Falls To Duquesne, 63-53
Jan. 21, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (10-7, 3-3 A-10) could not overcome a 41-16 halftime deficit as it fell to Duquesne (7-9, 2-3), 63-53, Friday night at the Mullins Center. The Minutewomen went on a late 14-3 run to make it a seven-point game with just under three minutes left, but could not get any closer. Sophomore Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) led the Minutewomen with 16 points and seven rebounds.
The Minutewomen got off to a very slow start as Duquesne built up a 39-14 lead in the first half. The Dukes came out on fire making six of their first eight three-pointers while the Minutewomen started off 3-for-16 (.188) from the field. UMass ended the half shooting just 21 percent from the field (5-24). Duquesne made 14 of its first 22 shots in the half. UMass had seven steals but were unable to turn them into any points. The Minutewomen committed 12 turnovers and were out-rebounded, 21-15.
UMass started the second half on a 9-2 as it tried to mount a come-back. A steal and lay-up by senior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) cut the Duquesne lead to 18, 43-25, at the 16:04 mark. The Minutewomen continued the defensive pressure on Duquesne, but could not get any closer for the next 10 minutes. Then with 5:00 remaining, the Minutewomen started to come back. Sophomore Joyce Massey (Detroit, Mich.) caught fire and scored eight straight points to bring the Minutewomen within seven points, 55-48, with 2:11 left. That capped a 14-3 run in a 3:14 span.
After a media timeout following a Duquesne foul, Campbell missed the front end of a 1-and-1. The Dukes' Erin Crawford then made a lay-up on the other end as the shot clock was expiring to put the Dukes up nine. Aiga Bautre then converted after another UMass miss to put Duquesne up 11 again. Tatham converted a three-point play the next time down the floor for the Minutewomen, but the Dukes made all their free throws down the stretch for the win. UMass outscored the Dukes, 37-22, in the second half.
Campbell finished with eight points, seven rebounds and four steals. Redshirt junior Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) and freshman Pam Rosanio (Southampton, Pa.) went a combined 2-for-24 from the field, including 1-for-14 from three-point range. Nelson, however, tied a career-high with eight assists. Rosanio still managed nine points, five rebounds and four steals. Loui Hall led three Duquesne double-figure scorers with 18 points and nine rebounds. Bautre had 15 points, while Nicole Sinclair finished with 12 points and 11 boards.
After shooting 53 percent in the first half, Duquesne was just 5-for-20 (.250) in the second half. It made up the difference at the free throw line going 12-for-14.The Minutewomen shot 31 percent for the game. Both teams grabbed 40 rebounds, while Duquesne committed three more turnovers (16-13). UMass had 14 steals in the game.
The Minutewomen conclude their home stand Sunday afternoon by hosting Saint Joseph's at 5:00 PM. For tickets, please stop by the Mullins Center Box Office or call 1-866-UMASS-TIX. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.umassathletics.com.