Pierre-Louis' Double-Double Not Enough In Loss To League-Leading Dayton
Jan. 22, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - Kim Pierre-Louis recorded her second career double-double on 20 points and 12 rebounds; however, Massachusetts women's basketball was unable to keep pace with Dayton in a 81-67 loss to the Flyers on Wednesday night. Pierre-Louis went 9-for-19 from the floor and 2-of-2 at the free throw line while four of her boards came off of the offensive glass. The Ottawa, Ontario, native also dished out three assists without turning the ball over in 25 minutes on the court.
Jasmine Harris scored all 16 points of her points in the second half while she added seven rebounds and a pair of assists. Rashida Timbilla was one rebound shy of joining Pierre-Louis in recording a double-double as she finished with 10 points and nine boards.
Emily Mital added seven points and hit two three-pointers to increase her career total for the category to 93 and tie her with Pam Rosanio for 11th in program history for made treys. Nola Henry led both sides with six assists and chipped in six points and six rebounds without turning the ball over. Paula Tarnachowicz earned seven rebounds to go with three points and an assist in 12 minutes before exiting with an ankle injury.
Celeste Edwards paced Dayton with 17 points while Andrijana Cvitkovic earned 14 to go with nine rebounds and Amber Deane scored 12 more.
The Flyers, winners in their last nine contests entering play in the Mullins Center, opened the game on a 6-0 run. Timbilla ended the scoring drought for the Minutewomen with a running layup at the right of the rim on a pass from Harris.
After Dayton (12-4 overall, 5-0 Atlantic 10) extended its advantage to 14-4, Timbilla and Pierre-Louis closed the gap to four points, 14-10 with 13 minutes, five seconds to play in the opening half. Pierre-Louis hit a layup on a feed from Mital before Timbilla drained a jumper from 10 feet away to bring the Minutewomen within 14-8. Following a missed free throw from Kiara Bomben, Pierre-Louis grabbed the offensive board and used an acrobatic play in the paint to make it 14-10.
Pierre-Louis continued to connect for the Minutewomen and reached 10 points on the game with 10:00 left to play in the first after Henry found her in the paint for a layup to make it 23-14 in favor of Dayton. The Minutewomen went on to cut it as close as six points, 29-23. Mital drained one of her two made three-pointers in the frame at the 8:10 mark to pull UMass within 27-20.
Edwards provided a jumper 17 seconds later to spread the gap to nine points, but a trio of made free throws in four attempts by Timbilla cut it to 29-23 with 6:37 remaining in the stanza.
However, Dayton - the highest scoring team in the Atlantic 10 and sixth-best nationally - made use of 11 consecutive points to cushion its lead and help the squad take a 44-28 margin into halftime. The Flyers finished the frame 16-of-34 from the floor and 10-for-10 at the free throw line to earn the advantage.
The Minutewomen (3-17, 0-6) outscored Dayton during the second half and chipped away at the deficit throughout the frame, but were unable to pull closer than within 14 points. To earn this margin, Harris used her final two points - scored on a layup with 27 seconds left - to reach the final score, 81-67.
The Minutewomen face Fordham next as the squad travels to Rose Hill Gym for a Saturday, Jan. 25 game at 2 p.m.
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