Women's Basketball Holds Off Saint Joseph's, 62-61
Jan. 24, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - Freshman Pam Rosanio (Southampton, Pa.) scored a career-high 24 points as the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (11-7, 4-3 A-10) defeated Saint Joseph's (4-15, 2-5), 62-61, Monday afternoon at the Mullins Center. The game was originally scheduled for Jan. 23, but rescheduled due to the Blizzard of 2005. Whitney Ffrench missed a shot at the buzzer which would have won the game for Saint Joseph's.
The Minutewomen trailed by six points with 12 minutes remaining in the game before going on a run. It started as senior Edris Bailey (Mt. Hope, Trinidad & Tobago) stole the ball and set up Rosanio for a lay-up with 11:48 left. A few seconds later, redshirt junior Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) set up senior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) with another fast-break lay-up and forced Saint Joseph's to use a timeout as the lead was cut to two. Rosanio then came up with another steal and drove the length of the floor with the tying lay-up.
The teams exchanged baskets for the next few minutes until Rosanio drained a three-pointer at the 5:53 mark to give the Minutewomen their first lead since mid-way through the first half. With the score tied at 55 and under four minutes left, freshman Kate Mills (Elkton, Md.) scored inside to give UMass a 57-55 lead. Erica Pollock tied it up on the other end with a pair of free throws. UMass then got the lead back a few seconds later as Mills scored inside off a feed from Rosanio. Timisha Gomez scored as the teams went down the other end and tied the game up at 59. Following a shot clock violation, UMass took the ball down the floor and under a minute remaining. Mills was fouled and made them both to give UMass a 61-59 lead with 41 seconds left. After an SJU miss, Nelson was sent to the line with 22 seconds left. She made one of two and Erica Pollock quickly scored on the other end to make it a one-point UMass lead. Nelson was fouled again with 10 seconds left and missed the front end of the one-and-one. Saint Joseph's went back down the floor and Whitney Ffrench missed the game-winning shot. UMass redshirt junior Patrycja Gulak (Olsztyn, Poland) pulled down the rebound as the buzzer sounded and the Minutewomen escaped with the win.
Rosanio scored her career-high 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the field. Campbell also added 12 points and seven boards for the Minutewomen. Nelson chipped in with eight points and three assists. UMass shot 40 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free throw line. The Hawks shot 42 percent from the field and and 73 from the line. UMass was out-rebounded, 34-31, but committed a season-low 11 turnovers.
The Minutewomen will head to New York for a pair of games this weekend. Up first, UMass will take on St. Bonaventure Friday at 12:00 PM. Then the Minutewomen will play at Fordham on Sunday at 2:00 PM. Both games can be heard live on WMUA, 91.1 FM and at www.umassathletics.com beginning a half-hour before tip-off.