UMass Falls To Fordham In Rose Hill Gym, 80-54
Jan. 25, 2014
BRONX, N.Y. - Jasmine Harris and Kim Pierre-Louis each scored in double-figures for UMass women's basketball at Fordham's Rose Hill Gym, but the Minutewomen fell to the Rams, 80-54 on Saturday. Pierre-Louis earned her third career and second consecutive double-double on 17 points and 10 rebounds while Harris scored 11 points, pulled down three rebounds and dished out a trio of assists.
Emily Mital added eight points for UMass as she finished 3-for-3 from the floor with a pair of made three-pointers. Kiara Bomben netted seven points and ripped down three rebounds while Rashida Timbilla tallied four points, three boards, a trio of blocks and one steal.
Pierre-Louis improved her team-leading scoring and rebounding averages in Atlantic 10 games to 15.1 points and 7.1 boards per contest with her efforts against the Rams.
Fordham's Erin Rooney led all players with 22 points and eight assists to go with a team-best eight rebounds. Abigail Corning provided 18 points while Hannah Missry chipped in 14.
Defense dominated following the opening tip as Fordham started 2-for-8 from the floor and the Minutewomen were 1-of-4 when play was whistled for the first media timeout. Bomben and Pierre-Louis led the squad early as they combined for the first eight Massachusetts points, going 4-for-5 from the field in the process.
With Fordham (16-4, 5-2 Atlantic 10) in front, 11-8, Mital pulled up for three from straight away beyond the arc to tie it at 11-11 with 11 minutes, 32 second to play in the first half. The made trey gave Mital 94 in her UMass career, the 11th-most in program history. Harris followed with a running jumper off the glass that rattled around the rim and in to give the Minutewomen the lead at 13-11.
Offense took over down the stretch though and the Rams edged in front, 25-17 at the 7:09 mark with Rooney scoring 12 points early. Bomben countered for the Minutewomen with a drive to the rim - converting the layup while drawing the foul. The Canberra, Australia, native swished the ensuing free throw to drop the deficit to 25-20 with 6:56 left; however, the home side closed the half on a 19-5 run to take a 44-25 lead into the break.
The Minutewomen (3-18, 0-7) were unable to respond during the second half as Fordham earned the first eight points of the final frame to push the Rams lead to 27 points, 57-25, and UMass was unable to drop its deficit below 24 the rest of the way despite a strong half from Pierre-Louis. The Ottawa, Ontario, native secured 13 points in the second on four made baskets and a 5-for-6 mark from the foul line.
The Minutewomen held Fordham to 32.4 percent shooting from the floor (11-of-34) in the second stanza, but the Rams finished at 44.8 percent overall (30-for-67) due to a strong showing in the opening half.
Massachusetts went 20-for-57 on field goal attempts (35.1 percent), including a 2-of-7 showing from beyond the arc (28.6 percent). The Minutewomen were 12-of-19 on free throws (63.2 percent) while Fordham connected on 15 of its 21 chances from the charity stripe (71.4 percent).
The Rams won the battle of the boards, 50-31, including a 17-8 advantage on the offensive glass.
The Minutewomen host George Washington (13-7, 4-3) for the annual Field Trip Day on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 11:45 a.m. This yearly event allows student in kindergarten through eighth grade to experience a women's basketball game free of charge at the Mullins Center. All local schools are invited to bring their students within the above grade range. Ticket orders for each interested class must be placed through the UMass Athletic Marketing Office at 413-545-1401.