Women's Basketball Defeats Fordham, 68-44
Jan. 26, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts defeated Fordham University, 68-44, in women's basketball action this afternoon at the Mullins Center. With the victory, the Minutewomen improve to 5-13 on the season and 3-4 in the Atlantic 10, while Fordham falls to 3-15 overall and 1-6 in conference play.
Beginning at the 14 minute mark of the first half, the Minutewomen held Fordham scoreless for over 10 minutes, scoring 13 unanswered points, and taking a 35-20 lead going into the halftime break. UMass shot 13-for-30 (43.3 %) from the field, while only connecting on one of seven three-point attempts. The Rams shot 7-for-31 (28 %) from the field in the first half, but made 4-of-8 from three-point range.
The Rams led 11-7 early in the first half, behind two three-pointers by Lara Hanson. A steal and a layup by junior Amber Sneed (Cincinnati, Ohio) at the 14:04 mark tied the game at 13-13, and sparked the Minutewomen run. Senior Caroline Nehls (Randolph, N.J.) scored a season-high 12 points in the first, while junior Nekole Smith (Ann Arbor, Mich.) chipped in seven. Fordham's Hanson finished the half with 12 points, on 4-for-4 shooting from three-point range.
A three-point play by Sneed at 11:07, followed by a reverse layup by Butler extended the UMass to lead to 18 points, 48-30, in the second half. The Minutewomen extended the lead to as many as 24 points at the 3:37 mark, behind the strong play of Butler. Butler poured in 19 points in the second half to finish the the game with 23 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks, three steals, and three assists. Nehls finished with a season high 16 points and nine rebounds, while Sneed chipped in 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Minutewomen shot 27 for 65 from the floor, and 0 for 6 from three-point range in the game.
The Minutewomen return to action on Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, when they take on conference rival Rhode Island at the Mullins Center. The game is slated to begin at 7:05 p.m.