Minutewomen Fall To Dayton, 68-60
Jan. 26, 2003
DAYTON, Ohio. -- The University of Dayton (11-7, 4-3) was 5-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 1:05 as it handed the University of Massachusetts (11-7, 3-4) a 68-60 loss this afternoon in an Atlantic 10 Conference game at the UD Arena.
Senior Nekole Smith (Ann Arbor, Mich.) finished with a team-high 17 points. Senior Jen Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had eight points, 10 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and four steals, while senior Ebony Pegues (Columbus, Ohio) had 13 points and five assists in the loss.
Massachusetts trailed by 11 points (50-39) at the 14:28 mark of the second half, but fought back within a basket. Smith's lay-in at the 1:58 mark cut the Minutewomen's deficit to three points, but that was as close at it would get. Dayton went 5-for-6 from the charity stripe in the final 1:05 and UMass was unable to record a single point as it fell to 3-4 in the Atlantic 10.
Junior Judit Zsedenyi (Budapest, Hungary) hit three trifectas for a career-high nine points in the second half to keep the Minutewomen close, but missed opportunities on both ends of the floor caused them to drop their second straight conference game. At the 1:05 mark, Dayton's Donovan went 1-for-2 from the line giving UMass the ball down by 4 (64-60). After a missed three-pointer by Zsedenyi, UMass was able to get the offensive rebound but threw the ball away before they could get a shot off. Dayton then made four straight free throws and sealed the game.
In the first half, UMass started off the game on a 12-2 run spanning the first 3:22. Butler had four of the points for the Minutewomen. Dayton chipped away for the remainder of the half as Minutewomen went cold from the floor. Dayton took a two-point lead, 34-32 into the locker room. Smith led the Minutewomen with nine points. Pegues had eight points, while Butler had six, five boards and two blocks. Sophomore Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) had three points before leaving the game with an ankle injury. She did not return.
Massachusetts out-shot the Flyers, .426 (26-61) to .385 (25-65), but were out-rebounded (41-37) for the second straight game. Massachusetts made just one trip to the foul line (1-1), while Dayton was 10-for-14 (.714). The Minutewomen were .500 (7-14) from three-point range, while Dayton was .364 (8-22). Massachusetts recorded 20 assists on its 26 baskets, but committed 24 turnovers. There were just 21 fouls called in the game.
Stefanie Miller scored a game-high 19 points for the Flyers, including 5-for-9 from behind the arc. Chrissy Donovan and Cyndi Stull each had 13 points.
Massachusetts returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003 with a game against Rhode Island. Tip-off at the Mullins Center is slated for 7:00 p.m.