Minutewomen Fall To GW, 64-54, On Field Trip Day
Jan. 27, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - Freshman Jasmine Watson posted her second career double-double, but her efforts were not enough to help the UMass women's basketball team past George Washington, as the squad fell, 64-54, on Field Trip Day in front of a crowd of 2,521 at the Mullins Center. With the setback, the Minutewomen fall to 7-13, 1-4 in the Atlantic 10, while the Colonials move to 5-14, 2-4 in the A-10.
Watson totaled a team-best 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead UMass, while sophomore Nicole Jones followed with 10 points on 5-for-9 shooting and added three blocks. Redshirt junior Megan Zullo contributed nine points, six rebounds and four assists and senior Diatiema Hill registered eight points, five rebounds and seven assists.
The Minutewomen led by as many as four over the first seven minutes of the opening half, aided by a pair of treys from Zullo. Then at 10:59, Tiana Myers hit a jumper that kick-started a 10-1 run for George Washington and ended the stretch with a three at 7:22 that put the Colonials up by five, 22-17. Three baskets by Watson and two by Shakia Robinson in the final seven minutes of the period brought UMass back to within one at 28-27, but Megan Nipe's shot from beyond the arc with 43 seconds left increased GW's lead to 31-27 heading into halftime.
A free throw from Watson cut the deficit to three at 19:24 in the second, the closest the Minutewomen would come to overtaking the Colonials the rest of the way. Kay-Kay Allums knocked down a pair of free throws with 18:00 on the clock as George Washington outscored UMass, 5-1, over a one-minute span to increase its advantage to seven at 36-29. It was Allums again at 7:58 with a steal and a layup to give the Colonials their largest lead of the contest, 12, at 49-37.
Senior Kim Benton drained a three-pointer with 5:06 remaining, followed by a bucket by Jones to bring the Minutewomen back within four, but GW made seven of eight free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
UMass shot 21-for-48 (43.8%) overall, 6-for-17 (35.3%) from three and 6-for-13 (46.2%) at the free throw line, compared to 24-for-54 (44.4%) overall, 4-for-15 (26.7%) from three and 12-of-14 (85.7%) for the Colonials. Points off turnovers were pivotal for George Washington, outscoring the Minutewomen by a 22-2 margin. UMass held a 34-24 edge in rebounds and led in points the paint (28-22) and second chance points (11-7).
Nipe paced three GW scorers in double figures with 18 points, while Myers added 17 and five assists. Brooke Wilson contributed a double-double on 12 points and 10 boards, to go along with six assists and four steals.
The Minutewomen will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 30, when the squad will play at Rhode Island, beginning at 3:30 p.m.