Minutewomen Suffer 83-44 Loss At #17/16 Dayton
Jan. 27, 2013
DAYTON, Ohio - UMass women's basketball faltered at #17/16 Dayton's UD Arena, 83-44 on Sunday afternoon in their second contest against a top-25 nationally ranked team on the season. Freshman guard Jasmine Harris led the Minutewomen with eight points and five rebounds while senior center Jasmine Watson tallied six points, four boards and a pair of blocks.
Senior guard Dee Montgomery added five points on 2-for-4 shooting from the floor while chipping in three rebounds and a steal. Redshirt-sophomore center Millie Niggeling and sophomore forward Aisha Rodney also recorded five points a piece, while Niggeling notched three assists and Rodney contributed a pair of steals. Freshman forward Rashida Timbilla secured a game-high eight rebounds, including three from the offensive glass, as UMass won the battle of the boards, 36-32.
The Flyers hit five of their first eight attempts as Dayton raced to a 10-2 advantage with 16:22 to play in the first half. Niggeling, the conference's leader in three-point field goal percentage entering the contest, knocked down a trey to cut the deficit to 10-5.
After Dayton (17-1 overall, 5-0 Atlantic 10) connected for a 17-0 run to pull ahead, 27-5 with 6:34 remaining, freshman guard Nola Henry keyed in from behind the arc and Watson converted a layup on back-to-back trips down the floor as UMass knocked the deficit down to 27-10 with 4:52 to play in the stanza. The Minutewomen added another 5-0 run two minutes later, with Montgomery hitting a trey and jumper in the span of 42 seconds to make it 34-15 with 1:41 remaining in the first. However, the Flyers answered with a 7-2 run of their own to close the half and reach the 41-17 score at the break.
The Minutewomen (3-17, 1-4) continued to battle in the final stanza, with Harris sparking an 8-0 run to make it 52-30 in favor of Dayton with 13:46 remaining. After Niggeling hit a jumper in the paint, Harris fought her way to the basket and drew a foul, knocking down 1-of-2 free throws.
On the ensuing trip down the floor, Harris drilled a three-pointer with 14:15 to play before Watson added one of the senior's three buckets 29 seconds later to complete the scoring rush. However, the Minutewomen were unable to drop the deficit further over the remainder of the second half before eventually falling, 83-44.
UMass finished 15-for-45 (33.3 percent) from the floor against Dayton, hitting 5-of-15 three-pointers (33.3 percent) while converting 9-of-16 free throw attempts (56.3 percent). The Flyers knocked down 31-of-63 field goals (49.2 percent), including 5-of-13 from behind the arc (38.5 percent) while notching a 16-for-20 performance at the foul line (80.0 percent).
Amber Deane and Andrea Hoover each recorded 18 points to lead Dayton in scoring while Ally Malott added 14 and Olivia Applewhite chipped in 13.
The Minutewomen return to the Mullins Center for their next contest, hosting La Salle for Field Trip Day on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 11:45 a.m. To have information sent to your school about the event, please contact Director of Sales Jason Blanchette at 413-577-0340.
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