Women's Basketball Falls To St. Bonaventure, 49-35
Jan. 28, 2005
OLEAN, N.Y. - The University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (11-8, 4-4 A-10) shot just 27 percent from the field as it fell to St. Bonaventure (7-12, 2-6), 49-35, before a record crowd of 1,741 fans Friday afternoon at the Reilly Center. The Minutewomen had 27 turnovers in the game. Sophomore Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) led UMass with 11 points and six rebounds. This was the lowest scoring output for the Minutewomen since losing 46-35 on Jan. 31, 2001, at Rhode Island. The Bonnies came into the game 11th in the A-10 allowing 70.0 points per game.
UMass tied a season-low by scoring 14 points in the first half. It's 6-for-29 (.207) shooting from the field was the same as that 14-point first half Jan. 24 at Saint Joseph's. The Minutewomen out-rebounded the Bonnies, 26-22 in the first half, but committed 14 turnovers. UMass had just three field goals in the final 13:52 of the half. St. Bonaventure outscored UMass, 16-7 during that stretch and held a 20-14 lead at intermission.
A 13-2 run by St. Bonaventure in the first 3:33 of the second half proved too much for the Minutewomen to overcome. The run gave St. Bonaventure a 33-16 lead with 16:27 left in the second half. UMass was unable to string any baskets together in the second half as it could not get any closer than 16 points until the final few minutes of the game.
Freshman Kaylie Schiavetta (Northport, N.Y.) provided a second-half spark for the Minutewomen. She played the final seven-plus minutes of the contest and also hit her first career three-pointer. Redshirt junior Ashley Sharpton (Conyers, Ga.) also took advantage of some playing time in the second half and was able to score seven points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field. She had her first field goal in the last 10 games.
For the game, UMass shot 27 percent from the field. The Minutewomen were also
just 3-for-17 from three-point range and 2-for-10 at the free throw line. UMass
held a 42-39 advantage on the glass, but had just five assists on 15 field
goals. In addition, the Minutewomen had just five second-chance points off of
16 offensive rebounds in the game. UMass also committed 27 turnovers while the
Bonnies had 16.
Tory Vyborny of St. Bonaventure led all scorers with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The Minuetwomen will remain in New York for the weekend and will play at Fordham on Sunday. Tip-off at the historic Rose Hill Gym in the Bronx will be at 2:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on WMUA (91.1 FM) and umassathletics.com beginning at 1:30 p.m.