Women's Basketball Falls At Temple, 63-52
Jan. 29, 2004
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (5-14 (1-7 A-10) fell to Temple University, 63-52, Thursday evening at the Liacouras Center.
Junior forward Edris Bailey (Mt. Hope, Trinidad and Tobago) led all scorers with 18 points, while grabbing seven rebounds, including four on the offensive glass. Freshman center Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) chipped in with 12 points and six rebounds, while freshman guard Joyce Massey (Detroit, Mich.) poured in 11 points and gathered four rebounds.
Coming out of halftime facing a 13-point deficit, the Minutewomen were able to cut the lead to seven on a Tatham layup with 3:17 left in the game. UMass then got the ball back with another opportunity to further cut the Owl lead, but could not convert. Massachusetts opened the game with a 2-0 lead, but would not hold the lead again.
Freshman guard Britney Jordan scored 17 points on 7-9 shooting to lead Temple. With the win, the Owls improve to 11-7 overall and remain unbeaten (7-0) in Atlantic 10 Conference play. Joining Jordan, who was a perfect 3-3 from three point range, in double figures was sophomore center Candice Dupree with 10 points. Senior forward Toni Belafonte added nine points and was 3-5 from beyond the arc, while fellow senior Christena Hamilton also had nine points and five assists.
Temple outrebounded the Minutewomen 37-27, including 15 offensive rebounds, which led to 23 second-chance points. TU shot 46.2 percent for the game, going 24-52 from the floor, including 58.3 percent from three-point range, sinking seven of 12 long-range attempts. They also were 8-12 at the charity stripe, helping to close the game down the stretch. Massachusetts did win the turnover battle, as they surrendered the ball 15 times to Temple's 16.
The Minutewomen are back in action at the Mullins Center on Sunday, Feb. 1, as they host A-10 rival Fordham at 12:00 p.m. The game will be televised on the Atlantic 10 Television Network.