Women's Hoops Drops Field Trip Day Meeting With George Washington
Jan. 29, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass women's basketball hosted its annual Field Trip Day against George Washington on Wednesday afternoon, falling to the Colonials, 89-76 in front of 1,382 fans at the Mullins Center. Rashida Timbilla led five Minutewomen who scored in double-figures with 16 points and totaled a team-best seven rebounds.
Jasmine Harris followed with 14 points and a single-game personal high of six assists. Amber Dillon and Kiara Bomben each scored 11 more as Dillon recorded a career-best in points to go with three assists and a pair of steals.
Emily Mital rounded out the quintet with 10 points. Her pair of made three-pointers tied her with Sue Serafini for 10th all-time in UMass women's basketball history at 97 for her career.
Timbilla also had four steals, a season-high, to go with a trio of assists without turning the ball over in 35 minutes on the floor. Four of her rebounds were on the offensive end.
The contest marked the first time UMass had five players eclipse double-figures in scoring since Dec. 21, 2010 against Miami (Ohio), a span of 97 games between the two performances.
Jonquel Jones led all scorers with 20 points and pulled down a game-best 17 rebounds for the double-double. Chakecia Miller added 14 points and Danni Jackson scored 11 more while Miller and Jackson each dished out six assists.
George Washington controlled play during the opening half and struck ahead, 30-13 on the strength of its rebounding prowess as the visitors pulled down 32 first half boards to 16 for the Minutewomen. The Colonials led the conference during A-10 games with 323 boards through seven contests entering competition against UMass, an average of 46.1 per game.
UMass moved to within 12 points, 40-28 with four minutes, 11 seconds remaining. Pierre-Louis again provided a presence around the basket for the Minutewomen as she finished the first half with eight points on a 4-of-8 shooting performance from the floor to go with five rebounds, including two from the offensive glass.
However, it was Bomben and Dillon that combined to cut George Washington's advantage to 40-28. Bomben swished back-to-back layups within 30 seconds of each other to make it 40-26 with 4:36 left in the first. Dillon followed three possessions later with her first bucket of the day. The 5-foot-2 guard pump-faked at the three-point line to get her defender in the air, drove toward the hoop and banked a jumper in from the left side at the 4:11 mark.
After the Colonials pushed the margin to 61-34 in the opening minutes of the second half, the Minutewomen chipped away at their 27-point gap to move within 13 of tying.
Down, 76-56 with 6:36 to play, Massachusetts went on a 9-2 run to close the within 78-65 at the 3:26 mark. Nola Henry started the streak with a free throw before Dillon added a layup. Harris hit the front end of a pair from the charity stripe and Mital followed with two made foul shots as UMass made it 76-62. After Brooke Wilson ended GW's scoring drought on a layup with 3:38 left, Mital fired up a three-pointer 12 seconds later as the Minutewomen came as close as 78-65.
Massachusetts was able to slice it to a 13-point deficit twice more on a bucket by Bomben and then a layup and foul shot from Dillon during the closing minute of game action but pulled no closer to tying.
As a team, UMass shot 39.1 percent from the floor (27-of-69) while George Washington finished 34-for-78 overall (43.6 percent). Both sides made three of their 15 attempts from beyond the arc (20.0 percent). The Minutewomen went 19-for-27 on free throws (70.4 percent) and the Colonials finished 18-of-28 in the category (64.3 percent).
Rebounding favored the visitors, 60-35, which resulted in 26 second chance points for GW against 15 for the Minutewomen. The Colonials also owned the advantage in points in the paint, 46-42 and scoring off of turnovers, 22-19.
The Minutewomen hit the road to Kingston, R.I., to face the University of Rhode Island (6-15, 1-7) for their next contest, an 11:30 a.m. game on Wednesday, Feb. 5.
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