Women's Basketball

UMass Falls To La Salle, 68-57 On Field Trip Day

Senior center Jasmine Watson led UMass with 14 points and 11 rebounds, recording her second double-double of the season and 15th of her career in the process.

Senior center Jasmine Watson led UMass with 14 points and 11 rebounds, recording her second double-double of the season and 15th of her career in the process.

Jan. 30, 2013

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AMHERST, Mass. - Hosting its annual Field Trip Day, UMass women's basketball dropped a hard-fought decision to La Salle, 68-57 at the Mullins Center on Wednesday. Senior center Jasmine Watson recorded her 15th career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds as one of four Minutewomen to score at least 10 points.

Sophomore guard Emily Mital and freshman guard Jasmine Harris each contributed 11 points while redshirt-junior guard Carolann Cloutier chipped in 10 to go with five assists and three rebounds. Freshman forward Rashida Timbilla pulled down eight boards, including four from the offensive glass, as UMass earned a 43-34 edge in total rebounds.

After trading buckets en route to a 7-7 tie with 14:39 remaining in the first, the Explorers (7-13 overall, 3-2 Atlantic 10) used a 10-3 run to take a seven-point advantage three minutes later. However, down 17-10, UMass (3-18, 1-5) responded with a pair of quick buckets, including Cloutier's second three-pointer of the game, to pull within 17-15 and force a La Salle timeout with 10:15 left.

Neither side was able to create a lead larger than five over the remainder of the opening stanza, with the Explorers taking a 27-23 advantage into the break. Ebonee Jones knocked down a pair of foul shots to stake the Explorers to a 24-19 lead with 3:50 to play; however, Harris answered with a set of free throws for the Minutewomen before Timbilla converted a layup to drop the deficit to 24-23 at the 2:52 mark. Jones made one more free throw and Brittany Wilson added a jumper to reach the halftime score.

Exiting the break, strong interior play on both ends of the court led UMass to tie the contest at 27-27 less than one minute into the half. Mital drove to the right baseline and drew a foul, converting the resulting free throws to pull the Minutewomen within 27-25. After stout defense led to a La Salle turnover near midcourt, redshirt-junior forward Kiara Bomben recovered the loose ball and netted a bucket at the rim for the tie game. After two more defensive stops, Watson gave UMass a 29-27 lead with a layup at the 18:08 mark.

The Minutewomen continued to play well on both ends of the floor, resulting in a lead as large as eight during the final stanza. Ahead, 32-31 with 14:36 remaining, UMass tallied an 11-4 run to earn a 43-35 lead only two minutes and 43 seconds later.

Watson and Bomben each converted a pair of foul shots to go up, 36-31 before Timbilla added a layup and Cloutier knocked down one of her four made field goals. After Wilson hit two of her 14 free throws, Mital answered with a trey at the other end to mark the eight-point lead. However, La Salle rallied with an 11-2 run to go ahead for good, 46-45 with 7:55 to play and converted free throws down the stretch to hold the lead and earn the 68-57 outcome.

UMass finished 19-for-56 from the field (33.9 percent) and hit 5-of-15 three-pointers (33.3 percent). La Salle answered with a 37.7 field goal percentage (23-of-61) while the Minutewomen three-point defense limited the Explorers to a 3-for-14 day from behind the arc (21.4 percent). UMass went 14-for-17 from the free throw line (82.4 percent) while La Salle knocked down 19-of-24 foul shots, including a 14-for-14 performance from Wilson.

Wilson led the Explorers with 30 points while Shanel Harrison added 15 and Jones scored 12.

UMass plays its second consecutive home game when Temple (8-11, 1-3) arrives at the Mullins Center for a 2 p.m. game on Sunday, Feb. 3. The contest will be broadcast on CBS 3 Now, channels 230 (Charter) and 293 (Comcast) with Cody Chrusciel providing play-by-play commentary and Nefertiti Walker contributing game analysis.




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