UMass Women's Basketball Defeats Dayton In Overtime, 65-58
Jan. 31, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts women's basketball team defeated the University of Dayton, 65-58 in overtime, this evening. With the victory, the Minutewomen improve to 6-14 overall and 4-5 in the Atlantic 10, while the Flyers fall to 8-12 overall and 5-4 in A-10 play.
UMass took it's first lead of the game, 47-46, with 1:54 remaining in regulation on a tip-in by junior Nekole Smith (Ann Arbor, Mich.). Dayton answered with a jumper at the top of the key with no time on the shot clock by Heather Hasselman, to regain the lead. A layup by Junior Jennifer Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y.)followed by a free throw by freshman Katie Nelson (Ellicot City, Md.) gave UMass a 51-48 lead. Sarah Allen tied the game when she buried a three-pointer from the right elbow sending the game into overtime.
The Minutewomen controled the extra frame as Smith scored the first four points of a 6-0 Minutewomen run. Butler tipped home a Smith missed free throw at the 3:10 mark to complete the run. Dayton did not get closer than three and the Minutewomen sealed the victory with consistant foul shooting down the stretch.
Chrissy Donovan scored eight points in the first five minutes of the game to give Dayton an early13-4 lead. Junior Amber Sneed (Cincinnatti, Ohio) kept the Minutewomen in contention with eight first half points on 4-for-4 shooting from the field, including a steal and a layup at the 13:47 mark to put UMass with four points of Dayton. Donovan gave Dayton the 21-16 advantage on a three-pointer at 6:52, but Smith cut the Dayton lead to only three on a layup at 6:05. Dayton extended the lead on jumper by Alena Martens, and headed into the halftime break with 29-23 lead.
Dayton started the second half with a 5-0 run, but Nelson put UMass on the board with a three-pointer at the 12:30 mark. Katie Hineline gave Dayton it's largest lead of the game, 36-26, on a jumper at 17:20. Butler scored her first field goal of the game at 11:51 in the second half to bring UMass within seven, and a three-point play by Smith cut the UMass deficit to four, 39-35. A three-pointer by sophomore Paige Harris (Rochester, Mich.) brought UMass within two points with two minutes to go in the game, 46-44.
Smith poured in a game-high 18 points, while pulling down seven rebounds. Nelson finished with 12 points and six assists. Butler ended up with 11 points and 15 rebounds for her 14th double-double of the season. Donovan led the Flyers with 13 points.
The Minutewomen return to action on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002 when they take on conference rival Xavier University at the Mullins Center. The game is slated to begin at noon.