UMass Falters In Play4Kay Game Against Temple, 66-54
Feb. 3, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass women's basketball tallied strong performances from freshman Rashida Timbilla and redshirt-juniors Kiara Bomben and Carolann Cloutier; however, the Minutewomen dropped a 66-54 decision to Temple on Sunday afternoon. Timbilla tallied her fifth career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds while Bomben scored a team-high 14 as UMass hosted its Play4Kay Game, sporting pink jerseys and socks at the Mullins Center in support of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund initiative.
Cloutier also reached double-figures in scoring with 10 points while contributing five boards and five assists for UMass. Senior Jasmine Watson added eight rebounds, seven points and five blocks, her eighth career game with at least five stuffs and second of the season.
UMass and Temple battled throughout the first half, mixing successful trips down the floor with defensive stops as the squads exchanged baskets during a stanza that featured seven lead changes and five ties. The Minutewomen struck to an 8-3 lead with 16:44 to play in the first half on the strength of a pair of Timbilla baskets. Watson added a layup and Mital connected on a fastbreak play during the run to notch their first points of the contest.
Temple rallied back to take a 14-12 lead five minutes and 52 seconds later, using three-pointers from Rateska Brown and Tyonna Williams to spur the charge. The Owls went on to build their lead as high as five in the first, at 23-18 with 2:14 to play in the stanza; however, the Minutewomen responded down the stretch to cut the deficit to one at the half, 25-24.
Timbilla fought her way into the paint and converted an attempt at the basket to drop the Temple advantage to 23-20 before Cloutier knocked down a jumper on the next trip into the offensive zone. After Brown hit a three for the Owls to extend the visitor's lead to four with 12 seconds remaining, Bomben answered with a trey for UMass as time expired to send the Minutewomen into halftime only down one.
Temple used a 16-8 run exiting the break to pull in front, 42-33 with 14:54 to play in the contest. After Timbilla drove to the basket to convert one of her six made field goals on the day on the ensuing possession, the Minutewomen were unable to pull closer than within nine points of tying the rest of the way. Bomben ripped down an offensive board and drilled a layup on the other end with 8:11 to make it 50-41 in favor of Temple with 8:11 left; however, the Owls converted back-to-back threes before sustaining their lead on free throws down the stretch en route to the 66-54 decision.
The Minutewomen held the lead for points in the paint, 28-16 while the UMass bench outscored Temple's reserves, 21-2. The Owls notched advantages in points off of turnovers, 17-13 and second chance scoring, 16-8.
UMass hit 21-of-63 field goal attempts (33.3 percent) and went 3-for-18 from beyond the arc (16.7 percent). Temple countered with a 22-for-67 clip from the floor (32.8 percent) and an 8-for-23 performance on three-pointers (34.8 percent). The Minutewomen went 9-for-13 on foul shots (69.2 percent) while the Owls hit 14 of their 16 free throws (87.5 percent).
Williams and Brown led the Owls, recording 23 and 21 points respectively. Victoria Macaulay added 12 boards while Natasha Thames pulled down 10 rebounds.
The Minutewomen take to the road for their next contest, heading to Saint Louis to face the Billikens (9-12, 3-3) on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 9 p.m., with the contest at Chaifetz Arena broadcast live on TV by CBS Sports Network.