Women's Basketball Defeats St. Bonaventure, 69-58
Feb. 6, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - Behind all 69 points from its starters, the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (12-9, 5-5 A-10) snapped a two-game losing streak with 69-58 win over St. Bonaventure (8-13, 3-7) Sunday afternoon at the Mullins Center. The Minutewomen closed out the game on a 19-9 run. Sophomore Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) recorded her third double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. All five starters for the Minutewomen reached double-figures for the second time this season. They also did this on Dec. 9, 2002 against Hofstra.
St. Bonaventure started the game off hot getting a quick 6-0 and 8-3 lead, but the Minutewomen came charging back. UMass used a 19-2 run spanning 7:50 to take a double-digit lead. The Minutewomen had five steals in the run and took advantage of a 6:49 St. Bonaventure scoring drought. UMass led by as many as 13 points, 26-13 at the, 9:18 mark, but the Bonnies went on a 11-2 run to make it a three-point game. UMass' lead was trimmed to just 28-25 with less than four minutes left in the half as it started to rack up the turnovers. The two teams exchanged baskets for the last few minutes of the half and the game was tied at 31 at halftime. The Minutewomen scored just five points in the final 9:18. UMass had 12 turnovers in the half and shot 38 percent from the field. St. Bonaventure shot 50 percent in the half and closed out on an 18-5 run. They had 15 turnovers.
Both teams started off sloppy in the second half as St. Bonaventure took a three-point lead. UMass finally got on the scoreboard 3:23 into the start of the second half on a free throw by Tatham. A few seconds later, senior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) had a steal and lay-up to give UMass the lead again. After the Bonnies re-took the lead, UMass came charging back to take a five-point lead. The Bonnies went 12:28 without a field goal but UMass was unable to take advantage as SBU went 11-for-12 from the line however to stay in the game.
UMass held a one-point lead, 50-49, with five minutes left in regulation. A 10-2 UMass run over 2:50 gave it an eight-point lead with less than two minutes to play. A three-point-play by Tatham with 1:35 left gave UMass a 10-point lead. The Bonnies were unable to get any closer than eight the rest of the way and UMass snapped its two-game losing streak by scoring 19 of the final 28 points.
Tatham, redshirt junior Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) and freshman Pam Rosanio (Southampton, Pa.) all had 15 points. Tatham also had 10 boards, three assists, two steals and a block. Nelson had five assists and three steals while Rosanio had two blocked shots. Campbell chipped in with 13 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals, while freshman Kate Mills (Elkton, Md.) had 11 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals.
UMass shot 43 percent from the field for the game. It had 18 assists on its 23 made field goals. The Minutewomen had 18 turnovers, but just six in the second half. The Bonnies shot just 24 percent from the field in the second half to finish at 35 percent for the game. They had 24 turnovers, but held the edge on the glass, 38-32.
The Minutewomen will hit the road again next weekend for a pair of games in Ohio. UMass will play a 7:00 PM game at Dayton Friday night and then a 2:00 PM game at Xavier on Sunday afternoon. Both games will be broadcast live on WMUA (91.1 FM) and online at www.umassathletics.com. They will go on the air a half hour before tip-off.