Minutewomen Roll To 60-50 Victory Over Fordham
Feb. 6, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - Behind a career-high 21 points from freshman Jasmine Watson, the UMass women's basketball team rolled to a 60-50 win over Fordham at the Mullins Center on Saturday. The Minutewomen, who had 19 assists on 20 baskets in the contest, improve to 9-14 overall and 3-5 in the A-10 with the victory, while the Rams drop to 8-16 overall and 2-7 in conference play.
Watson's career day was aided by 9-for-12 shooting from the floor, while she contributed eight rebounds and three blocks, as well, including six boards on the offensive glass. Sophomore Kristina Danella followed with 16 points and six rebounds. Senior Diatiema Hill had eight rebounds, four assists and four steals, her classmate Kim Benton dished five assists and redshirt junior Megan Zullo tied her career best by handing out seven assists and also added five rebounds and three steals.
UMass began the afternoon with an 8-0 lead while holding Fordham to 0-for-13 shooting from the field to start the contest. Randall Hurst eventually put the Rams on the board with a layup at 10:30, but Watson hit one of her four first half baskets at 7:22 to put the Minutewomen ahead by double-digits for the first time, 14-3. Danella later drained a three at 2:12 that gave UMass its largest lead of the half, 14, at 24-10. Fordham ended the period on an 8-3 run and pulled back to within nine at the intermission, 27-18.
That was as close as the Rams would come to overtaking UMass as Watson continued her dominance by converting a three-point play to start the second half. She started the contest 7-for-7, capped off by a bucket with 15:22 remaining that increased the Minutewomen's advantage to 20 for the first time. Danella did her part to help the squad pull away as well, as she poured in 13 second half points, which included her 100th career three at the 16:28 mark.
Later at 10:28, junior Cerie Mosgrove drained a trey from the corner that gave UMass its largest lead of the game, 25, at 49-24. An answering layup by Tiffany Stokes on Fordham's next possession began a stretch of 13 straight points for the Rams over a span of 4:02, but the Minutewomen maintained their double-digit cushion for the duration of the contest.
UMass finished the afternoon shooting 20-for-50 (40.0%), 6-for-14 (42.9%) from three and 14-for-20 (70.0%) at the free throw line. The Rams recovered from shooting 6-for-27 (22.2%) in the first half by going 12-for-21 (57.1%) in the second, to level off at 37.5% (18-for-48) overall. Fordham shot 6-for-19 (31.6%) from beyond the arc and 8-for-12 (66.7%) at the charity stripe.
UMass held a decisive edge in rebounding, 42-24, and led in points in the paint, 26-16, and second chance points, 9-2.
Tyonna Willingham was the lone Rams player to reach double figures as she had 16 points. Stokes recorded nine points and four steals, while Charlotte Stoddart led the squad with five rebounds.
The Minutewomen will next travel to Philadelphia, Pa., on Wednesday, Feb. 10, where they will face Temple at 7 p.m.