Late Run Helps #25 Bona. Hold Off Women's Hoops, 69-54
Feb. 8, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass women's basketball team cut a 16-point first half deficit to three in the second with the help of 50% shooting following the intermission, but a late St. Bonaventure run helped the nationally-ranked #25 Bonnies hold off the Minutewomen, 69-54 at the Mullins Center on Wednesday evening. Following the setback, UMass is now 6-18 overall and 1-8 in the Atlantic 10, while Bona. remains undefeated in conference action at 10-0 and is 23-2 overall.
Junior Shakia Robinson scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed a squad-best seven rebounds, shooting 8-for-12 from the floor for the Minutewomen. Senior Megan Zullo totaled eight points and handed out a team-leading four assists, while freshman Emily Mital chipped in eight points off the bench. Junior Jasmine Watson added six points six rebounds, five block and three assists, as well.
St. Bonaventure opened up the contest with a 7-0 lead off a three by Jessica Jenkins and an Armelia Horton jumper at the 18:04 mark. The Bonnies then proceeded to increase the margin to as many as 16, holding a 30-14 advantage with 3:48 on the clock. A pair of threes by Zullo and Mital began an 8-0 run for the Minutewomen, though, in the final 3:14 of the period to close the gap to eight at the intermission, 30-22.
After St. Bonaventure managed to push the margin back to double figures, nine straight points for UMass, including seven from Robinson, closed the gap to three, 38-35, at the first media timeout of the frame. The Minutewomen were still within six with 7:53 left after a layup by Mital, but the Bonnies used a 9-0 run to pull away down the stretch. Following a jumper by Megan Van Tatenove at the 4:14 mark, St. Bonaventure led by 13 or more for the remainder of the contest.
UMass shot just 25.8% (8-for-31) in the first half, but recovered by shooting 50% (14-for-28) following the intermission to finish the night at 37.3% (22-for-59). The Minutewomen made 5-of-18 (27.8%) from beyond the arc and 5-of-7 (71.4%) at the free throw line. The Bonnies ended the contest shooting 23-for-61 (37.7%) overall, 6-for-18 (33.3%) from three and converted 17-of-19 (89.5%) at the charity stripe, while out-rebounding UMass, 45-31.
Van TatenHove paced St. Bonaventure with a double-double on 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Horton was just shy with 17 and nine. Two more Bonnies joined them in double figures as Jenkins registered 13 points and Chelsea Bowker had 11.
The Minutewomen will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 11, when the squad will travel to Temple for a 5:30 p.m. contest.