Minutewomen Handed 59-50 Defeat At Saint Louis
Feb. 8, 2013
SAINT LOUIS - Playing live on CBS Sports Network at Saint Louis' Chaifetz Arena, UMass women's basketball suffered a 59-50 defeat to the Billikens on Thursday evening. Senior Jasmine Watson totaled her 16th career double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds, finishing 9-for-11 from the field. Watson added five blocks over 34 minutes on the floor, marking the second consecutive contest the 6-foot-3 center stuffed as many attempts and ninth time over her UMass career.
Freshman forward Rashida Timbilla added eight points, five boards and a pair of steals while sophomore guard Emily Mital notched a career-high seven rebounds. Freshman guard Nola Henry recorded five points and four boards while leading UMass with four assists. Freshman guard Jasmine Harris chipped in six points on a pair of made three-pointers over 16 minutes on the floor.
Sparked by Henry and a stingy defense, UMass (3-20 overall, 1-7 Atlantic 10) raced out to a 10-1 lead with 12:26 to play in the first half as Henry connected on a jumper and her first attempt from behind the arc to pace the attack. Redshirt-junior guard Carolann Cloutier started off the game-opening run with a layup at the 18:28 mark while Watson tallied her first points on a turnaround jumper and redshirt-junior forward Kiara Bomben capped the run by hitting the second half of a set of foul shots.
After the Billikens (10-12, 4-3) rallied back to pull within 10-9 with 8:13 left in the opening half, the Minutewomen answered with a 10-0 run of their own on the strength of a combined 5-for-5 stretch from Timbilla and Watson. Timbilla knocked down back-to-back jumpers at 8:01 and 7:33 to push the lead to 14-9 before Watson added a trio of made baskets to cap the run and extend the advantage to 11 points.
The stout defense early on translated to just 20 points allowed to the Billikens in the first half, with the Minutewomen entering the break ahead, 24-20. UMass held Saint Louis to just 25.8 percent from the floor (8-for-31) while answering with 11 makes in 28 attempts (39.3 percent).
The Billikens found their shooting touch at the start of the second half, eventually earning their first lead of the contest, 27-26 with 17:47 left to play as a result. Saint Louis built its advantage as large as 11 during the frame; however, the Minutewomen responded with an 8-0 run to keep the contest close into the final minute.
Mital converted a layup and Timbilla hit the back end of a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to 52-44 with 2:36 to play. Watson followed with a layup before Harris drained her second three-pointer to pull the Minutewomen within 52-49 at the two-minute mark.
UMass led the points in the paint category, 34-26 and notched an 18-16 advantage in scoring off of turnovers. The Saint Louis bench finished with 13 points to nine recorded by the UMass reserves.
UMass shot 35.7 percent from the floor, knocking down 20-of-56 attempts while finishing 3-for-22 from behind the three-point line. The Minutewomen went to the foul line 11 times, draining seven attempts (63.6 percent). Saint Louis went 21-for-62 on field goal tries (33.9 percent) and finished 3-for-10 on three-point attempts (30.0 percent). The Billikens were 14-of-17 on foul shots (82.4 percent).
The Billikens were led by 13 points by Lorreal Jones and 12 from Jacy Bradley. Jones recorded a double-double with 11 rebounds while Halee Castleman pulled down 10 boards.
The Minutewomen continue their season at Rhode Island with a Sunday, Feb. 10 contest at 2 p.m.
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