Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Falls To Temple, 66-54

Stephanie Lawrence scored nine points off the bench for the Minutewomen at Temple on Wednesday.

Stephanie Lawrence scored nine points off the bench for the Minutewomen at Temple on Wednesday.

Feb. 10, 2010

Box Score

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Despite shooting over 60% from three-point range, the UMass women's basketball team was unable to solve Temple, falling 66-54 on a snowy Wednesday evening in Philadelphia. The setback leaves the Minutewomen at 9-15 overall and 3-6 in the Atlantic 10, while the Owls move to 18-6 on the year and 7-2 in the conference.

Senior Diatiema Hill paced the UMass offense with 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the floor to go along with five assists and three steals. Freshman Jasmine Watson followed, reaching double figures for a third consecutive game, with 10 points and had a squad-best five rebounds and four steals. Junior Stephanie Lawrence added nine points and Megan Zullo registered eight points.

Zullo hit the opening shot of the game, a three at 19:12 for the Minutewomen's lone lead of the night. Temple responded by scoring the next eight straight points and later strung together a 7-0 run to increase its advantage to 11 at 25-14, its largest lead of the opening period. Before the Owls could pull away any further, UMass closed the half with an 8-2 stretch over the final 3:35 to come within five at the intermission, 27-22.

Another trey from Zullo opened the second, cutting the deficit to two, but Temple quickly increased its cushion to 12 with a 15-5 run. A layup by Natasha Thames at 8:25 gave the Owls their biggest advantage of the evening, 58-37 and the squad led by 12 or more the rest of the way.

The Minutewomen finished the contest shooting 19-for-51 (37.3%) from the field, 7-for-11 (63.6%) from three and 9-for-10 (90.%) at the free throw line. Temple shot 43.6% (24-55) overall, 45.0% (9-for-20) from beyond the arc and 50.0% (9-for-18) at the charity stripe. On the boards, the Owls held a commanding margin, out-rebounding UMass, 42-26.



For Temple, Shaqwedia Wallace led the way with 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting, while LaKeisha Eaddy totaled 14 points and four assists. Kristen McCarthy was the third Owl in double figures with 13 points. She also added a game-high nine rebounds and five assists. Natasha Thames grabbed eight boards and Kristie Watkins-Day handed out six assists.

The Minutewomen will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 13, when the squad will play host to Dayton at 2 p.m. in the Mullins Center on Pink Zone Day. The contest will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports.


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