Women's Basketball Allows Fewest Point Total In 30 Years In 52-30 Win At Dayton
Feb. 11, 2005
DAYTON, Ohio - The University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (13-9, 6-5 A-10) turned in its best defensive effort of the season in a 52-30 win Friday night over Dayton (10-12, 4-7). The 30 points allowed by the Minutewomen were the fewest since beating UConn, 41-28 on Jan. 30, 1975. Freshman Pam Rosanio (Southampton, Pa.) led all scorers with 12 points. UMass held the Flyers to 20 percent from the field and out-rebounded them, 50-35.
"I am very pleased by the effort of our starters tonight," said UMass Head Coach Marnie Dacko. "They made some tough shots early on with the shot clock running out and held their composure nicely. It was refreshing to see us get out to an early lead and be able to shoot the ball well at the beginning of the game."
Dayton got off to a slow start offensively and the Minutewomen were able to build up a double-digit lead in the first nine minutes of the game. A three-pointer by Rosanio with 8:24 left gave UMass an 18-6 lead, UMass continued to shoot well from the outside and built up its lead to 16 points at 27-11 under the four-minute mark. The Flyers cut the UMass lead to 13, but a 6-0 run by the Minutewomen to close out the final 2:28 of the half gave it a 33-14 lead at halftime. The 19-point lead was the Minutewomen's largest halftime advantage of the season. Rosanio led the way with 10 points for UMass. Redshirt junior Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) had nine, while freshman Kate Mills (Elkton, Md.) finished with eight. Dayton shot just 20 percent from the field in the half while UMass was 57 percent.
Both teams started off shooting poorly in the second half. Sophomore Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) scored the first points of the half 3:03 in with a 16-foot jumper. The Flyers got on the board thanks to a Jennifer Strong jumper 4:36 in. Both teams continued to struggle scoring in the second half as UMass led 39-16 with 11:44 left to go in the second half. With 7:46 remaining in the second half, UMass had just 10 points on the scoreboard since halftime, but Dayton had managed just two. Lindsey DeWitt hit as mid-range jumper with 6:34 left to snap an 8:50 scoring drought for the Flyers. Dayton scored four straight points to make it a 45-20 game with 5:32 left and forced the Minutewomen to use a timeout. Dayton continued the run and cut it to a 20-point game with just under five minutes left. A three-pointer by freshman Alisha Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) ended a 4:42 stretch for UMass without a field goal and put it back up by 23 points at 48-25 with 3:57 left. UMass held a 19-16 advantage in the second half.
UMass ended up shooting 45 percent from the field for the game. The Minutewomen had 15 assists on their 19 field goals. In addition to her 12 points, Rosanio also grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists. Nelson had 10 points, while Mills chipped in with nine points and four boards. Senior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) had six points, a game-high 11 rebounds and a career-high seven assists. Senior Edris Bailey (Mt. Hope, Trinidad & Tobago) pulled down a season-high eight rebounds, but left the game with a sprained ankle.
Massachusetts will remain in Ohio and play at Xavier on Sunday. Tip-off from the Cintas Center in Cincinnati is set for 2:05 PM. The game can be heard on WMUA, 91.1 FM and online at www.umassathletics.com beginning at 1:30 PM.