UMass Women's Basketball Knocks Off Temple, 71-60, On Field Trip Day
Feb. 11, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - In front of a Field Trip Day crowd of 3,781, the UMass women's basketball team picked up a big Atlantic 10 win, downing Temple 70-61, at the Mullins Center on Wednesday. The victory, which was the first for the Minutewomen over the Owls since Jan. 16, 2003, brings the squad's record to 10-14 on the season and 3-6 in the A-10. Temple's winning streak was halted at four as the Owls are now 15-8 overall and 6-3 in conference play.
Four players scored in double figures for the Minutewomen, led by 19 points from freshman Kristina Danella who finished 5-for-10 from three-point range. Senior Sakera Young followed with 14 points and shot 4-for-5 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free throw line. Sophomore Stephanie Lawrence had 11 points and redshirt sophomore Diatiema Hill chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Teya Wright reached double figures in rebounds for a second straight game, the sixth time this season, with 10 boards and added six points.
The Minutewomen opened up the game on a 10-0 run, capped off by a Danella trey at 16:18 that prompted a Temple timeout. A Shanea Cotton layup at 15:56 was the first bucket of the game for the Owls as Temple tied the score with 10 straight of its own. The Owls eventually took their first lead of the contest with 7:09 remaining in the first period at 21-20 on a three by Shaqwedia Wallace and would go up by as many as six before the Minutewomen pulled within one at the close of the half with back-to-back buckets by freshman Nicole Jones and Lawrence.
A jumper by Young, who had 11 second half points, put UMass back on top immediately following the intermission and later a three by junior Kim Benton at the 12-minute mark gave the Minutewomen the lead for good. Danella's trey at 6:41 made it a 10-point advantage for UMass as Temple would come no closer than nine the rest of the way.
UMass shot 25-for-55 (43.6%) from the floor in the contest, including 19-for-29 (55.2%) in the second half, while the Owls were limited to 23-for-69 shooting (33.3%) overall. The Minutewomen were 9-for-18 (50.0%) from beyond the arc, compared to Temple's 6-for-21 (28.6%). The Owls shot a woeful 8-for-18 (44.4%) at the foul line, as well.
Shanita Landry paced Temple with 19 points and 11 rebounds, along with two blocks. Wallace finished with 13 points, Cotton contributed 12 points and three blocks and LaKeisha Eaddy had seven rebounds and seven assists.
UMass will be back in action this Saturday, Feb. 14, when the squad will play host to Duquesne at 2 p.m. in the Mullins Center.
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