Women's Basketball Survives Fordham, 66-64
Feb. 13, 2004
BRONX, N.Y. - University of Massachusetts women's basketball head coach Marnie Dacko won her 100th career game as the Minutewomen (6-16, 2-9) defeated Fordham (11-11, 4-7), 66-64, tonight at Rose Hill Gym. With the win, UMass ended a six-game overall losing streak and a 19-game road skid that dated back to Dec. 9, 2002, at Rhode Island.
Dacko became the second coach in school history to reach the 100-win plateau. She is in her second season with the Minutewomen after spending her first seven years as a head coach at Cornell University.
Massachusetts led 31-21 at halftime and enjoyed a 51-34 lead at the 7:44 mark of the second half, but Fordham went on a ferocious run to make it a close game. The Rams used a 10-0 run over the next 2:01 to cut the UMass lead to 10 at 54-44 with 5:21 remaining in regulation. The teams then traded baskets for the next few minutes before the Rams made their next move. UMass led by 11 points, 61-50, at the 2:24 mark, but Fordham took advantage of poor UMass foul shooting. The Rams reeled off 14 of the next 17 points in the game and tied it up for the first time since it was 7-7 on a lay-up by Beth Ann Dickinson with just 32 seconds left.
UMass got the ball back and milked the clock down to the last few seconds. With three seconds left on the game clock and just one second on the shot clock, Bailey received an inbound pass from Massey and hit a one-handed shot as she caught the ball to give UMass the lead, 66-64. Bailey, who was fouled in the process, missed the free throw and the Rams were unable to get the ball down and get a shot off.
The Minutewomen shot a season-high 48 percent from the field. Junior Edris Bailey (Mt. Hope, Trinidad & Tobago) poured in a game-high 20 points. She also had seven rebounds and four steals. Freshman Joyce Massey (Brampton, Ontario) had 14 points in her second straight start while senior Judit Zsedenyi (Budapest, Hungary) had 11 points and five rebounds. UMass was out-rebounded, 42-29, but turned 21 Fordham turnovers into 18 points. It also shot just 13-for-24 from the free throw line, all in the second half, which helped Fordham back into the game.
The Rams shot 37 percent from the field for the game and 26 percent from three-point range. They were led by Beth Ann Dickinson's 17 points and Lauren Fleischer's 11 points and 13 rebounds. Monica Mack also had 10 points for Fordham.
The Minutewomen return to action on Sunday when they host Saint Joseph's at the Mullins Center in an Atlantic 10 East Division battle. Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m.