Women's Basketball Falls To Xavier In Final Minutes, 65-55
Feb. 13, 2005
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Xavier (16-7, 10-2 A-10) closed out on a 9-0 run and defeated the University of Massachusetts (13-10, 6-6), 65-55, Sunday afternoon at the Cintas Center. There were six ties and 10 lead changes in the second half. Senior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) led the Minutewomen with 18 points, nine rebounds and seven steals.
Xavier held a 10-point lead, 31-21, early in the second half but a 12-2 UMass run over the next 1:55 tied the game at 33 with 16:50 left in regulation. Campbell had three consecutive three-point plays for the Minutewomen. Two of them were set up by steals in the back court. A few seconds later, UMass took its first lead since 4-2 when Campbell converted a back-door pass from junior Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.).
The two teams then traded baskets until the last few minutes of the game. A Campbell basket gave UMass a 51-49 lead with 4:45 left. Xavier then scored four in a row to take a two-point lead until freshman Kate Mills (Elkton, Md.) tied it back up at 53 with 3:26 left. On the next Xavier possession, UMass sophomore Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) fouled out and Tara Boothe converted the free throws for Xavier to regain its two-point lead.
The Musketeers led by three until junior Patrycja Gulak (Olsztyn, Poland) made a jumper for UMass to cut the deficit to one with 2:53 left. Each team then came up empty on a possession until Xavier's Suntana Granderson hit a three-pointer to give Xavier a four-point lead with 1:37 left in regulation. Xavier went 8-8 from the free throw line down the stretch and UMass did not score another point as Xavier improved the league's best record to 10-2.
UMass shot 46 percent from the field for the game including 50 percent in the second half. The Minutewomen were just 6-for-12 from the free throw line. Xavier shot 40 percent from the field and was 12-for-14 from the line. UMass was out-rebounded, 40-31. Campbell had her 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting. She also had nine boards, three blocks, two assists and seven steals. Mills chipped in with 12 points, while Nelson had seven points and five assists.
Boothe led Xavier with 21 points.
Massachusetts will return home to host Rhode Island in a key A-10 East battle Thursday at 12 Noon. It will be the first annual Field Trip To Mullins Day as over 1,000 area school children are expected to be in attendance. For ticket information, please all the Athletic Ticket Office at 1-866-UMASS-TIX or purchase them online at www.umassathletics.com.