Massachusetts Women's Basketball Defeats Temple, 64-56, In Overtime
Feb. 15, 2002
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Junior Amber Sneed (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored six of her 12 points in overtime as the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team stunned Temple University, 64-56, this evening in Atlantic 10 action at the Liacouras Center.
The Minutewomen were forced to play the remaining 1:11 of regulation and overtime without junior Jennifer Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) after she picked up her fifth personal foul. Butler still managed to score 13 points and pull down 18 rebounds for her 16th double-double of the season. Temple went the last 8:50 of the second half only scoring six free throws allowing the Minutewomen to come back.
Both teams exchanged baskets for most of the first half as the Owls took a three-point lead into the break, 28-25. Temple led by four points at the 3:54 mark, but consecutive hoops by freshman Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) and junior Siiri Liivandi (Rapla, Estonia) evened the score. Butler led the Minutewomen with six points and seven rebounds, including five offensive boards. Natalia Isaac led all scorers with 10 points at intermission.
Junior Ebony Pegues (Columbus, Ohio) scored a layup at the 9:26 mark of the second half ending a four-minute scoring drought and 6-0 Temple run. It brought the Minutewomen within four at 42-38. After another Owl basket, the Minutewomen went on a 6-0 run of their own. Butler's basket at the 3:52 mark tied the game at 44 apiece.
After five Temple free throws and a UMass basket by Pegues, Nelson nailed a three-pointer from the left elbow to tie the game at 49. Temple made another free throw to go up a point, but an offensive foul in the back-court gave UMass the ball back with 21 seconds remaining. Junior Nekole Smith (Ann Arbor, Mich.) made the front end of a one-and-one after getting fouled to tie the game at 50. UMass got the ball back with five seconds on a steal but were unable to score a basket and the game went into overtime.
The Minutewomen, who never trailed in overtime, received six straight free throws by Nelson to preserve the comeback win. Sneed ended up with 12 points and six rebounds, while Nelson finished with 13 points and four assists.
Sneed made a pair of free throws 17 seconds into the extra session giving UMass its first lead since the 5:44 mark of the first half. She then scored the next two UMass baskets giving them its largest lead of the game at five points.
With the win, the Minutewomen improve to 8-16 overall and 6-7 in the A-10. The Owls fall to 14-10 overall and 9-4 in the A-10.
UMass will play at A-10 rival St. Joseph's Sunday, Feb. 17. Tip-off at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse is set for 2:00 p.m.