Saint Louis Rallies Past Women's Hoops, 63-59
Feb. 15, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - Senior Emilie Teuscher poured in a career-high 22 points for the Minutewomen, but a late first half rally helped Saint Louis rally past UMass, 63-59 on Wednesday afternoon at Chaifetz Arena. The setback leaves the Minutewomen at 6-20 on the season, 1-10 in the Atlantic 10, while the Billikens improve to 9-17 overall and 3-8 in conference action.
Teuscher's career day was aided by a 6-for-8 clip from three-point range as she led three UMass scorers in double figures. Junior Shakia Robinson followed with her fourth career double-double on 15 points and 11 boards, while senior Megan Zullo followed with 14 points and redshirt sophomore Carolann Cloutier handed out seven assists. Junior Jasmine Watson chipped in six points, five boards, three assists and three blocks, as well.
Flying out of the gates, the Minutewomen began the first half a blistering 7-for-8 from the field, including a pair of threes from Teuscher and one from Zullo to build a 17-11 lead at the 15:52 mark. However, UMass shot just 5-for-22 in the remainder of the half. Morgan Johnson scored all 10 of her first half points in the final 2:07 of the frame, a 10-0 run for the Billikens, giving Saint Louis the advantage for the first time with 1:23 on the clock and a 36-30 lead at the intermission.
The Minutewomen opened up the second half by cutting the deficit to one at the 16:10 mark with a three by Teuscher, 39-38. UMass remained within striking distance, trailing by eight or fewer for the entire period, but could not overtake Saint Louis despite pulling to within two with 2:22 to play.
On the afternoon, the Minutewomen shot 23-for-56 (41.1%) overall, 8-for-20 (40%) from long range and made 5-of-11 (45.5%) at the charity stripe. Saint Louis finished the contest 21-for-56 (37.3%) overall, 5-of-11 (45.5%) from three and converted 16-of-24 (66.7%) free throw attempts.
Courtney Webb led the way for the Billikens with 21 points on 8-for-15 shooting, while Johnson totaled 15 points and seven rebounds. Kim Bee corralled a game-high 14 boards and Janisha Gearlds handed out 10 assists.
UMass returns to action this Sunday, Feb. 19, taking on George Washington at 2 p.m. in the Mullins Center.