Minutewomen Unable To Overcome GW During Road Matchup
Feb. 15, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Kim Pierre-Louis and Kiara Bomben scored in double-figures for Massachusetts women's basketball, but a second half scoring drought and George Washington's success rebounding the ball led the Minutewomen to drop a 78-54 game at the Charles E. Smith Center in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
Pierre-Louis netted a team-high 14 points, following closely by Bomben's 13. Combined, the duo finished 11-for-20 from the floor while Pierre-Louis added five rebounds, including four on the offensive end. Rashida Timbilla paced the Minutewomen with 12 rebounds but was held to one point.
Caira Washington led three Colonials in double-figures with 25 points while she earned a double-double with 16 rebounds. Megan Nipe added 12 points and Chakecia Miller chipped in 11 more.
Defensive pressure from both squads created a low-scoring battle early on as the teams combined for seven turnovers during the opening three minutes while the Minutewomen worked to a 4-2 lead. Kymber Hill accounted for all four UMass points to start the game on a layup and two free throws.
Massachusetts held the Colonials to just four made baskets over their first 19 attempts (21.1 percent), including a 1-for-6 line from beyond the arc, in earning a 17-14 lead with nine minutes to play in the first.
Trailing 14-11, the Minutewomen used three consecutive baskets to earn the three-point advantage. Jasmine Harris drained a jumper before Bomben and Emily Mital hit back-to-back layups to create the 6-0.
However, spurred on by a 22-15 edge in rebounding, George Washington responded with a 13-2 run to take a 27-19 lead. The Colonials padded their advantage to 34-22 at the break on the strength of their rebounding prowess, as GW (18-8 overall, 9-4 Atlantic 10) held a 26-18 margin on the boards in the first half, including a 9-3 gap on the offensive glass.
The home side opened the second stanza on a 10-0 run to silence any rally attempt for the Minutewomen as UMass did not hit its first field goal of the frame until Bomben's layup at the 17:26 mark. Massachusetts was unable to fight back during the remainder of the contest as the Colonials shot 47.5 percent from the floor (19-of-40) to keep their lead above 20 points.
Massachusetts finished 21-for-69 on field goal attempts (30.4 percent) but were just 2-for-10 on three-pointers (20.0 percent). The Minutewomen hit 66.7 percent of their free throws (10-of-15) while GW finished 16-of-22 (72.7 percent) in the category.
The Colonials inside presence led them to earn a 42-32 margin in points in the paint while their rebounding effort earned the squad an 18-9 lead for second chance scoring. Each side committed 16 turnovers, but GW was able to turn them into 15 points to only nine scored off of turnovers for UMass.
The Minutewomen (3-23, 0-12) travel back to Amherst, Mass., to host Richmond on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., in the Mullins Center.