Women's Basketball Falls To Richmond, 69-57
Feb. 16, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - Senior Jennifer Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored 15 points and had19 rebounds and seven steals, but a seven-minute scoring drought gave the University of Richmond (17-7, 8-5) a 69-57 win over the University of Massachusetts (12-11, 4-8) in Atlantic 10 Conference women's basketball action before 873 fans this afternoon at the Mullins Center. The conference loss for UMass was its sixth in the last seven games.
Leading 52-48 with 8:14 remaining in the game, the Minutewomen seemed poised for their 13th win of the season, but a 13-0 run by the Spiders over the next 4:24 gave Richmond its largest lead of the game at nine, 61-52. It was three minutes later at the 1:27 mark, a span of 6:47, before sophomore Monique Govan (Chicago, Ill.) was finally able to end the scoring drought for the Minutewomen.
Richmond went on an 8-0 run take an early 12-4 lead, but after a Minutewoman timeout at the 15:48 mark, they controlled the play for the rest of the half. Butler's basket at the 10:38 mark evened the score at 17. After a basket by senior Kristin Cannon (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) gave the Minutewomen their largest lead of the game at 36-29 with less than 20 seconds left, Richmond's Cammy Desmond drained a three-pointer just before the half to give the Spiders momentum heading into the locker room.
UMass built its lead back to seven to open the second half, but Richmond took advantage of too many Minutewoman turnovers and poor free throw shooting to keep within striking distance. For the game, UMass committed 22 turnovers and shot just 6-12 (.500) from the free throw line. Butler was 3-8 (.375) at the charity stripe, all in the second half. After connecting at a .571 (4-7) rate from three-point range in the first half, UMass was just 1-11 (.091) in the second. Massachusetts held a 38-27 advantage on the boards.
Senior Nekole Smith (Ann Arbor, Mich.) led the Minutewomen with 16 points, while Butler added 15 points, 19 rebounds, seven steals, three blocks and two assists. Govan had nine points and four assists off the bench.
Cammy Desmond paced five Richmond double-figure scorers with 20 points. Kate Flavin and Elise Ryder each had 14. Ryder was 4-5 (.800) from three-point range in the second half. Six of the eight Spiders who played this afternoon had at least two steals, led by Ebony Tanner's five.
The Minutewomen hit the road this week for the final time this regular season. On Thursday, Feb. 20, they will play a 7:00 p.m. at Saint Joseph's. Then on Sunday, Feb. 23, UMass will play a 2:00 p.m. game at Temple. The Minutewomen now trail the Owls by a game for second-place in the A-10 East.