Women's Basketball Falls To URI, 60-59, In 1st Annual Field Trip To Mullins Day
Feb. 17, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - Safi Mojidi's jumper with eight seconds left gave Rhode Island (6-18, 4-9 A-10) a 60-59 win over Massachusetts (13-11, 6-7) before 1,597 fans Thursday afternoon in the first annual Field Trip To Mullins Day. Freshman Pam Rosanio (Southampton, Pa,) led four double-figure UMass scorers with 16 points. After making 11 of its first 13 shots, the Minutewomen were just 10-for-33 the rest of the way. There were 10 lead changes and three ties in the final 5:28 of the game.
Hot shooting from the opening tip allowed the Minutewomen to get off to a quick start. UMass made 11 of its first 13 shots and got out to a 26-10 lead in the first 11 minutes. The Minutewomen recorded 11 assists on the 11 field goals. Rhode Island then picked up a couple of quick baskets off its full-court press and cut the lead into single-digits. The two teams exchanged baskets for the remainder of the half as play settled down and the Minutewomen took a 33-23 lead at halftime.
The Rams cut the UMass lead to four, 41-37, with 12:30 left in the second half. Rhode Island then got within one point, 44-43, with 7:34 left and eventually took their first lead of the game on a three-point play by Katie Stailing at the 5:28 mark. Rosanio answered right back for the Minutewomen however on a lay-up. The teams then took turns grabbing the lead until redshirt junior Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) was fouled taking a three-pointer with 3:25 left and the Minutewomen trailing by one at 53-52. She made two out of three free throws. On the next URI possession, Safi Mojidi converted a three-point play to give it a 56-54 lead. The next UMass possession led to free throws by Rosanio as Katie Stailing fouled out. Rosanio made just one though and the Rams took the ball back still up a point.
After both teams came up empty on its next two possessions, Rhode Island had the ball and just over a minute remaining. Peta Kneen missed a three-pointer and UMass got the ball back. After a missed shot by freshman Kate Mills (Elkton, Md.), Rosanio got the offensive rebound and was fouled by Kneen. It was her fifth foul and sent Rosanio to the line with a chance to give UMass the lead back with 39 seconds left in regulation. Rosanio made them both and UMass had a 57-56 lead. The Rams got the ball back, crossed half court and called its final timeout 36 seconds left in regulation. Tanya Rhodes hit a fade-away jumper and gave the Rams the lead again, 58-57, with 18 seconds left.
After a UMass timeout, Mills was fouled on the inbound pass and went to the line. Mills made them both with 15 seconds left. Mojidi came right back down and hit a shot to give the Rams a one-point lead again. On the ensuing UMass possession, Rosanio's game-winning attempt at the buzzer was blocked by Mojidi and Rhode Island gave UMass just its third home loss of the season.
UMass senior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) added 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting and also grabbed nine rebounds and dished out six assists. Mills had 12 points and four boards, while Nelson had 11 points and three assists. UMass shot 46 percent from the field for the game and had 21 turnovers. Rhode Island shot 46 percent as well and had 15 turnovers. The Rams outscored the Minutewomen, 37-26, in the second half as it marked the most points allowed by UMass in a second half this year. UMass had 18 assists and nine steals.
Mojidi led the Rams with 17 points while Rhodes added 12.
Massachusetts continues its three-game home stand Sunday by hosting Richmond at the Mullins Center. Tip-off is slated for 2:00 PM and the game will be broadcast on WMUA, 91.1 FM and on the Internet at www.umassathletics.com. For tickets, please call 1-866-UMASS-TIX or visit the Mullins Center Box Office.