Harris' 19 Points Not Enough In 81-63 UMass Loss At Richmond
Feb. 17, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. - Freshman guard Jasmine Harris recorded a single-game career-high 19 points in 25 minutes off the bench for UMass; however, the Minutewomen dropped an 81-63 decision at the University of Richmond's Robins Center on Sunday afternoon. Sophomore forward Kim Pierre-Louis joined Harris in double-figures with 13 points, one shy of tying her career high, while adding five rebounds.
Freshman guard Adriana Jordan also scored a personal-best eight points on 4-for-7 shooting from the floor to go with five rebounds as the UMass freshman and sophomore classes tallied 52 of the Minutewomen's 63 points on the day.
The Spiders started strong, connecting for the opening 11 points of the contest before senior guard Dee Montgomery put UMass on the board with a running one-handed jumper at the 16:25 mark of the first. With the Spiders mixing attempts from inside the paint and outside the arc to generate their offense, UMass answered by pushing the ball toward the basket while drawing fouls.
Harris connected on a three-pointer in response to a Richmond trey and drove the lane to draw a whistle during the next trip down the floor, knocking down a layup in the process. After Harris drained the free throw to drop the deficit to 20-10, Rodney hit a layup while being fouled and Jordan knocked down a jumper to mark a 7-0 run for the Minutewomen.
The underclassmen on the roster continued to make an impact as UMass clawed back from its early deficit. Harris reached eight points on the contest with a pair of free throws to cut the Richmond lead to 22-16 with 10:27 remaining. Jordan followed 41 seconds later with her second jumper to make it 25-18 in favor of the Spiders.
Senior center Jasmine Watson continued the UMass scoring run with four straight points, using a pair of free throws with 7:36 left in the half and a layup at the left of the basket during the next possession to force a Richmond timeout and bring the Minutewomen within three of tying, 25-22.
However, Kristina King and Yazmean Burgess answered with back-to-back three-pointers as the Spiders found their shooting touch to close the half on a 15-4 run, resulting in a 40-26 UMass deficit at the break.
Harris continued to knock down attempts following the intermission, scoring the opening five points of the second half to force a Richmond timeout with 19:13 to play. On the first possession, Harris took the ball at the left wing, backed toward the basket and drained a turn-around layup. Following a missed jumper by Watson on the ensuing trip down the floor, Harris corralled the loose ball outside the arc, pivoted to face the basket and hit her second three of the contest - tying her single-game scoring high of 14 points notched against Northeastern on Dec. 22, 2012, in the process.
Scoring eight of the Minutewomen's first 10 points in the second half, Harris broke her single-game scoring mark with her third trey against the Spiders. The Farmington Hills, Mich., native drilled an attempt from outside the arc with 17:45 to play to reach 17 points on the day and drop the Richmond advantage to 44-36.
The Spiders struck back with a 7-0 run to push the lead to 15 points at 53-38 with 14:15 left and the Minutewomen were unable to drop the margin below 14 over the remainder of the contest. Becca Wann sparked the scoring streak for Richmond with a three-pointer and a pair of foul shots, finishing with 15 points on the day. The Spiders also tallied double-digit scoring performances from King (17), Rachael Bilney (15) and Burgess (12).
The Minutewomen finished 22-for-61 from the floor (36.1 percent) and 4-for-15 from behind the arc (26.7 percent). Richmond responded by making 43.1 percent of their attempts (28-of-65), including a 9-for-28 performance from beyond the arc (32.1 percent). The Spiders knocked down 16-of-18 free throws (88.9 percent) while UMass went 15-for-24 from the foul line (62.5 percent).
UMass travels to Rhode Island to compete in a rescheduled contest on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. The game was originally set to be played on Sunday, Feb. 10; however, winter weather in the Northeast forced postponement of the contest.
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