UMass Falls At Rhode Island Despite Timbilla's Double-Double
Feb. 19, 2013
KINGSTON, R.I. - In a contest that came down to the final minute of play, UMass women's basketball suffered a 45-42 setback at Rhode Island's Ryan Center on Tuesday afternoon. Forward Rashida Timbilla earned the sixth double-double of the freshman's career with 14 points on 6-for-6 shooting with a pair of free throws to go with 11 rebounds. Freshman guard Jasmine Harris also reached double-figures in scoring with 14 points on a trio of three-pointers and five foul shots. The contest had to be rescheduled from its original Sunday, Feb. 10 date due to severe winter weather in the Northeast.
With Rhode Island ahead by five points with 14 seconds remaining in the contest, Harris knocked down a pair of free throws to drop the deficit to 45-42 before the Minutewomen defense forced a five-second inbounding violation on URI to regain possession. After a timeout, Harris received the ball outside the arc and fired a contested three-pointer that bounced off the rim before falling wide to end the potential game-tying attempt.
UMass (3-22 overall, 1-9 Atlantic 10) worked to an 11-6 lead with 13:15 remaining on the strength of early offense from four Minutewomen. Timbilla notched the first Minutewomen points of the day on a layup at the 18:36 mark before Jasmine Watson knocked down a fastbreak basket to give UMass its first lead of the day, 4-2 with 17:56 to play.
Samantha Tabakman and Symone Bullard answered for Rhode Island before Timbilla notched another layup and senior guard Dee Montgomery followed with a three-pointer to put UMass ahead, 9-6 with 14:45 remaining. Harris pushed the lead to five, the largest for the Minutewomen, with a pair of free throws two trips into the offensive zone later.
Rhode Island (6-19, 1-9) fought back over the remainder of the half to secure a 24-18 advantage at the break. The Rams took the lead back with 11:05 to play on a Bullard layup, growing the margin as high as eight on a free throw by Brianna Thomas with 55 seconds to play in the stanza. Freshman guard Adriana Jordan answered with a jumper from the left wing with 26 seconds to play in the first to reach the halftime mark.
The Minutewomen hit three of their opening five attempts in the second stanza, with Timbilla reaching double-digits at 10 points on a 5-for-5 shooting day to pull UMass within 26-22 of the Rams at the 19:00 mark of play. The freshman from Ottawa, Ontario, moved to 6-for-6 from the floor on another layup 5:50 later, dropping the deficit to 29-26.
Timbilla followed with a pair of free throws after backing toward the basket and drawing a foul on Emilie Cloutier before Harris knocked down a three-pointer to tie it at 31-31 with 11:46 on the clock. Harris followed with another trey to give the Minutewomen their first lead since the opening half, draining an attempt from the left side with 9:14 to play to put UMass in front, 36-33.
Rhode Island answered back with a 7-0 run to pull in front, 40-36 before Harris sank the front end of a pair of foul shots to knock the deficit to three with 2:43 left. After Tayra Melendez hit a free throw to push the URI lead back to four, Harris responded with a trey to bring the Minutewomen within 41-40 with 2:11 remaining.
UMass and Rhode Island recorded matching points in the paint totals, with 20 for each team while scoring off of turnover favored the Rams, 9-6. Second chance points also went Rhode Island's way, 10-7 while the Minutewomen reserves outscored the Rams bench personnel, 21-9.
Rhode Island hit 16-of-55 field goal attempts (29.1 percent), while the UMass perimeter defense limited the Rams to an 0-for-5 day from behind the arc. Massachusetts finished 15-for-52 (28.3 percent) overall and 4-for-18 from three (22.2 percent). The Minutewomen finished 8-for-16 from the free throw line while Rhode Island was 13-of-25 at the charity stripe (52.0 percent).
Melendez led the Rams with 13 points while Emilie Cloutier added 11 rebounds.
The Minutewomen have a quick turnaround to complete their next contest, returning to Amherst, Mass., to host Charlotte (20-4, 9-1) at the Mullins Center on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.