Women's Basketball

Harris Nets Career-High In UMass Loss To Richmond

Jasmine Harris tallied a career-best 21 points against the Richmond defense.

Jasmine Harris tallied a career-best 21 points against the Richmond defense.

Feb. 19, 2014

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AMHERST, Mass. - Jasmine Harris scored 21 points to lead UMass women's basketball at home against Richmond, but the career day from the sophomore was not enough to put the Minutewomen past the Spiders as Massachusetts fell, 89-76 on Wednesday evening.

Kim Pierre-Louis added her fifth career double-double, and the fourth in the last eight games, with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Seven of her boards came on the offensive end while she went 6-for-12 on field goals and added three points through four trips to the free throw line.

Harris earned her scoring total on eight made field goals - which tied her personal-best - to go with a 3-for-3 finish at the charity stripe.

Rashida Timbilla joined Harris and Pierre-Louis in scoring double-digits with 14 points to go with six rebounds, four assists, four steals and a trio of blocks. Kiara Bomben followed closely behind with nine points but was limited to 24 minutes played due to foul trouble.

Lauren Tolson led Richmond with 17 points. Kristina King provided 16 more to go with nine boards. Jannelle Hubbard and Amber Nichols scored 14 apiece while Genevieve Okoro netted 11 points.

The UMass offense surged during the second half after entering the frame trailing by 16 points. After the Spiders pushed their lead to as much as 20 points, 55-35 with 15 minutes, 48 seconds remaining, an 8-0 run pulled the Minutewomen within 55-43 only 95 seconds later.

Massachusetts continued to whittle away at its deficit until it only trailed by seven, 67-60 at the 8:20 mark. Following a Tolson shot to give Richmond an 11 point margin with 8:53 remaining, Harris dished to Alyx Stiff for a pull-up jumper. Timbilla stole the ball away on the Spiders next possession and took it to the rim on the fastbreak to make it 67-60.

However, UMass was unable to pull closer down the stretch as back-to-back layups from King stretched the visiting team's lead back to 11 points. Richmond used free throws down the stretch to keep hold of its double-digit advantage as they ended 20-for-28 in the category (71.4 percent) to just a 9-of-14 finish at the charity stripe for the Minutewomen (66.7 percent).

The first half was kicked off by a 6-0 Richmond run, holding the Minutewomen scoreless for three minutes following tipoff. Richmond built its lead to 12 with just under 10 minutes to go in the frame, 25-13 due to an 8-4 run consisting of four points from Hubbard and back-to-back three-point plays by Tolson and Amber Nichols.

The Minutewomen quickly retaliated with a 9-3 run of their own, powered by seven of Jasmine Harris' 10 first-half points, including a field goal from three-point land. The UMass run reduced the Richmond lead to six with 6:55 left in the half; however, the Spiders fought back with a pair of threes to bring the score to 34-22.

In response Harris netted her second three of the half to pull within nine with 5:48 left in the first stanza.

UMass remained close in the first until Richmond scored back-to-back threes catalyzing an 8-0 run with 2:53 left in the half to bring the score to 44-27 in favor of the Spiders.

For the game, Pierre-Louis' presence in the interior played a large factor in the team's lead in points in the paint (42-36), second-chance points (20-10) and scoring from the bench (42-23).

Richmond played a solid first half, powered by seven three-pointers and a 53 percent line on field goal attempts (18-of-34). The Spiders found each other for open looks, recording 15 assists in the first half while only turning the ball over three times.

Overall the Spiders went 31-for-63 from the floor (49.2 percent), including a 7-of-19 line from beyond the arc (36.8 percent), but the Mintuewomen were able to limit Richmond from outside during the second half as the visitors went 0-for-5 on three-pointers in the final frame. UMass finished 32-of-71 overall (45.1 percent) but were just 3-of-12 on triples (25.0 percent).

The Minutewomen continue their three-game homestand with a Sunday, Feb. 23 meeting with Rhode Island in the Mullins Center at 2 p.m.



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