Women's Basketball Falls At St. Joes, 60-51
Feb. 20, 2003
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Senior Jennifer Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had a game-high 17 points and 12 rebounds, but Saint Joseph's (15-9, 10-3) defeated the University of Massachusetts (12-12, 4-9), 60-51, in Atlantic 10 women's basketball this evening at the Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Despite out-shooting the Hawks .412 to .396 and controlling the boards, 35-30, the Minutewomen fall to .500 for the first time this season.
It was 4:40 into the game before UMass got on the board courtesy of a Butler basket, but it ignited an 11-0 Minutewoman run which gave them an early 11-5 lead. Saint Joseph's came back to tie and the two teams traded baskets for the majority of the half. Consecutive baskets by senior Nekole Smith (Ann Arbor, Mich.) gave UMass a five-point lead with a minute left, but the Hawks reeled off five in a row to tie the game at 24 heading into the locker room.
Saint Joseph's went on a 10-2 run spanning 4:49 to take a 41-33 lead at the 10:41 mark of the second half and looked like it was going to pull away from the outmanned Minutewomen, but UMass was able to make a comeback. A three-pointer by senior Amber Sneed (Cincinnati, Ohio) and lay-up from sophomore Monique Govan (Chicago, Ill.) cut the Hawks lead to three, 41-38, at the 9:46 mark, but that would be as close as UMass would get. After a Hawk basket on the other end, a Butler scoop shot brought UMass within three again, but a 7-0 run by Saint Joseph's over the next 2:48 provided the knock-out punch.
Govan played all 40 minutes this evening for Massachusetts at point guard and scored a career-high 13 points on 6-12 shooting from the field. She also added four rebounds, four assists and three steals. In addition to her 17 points and 12 rebounds, Butler dished out three assists, blocked three shots and recorded a steal. Smith and Sneed both added seven points in the loss. The Minutewomen recorded 14 assists on their 21 field goals, but committed 17 turnovers.
Erin Brady led the Hawks with 15 points, while Amra Mehmedic had 10. SJU had just eight turnovers in the game, and were credited with 14 assists.
Massachusetts will remain in the City of Brotherly Love for a 2:00 p.m. game at Temple on Sunday, Feb. 23. The Minutewomen now trail the Owls by two games for second place in the A-10 Eastern Division.