Women's Basketball Falls To Richmond, 55-43, Sunday Afternoon
Feb. 20, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Richmond (20-5, 11-3 A-10) defeated the University of Massachusetts (13-12, 6-8), 55-43, Sunday afternoon at the Mullins Center. The Spiders took advantage of 11 offensive rebounds and had 17 points off turnovers in the first half as they cruised to the win. Sophomore Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) led the Minutewomen with 11 points, while freshman Kate Mills (Elkton, Md.) had 10.
The Minutewomen had eight turnovers in the first 10 minutes of the game and found themselves down, 18-8. The Spiders continues to take advantage of UMass miscues and extended its lead to 10 at 20-10 with eight minutes left in the first half. After UMass redshirt junior Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) hit a three-pointer to cut the deficit to seven, Richmond reeled off six points in a row to take its largest lead of the game at 26-13 with just over five minutes left. That would turn out to be the last time UMass trailed by single-digits. UMass' defense enabled it to stay in the game and Richmond took a 29-15 lead at halftime.
The Minutewomen had 13 turnovers in the first half which turned into 17 Richmond points. Richmond also out-rebounded UMass, 20-12. 11 of the Spiders' boards were offensive which turned into nine points. Both teams shot less than 35 percent from the field in the first half.
In the second half, UMass tried to make runs to cut into the lead but every time it got a couple baskets in a row Richmond would respond. The Minutewomen cut leads of 16 and 17 down to 11 twice but were unable to get it into single-digits.
UMass had just four second half turnovers and shot 45 percent in the half. The Minutewomen shot 39 percent from the field for the game. Richmond came into the game shooting 45 percent from the field which ranked 25th in the country, but was held to 40 percent by the UMass defense. UMass was out-rebounded, 33-25.
Tatham had her 11 points on 4-for-4 shooting. She also had four rebounds. Mills had two blocked shots to go along with her 10 points. Senior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) had seven points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Saona Chapman led Richmond with a game-high 15 points. Kate Flavin added 12 points and six rebounds.
The Minutewomen will play their final home of the season Thursday night when they host No. 17/19 Temple at 7:00 PM. The three UMass seniors will be honored in a ceremony prior to the game. For ticket information, please call the Athletic Ticket Office at 1-866-UMASS-TIX or visit the Mullins Center box office.