Women's Basketball Downed By #6 Xavier, 75-41
Feb. 20, 2010
CINCINNATI, Ohio - The UMass women's basketball team made eight three-pointers, but the squad's effort beyond the arc was not enough against nationally-ranked #6 Xavier, 75-41, on Saturday afternoon at the Cintas Center. Following the setback, the Minutewomen are now 10-17 overall and 4-7 in the Atlantic 10, while the Musketeers move to 22-3 on the season and remain undefeated in conference play at 12-0.
Junior Stephanie Lawrence was the top point producer for UMass as she totaled nine and four rebounds, coming off the bench for the Minutewomen. Senior Diatiema Hill had a squad-best eight rebounds and had two assists and two steals, while freshman Jasmine Watson grabbed six boards. Junior Cerie Mosgrove chipped in eight points, Megan Zullo had seven and senior Kim Benton added six points and four assists.
After Xavier took a 4-0 lead with baskets from Ta'Shia Phillips and Amber Harris, sophomore Kristina Danella knocked down a fast break three to bring the Minutewomen within one at 17:33. UMass remained within a few possessions reach of the Musketeers at the 11:35 mark as Benton hit a trey, but Xavier scored the next 11 straight points to open up a 16-point advantage, 22-6, with 8:23 left in the period and led by as many as 18 in the frame. Another three for UMass by Mosgrove, followed by a layup from freshman Dee Montgomery decreased the deficit to 13 with 3:10 remaining, but three made free throws for the Musketeers in the final 25 seconds before the intermission pushed the margin back to 16 for Xavier at halftime, 29-13.
The Minutewomen would draw no closer the rest of the way as the Musketeers hit three threes in the first four minutes of the second period to help increase their advantage to 23 at 40-17 with 16:03 to play in the contest. Xavier recovered from shooting 34.5% (10-for-29) in the first half by shooting 57.6% (19-for-33) in the second and finished the afternoon, 29-for-62 (46.8%). The Musketeers were 11-for-32 (34.4%) from three and 6-for-8 (75.0%) at the free throw line.
More than half the UMass field goals were from beyond the arc, where the Minutewomen were 8-for-25 (32.0%). Overall, the squad shot 15-for-57 (26.3%) and made 3-of-7 (42.9%) at the charity stripe.
Pacing three Xavier players in double figures, Tyeasha Moss totaled 12 points. Ta'Shia Phillips followed with 11 points and 10 rebounds, Harris had 10 points and nine boards and April Phillips was just shy of a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds. Dee Dee Jernigan handed out a game-high eight assists and pulled down six boards.
The Minutewomen enter the final week of the regular season and will next face Saint Joseph's at home on Thursday, Feb. 25, for Senior Night at the Mullins Center, beginning at 7 p.m.