Women's Hoops Drops 79-60 Game To Charlotte
Feb. 20, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Playing one day after a rescheduled road contest, the UMass women's basketball team fell at home in the Mullins Center to Charlotte, 79-60 on Wednesday night. Center Jasmine Watson finished 5-for-9 from the floor to go with a 4-of-4 day at the free throw line for a team-best 14 points. Freshman forward Rashida Timbilla added 11, all coming during the second half, while contributing eight rebounds and a trio of assists. Sophomore forward Kim Pierre-Louis also recorded 11 points while falling one board shy of a double-double with nine pulled down against the 49ers.
Watson added six blocks against the 49ers, the 10th game of the senior's career with at least five stuffs, while senior guard Dee Montgomery handed out eight assists. To start the pair of back-to-back contests, the Minutewomen traveled to Rhode Island for a Tuesday, Feb. 19 contest , which had to be rescheduled following severe winter weather in the Northeast.
Entering the second half trailing, 41-17, the Minutewomen increased their offensive production in the final stanza; but the deficit was too large to overcome. Opening 10-for-17 from the floor (58.8 percent), UMass outscored the 49ers, 43-35 in the second, with Timbilla's 11 scored in the stanza leading the way. Freshman guard Adriana Jordan, who finished with six points and a pair of blocks over 12 minutes, brought the Minutewomen within 18 - as close as UMass would get - at the 1:50 mark in the second as the Minutewomen notched a 30-17 scoring advantage over the final 14:21 of the game.
To secure its halftime lead, Charlotte (21-4 overall, 10-1 Atlantic 10) earned the first 11 points of the contest while hitting five of their first six attempts en route to a 14-3 lead after Pierre-Louis recorded a layup following a pass from Watson with 14:55 to play. Pierre-Louis added an athletic move to the basket, dribbling under it before flipping a layup over her head during the possession prior to an Emily Mital three with 3:10 left; however, the 49ers continued to connect on their attempts with 17 makes in 33 attempts during the first half (51.5 percent).
UMass went 20-for-49 from the floor (40.8 percent), hitting 2-of-8 three-point attempts (25.0 percent). Charlotte answered with a 33-68 field goal clip (48.5 percent), including going 4-for-9 from behind the arc (44.4 percent). The 49ers added a 9-of-15 performance at the charity stripe (60.0 percent) while the Minutewomen ended the contest 18-for-23 at the free throw line (78.3 percent).
Charlotte was led by Jennifer Hailey's 15 points and 10 rebounds while Ny Hammonds scored 17 and Jai Forney chipped in 16. Hilary Sigmon rounded out the quartet of 49ers who reached double-figures with 11.
The Minutewomen host Duqesne in their next contest, taking on the Dukes in the Mullins Center on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.