Women's Basketball Defeats St. Bonaventure In Overtime, 71-66
Feb. 21, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts women's basketball team defeated St. Bonaventure University, 71-66, in overtime this evening at the Reilly Center. The Minutewomen outscored the Bonnies 12-7 in overtime to improve to 9-17 on the season and 7-8 in the Atlantic 10. St. Bonaventure falls to 13-12 overall and 7-7 in conference play.
Junior Jennifer Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Freshman Katie Nelson (Ellicot City, Md.) combined for nine of the 12 UMass points in overtime,while holding the Bonnies scoreless for the first four minutes of the extra period. Nelson scored a career high 20 points, while Butler tallied her 18th double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds.With the performance, Butler broke her own UMass single season rebounding record of 284 set two years prior, and is only 28 rebounds shy of the career rebounding record.
Junior Amber Sneed (Cincinnatti, Ohio) scored a jumper in the lane with only 18 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 59-59 and force the overtime period. Sneed finished with 13 points on the game. St. Bonaventure led by as many as nine points early in the second half, but UMass battled back into contention behind the strong play of junior Nekole Smith (Ann Arbor, Mich.). Smith tallied 13 second half points, including eight in a row down the strech.
The Minutewomen and the Bonnies battled basket for basket until the 11:00 minute mark, when scored four straight points to give UMass it's largest lead of the game, 19-12. A three-pointer by Becky Valenti brought St. Bonaventure back into contention and a jumper by Kristin McGhee tied the game, 19-19, at 4:49. A three-point play by Angela Scott gave St. Bonaventure it's first lead since the 12:00 mark and sparked a 9-0 run. St. Bonaventure led by as many as seven with two minutes remaining, but Butler converted a layup with six seconds remaining in the half to enter the break trailing, 29-24.
Courtney Mattingly and Stephanie Collins led St. Bonaventure in scoring with 10 points each, while Christina Cole chipped in nine. UMass outrebounded St. Bonaventure 45-32 in the game.
The game marks the 6th overtime contest of the season for the Minutewomen, a UMass women's basketball record for most overtime games in a single season. UMass has won the past three overtime games and are 3-3 in overtime play.
The Minutewomen return to action on Feb. 24, 2002 when they take on George Washington in their last home game of the sesason. The game is slated to begin at 2:00 p.m.