Women's Basketball Falls To #16/16 Temple, 66-63 On Buzzer Beater
Feb. 24, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - Cynthia Jordan hit a step-back three-pointer as the buzzer sounded to give the 16th-ranked Temple women's basketball team (23-3, 15-0 A-10) a 66-63 win over Massachusetts (13-13, 6-9) Thursday night at the Mullins Center. For the Owls, it was their 20th straight win, a school record. Freshman Pam Rosanio (Southampton, Pa.) led the Minutewomen with 20 points, while senior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) had 17 points and seven rebounds.
UMass started the game on an 8-0 run in the first three minutes thanks to 4-for-4 shooting from the field. The Owls got within two points at 10-8, but an 11-3 run by the Minutewomen gave them a 10-point lead at 21-11 with just under 10 points remaining in the first half. The Owls came back to score 12 of the next 14 points to tie the game for the first time with 4:44 left. A three-pointer by redshirt junior Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) on the next possession gave UMass the lead right back. The Minutewomen closed out the half on a 7-3 run to take a 30-26 halftime lead.
After a three-pointer by freshman Kate Mills (Elkton, Md.) gave UMass a 33-28 lead early in the second half, Temple went on an 11-0 run to take a 39-33 lead with 15:08 left. A three-pointer by Jennifer Owens at the 15:43 mark gave the Owls their first lead of the game and then a steal and lay-up by Kamesha Hairston put the Owls up six. UMass responded with an 8-0 run to take the lead right back, 43-41, with 11:10 left. Campbell scored six of the points.
The two teams then exchanged baskets for the next few minutes. A steal by Nelson and lay-up by Campbell gave UMass a five-point lead with 5:05 left and forced the Owls to call a timeout. After the Owls cut the UMass lead to two, 57-55, a quick 4-0 spurt by the Minutewomen gave them a 61-55 lead with 3:01 left in regulation. Rosanio scored all four of the UMass points. Temple came right back to score the next six points in 57 seconds and tie the game up at 61. UMass committed four straight turnovers which allowed the Owls to tie the game. A pair of free throws by Cynthia Jordan gave Temple a 63-61 lead, but Rosanio came right back to hit a runner in the lane to tie the game with 1:10 left. After a defensive stop by the Minutewomen, Nelson had a shot blocked by Ari Moore and the Owls got the ball back with 10 seconds left.
Temple came down the floor and called timeout with five seconds left. The Owls inbounded from across their bench and had to call another timeout as they were unable to get the ball in play due to the UMass pressure. After the second timeout, Jordan got the ball and went to her right. She leaned into Rosanio and then stepped back and nailed the three-pointer from right in front of her bench as the final horn sounded. It was her only field goal of the game.
These two teams came into the game numbers one and two in the league in defense, but it was an offensive night. UMass shot 53 percent from the floor, while the Owls were 48 percent. UMass connected at a 61 percent rate in the second half. Temple won the game at the line, going 16-for-20. UMass was just 8-for-12 at the line and out-rebounded the Owls, 26-23.
Rosanio had her 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting. It was her third 20-point game of the season. Campbell got her 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Sophomore Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) chipped in with 10 points and six boards, while senior Edris Bailey (Mt. Hope, Trinidad & Tobago) pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.
The Minutewomen will close out the regular season on Sunday at Rhode Island. Tip-off at the Ryan Center is slated for 2:00 PM and you can listen to all of the action on WMUA (91.1 FM in Amherst and online at www.umassathletics.com) beginning at 1:30.