Women's Basketball Falls To URI, 59-53; Earns No. 3 Seed In A-10 Tournament
Feb. 27, 2005
KINGSTON, R.I. - A 25-5 run by Rhode Island (8-19, 6-10 A-10) late in the first half and into the second half was too much for Massachusetts (13-14, 6-10) to overcome as it fell 59-53 Sunday afternoon at the Ryan Center. The Minutewomen cut a 15-point, second-half deficit to four twice in the second half, but could not get any closer. Tamara Tatham (pictured) led the Minutewomen with 17 points.
A 14-0 run by Rhode Island late in the first half gave it a nine-point lead. Redshirt junior Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) made two free throws at the 1:34 mark to snap a 6:53 scoring drought for the Minutewomen, but URI's Safi Mojidi then hit a three-pointer on the other end to make it a 32-22 game. That is how the score stayed until halftime. UMass did not make a field goal in the last 7:27 of the first half and shot just 32 percent from the field while committing 15 turnovers.
The Rams extended the lead to 15 points, 37-22, early in the first half on a three-pointer by Peta Kneen. Senior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) scored a lay-up for the Minutewomen at the 16:11 mark snapping an 11:13 field goal drought, but the Rams outscored UMass 25-5 during that stretch.
URI led 40-25 at the 15:00 mark of the second half, but the Minutwomen came charging back with an 8-0 run to get back into the game. The teams exchanged baskets for a few minutes and UMass was down, 44-37 with 7:56 left.
Five straight points by sophomore Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) brought the Minutewomen within four points, 46-42. After the Rams scored four in a row to go back up by eight, freshman Pam Rosanio (Southampton, Pa.) hit a three-pointer to bring UMass within five points, 52-47. The Rams came back on the other with two straight baskets to go back up by nine points. Nelson made a couple of technical free throws and a two-pointer from just inside the line to bring the deficit back to four with just under 30 seconds, but that would be as close as UMass could get.
The Minutewomen shot 38 percent from the field for the game and had 25 turnovers. URI shot 35 percent. UMass held the edge in rebounding, 38-34. URI scored 25 points off the Minutewomen turnovers.
Tatham led UMass with 17 points. Rosanio added 11 points and a career-high nine rebounds, while Campbell pulled down 13 rebounds.
UMass will now head off to the A-10 Tournament, March 4-7, in Washington, D.C. as the No. 3 seed in the East. The Minutewomen will face Duquesne, the No. 6 seed in the West, at 2:00 PM Friday afternoon. All UMass games from the A-10 Tournament will be broadcast on WMUA (91.1 FM and www.umassathletics.com) beginning a half-hour before the scheduled tip-off. In addition, you can follow all of the action online with gametracker.