Minutewomen Falter In 87-50 Defeat At Saint Joseph's
Feb. 27, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - The UMass women's basketball squad was unable to overcome a strong shooting performance by Saint Joseph's on Wednesday evening, falling to the Hawks, 87-50 at Hagan Arena. Freshman guard Jasmine Harris led the Minutewomen with 11 points and classmate Adriana Jordan notched a single-game career-best 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor and a 2-of-4 clip at the foul line.
Freshman guard Rashida Timbilla pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, including four on the offensive end of the floor, and added eight points. Sophomore forward Kim Pierre-Louis totaled six points and four rebounds over 14 minutes on the floor.
Honoring its four-member senior class, Saint Joseph's hit five of its first six field goals (83.3 percent) to record the initial 13 points of the contest. Redshirt-senior Chatilla van Grinsven led the Hawks early with a trio of layups during the opening run, finishing with a team-high 21 points on the contest to pace the Hawks.
Down 15-4, Harris drained her first three-point attempt of the day to bring the Minutewomen within 15-7 with 13:47 to play in the first. After a van Grinsven layup, Pierre-Louis backed into the paint and swished a turnaround jumper to again cut the deficit to eight with 13:14 remaining in the half. However, the Hawks offense continued to knock down their attempts over the remainder of the half, resulting in a 50-25 score in favor of Saint Joseph's at the break.
In the second, the Hawks expanded their lead with consistent shooting from the floor. Timbilla notched six straight points for the Minutewomen after being held scoreless in the first, using a pair of free throws to cap the run while bringing the deficit down to 66-40 with 8:18 left. However, Saint Joseph's finished out the contest on a 21-10 run to reach the final score, 87-50, with the Minutewomen unable to drop the Hawks lead further during the final eight minutes.
UMass shot 17-of-63 from the floor (27.0 percent), finishing 4-for-24 from behind the arc (16.7 percent). Saint Joseph's hit 57.9 percent of its field goals (33-for-57), including 7-of-12 three-pointers (58.3 percent). The Minutewomen added a 12-of-16 clip on foul shots (75.0 percent) while the Hawks went 14-for-21 from the free throw line (66.7 percent).
Ilze Gotfrida and Shelby Smith joined van Grinsven in double-figures, scoring 13 and 11, respectively. van Grinsven added a game-high 12 rebounds to record a double-double for the Hawks.
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