Massachusetts Falls To Saint Joseph's 85-51 During Senior Night
Feb. 27, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass women's basketball was unable to overcome strong rebounding and a balanced scoring approach by Saint Joseph's during Senior Night at the Mullins Center as the Minutewomen fell, 85-51 to the Hawks on Thursday. Kim Pierre-Louis led Massachusetts with 15 points to go with seven rebounds.
Rashida Timbilla pulled down nine rebounds, scored eight points, dished out five assists, blocked three shots and earned one steal over 32 minutes on the floor. Jasmine Harris added seven points and seven boards.
Kelsey Berger led Saint Joseph's with 14 points while Sarah Fairbanks scored 13, Erin Shields added 11 and Ciara Andrews provided 10 more. Natasha Cloud nearly had a triple-double on 13 assists, 12 rebounds and eight points.
Saint Joseph's started the game on a 6-0 run and built its lead to 15 points, 17-2 with 14 minutes, 25 seconds remaining in the opening half. The Minutewomen answered with six consecutive points on a jumper by Timbilla, layup by Pierre-Louis and two free throws from Kiara Bomben to pull within 17-8 only 68 seconds later.
However, the Hawks continued to hit their field goal attempts and finished 10-for-10 on free throws to extend the lead as large as 26 points, 41-15 with 2:59 left in the stanza. Saint Joseph's finished the half 16-for-38 overall (42.1 percent), but made only one of its seven attempts from beyond the arc in earning its 43-19 advantage at the break.
UMass was unable to chip away at its halftime deficit during the second frame. After Timbilla made it 45-23 at the 18:47 mark the Hawks added seven consecutive points to go up by 29 at 52-23 with 15:41 left.
Massachusetts finished 20-for-64 from the floor (31.3 percent) but was hampered by cold shooting from outside as the Minutewomen were just 1-of-15 on three-pointers (6.7 percent). The Hawks hit 43.8 percent of their field goals overall (32-of-73) but only 28.6 percent of their three-pointers (4-for-14).
The Hawks made up for their poor percentage from outside with a strong showing from the free throw line as they were 17-of-18 from the charity stripe (94.4 percent). The Minutewomen finished 10-for-16 in the category (62.5 percent).
The Minutewomen conclude the 2013-14 regular season with a trip to Saint Louis for a Sunday, March 2 game in St. Louis, Mo., at 2 p.m.
UMass hosted a short pregame ceremony to honor Bomben, a redshirt-senior, along with graduating team manager Steve Baruffi.