Women's Basketball Falls To URI, 55-50
Feb. 29, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - Junior Edris Bailey (Mt. Hope, Trinidad & Tobago) and freshman Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) each had 10 points and seven rebounds as the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (6-21, 2-14) fell to the University of Rhode Island, 55-50, this afternoon on Senior Day at the Mullins Center.
The Rams trailed 27-24 at the half, but used an 8-0 run to start the second half in taking a 32-27 lead. Massachusetts came right back to take a 33-32 advantage and led 39-36 before the Rams rattled off a 9-0 run to take a 45-39 lead with 7:14 to play. With both Bailey and Tatham in foul trouble, UMass needed one of its guards to step and and Ashley Sharpton (Conyers, Ga.) did just that. She nailed two three-pointers in a 50 second span to tie the game at 45 with 5:57 left in regulation.
Bailey went to the free throw line with UMass trailing by two with 2:39 left, but made just one of two shots. The Rams then built the lead up to five points, 53-48, with1:01 left. Senior Judit Zsedenyi (Budapest, Hungary) made two free throws to bring UMass within three with 41 seconds left. URI's Katie Stailing then went to the line for a 1-and-1 with 20 seconds left to try and ice the game, but missed the front end. The Minutewomen, who were out of timeouts took the ball down the floor, but Denise King picked off the pass that was intended for Sharpton right in front of the UMass bench. She sank both free throws and gave URI just its second .500 season in conference play since 1995-96.
The 10 points and seven rebounds by Bailey and Tatham led the Minutewomen. Freshman Joyce Massey (Detroit, Mich.) also had nine points. Senior Glamora Maeweather (Country Club Hills, Ill.) had eight points and five boards, while Zsedenyi finished with seven points.
UMass committed 25 turnovers and shot 43 percent from the field. The Rams shot 29 percent and took 26 more shots than the Minutewomen. URI out-rebounded UMass, 42-34, and 19-3 on the offensive glass. Denise King led the Rams with 16 points. Tanya Rhodes added 14 points and 11 boards.
The Minutewomen will head to Philadelphia for the Atlantic 10 Tournament as the sixth seed in the East. They will face Duquesne, the third seed out of the West, in the first round on Friday, March 5, at 2:00 p.m.