Women's Basketball Downs Duquesne, 67-52, In Atlantic 10 Tournament First Round
March 4, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Five players scored in double-figures as the University of Massachusetts (14-14) defeated Duquesne (10-18), 67-52, Friday afternoon in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament at the Smith Center on the campus of George Washington University. The Minutewomen will now move on to face Xavier in the quarterfinals Saturday at 2:00 PM. This marked the third time this season that the five UMass starters all reached double-figures.
Massachusetts used its three-quarter court trap defense to force Duquesne into early turnovers and was able to turn them into points. In the first four minutes of the game, the Minutewomen built up a 14-5 lead. 10 of those points came off of turnovers. UMass kept the pressure up and five quick points by freshman Pam Rosanio (Southampton, Pa.) gave it a 19-5 lead and forced Duquesne to use its second timeout of the half.
Later in the half, Duquesne went on a 9-2 run to cut its deficit into single-digits. Aiga Bautre hit two three-pointers, but freshman Kate Mills (Elkton, Md.) came right back for the Minutewomen to score two straight buckets and push the UMass lead to 12 at 36-24 with 2:20 left in the half. Duquesne closed out on a 4-2 run and UMass took a 38-28 lead into halftime. The Minutewomen shot 54 percent from the field in the first half while holding the Dukes to a 33 percent clip. UMass was also 7-for-8 from the free throw line and had five steals.
The Minutewomen then started out the second half on a 6-0 run in 2:10 to take its largest lead of the game, 44-28, and force the Dukes to take a timeout. UMass continued the run and took a 20-point lead. Loui Hall made two free throws at the 14:45 mark to give Duquesne its first points of the half. Hall then followed up a teammates miss with a lay-up to give the Dukes their first field goal of the second half. UMass still had a 48-32 lead with 11:51 left.
Duquesne continued to chip away and got within nine points, 56-47, with 4:11 left. The Dukes used a 19-8 run to get back into the game. On UMass' next possession, redshirt junior Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) hit a three-pointer with 2:29 left to give the Minutewomen a 12-point lead, 59-47. Bautre hit a three-pointer with 1:24 left to cut the UMass lead back to nine. After a Duquesne timeout, sophomore Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) scored a lay-up after beating the press to give UMass its double-digit lead back. Nelson then added two free throws to put UMass up 13 points and exactly one minute remaining. The Dukes missed a basket and Mills scored again for UMass to seal the victory with less than 30 seconds remaining.
Nelson led the Minutewomen with 17 points and seven assists. Mills tied a career-high with 14 points, while Rosanio added 12. Campbell and Tatham added 10 apiece. Campbell and Mills both had seven rebounds.UMass shot 52 percent for the game while Duquesne shot at a 30 percent rate from the field. Duquesne also held a slim 34-33 edge in rebounding. UMass had 17 assists on its 24 field goals as well as nine steals.
The Minutewomen will now play Xavier in tomorrow's second quarterfinal game at 2:00 PM. It will be broadcast live on WMUA (91.1 FM and www.umassathletics.com) beginning at 1:30 PM.