Season Ends For Minutewomen With 77-66 Loss To 49ers At A-10s
March 4, 2011
LOWELL, Mass. - The UMass women's basketball team shot 49% from the floor, but Charlotte's control of the boards led to a 77-66 season-ending loss for the Minutewomen in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Friday afternoon at Tsongas Arena. UMass closes out the season with a record of 7-23, while Charlotte advances to the quarterfinals to face #4 Richmond with a mark of 22-8 on the year.
Sophomore Jasmine Watson led all scorers with 25 points, including a 9-for-14 clip at the free throw line, while also logging a team-high eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals. Senior Cerie Mosgrove added 11 points and five boards and senior Megan Zullo had 10 points and three assists. Sophomore Shakia Robinson chipped in with eight points, as well.
The Minutewomen opened up with the first basket of the contest, 24 seconds in for their lone lead of the afternoon. Charlotte quickly countered, however, with a 16-2 run to go in front by 12, the squad's largest advantage of the period with 14:00 remaining in the half. A free throw by Watson trimmed the deficit to five, 22-17, at the 8:26 mark, but three straight baskets by the 49ers pushed the margin back to double figures. Charlotte maintained the double-digit edge at the break and headed to the locker room on top, 36-26.
After Epiphany Woodson's jumper increased the 49ers' lead to 12 in the opening minute of the second half, UMass responded with five straight points to close the gap to seven. That would be as close as the Minutewomen would come, however, as Charlotte went on an 8-0 run and led by double figures the rest of the way.
UMass shot 24-for-49 (49%) overall, 5-for-18 (27.8%) from three-point range and 13-for-18 (72.2%) at the free throw line, compared to the 49ers' 29-for-55 (44.6%) showing overall, 5-for-13 (33.3%) from beyond the arc and 14-of-20 (70%) performance at the charity stripe. Charlotte finished with a 39-27 rebounding advantage, as well.
Jennifer Hailey paced four Charlotte scorers in double figures with 18 points and also chipped in with nine rebounds. Shannon McCallum had 14 points and eight assists, Woodson recorded 13 points, and Holmes added 10. Amanda Dowe was the game's leading rebounder with 11 and Jai Forney finished just shy of double figures with nine points.