UMass Exits A-10 Tournament With Overtime Loss To George Mason
March 5, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. - Jasmine Harris set a career-high with 26 points but UMass women's basketball was unable to overcome George Mason in an 85-75 overtime loss during the Atlantic 10 Tournament Play-In Game at the Richmond Coliseum on Wednesday evening. Harris hit a personal-best 10 field goals, including five attempts from beyond the three-point line.
Rashida Timbilla tallied her 10th career double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds while she chipped in four assists and two blocks. Nola Henry joined Harris and Timbilla in scoring double-figures with 13 points as she finished 6-for-13 from the floor with one free throw.
Taylor Brown led all scorers with 35 points while Janaa Pickard added 18. Kyana Jacobs provided 14 points to go with 10 rebounds for a double-double while Talisha Watts also reached double-figures in scoring with 10. Sandra Ngoie pulled down 11 rebounds to help Mason play even on the boards with UMass as both squads grabbed 46 during the contest.
In overtime, George Mason used free throws keep hold of a lead for the duration of the frame after Watts put the Colonials in front, 71-69 with four minutes, 25 seconds left in the stanza. Mason finished 12-for-16 at the charity stripe during extra time, including hitting seven of the final eight to stifle the UMass rally attempt.
Harris, who finished the first half with 19 points, used her fourth three-pointer of the game and first of the second half to give her 22 points on the game, eclipsing her previous single-game personal best and putting the Minutewomen up 46-41 with 18:27 to play.
Massachusetts maintained its slim margin until a driving layup by Jacobs put George Mason in front, 65-64 with 1:48 remaining - part of a 9-0 run for the Colonials.
The Minutewomen evened the game again on two free throws from Timbilla only to have Ngoie pushed the designated home side back in front by one with 35 seconds left in regulation. Ngoie hit the front end of two attempts at the rim for the Colonials' one-point advantage.
Mital answered for Massachusetts with a three-pointer from the left side with 17 seconds to play to make it 69-67 Minutewomen, but Jacobs swished a pair at the foul line with 7.3 seconds remaining on the Richmond Coliseum scoreboard to force overtime.
The Minutewomen opened the game on a 15-0 run as Harris hit her first four attempts from the floor, including a trio of three-pointers.
After Kiara Bomben started scoring with a running layup to the left of the bucket, Harris scored seven straight on a pair of threes and a shot at the basket. Timbilla followed with a jumper from 12 feet away before Harris nailed her third trey in as many tries for the 15-0 advantage.
After George Mason broke its scoreless streak with a pair of free throws from Watts at the 15-minute, 42-second mark, the Minutewomen grew their lead as large as 18 points. With UMass ahead 31-13 with 9:23 left following a Kim Pierre-Louis layup, the Colonials used a 9-0 run to move within 31-22, fueled by back-to-back Pickard jumpers.
George Mason continued its surge through the remainder of the half to even the game on three occasions, including a pair of Brown free throws with 2.8 seconds left in the stanza to send the game into the break tied at 21-21.
Harris kept the Minutewomen from falling behind during George Mason's offensive resurgence, scoring the last eight points for UMass in the first as she made her final four attempts - all of which were jump shots.
Massachusetts finished the game 39.2 percent from the floor (29-of-74) and went 7-of-22 from beyond the three-point arc (31.8 percent). The squad finished 10-of-16 at the free throw line (62.5 percent) including Timbilla's 7-for-10 evening from the charity stripe.
George Mason was 28-for-69 on attempts from the floor (40.6 percent) despite finishing 4-for-14 on three-point tries (28.6 percent). The Colonials were 25-for-33 on free throws (75.8 percent).
The Minutewomen move on the Atlantic 10 Championship First Round with the win where they face No. 5 seed Saint Joseph's (20-8) at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6.
The Minutewomen end the season with a 4-27 record and their 30th appearance in the Atlantic 10 Championship. George Mason improves to 8-22 and moves on to face No. 5 seed Saint Joseph's (20-8) in the Atlantic 10 Championship First Round at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6.
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