Women's Basketball Downs Nor'Easter Storm, 72-50 In Exhibition
Nov. 8, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - Senior center Jennifer Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led all scorers with 19 points and 19 rebounds as the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team downed the Nor'Easter Storm, 72-50, in an exhibition game this evening at the William D. Mullins Center.
Butler was one of four Massachusetts players to score in double figures. Senior Ebony Pegues (Columbus, Ohio) poured in 15 points, while dishing out a game-high 10 assists. Sophomore Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) also scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting and pulled down six rebounds. Senior Nekole Smith (Ann Arbor, Mich.) added 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field in the win. Butler, who was named a first team preseason all-conference selection earlier this week, also had five steals in 32 minutes of play.
The Minutewomen shot 43.5 (30-69) percent from the field for the game, while holding the opposition to 31.7 (19-60) percent. The Minutewomen also shot 81.8 (9-11) percent from the free-throw line after concluding last season at 58.6 percent.
In the first half, the Storm held a five-point lead (22-17) at the 7:51 mark, but a 19-7 UMass run to end the half gave it a seven-point cushion at intermission, 36-29. The Minutewomen never looked back, outscoring the visitors 36-21 in the second half en route to the 22-point win.
Kristen Penney led the Storm with 14 points and four steals. Former Minutewoman Yolanda Rayside had two points and two rebounds in 19 minutes of play.
Massachusetts will have two weeks off before opening the regular season on Friday, Nov. 22 against Sacred Heart in a 7:00 p.m. game at the Mullins Center.