UMass Women's Basketball Falls To Central Michigan
Nov. 10, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Sophomore point guard Nola Henry scored 16 points and freshman Kymber Hill added 13 points in only her second collegiate game; however, the UMass women's basketball team suffered a 105-61 loss to Central Michigan at the Mullins Center on Sunday afternoon.
Henry earned her 16 points on a 3-for-8 day from the floor and 9-of-10 performance at the free throw line, the most made by the sophomore in a single game at UMass. Hill followed with a 7-for-8 finish at the charity stripe while knocking down 3-of-6 field goal attempts. She shared the team lead in rebounds (5) with junior Paula Tarnachowicz, who also recorded five points and a steal in her first game as a Minutewoman.
Six Central Michigan players scored in double-figures, led by Niki DiGuilio's 20 points. Jas'Mine Bracey, Jordan LaDuke and Da'Jourie Turner each added 14 while Jessica Green and Kerby Tamm chipped in 10 apiece. Tamm and Bracey recorded double-doubles with 14 and 13 rebounds, respectively.
The Chippewas started strong from the floor to record the initial nine points of the game before building their lead as large as 21 with 12 minutes, seven seconds remaining in the opening half.
Henry drained a jumper to give the Minutewomen their first points of the afternoon; however, Central Michigan continued to connect on their attempts to stake the squad to a 24-3 lead with 12:07 remaining in the half.
The Maroon and White pulled within 14 points six minutes later, with Hill leading the charge. The freshman from Belleville, Ill., hit a layup at 9:16 to make it 28-11 before Henry followed with a jumper two possessions later. After Niki DiGuilio answered for the Chippewas, Jasmine Harris drew a foul and knocked down a pair of free throw attempts to drop the deficit to 30-15. Kerby Tamm hit on one of two attempts from the charity stripe before Hill drained two free throws to make it 31-17.
The squads traded scoring chances through the remainder of the half, with UMass again cutting the margin to 14 on two occasions. Emily Mital drilled a three-pointer at the 2:52 mark to move the Minutewomen within 38-24 while Rashida Timbilla added a layup one minute later to cut it to 40-26.
However, Central Michigan expanded upon its lead in the second half as the visitors were 18-of-43 from the floor (41.9 percent), including six three-pointers, and 18-of-20 at the free throw line (90.0 percent).
Henry knocked down a trey for the first points of the second half, but the Chippewas responded immediately with an 11-2 run to expand their advantage to 56-33 with 17:23 remaining, a margin that would not fall under 19 points during the second stanza.
UMass finished 18-of-65 from the floor (27.7 percent) and 2-of-20 from behind the arc (10.0 percent). The Minutewomen were efficient in their attempts from the free throw line, knocking down 23 of their 28 tries (82.1 percent). Central Michigan ended 33-of-78 overall (42.3 percent) and 10-of-34 on three-point attempts (29.4 percent). The Chippewas hit 78.4 percent of their free throws (29-of-37) to match UMass' success in the category.
Central Michigan recorded more points in the paint, 36-24 and earned the advantage in bench scoreing, 37-29. The Chippewas also led in second chance points, 24-9 and points off of turnovers, 23-16.
The Minutewomen head to Washington, D.C., for their first road game of the year as the squad battles American on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m.