Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Suffers 78-69 Loss At Central Connecticut

Sophomore guard Emily Mital had a career-best 22 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field, converting six three-pointers.

Sophomore guard Emily Mital had a career-best 22 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field, converting six three-pointers.

Nov. 13, 2012

Box Score

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - UMass women's basketball faltered in its first road contest of the 2012-13 season, dropping a 78-69 game at Central Connecticut's Detrick Gymnasium on Tuesday evening. Sophomore guard Emily Mital paced the Minutewomen with a single-game career-high 22 points, the second consecutive contest Mital has reset her personal-best.

During the contest, Mital also notched career-bests with eight made field goals, including six three-pointers. Mital's total from behind the arc lands the sophomore tied for fifth all-time for single-game three-pointers made, one shy of equaling the program record, matched most recently by Megan Zullo at Duquesne on Jan. 25, 2012.

Senior center Jasmine Watson recorded her 14th career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds to go with five blocks, three steals and two assists. Freshman forward Rashida Timbilla pulled down 10 rebounds for the second consecutive contest, also chipping in six points on 3-for-5 shooting to go with four steals.

Central Connecticut (2-0 overall) opened the game with an 13-4 run before the UMass offense, sparked by sophomore guard Emily Mital, scored 10 unanswered points for a 14-13 lead at the 12:38 mark. Mital connected on a pair of three-pointers during the spurt while senior guard Dee Montgomery and sophomore forward Kim Pierre-Louis added a layup each.

UMass (1-1) was without Watson's support for more than 18 minutes of the first half due to foul trouble, while the Blue Devils broke through over the second portion of the stanza to secure a 10-point lead at halftime. After Mital's second three-point of the game gave UMass its 14-13 lead, CCSU outscored the Minutewomen, 19-8 during the final 12:38 of the half to take a 32-22 advantage into the break.



The back-and-forth trend to the game continued in the final half, as UMass outscored Central Connecticut, 24-7 over the opening 7:56 to earn its largest lead, 46-39 at 12:04 on a Watson free throw.

However, after Watson hit the back-end of a pair of attempts from the charity stripe to put UMass up by seven, CCSU clawed back into the contest during the following nine minutes to retake the lead for good, 59-57 on a Jaclyn Babe layup. Babe led all scorers with 36 points while teammates Kaley Watras and Kirsten Daamen tallied 16 and 10, respectively.

After Watras added a three-pointer on the following Blue Devils possession, the Minutewomen were unable to pull closer than within four points in the final minutes. Timbilla shrunk the deficit to 64-60 with 1:34 remaining to play; however. CCSU used late free throws to extend the points margin and secure the win.

Freshman guard Nola Henry totaled nine points on 4-of-8 shooting with a free throw to go with four assists while Montgomery finished with a team-high five helpers while making both field goal attempts and a free throw for five points before fouling out with 6:02 remaining in the game. Through two games, Montgomery owns a 3.2 assist-to-turnover ratio with 16 helpers against only five turnovers.

The Minutewomen return to the Mullins Center for their next contest, hosting Quinnipiac on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. before heading to South Bend, Ind., to face Notre Dame on Sunday, Nov. 18. Tickets for all home women's basketball games are available through the UMass Ticket Office at 866-UMASS-TIX.

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