Women's Basketball Falls to American, 82-59
Nov. 17, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - UMass (0-3) lost to American (2-0) 82-59 in Washington D.C. at Bender Arena on Sunday afternoon. The Minutewomen were able to get to the foul line 34 times grabbing 24 points in the process. The UMass defense only allowed the Eagles 12 free throws, however American was able to convert on all 12. Kiara Bomben had a career high nine rebounds in the contest along with seven points.
The Minutewomen were led by Emily Mital who had a season high in points (17), steals (two), assists (three) and field goals (5). Mital was one of two Minutewomen who went 5-for-6 at the charity stripe with Jasmine Harris scoring all five of her points at the foul line. Rashida Timbilla was the second leading scorer for UMass with a season high 11 points. Timbilla saw the most time on the floor with 30-minutes and was just four rebounds shy of a double-double with six rebounds, three offensive, three defensive.
Kim Pierre-Louise also set season highs with nine points, one block and two steals. Adriana Jordan played great defense guarding perhaps American's top guard Alexis Dobbs. Jordan denied Dobbs of a three at one point recording her first block of the season.
Arron Zimmerman and Jen Dumiak each had three steals and scored in double figures for American. Zimmerman scored 15 points to lead the team while Dumiak scored 10. Dobbs and Michelle Holmes joined them in double figures with Dobbs scoring 14 while Holmes walked off the court with 10. The American attack was fueled by 10 three-pointers, Dobbs grabbing three of them along with Ti'Asia McGeorge.
In the first half 13 of UMass' 23 points came from its bench and the defense shut down American's bench, holding them to just seven points. The Eagle's bench would then come alive in the second half as the reserves scored 25 points.
The UMass offense struggled controlling the ball with 19 turnovers in the first half but then turned the ball over four times in the second half. American took advantage of the Minutewomen's mistakes converting the turnovers into 26 points.
American's known ability to shoot the three-pointer opened up opportunities in the arc as they scored 36 in the paint. Threes made the difference in the first half as American took a quick 17-6 lead with 10-2 run topped off by a Dobbs three-pointer. UMass would then pull within five with a Timbilla free throw, Pierre-Louise jumper and a three pointer from Mital to make it 17-12.
American quickly retaliated with a quick 5-1 burst highlighted by a Sarah Kiely three point score to pull away and make the score 24-13. The Eagles burst of offense then sparked a 9-2 run by the Minutewomen highlighted by freshman Alyx Stiff who knocked down a three pointer and two free throws making it a four-point game at 26-22 with 3:26 left in the half.
Even with the UMass run late in the half American was not phased, immediately scoring with a layup from Geleisa George and a pair of threes from Zimmerman and Ti'Asia McGeorge. The 8-1 run would bring the American lead back to 11 with the score being 34-23 at the half.
American would never look back in the second half and would win the game by 25 as the shortest lead they held was a nine point deficit just 4:37 into the second half. UMass outscored the Eagles in a 11-9 flurry in which Timbilla scored six points and Pierre-Louise, Bomben and Mital each had two.