Women's Basketball Falls To USC, 54-49, In Final Minutes
Nov. 19, 2004
CHICAGO, Ill. -- The University of Southern California outscored the University of Massachusetts, 7-2, in the final 3:48 of the second half to win, 54-49, in the first round of the Moran Realty Classic tonight at the DePaul Athletic Center. A three-pointer by redshirt junior Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) gave UMass a 47-45 lead with 4:16 left in the second half, but it scored just two points the rest of the way. Freshman Pam Rosanio (Southampton, Pa.) scored a game-high 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting in her collegiate debut.
"I am extremely pleased with our defensive effort tonight," said UMass Head Coach Marnie Dacko. "I am disappointed with how careless we were with the basketball though. We had too many turnovers and missed lay-ups. We battled hard for 39 minutes and need to keep up the intensity that we had tomorrow."
UMass trailed 43-36 at the 9:36 mark of the first half before going on an 11-2 run in the next 3:46 to take its first lead of the game on Nelson's trifecta. USC went up by four points at 51-47 with 1:31 left, but the Minutewomen hung tough. A pair of free throws by Rosanio cut the deficit to two with 1:01 left. On the next trip down the floor for the Women of Troy, the Minutewomen came up with a turnover. Unfortunately, they were unable to score.
Rachel Woodward missed a shot for USC in the next possession and redshirt junior Patrycja Gulak (Olsztyn, Poland) grabbed the rebound. The Minutewomen brought the ball down the floor and called a timeout.
On the ensuing out of bounds play, Rosanio threw the inbound pass away looking for senior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.). UMass then fouled Jamie Hagiya with 19 seconds left and needed her to miss at least one of the free throws to keep the game within one possession. She obliged by missing the first one. After drilling the second one, the Minutewomen took the ball down the floor and needed a three-pointer to tie the game. UMass was unable to get a three-ball off and had to settle for a lay-up attempt by freshman Alisha Tatham (Brampton, Ontario). Tatham missed it and UMass had to foul with just two seconds left. Kim Gipson nailed them both and sealed the victory.
UMass shot .346 (18-52) from the field and committed 31 turnovers. The Women of Troy shot .328 (19-58) and had 22 turnovers themselves. UMass out-rebounded USC, 47-37, including 15-14 on the offensive glass. The Minutewomen were .625 (10-16) from the free throw line and .250 (3-12) from three-point range.
Rosanio led all scorers with 11 points and also pulled down three rebounds. Senior Edris Bailey (Mt. Hope, Trinidad & Tobago) had eight points and seven boards but fouled out with 5:35 left. Alisha Tatham finished with seven points in her first collegiate debut, while her sophomore sister Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) had four points, six rebounds and three steals. Gulak ended her first game in a UMass uniform with six points and a game-high nine rebounds. She also had three blocked shots.
Camille LeNoir led USC with 10 points.
The Minutewomen will now play the loser of the game between No. 20 DePaul and Murray State tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time in the Moran Realty Classic consolation game.
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