Women's Basketball Falls To Murray State, 56-50
Nov. 20, 2004
CHICAGO, Ill. -- Jessica Hirsch scored 19 of her game-high 24 points in the second half and led the Murray State women's basketball team (1-1) a 56-50 win over the University of Massachusetts (0-2) this evening in the consolation game of the Moran Realty Classic at the DePaul Athletic Center. Redshirt junior Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) led the Minutewomen with 12 points.
The Racers began the second half on an 18-5 run to erase a five-point halftime deficit and take a 39-31 lead at the 13:40 mark. The teams then traded baskets for the next several minutes until the Racers stretched the advantage to 10, 50-40, at the 6:23 mark. The Minutewomen then went on a run to try and cut into the deficit. Senior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) hit a lay-up with 5:47 to go and then a Nelson three-pointer made it a five-point game at 50-45 with 4:05 left. After a Murray State basket made it a seven-point game, consecutive baskets by Campbell and redshirt junior Ashley Sharpton (Conyers, Ga.) cut the Murray State lead to three at 52-49 with 2:26 left. Campbell's basket came on a fast-break lay-up off a feed from freshman Pam Rosanio (Southampton, Pa.) and forced the Racers to burn a timeout.
On the next trip down the floor, Murray State's Katie Willinger made two free throws to extend the lead back to five. UMass was unable to score when it got the ball back, but a block by Campbell on a shot by Hirsch gave it the ball back with 1:28 left. Nelson took a quick three-pointer to try and make it a one possession game, but it went off the front rim. Campbell got the offensive rebound however and set the offense back up. This time, Sharpton attempted the trifecta, but it was off as well. Campbell got the offensive board again and reset the offense. A few seconds later, Sharpton took a shot and was fouled sending her to the line. She made one of them. The Racers got the ball back up four with 36 seconds left and the Minutewomen were forced to foul. Rebecca Remington missed the front end of the one-and-one and UMass had one last shot. Unfortunately, UMass committed its 22nd turnover of the game and Remington drove down the length of the floor for a lay-up as the buzzer sounded.
UMass shot .379 (22-58) for the game, including .182 (4-22) from behind the three-point line. Murray State was .375 (24-64) from the field and .185 (5-27) from three-point range. The Minutewomen held the edge on the glass, 47-34, including a 14-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. The Minutewomen committed 22 turnovers while Murray State had just 10.
In addition to her 12 points, Nelson had two assists, a rebound and three steals. Campbell and senior Edris Bailey (Mt. Hope, Trinidad & Tobago) had six points apiece, while sophomore Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) and Sharpton each had five. Bailey also had six rebounds.
Hirsch led all scorers with 24 points, 19 of which came in the second half. Remington had 17 points and seven boards.
Massachusetts will return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 23 when it plays a 7:00 p.m. game at Holy Cross. It can be heard live on WMUA, 91.1 FM and over the Internet at www.umassathletics.com.