Massachusetts Women's Basketball Upsets Rutgers, 64-63
Nov. 20, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Rashida Timbilla led the University of Massachusetts women's basketball program to a 64-63 upset victory over Rutgers with 17 points and 12 rebounds at the Mullins Center on Wednesday evening. In addition to her double-double, Timbilla contributed a team-high six assists to go with three blocks and a steal in 38 minutes on the floor.
Three more Minutewomen scored in double-figures as Kymber Hill, Emily Mital and Kim Pierre-Louis each poured in 10 points. Pierre-Louis also provided five rebounds, including four from the offensive glass, in 14 minutes of action while Mital dished out a trio of assists and Hill earned three boards, a pair of blocks and one steal.
Rachel Hollivay recorded 14 points to pace Rutgers while Tyler Scaife chipped in 13 and Kahleah Copper and Christa Evans notched 11 each. Hollivay also lead the Scarlet Knights in rebounds with five.
The squads battled back and forth during the opening minutes of the contest. After Rutgers worked ahead, 5-2 early, Mital swished a free throw before Timbilla converted on a layup to give UMass a 6-5 advantage with 15 minutes, 56 seconds left in the opening half, their first lead of the game.
The Scarlet Knights (3-1 overall) rallied with back-to-back buckets to go in front, 9-6; however, the Minutewomen answered Rutgers with six straight points. Paula Tarnachowicz started the stretch with a layup from the right side of the basket before Nola Henry drained a jumper. Timbilla ended the run with a layup in traffic for the 12-9 margin with 11:56 remaining in the stanza.
Rutgers used 10 consecutive points to push ahead, 19-12 with 9:56 left in the half, spurred on by a pair of made three-pointers from Precious Person.
The Scarlet Knights held their lead at seven until 7:42 remained in the first stanza when UMass started a 13-2 run to take the advantage, 29-25. Pierre-Louis spurred the offense during the streak with six points on a layup, jumper and two made free throws to cap the stretch with three minutes to go in the first.
Scaife drilled a jumper for Rutgers during the ensuing possession and hit the front end of a one-and-one from the charity stripe to drop the UMass lead to 29-28. However, the Minutewomen used a pair of free throws from Hill and an Amber Dillon jumper at the buzzer to hold a 33-28 lead at the halftime break.
UMass (1-3) extended its advantage to eight points at the start of the second as Kiara Bomben nailed a three-pointer only four seconds into the final stanza. After Hollivay used a layup to cut the Rutgers deficit to six, Bomben responded with a layup of her own to make it 38-30 UMass with 18:59 to play. The native of Canberra, Australia, went on to finish the second half with seven points on a 3-for-6 evening from the floor.
The sides traded baskets during the next three minutes of game action until Briyona Canty notched back-to-back treys to drop the Rutgers deficit to 44-41 at the 13:05 mark.
However, UMass padded its lead with 11-4 run that stretched until 8:51 remained in the game. Pierre-Louis fought through the Rutgers defense for a layup before Henry added one of her own to push the advantage to 52-43. After Cooper hit on a fast break basket for Rutgers, Mital answered with a trey to give the Minutewomen their first double-digit lead of the day, 55-45.
Massachusetts extended the margin as large as 11 on three occasions before the Scarlet Knights attempted a late-game rally. With UMass ahead 64-53 following a layup by Hill with 4:27 to play, Rutgers recorded 10 straight points to pull within one with seven seconds to play.
Canty knocked down a three-pointer during the final seconds of the game to cut it to 64-63 in favor of the Minutewomen. The Scarlet Knights fouled Timbilla during the UMass inbounding play and she missed the front end of her one-and-one free throw chance with three second remaining to give Rutgers a chance at the victory. However, UMass pressured the Scarlet Knights following Timbilla's missed shot and forced Rutgers into a contested half-court attempt that bounced harmlessly off the right side of the backboard glass to seal the win.
The Minutewomen shot 47.2 percent from the floor (25-of-53), including 14-for-25 in the second half (56.0 percent). UMass finished 3-for-9 from three-point range (33.3 percent) and went 11-for-18 on free throws (61.1 percent).
Rutgers was 26-of-60 on field goals (43.3 percent), including 4-of-8 on three-point attempts (50.0 percent). The Scarlet Knights finished 7-of-12 at the charity stripe (58.3 percent).
Massachusetts outscored Rutgers in the paint, 36-28 and totaled more second chance points, 17-14. Scoring off of turnovers favored the Scarlet Knights, 21-13, as did bench points, 35-16.
UMass begins a four-game road stretch when the program heads to Hartford (1-1) to face the Hawks at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20.