Women's Basketball Falls to Rice, 65-60, in Triple-Overtime
Nov. 23, 2001
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts women's basketball team was defeated, 65-60, in triple-overtime by Rice University this evening at the William D. Mulins Center. It was the first triple-overtime game in UMass women's basketball history.
With under 10 seconds remaining in regulation junior Ebony Pegues (Columbus, Ohio) drove the length of the floor and scored on a layup to tie the score, 49-49, and force overtime. The Owls' Johnetta Hayes scored a basket with 1:12 seconds remaining in the first overtime to tie the score, 53-53, and force another period.
Junior Jennifer Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored the final four points in the second overtime, including a basket with under a second left, to tie the game, 60-60, and force the third and final overtime period. Butler finished with a game-high 19 points, 14 rebounds and five steals. Rice outscored Massachusetts 5-0 in the third overtime to earn the victory.
Rice led by as many as seven early in the first half, but the Minutewomen battled back to tie the game, 20-20, at the 2:33 mark. Freshman Katie Nelson (Ellicot City, Md.) pushed the ball to Pegues who scored on the fastbreak to spark a run for UMass. The Minutewomen went 3-for-6 in the final three minutes to enter halftime with a one-point lead.
After the break, the Minutewomen and Owls exchanged basket for basket. Butler scored 10 of the first 12 points of the second half for UMass, to keep the Minutewomen in contention.
With 8:46 remaining in the game, junior Amber Sneed (Cincinatti, Ohio) scored from the elbow to extend the Minutewoman lead to five. Senior Caroline Nehls (Randolph, N.J.) put the Minutewomen up by nine with 6:03 remaining in the game, but UMass could not hold onto the lead. Junior Nekole Smith and Butler each picked up their fourth foul with five minutes to go, forcing them to the bench. The Owls battled back to take the lead with 1:16 left in regulation when LaTonya Sam hit two free throws making the score, 47-46, in favor of the Owls.
Sneed finished the game with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Nelson finished with 10 points and six assists.
The loss drops the Minutewomen to 0-3 on the season, while the victory improves Rice to 2-0. The Minutewomen return to action on Sunday in a 2:00 p.m. game against Clemson at the Mullins Center.