Women's Basketball Falls To Holy Cross, 68-63
Nov. 23, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - Junior Edris Bailey (Mt. Hope, Trinidad & Tobago) scored a game-high 21 points, but the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (0-2) lost to Holy Cross (1-1), 68-63, Sunday afternoon in its home opener at the Mullins Center.
Senior Glamora Maeweather (Country Club Hills, Ill.) hit a jumper to open up the second half and put the Minutewomen up three at 30-27, but they could not build up any more of a lead. On the next trip down the floor, Jessica Conte hit a three-pointer to tie the game. The two teams then traded baskets for the next 10 minutes until Bailey got in foul trouble. UMass led 39-38 at the 12:57 mark but that would be the last time that they would enjoy the advantage. Bailey picked up foul number three on the next possession and it sent Holy Cross on a 9-2 run over the next 3:34. Bailey picked up foul number four during that stretch as well and was forced to the bench.
Holy Cross slowly started to pull away and built up a nine-point lead at the 4:01 mark, but Massachusetts showed that it had one gasp left. It used an 8-2 run spanning 1:55 to cut the lead to three but could not get any closer. After a lay-up by junior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) cut the Crusaders lead to three, UMass then got the ball back after a Holy Cross turnover with a chance to get within one or tie the game but junior Monique Govan's (Chicago, Ill.) pass went off the hands of sophomore Ashley Sharpton (Conyers, Ga.). The Crusaders made their free throws down the stretch and were able to ice the game.
Freshman Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) had 11 points, five rebounds five assists, two blocks and a steal for the Minutewomen. In addition to her 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field, Bailey also had two boards and two steals. Senior Cleo Foster (Toronto, Ontario) had two points, six rebounds, four assists, a blocked shot and three steals.
Massachusetts shot .474 from the field for the game, but committed 21 turnovers. Holy Cross shot .511 and also had 21 turnovers. The Crusaders were 18-of-28 from the free throw line led by Maggie Fontana who was 12-for-14. UMass made just 10 trips to the charity stripe, converting seven times.
The Minutewomen return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 25, when they play at Syracuse. Game-time is 7:00 p.m.