Rosanio Hits Game-Winner As Women's Basketball Downs Holy Cross, 61-60
Nov. 23, 2004
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Freshman Pam Rosanio (Southampton, Pa.) hit the game-winning shot with seven seconds left to give the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (1-2) a 61-60 come-from-behind win tonight over Holy Cross (2-1). Holy Cross had gone on a 9-0 run to erase an eight-point UMass lead with under five minutes. Rosanio poured in a career-high 16 points in the victory.
"I am very pleased with our effort tonight," said UMass Head Coach Marnie Dacko. "We still weren't able to settle into our offense and played chaotic at times, but our defense was terrific. This is a young team and needed an emotional victory like this to start believing. Now we need to carry this into the Boston College game. It will be a challenging game, but we are playing at home."
The Minutewomen led by eight points, 59-51, at the 4:16 mark but Holy Cross then went on a 9-0 run. Following a UMass turnover, Holy Cross' Ashley McLaughlin hit a three-pointer with 1:03 left to give the Crusaders their first lead of the game since halftime. UMass then got the ball back, but committed a turnover. The Crusaders took the ball down the floor with an 11-second differential between the game clock and the shot clock. UMass played tough defense and forced a missed shot by Sarah Placek. Sophomore Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) grabbed the long rebound and outleted it to Rosanio on the left side who nailed the shot with 6.7 seconds left on the clock. With no timeouts left, Holy Cross was forced to rush the ball down the floor. Maggie Fontana had an open look from the right wing about six feet out, but it missed and gave the Minutewomen their first win of the season.
Holy Cross closed out the first half on a 6-0 run to take a one-point lead, 35-34 at the break. The Minutewomen then opened the second half on a 9-2 run to take a 43-37 lead with 15:58 left. The Crusaders chipped away for the next 11 minutes, but were unable to get within one. The 59-51 UMass edge was its largest lead of the game and the season.
The Minutewomen shot a season-high .436 (24-55) from the field and .400 (6-15) from three-point range. The Crusaders shot at a .393 (22-56) clip from the field, but were .667 (12-18) from three-point range. UMass out-rebounded Holy Cross, 44-23.
In addition to her career-high 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field, Rosanio had two rebounds and two assists. Redshirt junior Patrycja Gulak (Olsztyn, Poland) had 13 points, six rebounds, an assist and two blocks. Senior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) also had six points, a game-high 12 rebounds and three steals. Brittany Keil led the Crusaders with 16 points and five rebounds.
Massachusetts will host 18th-ranked Boston College at the Mullins Center on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 1-866-UMASS-TIX and the game can be heard live on WMUA, 91.1 FM and over the Internet at www.umassathletics.com.