Pierre-Louis' Big Day Spoiled By Holy Cross
Nov. 26, 2013
WORCESTER, Mass. - Kim Pierre-Louis scored in double-figures for the third consecutive game; however, UMass women's basketball suffered a 76-54 setback at Holy Cross on Tuesday evening. Pierre-Louis netted a career-high 24 points at the Hart Recreation Center in Worcester, Mass., as she finished 10-of-13 from the floor and 4-for-4 at the free throw line.
Alyx Stiff provided seven points, three rebounds and a trio of assists over 18 minutes on the floor. Kiara Bomben, Amber Dillon and Rashida Timbilla added six points apiece, with Timbilla notching six rebounds, three assists and a block as well. Over the previous three games, Pierre-Louis has provided 10 points against Rutgers and a then-personal-best 19 at Hartford before scoring 24 more at the Crusaders.
Alex Smith and Raquel Scott led the high-scoring Holy Cross offense, which entered the contest averaging 83.7 points per game. Smith finished with 23 points on a 9-for-14 evening from the floor, including five three-pointers. Scott provided 21 points, 12 rebounds and four assists while Emily Parker chipped in 11 points and a dozen boards.
The Crusaders connected on their shots during the opening four minutes, 29 seconds of action to race to a 14-4 lead. During the stretch, Holy Cross went 6-for-10 from the floor and hit a pair of three-pointers.
UMass head coach Sharon Dawley called a timeout to regroup the Minutewomen, who responded with a successful trip down the floor. Following a missed three-pointer from Emily Mital, Timbilla fought through three Crusaders for the offensive board and put-back layup to make it 14-6.
Holy Cross continued to key in from all around the court and built their lead as large as 23 points, 36-13 with 5:49 remaining in the first half. However, the Minutewomen answered with a 10-0 run spanning two minutes, 35 seconds of game action to pull within 36-23.
Pierre-Louis and Stiff were integral in the run, with Stiff contributing six points to four earned by Pierre-Louis. Stiff swung the offensive momentum in UMass' favor with a three-pointer before Pierre-Louis added a jumper in the lane with 4:51 left in the half to move UMass within 36-18 of Holy Cross.
Stiff added her second trey of the game at the 4:08 mark while Pierre-Louis followed with a jumper to end the streak with 2:54 remaining to play in the stanza.
Smith and Molly Hourigan rallied the Crusaders during the final three minutes of the first half as the squad took a 43-26 lead into the break, capped by Smith knocking down a jumper with less than three seconds to play before halftime.
Holy Cross continued its run at the start of the second half to push its lead over 20 points before the Minutewomen responded. After Scott drained a jumper for the Crusaders to give the home side a 58-38 advantage with 16:26 left, UMass used a seven-point scoring burst move back within 13 points of tying.
Dillon hit back-to-back shots for the Minutewomen for her first points of the game before Bomben swished a three-pointer at the 10:17 mark to cut the Holy Cross lead to 58-45.
However, the Crusaders did not let their lead dip further as they answered with a 12-0 run to go in front, 70-45 with 7:01 left and put the game out of reach.
UMass finished 21-of-53 from the floor (39.6 percent) and went 3-for-14 on three-point attempts (21.4 percent). The Minutewomen were 9-for-14 on free throw attempts (64.2 percent).
Holy Cross finished 30-of-69 on field goals (43.5 percent), including a 7-for-17 day from beyond the arc (41.2 percent). The Crusaders added nine points in 17 trips to the line (52.9 percent).
Holy Cross led 25-9 in scoring off of turnovers and 30-26 in points in the paint. UMass earned a 42-15 advantage in bench scoring due to Pierre-Louis' evening.
UMass heads to Orono, Maine, to participate in the University of Maine Invitational for its next pair of contests. The Minutewomen open competition at the tournament against the host-Black Bears on Friday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. They follow with a game versus either William & Mary or Green Bay on Saturday, Nov. 30 at Noon.