Women's Basketball Falls To Michigan, 91-65
Nov. 29, 2002
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Senior center Jen Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds, but the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (2-1) fell to the University of Michigan (3-0), 91-65, this evening before 1,522 fans at Chrisler Arena.
The Wolverines took advantage of hot shooting and early Minutewoman foul trouble to build a 17-point halftime lead. The home team shot .733 (22-30) in the first half, while the Minutewomen shot .375 (15-40).
Michigan used an 18-4 over the first 7:07 of the second half to put the game away.
"We have to give credit to Michigan," said Massachusetts Head Coach Marnie Dacko. "The found out our weaknesses and exploited them. Even in our new defense, we were clearly manhandled. It was a pretty frustrating night. We had our open looks, but the ball was just not going in."
Senior Ebony Pegues (Columbus, Ohio) poured in 14 points for the Minutewomen, while senior Nekole Smith (Ann Arbor, Mich.) had seven points and four rebounds in her homecoming. Junior Judit Zsedenyi (Budapest, Hungary) had a career-high six points on two three-pointers. She has now hit at least one trifecta in each of the three games this year. Sophomore Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) tied a career-high by dishing out seven assists in 34 minutes. She only turned the ball over twice. Senior Amber Sneed (Cincinnati, Ohio) contributed with eight points.
The double-double for Butler was her second of the season and 43rd for her career. She is currently 12th all-time in scoring on the UMass chart and climbing.
Jennifer Smith scored a game-high 20 points for the Wolverines, one of four Maize and Blue players to record double figures. Tabitha Pool had 17, while LeeAnn Bies and Raina Goodlow scored 12 and 11, respectively. Smith and Pool each shot 7-of-nine from the field.
The 91 points scored by Michigan tonight is the most points that a UMass team has allowed since a 100-47 loss at Stanford on Dec. 6, 1996.
Massachusetts concludes its season-long three-game road trip with a 2:00 p.m. game at Toledo on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002.