Women's Basketball Edged By Fairfield, 43-42
Nov. 29, 2003
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Junior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) scored a game-high 17 points and had 11 rebounds, but the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (0-4) fell to Fairfield University (1-2), 43-42, in a defensive struggle this afternoon in the first round of the Coca-Cola Classic at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
The Minutewomen started off the first half sluggish, but battled back for a 23-22 halftime lead. Fairfield built a nine-point lead, 22-13, at the 5:53 mark, but UMass scored the final 10 points of the half to take their third halftime advantage in its four games this season. A basket by freshman Joyce Massey (Detroit, Mich.) at the 2:44 mark started the 10-0 spurt. At the 1:25 mark, Campbell scored and was fouled to cut the lead to three. She missed the free throw, but freshman Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) was there to clean up the rebound and cut the deficit to one. Campbell then scored with just six seconds remaining in the half to give the Minutewomen their first lead of the game.
The second half went back and forth for much of the way. Massachusetts led by as many as four points on two occasions, but could not hold onto the lead. They last led by four, 37-33, at the 8:52 mark on a lay-up by Campbell. A mini 5-0 run by the Stags gave them the lead however, 38-37, with 5:44 remaining in regulation. The game was tied at 40 apiece with 2:28 left when Jan McManus made 1-of-2 free throws to give Fairfield a one-point edge again. 31 second later, Candice Lindsay gave the Stags a three-point edge at 43-40. UMass turned the ball over on the next possession and Fairfield had a chance to make it a two-possession game. On the ensuing trip down the floor, however, Campbell stole the ball and drove the length of the floor to cut UMass' deficit to one at 43-42 with 39 second left. After a Massachusetts timeout, Fairfield used the majority of the shot clock, but was unable to score. Campbell grabbed the Marybeth Chartier missed shot with 11 seconds left and took it down the other end. She turned the ball over and UMass was unable to get off a shot. Time expired and the Stags advanced to tomorrow's championship game.
UMass shot just .340 (16-47) from the field and were 10-of-17 (.588) from the free throw line. They also committed 21 turnovers and were 0-for-6 from three-point range. Fairfield was 15-for-55 (.273) from the field and .571 (12-21) from the free throw line. They had 15 turnovers and were 1-for-12 (.083) from three-point range. Tatham had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Minutewomen. She is the only player to score in double-figures all four games this season. UMass out-rebounded Fairfield, 41-40, and have now topped the opposition on the glass every game this season.
The Minutewomen will take on Brown University in tomorrow's consolation game of the Coca-Cola Classic at the Arena at Harbor Yard. Game time is 1:00 p.m..