Women's Basketball

Minutewomen Drop 86-56 Contest At Maine

Emily Mital finished with 18 points, a season-high for the junior guard.

Emily Mital finished with 18 points, a season-high for the junior guard.

Nov. 29, 2013

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BANGOR, Maine - Junior guard Emily Mital recorded a season-high 18 points, including 14 in the second half, but UMass women's basketball was unable to keep pace with a hot-shooting Maine squad during an 86-56 loss to the Black Bears at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine, on Friday evening. Mital shot 7-for-12 from the floor and went 1-of-2 on free throws to earn her scoring total.

Jasmine Harris joined Mital in scoring double-figures with a season-best 11 points, including eight in the second half. Rashida Timbilla led both sides with 12 rebounds - five from the offensive glass - to go with three assists and a trio of steals.

Liz Wood led Maine with 24 points while Ashleigh Roberts added a double-double on 18 points and 11 rebounds.

After Maine (4-1 overall) recorded the first five points of the contest, the Minutewomen battled back to tie it at 12-12 on a jumper by Amber Dillon with 10 minutes, 29 seconds left in the first half. The Black Bears responded with a 7-0 run to build a 19-12 lead before Mital ended the drought with a jumper from just inside the three-point arc at the 6:03 mark.

However, eight consecutive points by Maine followed and the Minutewomen were unable to cut into their deficit during the remainder of the half. Liz Wood spearheaded the Black Bear offense during the stanza, totaling 12 points, to force UMass into its 30-18 deficit at the break.

Mital tallied nine of UMass' opening 11 points in the second half as the Minutewomen (2-5) attempted to rally. The Frisco, Texas, native started the scoring with a bucket 30 seconds into the frame. She added a free throw before draining back-to-back three-pointers; however, Maine continued to knock down its shots to keep pace. The Black Bears finished the game shooting 31-for-56 from the floor (55.4 percent), including 48.0 percent on their three-point attempts (12-for-25).



After Mital's second trey of the half cut the Maine lead to 40-29, Alyx Stiff added a traditional three-point play on a layup and free throw to bring UMass within eight of tying, 40-32 with 15:01 to play. The Black Bears rallied with an 8-0 run to push their advantage to 16 points at 48-32, and the Minutewomen were unable to cut into their deficit further.

The Minutewomen shot 42.6 percent from the floor (20-of-47) and finished 4-for-9 on three-pointers (44.4 percent).

Maine led, 34-24 on points scored in the paint and held a 38-13 advantage in points off of turnovers. Bench scoring was nearly even, with Maine holding a 39-37 lead in the category.

Massachusetts wraps up competition at the Black Bear Thanksgiving Tournament with a contest against Wisconsin-Green Bay (4-1) or William & Mary (0-4) on Saturday, Nov. 30 at Noon.

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