Women's Basketball Tops Brown, 55-52
Nov. 30, 2003
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Junior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) poured in a game-high 20 points and also pulled down 15 rebounds as the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (1-4) defeated Brown University (1-3), 55-52, in the third-place game of the Coca-Cola Classic at the Arena at Harbor Yard. It was the Minutewomen's first win of the season.
Massachusetts started off sluggish in the first half, but used an 18-4 run over the final 7:11 to take a 34-31 lead into the locker room. It had trailed the Bears, 27-16. A three-pointer by sophomore Ashley Sharpton (Conyers, Ga.) at the 7:11 mark started the Minutewoman run. She had eight points in the half on 3-of-3 shooting from the field, 2-for-2 from three-point range. Campbell had 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the half. The Minutewomen shot .462 (12-26) in the half and committed just seven turnovers.
Campbell started the second half by converting a three-point play to give the Minutewomen a 37-31 lead and made it a 21-4 run. Brown battled back and regained the lead on a made basket by Nyema Mitchell with 13:33 left in the second half. A couple of minutes later, UMass went on a mini 6-0 run, but the Bears came back and tied the game at 49 on a jumper by Kathleen Barr with 5:54 left on the clock.
Freshman Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) gave Massachusetts the lead for good less than two minutes later with a lay-up. 30 seconds later, Tatham drilled a jumper and then two free throws by senior Glamora Maeweather (Country Club Hills, Ill.) gave UMass a six-point edge at the 3:04 mark. The Minutewomen did not score again, but their defense held and they secured win number one of the young season.
In addition to her 20 points and 15 boards, Campbell also had four assists, two blocks, two steals and was 8-for-10 from the free throw line.Tatham had 10 points, three boards, a block and an assist, while Sharpton finished with 10 points and an assist. The Minutewomen shot .346 (18-52) from the field and held Brown to a .345 (20-58) clip. Massachusetts was 16-for-26 (.615) at the charity stripe, while Brown was just 8-for-12 (.667). The Minutewomen also committed a season-low 15 turnovers and pulled down 38 rebounds. They have now equalled or out-rebounded the opposition in all five games this season.
Campbell was selected to the Coca-Cola Classic All-Tournament team as well.
The Minutewomen will return home to host Vermont on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7:00 p.m. "Rage In The Cage II" will be played in the Curry Hicks Cage.