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Women's Basketball Battles Hard, But Falls To Minnesota, 86-67, In The Coors Classic Championship Game

Freshman Kristina Danella had nine points and five boards against Minnesota on Saturday.

Freshman Kristina Danella had nine points and five boards against Minnesota on Saturday.

Nov. 30, 2008

Box Score

BOULDER, Colo. - Despite taking an eight-point lead into the locker room at half time, the UMass women's basketball team was unable to hold off a talented Minnesota squad, falling by the score of 86-67 in the Coors Classic Championship Game on Saturday night at the Coors Events Center. The Minutewomen's record levels at 3-3 following the setback, while the Golden Gophers improve to 6-1, their only loss of the season coming against then-No. 2 Stanford.

Sophomore Cerie Mosgrove led UMass in scoring with 17 and was named to the Coors Classic All-Tournament Team, averaging 13.0 points over the squad's two games. Against Minnesota, she was 5-for-9 from three-point range. Also reaching double figures for the Minutewomen were senior Stefanie Gerardot with 15 and her classmate, Sakera Young with 10, tying a career high. Young was the top rebounder for the Minutewomen with six and dished five assists, while shooting 6-for-6 at the free throw line, as well.

Freshman Kristina Danella had nine points and five rebounds, shooting 6-for-6 from the charity stripe and junior Kim Benton finished with seven points.

With 14:45 remaining in the opening half and the score tied at 10, the Minutewomen went on an 11-3 run to build an eight-point advantage. Minnesota responded by scoring the next seven points to pull within one at 21-20, but a three by Benton and two more by Mosgrove helped UMass stretch the margin to nine at the 1:56 mark, its largest lead of the night. The Minutewomen shot 10-for-21(47.6%) in the first half, were 6-for-10 from three-point range (60%) and 10-for-12 at the free throw line (83.3%). In contrast, the Golden Gophers were just 10-for-30 (33.3%) overall, 3-for-15 (20%) from three and made only five of 13 free throws (38.5%) in the opening period.

 

 

However following the intermission, Minnesota stormed back, erasing its deficit with a 10-0 run over the first 2:43 of play in the second and led by double figures from the 11:05 mark on. The Golden Gophers shot 19-for-34 (55.9%) from the field in the second and finished at 45.3% for the night (45.3%). Minnesota recovered to post a 41.2 three-point percentage for the game with the help of an 11-for-19 clip over the final 20 minutes of action.

Emily Fox led all scores with 24 and added six assists, while Kaite Ohm had 20 points and was 6-for-12 from beyond the arc. Ashley Ellis-Milan had a double-double on 11 points and 14 rebounds and Brittany McCoy handed out 10 assists for the Golden Gophers.

UMass ended the night shooting 15-for-37 (40.5%) overall, 10-for-19 from three (52.6%) and 27-for-32 at the charity stripe (84.4%).

The Minutewomen return home to Amherst for their next game, playing host to Providence in the Mullins Center at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3.

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