UMass Falls In Overtime Thriller With William & Mary, 96-88
Nov. 30, 2013
BANGOR, Maine - Massachusetts women's basketball closed competition at the Black Bear Thanksgiving Tournament with a 96-88 overtime loss to William & Mary at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine, on Saturday afternoon. Rashida Timbilla led four Minutewomen who scored in double-digits with a career-best 25 points to go with 13 rebounds for her second double-double of the season and the ninth of her career.
Jasmine Harris followed with 17 points on a 6-for-9 afternoon from the floor, including four made three-pointers, and a free throw. Kiara Bomben added 14 points, five rebounds and four assists while Emily Mital chipped in 11 points, seven rebounds and five helpers.
With her points total, Timbilla became the first UMass women's basketball player to earn 25 points in a game since Jasmine Watson provided as many on March 4, 2011 against Charlotte. Timbilla, who was awarded all-tournament honors after the game, went 12-for-17 from the floor and added one made free throw in two chances.
Jazmen Boone paced William & Mary with 24 points, Kyla Kerstetter provided 18 points and Marlena Trembra added 15 to go with six assists. Kaitlyn Mathieu earned a double-double on 14 points and 10 rebounds.
In the extra period, the Tribe earned the win on the strength of its free throw shooting as they finished 10-of-10 in the frame on attempts from the charity stripe. Anna Kestler scored four consecutive points for William & Mary on a pair of free throws and a layup to give the Tribe an 86-82 lead with three minutes, 31 seconds to play in overtime, which they held the rest of the way. Overall, the Tribe finished 25-of-28 from the free throw line (89.3 percent) during the game.
Harris sparked the UMass offense from the on-set, scoring eight points during the first four minutes, nine seconds of play as the Minutewomen raced to a 14-5 lead. Massachusetts recorded the first six points of the game, with Timbilla swishing a layup to make it 6-0 UMass only 1:39 into the game.
Harris continued her strong start from the floor with a three-pointer to counter William & Mary's first bucket and give the Minutewomen a 9-2 advantage at the 17:45 mark. Harris added to the lead with a layup two possessions later and drained a trey to reach the 14-5 margin with 16:31 remaining in the first.
William & Mary (1-5 overall) fought back during the next 11 minutes of game action to earn its first advantage of the day, 34-32 with 5:43 to play in the opening half on a basket by Kerstetter, who led the Tribe with 16 points in the frame.
The designated home squad for the neutral site competition continued on its run to expand its hold as large as 12 points, 46-34 in the final minute of the half. Timbilla cut the Minutewomen deficit to single-digits during the last 37 seconds of the first with a pair of layups in transition to make it 46-38 in favor of William & Mary at the break.
The Minutewomen (2-6) responded to William & Mary's offensive success with a mix of layups and outside shots to eventually tie the game at 64-64 with 8:48 left in the final half. With the Tribe's lead at nine points, 55-46, Mital hit a layup and Nola Henry followed with a fastbreak jumper in the paint to pull UMass within five with 14:30 left in regulation.
Henry followed with a three-pointer two possessions later and hit the front end of a pair of free throws after a Mathieu trey to move the Minutewomen to within three, 57-54. Mital followed with another layup to make it 57-56; however, the Tribe continued to knock down their attempts as well to keep pace.
A three-pointer by Harris gave UMass the lead back initially, 75-73 before Bomben responded to a Mathieu layup with a trey of her own for the 78-75 margin with 3:31 to play. Timbilla extended to advantage to four with a free throw 41 seconds later; however, Tremba drained a long-distance shot to slice the UMass lead to one with 1:45 to play.
After a Boone layup gave William & Mary the lead, 80-79, Timbilla responded with a bucket on the opposite end to swing the margin back in UMass' favor with 29 seconds remaining.
The Minutewomen forced an off-target three-pointer by Mathieu during William & Mary's next trip down the floor and Henry scooped up the loose ball with 11 seconds to play. The Tribe fouled Henry to send her to the line with eight seconds left, where she hit the second of two attempts for an 82-80 advantage.
However, William & Mary hustled down the floor and Latrice Hunter drove the lane to force a UMass foul with four seconds left. Hunter swished both free throw attempts to tie it at 82-82 and necessitate overtime.
Massachusetts shot 50.0 percent from the floor (32-of-64) against the Tribe, including 4-for-9 from beyond the arc (46.7 percent). The Minutewomen finished 17-of-27 on free throw attempts (63.0 percent).
William & Mary hit 33 of the 71 field goal attempts (46.5 percent), but only 5-of-22 three-pointers (22.7 percent).
The Tribe led in points in the paint, 47-42 and scoring off of turnovers, 39-16. UMass held advantages in second chance points, 14-10 and bench scoring, 17-13.
The Minutewomen return to the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass., to host Boston University for a Wednesday, Dec. 4 contest at 7 p.m.