Minutewomen Hold Off Late Toledo Surge, 73-61
Dec. 1, 2002
TOLEDO, Ohio. - The University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (3-1) started the game on a 14-1 run and never looked back en route to a 73-61 non-conference victory over the University of Toledo (2-1) this afternoon before 1,634 fans at Savage Hall.
The Minutewomen survived a barrage of Toledo three-pointers in the second half as the Rockets connected on nine (9-15). Tia Davis had four of them on six attempts. For the game, Toledo shot .394 (13-31) from downtown. The Rockets kept chipping away throughout the second half and were able to pull within eight points at the 1:13 mark on a Leah Gonnella three-pointer, but could not get any closer. UMass shot just .474 (9-19) from the charity stripe in the second half aiding Toledo's come-back effort.
Massachusetts started the game on a 14-1 run spanning the first 5:24. The Minutewomen led by 15 points at the 10:55 mark, but a 5-0 run by the Rockets cut their deficit to just 10 points. That it when the Minutewomen went on a 19-0 run over 7:06 ballooning their lead to 29 at 39-10. They shot .680 (17-25) in the half and took a 41-16 lead into the break. Toledo shot just .152 (5-33).
Senior Jennifer Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and sophomore Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) each had 19 points for the game, including 12 in the first half. Nelson dished out five assists and played in all 40 minutes, while Butler grabbed 16 rebounds. Butler also had four assists and a steal.
Senior Nekole Smith (Ann Arbor, Mich.) scored 18 points including just her second career three-pointer. She also pulled down six rebounds. Junior Judit Zsedenyi (Budapest, Hungary) was 1-for-5 from behind the arc and has now made at least one trifecta in each of her four career games. Senior Ebony Pegues (Columbus, Ohio) scored seven points and added three rebounds and five assists.
The Minutewomen, who never trailed in this game, now improve to 3-1 overall this season. Toledo falls to 2-1. Massachusetts finished the game shooting .583 (28-48) from the field, while Toledo shot .317 (19-60), helped by the .519 (14-27) clip they shot at in the second half. The Minutewomen dominated on the boards, holding a 44-25 edge.
The Minutewomen return home to the William D. Mullins Center on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2002, for a non-conference tilt with 2002 WNIT quarterfinalist Vermont. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.