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Women's Basketball's Dramatic Comeback Falls Just Short In 59-58 Loss To Hofstra

Kate Mills had a career-high 22 points in UMass' 59-58 loss to Hofstra Thursday night.

Kate Mills had a career-high 22 points in UMass' 59-58 loss to Hofstra Thursday night.

Dec. 1, 2005

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AMHERST, Mass. - Junior Tamara Tatham had her fourth career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, but the Massachusetts women's basketball team (2-4) fell to Hofstra (3-2), 59-58, Thursday night at the Mullins Center. The Minutewomen overcame a 16-point second half deficit, but were unable to take the lead despite three chances with the ball down just a point in the last few minutes. Sophomore Kate Mills had a career-high 22 points, while Pam Rosanio chipped in with 15 points.

Hofstra came out in a full-court press and shot 60 percent from the field in the first eight minutes to take a 22-10 lead. The Minutewomen continued to struggle from the field and were down 39-25 at halftime. The Minutewomen shot just 31 percent from the field in the half while Hofstra was a blistering 52 percent. UMass had nine turnovers in the half and Hofstra turned those into 12 points.

Both teams started the second half off ice cold from the field. The Pride led 47-34 with 11:40 remaining in regulation. Hofstra started the second half off missing 15 of its first 17 shots, but the Minutewomen were unable to trim much more than one point off the lead. A three-point play by sophomore Kate Mills (Elkton, Md.) with 11:04 left brought the Minutewomen within 10 points for the first time since the first half and seemed to ignite the offense.

After the Pride went back up 12 points, six straight points by sophomore Pam Rosanio (Southampton, Pa.) with a pair of Pride free throws mixed in brought UMass to within eight points, 51-43, with 7:21 left. UMass continued to play tough defense and chipped away some more. Another three-point play by Mills got UMass within five points at the 4:58 mark. That started a 9-2 run which got UMass within a point, 57-56, with 2:56 left. The Minutewomen then made two straight defensive stops, but were unable to convert on the other end. Hofstra's Vanessa Gidden then hit a step-back jumper with 1:31 left to put the Pride back up by three points, 59-56.



Following a Hofstra timeout, a costly UMass turnover gave the ball back to the Pride with 53 seconds left. UMass then called a timeout and made a big defensive stop on the Pride to get the ball back with 39 seconds left in regulation. Mills converted a lay-up with 19 seconds left to bring UMass within a point at 59-58. UMass pressure forced Hofstra to throw the ball away in the backcourt and the Minutewomen took over with 13 seconds left. The Pride tipped the ball away with seven seconds left and used the opportunity to call a timeout. The Minutewomen in-bounded the ball from in front of their bench with 6.9 seconds left. Nelson got the ball in to Mills. Mills spun around and tried a right-handed hook shot, but missed from three feet away. Hofstra got the rebound and UMass was forced to foul with 2.1 seconds left.

Hofstra's Amaka Agugua missed the front end of a one and one and the rebound went Rosanio. She dribbled up and tried a shot from 80 feet away, but it was no good and the UMass come-back attempt was spoiled.

The Minutewomen finished the game shooting 35 percent from the field. Hofstra shot just 23 percent from the field in the second half to finish the game at 37 percent. UMass held the edge in rebounding, 42-37, and had 18 turnovers. The Minutewomen were 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the second half and finished the game 14-for-18 (.778) from the line.

Mills' 22 points were a game and career-high. She also added eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. Tatham had 13 points and a game-high 11 boards for her fourth career double-double and first of this season. Rosanio also chipped in with 15 points and seven boards.

Cigi McCollin and Agugua paced the Pride with 14 points apiece.

The Minutewomen open up a five-game road swing on Sunday at New Hampshire. Tip-off is slated for 1:00 PM. The game will be broadcast live on WMUA (91.1 FM in Amherst) and online at www.umassathletics.com.


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