Minutewomen Stay Perfect At Home, Topping Hartford, 72-60
Dec. 1, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - Kate Mills (Elkton, Md.) had 18 points, a career-high 14 rebounds, and six blocks to lead UMass women's basketball to a 72-60 over Hartford on Saturday afternoon at the Mullins Center. It was her second-straight double-double and the 11th of her career. Pam Rosanio (Southampton, Pa.) led all scorers with 22 points and five assists with 16 of her points coming in the second half. Stefanie Gerardot (Fort Wayne, Ind.) added 11 points and was 2-for-2 from three-point range in her first start of the year. Erica Beverly led the Hawks with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Marnie Dacko's club improves to 3-4 on the season and 3-0 at home while Hartford drops to 6-2.
Hartford, who received votes in the latest AP and coaches' polls, had won six-straight coming into the game and the last three match-ups with UMass.
The Hawks jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first minute and a half of the game, but the Minutewomen responded with five-straight points of their own. They didn't stop there, leading almost the entire half. The UMass lead extended to 28-20, with 5:41 remaining in the opening half when Rosanio scored and then stole the ball and went the length of the court for the lay-up to give the Minutewomen an eight-point lead.
Hartford came back, going on a 12-4 run to end the half with the score tied, 32-32. Mills led UMass in the first half with 10 points and five rebounds while the Minutewomen shot 54.2% (13-24) from the field to Hartford's 36.7% (11-30). UMass also out-rebounded the Hawks, 20-13. Hartford's Diana Delva led all scorers in the opening 20 minutes with 11 points.
UMass came out of the half hot, scoring the first six points, including four by Rosanio, to lead to a Hartford timeout at 16:56. Back-to-back three-pointers by Gerardot and Sakera Young (Glassboro, N.J.) gave the Minutewomen a 48-39 lead and capped off what was a 16-7 run over the first 6:51 of the second half. The lead would reach as much as 15 with 4:57 left in the game.
The Hawks tried to mount a comeback, cutting the margin to nine with 1:32 left, but the Minutewomen were able to utilize the clock and make free throws to secure the 72-60 victory.
UMass shot 50% (25-50) for the game while Hartford was 33.3% (22-66). The Minutewomen won the battle of the boards, 44-30. After committing 14 turnovers in the first half, UMass had only five in the second half.
UMass heads to Queens, N.Y. on Tuesday to take on the St. John's Red Storm in a 7 p.m. tip. They return home on Saturday, Nov. 8, taking on Maine in a noon game at the Mullins Center.
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