Women's Basktball Falls In Defensive Battle With Miami (Ohio), 50-40
Dec. 1, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio - Facing Miami (Ohio) on the road in Millett Hall, UMass women's basketball dropped a defensive battle, 50-40 on Saturday afternoon to conclude its two-game stay in the state of Ohio. Sophomore guard Emily Mital produced a team-high eight points on the contest while freshman Rashida Timbilla notched a career-best 15 rebounds to go with seven points, a block and a steal.
Senior guard Dee Montgomery tallied seven points while sophomore forward Aisha Rodney added eight boards, four points, a block and one steal in 28 minutes, making her second consecutive start of the season. Senior center Jasmine Watson, cleared to play following concussion symptoms, added five points, two blocks, a steal and an assist in 19 minutes on the floor.
The RedHawks opened the contest hitting six of their first 10 field goal attempts to build a 14-2 lead with 13:18 to play as Kirsten Olowinski capped the run with a jumper. UMass cut into the early deficit with a three-pointer by Mital, a Rodney field goal from the right side and a Timbilla basket in the paint to pull within 14-9 with 9:59 to play in the first.
The Minutewomen defense locked down to keep the contest close over the remainder of the half, holding Miami (Ohio) to just eight more points over the final 10 minutes. The RedHawks were only able to manage a 26.7 field goal percentage (4-for-15) while Miami (Ohio) missed each of its five three-pointers following Hannah Robertson's made trey to put the home side ahead, 5-0 with 18:33 remaining in the half.
UMass continued its strong play on the defensive end during the final stanza, holding Miami (Ohio) without a point over the opening 7:29 of the half to allow the offense time to erase the gap.
Trailing, 22-16 entering the final stanza, redshirt-junior forward Kiara Bomben notched the initial four points of the half on a pair of free throws and a running jumper in the lane to pull the Minutewomen within two of tying with 16:35 remaining. Watson knotted the contest at 22-22 with a turnaround shot in front of the basket before giving the Minutewomen the lead, 23-22, on the back end of a pair of free throws with 13:47 to play.
After exchanging baskets until 8:25 remained, Miami (Ohio) pulled ahead with a 10-0 run fueled by eight free throws and a jumper by Erica Almady to go ahead, 40-30 with 4:41 left. After Montgomery keyed in on a pair at the charity stripe, Mital tallied an acrobatic layup in the lane and followed with a three-pointer on the next UMass possession to drop the deficit to three, 40-37 at the 2:20 mark.
However, Miami (Ohio) answered with jumpers from Courtney Larson and Haley Robertson to extend the lead to seven with 1:20 remaining and UMass was unable to answer down the stretch as the RedHawks connected from the free throw line to reach the final, 50-40.
UMass produced 24 points in the paint against 18 for Miami (Ohio). The Minutewomen trailed in points off of turnovers, 19-9 while fastbreak scoring was even at 2-2 and the UMass bench added 10 points to only three for the RedHawks reserves.
Olowinski led Miami (Ohio) with 13 points and 13 rebounds while Larson followed with 12 points, including going 10-for-10 from the free throw line.
The Minutewomen return to Massachusetts for their next road contest, heading to Boston University's Case Gymnasium on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.