Women's Basketball Closes Out Game On 14-0 Run For 53-39 Win At Providence
Dec. 2, 2004
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (2-3) closed out the game on a 14-0 run and defeated Providence College (0-5), 53-39, tonight at Alumni Hall. Freshman Pam Rosanio (Southampton, Pa.) scored all 10 of her points in the game during the run which span the final 6:29 of the game. Redshirt junior Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) had a game-high 13 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals. The 39 points were the fewest points that a UMass team has allowed since beating New Hampshire, 56-39, on Dec. 13, 2000.
Massachusetts trailed by six points, 34-28, at the 14:43 mark of the second half, but a 9-0 run in the next 2:24 gave it a three-point lead. Nelson started the run with a three-pointer at the 12:21 mark. She then had a steal as the teams went back down the floor and set up sophomore Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) for the fast-break lay-up which cut the lead to one. On the next possession for the Friars, freshman Alisha Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) stole the ball and set up her sister who was fouled and sent to the line. Tamara made one of twoat the line to tie the game at 34 and UMass never trailed again.
On Providence's next possession, Alisha stole the ball again and missed a three-pointer on the other end of the floor. Nelson got the offensive rebound and Campbell got a lay-up off a feed from senior Edris Bailey (Mt. Hope, Trinidad & Tobago). Campbell was also fouled and converted on the freebie to put the Minutewomen up three points.
Providence scored the next three points to tie the game but the Minutewomen then reeled off the final 14 points to end the game. Rosanio nailed a three-pointer at the 6:29 mark to start the spurt and then Nelson drilled a trifecta to go up six and forced Providence to call a timeout. Rosanio scored seven of the next eight UMass points and it went home with a win.
UMass shot 38 percent (22-58) from the field and 26 percent (6-23) from three-point range against PC's 2-3 zone. Providence shot 35 percent (16-46) from the field and 36 percent (4-11) from behind the arc. The Minutewomen were 3-for-14 (.214) from the free throw line, while the Friars were 3-for-6 (.500). UMass held the edge on the boards, 39-34, and have now out-rebounded its opponent every game this season. The Minutewomen forced 22 turnovers and committed a season-low 14.
Nelson recorded her 13 points on 5-for-14 shooting from the field and 3-for-12 from three-point range. Tamara Tatham recorded the teams' first double-double of the season on 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Rosanio finished with 10 points. Redshirt junior Patrycja Gulak (Olsztyn, Poland) tallied six points and eight rebounds.
Massachusetts will host Syracuse on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in "Rage In The Cage III." The Minutewomen are 2-0 since starting its annual game in the historic Curry Hicks Cage three years ago. Fans are encouraged to bring a book to the game. Every book donated will go to the Reader to Reader Organization. The first 100 kids will receive a free admission voucher for any home women's basketball game in December or January. The game will broadcast by WMUA, 91.1 FM and over the Internet at www.umassathletics.com.