Minutewomen Fall Short At Northeastern, 73-64
Dec. 2, 2009
BOSTON, Mass. - Despite shooting 47.2% from the field, the UMass women's basketball team dropped a 73-64 decision at Northeastern on Wednesday afternoon at Solomon Court. The loss leaves the Minutewomen at 3-4 on the season, while the Huskies improve their record to 4-2.
Sophomore Nicole Jones led UMass with 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting, including 13 in the second half, while classmate Kristina Danella went 5-for-10, contributing 12 points. Freshman Dee Montgomery had her best performance of her young collegiate career, adding 10 points off the bench. Redshirt junior Megan Zullo totaled nine points, senior Kim Benton grabbed four steals and senior Diatiema Hill pulled down a team-best five rebounds.
Brittany Wilson dropped in the first eight points of the game for Northeastern and gave the Huskies an early 5-0 lead. UMass would tie the score at eight on Montgomery's first career points, a layup at 13:41, but that was as close as the squad would come to overtaking the Huskies.
A 7-0 run, capped off by a basket from Kashaia Cannon at 6:21, expanded Northeastern's advantage to double figures for the first time on the afternoon at 22-12. The Huskies' largest lead of the opening period, 11, came on a three by Cannon at 3:28. An answering trey by Zullo brought the Minutewomen back within eight at 30-22 entering the intermission.
Two quick buckets by Danella and Cerie Mosgrove closed UMass' deficit to three at 30-27 early in the second half. Within four minutes time, however, Northeastern regained its double-digit cushion with the help of back-to-back three-pointers from Deanna Kerkhof and Kendra Walton.
At 4:34, Montgomery drained a three and was fouled. The freshman went to the line to complete the four-point play with a free throw, bringing the Minutewomen back within reach of the Huskies at 59-55, but a layup by Kim Carr followed to push the NU lead to six.
Then in the final two minutes, 12 free throws iced the victory for the Huskies who shot 25-for-63 (39.7%) overall, 8-for-31 (25.8%) from three and made 15-of-21 (71.4%) foul shots. UMass finished 6-for-13 (46.2%) beyond the arc and 8-for-11 (72.7%) at the charity stripe. Points off turnovers were 20-7 in favor of Northeastern.
Wilson led the way for the Huskies with 23 points and contributed seven rebounds and three steals. Walton and Cannon scored in double figures as well with 15 and 13, respectively. Carr grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and added seven points, four steals and three blocks.
UMass will be back in action this Sat., Dec. 5, at the Brown Bear Classic, facing host Brown at 1 p.m., in Providence, R.I.