Women's Basketball Downs Vermont, 54-49
Dec. 3, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - Senior Judit Zsedenyi (Budapest, Hungary) scored a career-high 17 points as the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (2-4) defeated the University of Vermont (3-2), 54-49, this evening at the Curry Hicks Cage. Massachusetts had a 16-point halftime lead and were up by as many as 20 points in the second half, but had to hang on down the stretch for its second straight victory.
A Zsedenyi three-pointer at the 17:40 mark of the second half put Massachusetts up by 20 points at 38-18, but Vermont went on a ferocious come-back. The Catamounts cut the lead to five points at the 9:57 mark on a Lani Boardman trey. The Minutewomen responded with an 8-0 run of their own spanning the next 2:01 to build the lead back to 13 points at 48-35. Sophomore Ashley Sharpton (Conyers, Ga.) nailed two three-pointers during that stretch.
Vermont came right back, however, with a 12-0 run and cut the UMass lead to just a point, 48-47, at the 3:04 mark. A lay-up by UVM's Aaron Yantzi brought the Catamounts as close as they had been since it was 2-2 way back in the first half. On the ensuing possession, UMass junior Edris Bailey (Trinidad & Tobago) scored to put UMass back up by three. Then after a Catamount turnover, Zsedenyi gave UMass a five-point cushion with a bucket. Vermont cut it back to three on a pair of free throws by Yantzi with 1:10 left, but junior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) secured the win with a basket at the :39 mark.
In the first half, the Minutewomen broke open a 2-2 game with a 13-0 run over a 4:13 span. UMass led 30-14 at the intermission.
Zdedenyi led the Minutewomen with 17 points, two rebounds and two assists. Campbell added 12 points, eight boards and three steals. Senior Cleo Foster (Toronto, Ontario) had a career-high nine assists. Freshman Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) had eight points, six rebounds and three steals in the win.
Vermont's Lani Boardman led all scorers with 19 points. Aaron Yantzi had 16 points as well for the Catamounts who shot .388 (19-49) from the field. It also committed 22 turnovers. The Minutewomen shot .442 (23-52) from the field and turned the ball over 19 times. Vermont was 10-for-12 from the free throw line, while UMass was just 1-for-6 at the charity stripe.
The Minutewomen will now head west to participate in the Fiesta Bowl Women's Classic in Tucson, Ariz. UMass will face Utah State in the first round on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 3:00 p.m. It will then face either the University of Arizona or American on Sunday, Dec. 7.
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