Women's Basketball Hands Syracuse Its First Loss, 52-51, At The Cage
Dec. 4, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. -- Tamara Tatham (pictured) hit two free throws with 11 seconds left in regulation to give UMass (3-3) a 52-51 win over Syracuse (5-1), 52-51, this afternoon before 1,402 fans at the Curry Hicks Cage. SU's Chineze Nwagbo missed the game-tying free throw attempt with 0.4 seconds left. Brooke Campbell finished with a team-high 16 points and 10 rebounds. It was her first double-double since Nov. 30, 2003, against Brown. It was also the second straight game that a UMass player has recorded a double-double.
UMass led by seven points at halftime and by as many as eight 2:06 into the second half, but a 14-2 run by the Orange over the next 4:48 gave them a four-point lead at 35-31. The Minutewomen tied the game on a jumper by senior Monique Govan (Chicago, Ill.) just inside the three-point arc at the top of the key and the two teams then went back and forth for the rest of the game.
Syracuse led 43-40 with 6:08 left, but redshirt junior Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.)nailed a three-pointer to tie the game. As the Orange took the ball back down the floor, sophomore Joyce Massey (Detroit, Mich.) came up with a steal and led freshman Pam Rosanio (Southampton, Pa.) for a fast-break layup which gave UMass its first lead since early in the half. Lauren Kohn came down the other end following a Syracuse timeout and drilled a three-pointer to put Syracuse back on top. The teams then went a possession each without scoring and then Nelson hit another trifecta with 2:19 left to put UMass back up two points, 48-46. On the other end of the floor, Nwagbo went 1-for-2 from the line for the Orange and a lay-up by Tatham with 1:22 left gave UMass a three-point lead, 50-47.
Syracuse came back down the floor and as the shot clock was winding down, Rochelle Coleman nailed the tying three-pointer from the left corner. UMass got the ball back but was unable to score. The Orange then took the ball down the floor with 31 seconds left in the game looking for the game-winning shot. The UMass defense held tough as Nwagbo missed a shot from close range. Tamara Tatham grabbed the rebound in traffic and was fouled in the process. The teams then went down to the other end as Tatham was shooting a one-and-one. She drilled the first one to put the Minutewomen up a point and after a Syracuse timeout, she nailed the second one to go up 52-50. Syracuse took the ball down the floor and Nawagbo put up a shot with two seconds left. It missed and she got her own rebound. She missed the put-back as the buzzer sounded, but the officials called a foul on Tamara Tatham and Nwagbo went to the line with 0.4 seconds left. After hitting the first one, UMass called two straight timeouts to try and ice Nwagbo. It worked as she missed the second one and the Minutewomen won, 52-51.
In a game which saw five ties and 12 lead changes, UMass shot 34 percent from the field. Syracuse was 32 percent from the field and 43 percent from three-point range. UMass was out-rebounded, 43-39, the first time that this has happened this season. The Minutewomen forced 20 turnovers and converted those into 20 points.
Campbell has 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting as well as 10 rebounds. Senior Edris Bailey (Mt. Hope, Trinidad & Tobago) chipped in with eight points and five rebounds off the bench, while Tamara Tatham had six points and eight boards. Nwagbo led all scorers with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
UMass will host Toledo Monday at the Mullins Center. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.