UMass Suffers Loss To Boston University In Final Minute
Dec. 4, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - In a contest that came down to the final minute, Massachusetts women's basketball fell at home in the Mullins Center to Boston University, 66-63 on Wednesday evening. Kim Pierre-Louis led the Minutewomen with 15 points while she also provided seven rebounds in 21 minutes on the floor. Emily Mital added 11 points and four assists and Rashida Timbilla chipped in nine points to go with a team-best 12 rebounds and five assists.
Rashidat Agboola paced Boston University with 21 points while Whitney Turner led both teams with 13 rebounds. Danielle Callahan totaled 16 points, supported by a 9-for-10 performance from the free throw line, and Mollie McKendrick followed with 10 points.
The contest came down to the final minute of play as Callahan missed a layup with only 55 seconds left and Boston University in front, 64-63. Turner was able to corral the loose ball and reset the Terriers offense before Agboola netted a layup at the 33-second mark to push BU's lead to three.
The Minutewomen had two looks at a tying three-pointer during the remainder of play. On the next trip down the floor following Agboola's made bucket, Mital fired a trey with 16 seconds remaining the clanked off the rim and fell wide. Turner found the loose ball and was immediately fouled by Timbilla, but she missed both free throw attempts to give the ball back to the Minutewomen with 12 seconds remaining.
Nola Henry rushed the ball down the court and dished to Harris, with Harris' contested last-second look from beyond the arc missing its mark to seal the contest, 66-63 in favor of the visitors.
Neither team was able to pull away and establish a sizeable lead after Boston University entered the second half ahead, 37-34 as the contest featured 10 lead changes and eight ties. The Terriers momentarily went in front, 40-34 only 1:12 into the frame; however, Mital cut it to 40-37 with a three-pointer at the 18:06 mark, one of a trio she netted from beyond the arc against the Boston University defense.
The teams continued to trade baskets throughout the remainder of the game and the Terriers made a push to move back in front during the final five minutes of the game to earn the win.
With the contest tied at 55 and 4:58 left to play, Pierre-Louis connected from in front of the basket to give the Minutewomen a two-point advantage. A set of made free throws by McKendrick evened it at 57-57 before Timbilla hit on one of two attempts from the charity stripe with the clock stopped at 4:25 to give UMass back a one-point advantage.
However, Agboola followed with a layup, one of her eight made field goals on the night, to move the visiting side back in front, 59-58 only 14 seconds later.
The Minutewomen were only able to push ahead by one point on a pair of occasions during the remainder of the game. Pierre-Louis connected on a layup at 3:24 to give UMass a 61-60 lead before Mital swished a close range attempt at the 2:01 mark for a 63-62 advantage.
To start the game, Boston University scored the opening five points, but Pierre-Louis kept the Minutewomen within striking distance on the strength of nine early points from the Ottawa, Ontario, native.
Pierre-Louis fought into the paint and converted a layup to cut the UMass deficit to 5-4 with 18:09 left in the first half for her first score of the evening. After Agboola answered for Boston University on the other end, Pierre-Louis added another bucket for UMass immediately. Kiara Bomben then hit the front end of two free throws following a BU foul to even the contest at 7-7 with 16:54 to play in the half and Pierre-Louis gave the Minutewomen their first lead of the game, 9-7 with a basket at the rim seven seconds later.
The Terriers used an 8-2 spurt to push back in front, 15-11 at the 14:23 mark and extended their first half lead as large as nine points, 27-18 with 6:56 remaining. However, UMass battled back to within two at the half as Paula Tarnachowicz capped the extended offensive run with a pair of successful free throws with only nine seconds to play in the opening stanza.
Massachusetts shot 29.5 percent from the floor overall (18-of-61), including a 3-for-17 finish from behind the three-point line (17.6 percent). The Minutewomen went to the free throw line 43 times and hit 24 of those attempts (55.8 percent). Boston University went 20-for-62 on field goals (32.3 percent).
The Terriers finished 3-of-19 on three-pointers after UMass' exterior defense harassed the visitors into an 0-for-9 performance from beyond the arc during the second half. Boston University also went to the free throw line 43 times in the game and drained 23 of those shots (53.5 percent).
The Minutewomen led points in the paint, 30-26 while the Terriers held an advantage in scoring off of turnovers, 12-1. Second chance points favored UMass, 19-9.
UMass women's basketball takes to the road for its next contest, heading to the state of Ohio to face Bowling Green on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.