Women's Basketball Downs Utah State, 61-50
Dec. 6, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - Junior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) had a game-high 19 points, six rebounds and four assists as the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (3-4) defeated Utah State (0-3), 61-50, in the first round of the Fiesta Bowl Classic this afternoon at the McKale Center. The win was the third in a row for the Minutewomen, who will face either Arizona or American in the championship game tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. MT.
In the first half, UMass came out hot and built a quick 12-6 lead in the first few minutes. A pair of three-pointers by senior Judit Zsedenyi (Budapest, Hungary) sparked the run. Utah State then went on a 6-0 run of its own to tie the game at the 14:48 mark. The teams traded baskets for the next couple of minutes, but UMass closed out the half on an 18-5 run to take a 39-27 lead at the break. It marked the highest first-half output of the season for the Minutewomen. Freshman Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) led Massachusetts with 10 points. Zsedenyi had eight points, but played just six minutes due to foul trouble. Campbell also had eight points. UMass shot a season-high .708 (17-24) from the field in the half, while the Aggies were .522 (12-23). The Minutewomen were out-rebounded, 11-8, and had 11 assists.
Both teams came out ice cold in the second half. It was the 12:38 mark when Zsedenyi hit a three-pointer that Massachusetts recorded its first points of the half. Fortunately for the Minutewomen, the Aggies could only score four points in that stretch. A lay-up by Campbell at the 5:59 mark gave UMass a 20-point edge at 53-33, but it could not put the game away. Pesky Utah State chipped away and got their deficit down to nine with just under two minutes remaining. UMass, which started off the game 1-for-10 from the free throw line, came back to hit seven of its final eight at the charity stripe to secure the victory.
Zsedenyi finished with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting and three boards. Tatham had 10 points for the game on 5-of-8 shooting and two steals. Senior Glamora Maeweather (Country Club Hills, Ill.) had eight points and five rebounds.
UMass shot just .231 (6-26) in the second half and finished .460 (23-50) for the game. Utah State was .391 (18-46) from the field for the game. The Minutewomen were out-rebounded for the first time this season, 34-31, and committed 20 turnovers. UMass was 7-for-13 (.538) from three-point range.
The Minutewomen will face the winner of this afternoon's Arizona/American game tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. MT in the championship game of the Fiesta Bowl Classic in Tucson, Ariz.