Women's Basketball Cruises Past Toledo, 76-56, For Third Straight Win
Dec. 6, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. -- The University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (4-3) used a 19-2 run spanning 4:04 of the first half to take a 24-10 lead and never looked back en route to a 76-56 win over Toledo (1-5) Monday night at the Mullins Center. The five Minutewomen starters scored 54 points and were a combined 25-of-34 (74 percent) from the field. Sophomore Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) and freshman Pam Rosanio (Southampton, Pa.) led the way with 13 points apiece.
The Minutewomen trailed 8-5 at the 17:41 mark of the first half before reeling off 19 of the next 21 points to take control of the game. A jumper by redshirt junior Patrycja Gulak (Olsztyn, Poland) tied the game at eight with 16:33 left and sparked the Minutewomen. Massachusetts recorded six steals during the run which it turned into 12 fast-break lay-ups.The Rockets cut the deficit to 10, 26-16, at the 10:38 mark, but UMass scored the next two baskets and never led by less than 10 for the rest of the game. Redshirt junior Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) hit a three-pointer with 10 seconds left in the first half and UMass took a 45-27 lead into halftime. UMass, which averaged just over 50 points a game coming into tonight, had a season-high for points in a half.
The Minutewomen scored the first five points of the second half and denied the Rockets a chance to get back into the game. Massachusetts played much of the second half with its reserves and had four freshmen on the floor at once for a stretch of the half. Freshman Kaylie Schiavetta (Northport, N.Y.) played the final five minutes of the game for her first collegiate action. She recorded one rebound and one assist.
Tatham had 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting, three rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal. Rosanio also tallied 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting while dishing out two assists. Senior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.)had 11 points and 13 rebounds for her second straight double-double. Gulak finished with 12 points on a perfect 6-for-6 shooting. She also had three rebounds, three assists, two blocks and three steals. Nelson had five points and a season-high seven assist, one off her career-best. Toledos' Olivia Terry led all scorers with 14 points.
Massachusetts shot a season-best 55 percent from the field, including 60 percent in the first half. UMass posted 28 assists on 35 field goals and also out-rebounded the Rockets, 40-38. The Minutewomen had a season-high nine blocked shots and 14 steals. Both teams committed 21 turnovers. UMass outscored Toledo in the paint, 54-18, and had 16 fast-break points while the Rockets had none.
Massachusetts will play at Hofstra on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised on Metro. Locally, it can be heard on WMUA, 91.1 FM and on the Internet at www.umassathletics.com.