UMass Wins Brown Classic, 82-66 Over Quinnipiac
Dec. 6, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Led by a career-high 21 points and 14 rebounds from senior Diatiema Hill, the UMass women's basketball team captured its second straight Brown Classic title with an 82-66 win over Quinnipiac on Sunday afternoon at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Minutewomen are now 5-4 following the victory, while the Bobcats fall to 2-4 on the year.
Hill was a perfect 11-for-11at the free throw line and 5-for-7 from the field for UMass on her way to all-tournament team honors. She logged her first career double-double and first career 20-point game, chipping in six assists, as well. Redshirt junior Megan Zullo shot a blistering 6-for-8 from three-point range and totaled a career-best 20 for the Minutewomen. Sophomore Kristina Danella was the third UMass player in double figures with 13 points to go along with seven boards and earned a spot on the all-tournament team.
Also contributing for the Minutewomen, freshman Jasmine Watson added nine points and six rebounds, while sophomore Nicole Jones totaled eight points. Senior Kim Benton corralled six rebounds, as well.
Play was even through the first 10 or so minutes of the opening half as Quinnipiac led, but was unable to gain more than a one-possession advantage. UMass hit a cold stretch, going without a field goal for nearly seven minutes, which allowed the Bobcats to stretch the margin to eight, 31-23, at 2:23 on a pair of free throws by Jacki Mann. However, Zullo broke the draught for the Minutewomen with a trey at 2:06. She followed up by hitting two more from beyond the arc as UMass ended the period with a 10-0 run and went to the locker room on top, 33-31.
The teams traded buckets through the first four minutes of the second period and Quinnipiac took its final lead on a free throw by Jacinda Dunbar at 16:36 that brought the score to 39-38.
Once again sparked by a three from Zullo, the UMass offense came alive. The Minutewomen scored the next 11 straight points to race out to a 49-39 advantage with 12:55 remaining. Following a Bobcats' trey by Felicia Barron at 8:04, an answering three by Danella on the next UMass possession expanded the squad's cushion to 12. The Minutewomen led by double figures the rest of the way.
UMass shot 26-for-58 (44.8%) in the contest, including 15-for-27 (55.6%) in the second half. From three-point range, the Minutewomen went 11-for-29 (37.9%), making 5-of-8 (62.5%) after the intermission. At the free throw line, the squad went 15-for-26 (73.1%), with a 14-for-15 (93.3%) performance in the second.
Mann recorded a team-best 15 points and eight rebounds for Quinnipiac, while Courtney Kaminski tallied 14 points and seven boards and Kathleen Neyens contributed 13 and six. The Bobcats shot 22-for-60 (36.7%) overall, 5-for-17 (29.4%) from three and 17-for-26 (65.4%) at the foul line.
For a second straight game, the Minutewomen saw significant contributions from reserves as the squad held a 38-10 edge in bench points. UMass out-rebounded Quinnipiac, 41-37, as well.
The Minutewomen return to action this Wednesday, Dec. 9, when the squad will play host to Vermont at 7 p.m. in the Mullins Center.