Women's Basketball Falls To #25 Arizona, 74-42
Dec. 7, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (3-5) shot just .271 (13-48) for the game and fell to the 25th-ranked University of Arizona (5-2), 74-42, this afternoon in the championship game of the Fiesta Bowl Women's Classic.
"We had no answer to Arizona's size," said UMass Head Coach Marnie Dacko. "In the first half, we had our chances but could not convert at the free throw line. Arizona was missing shots and we were not coming up with the defensive rebounds."
The Massachusetts defense tried to keep them in the game in the first half, but the offense was unable get on track. The Wildcats built a 14-point lead at the 6:01 mark, 25-11, but UMass then made a run to cut into its deficit. Three-pointers by seniors Judit Zsedenyi (Budapest, Hungary) and Glamora Maeweather (Country Club Hills, Ill.), as well as a free throw by freshman Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) cut the lead to seven at 25-18 with 4:38 left. That would be the last points of the half, however, for the Minutewomen. Arizona scored eight straight points to close out the half and took a 33-18 lead into intermission. UMass shot just .250 (6-24) from the field in the first half and committed 15 turnovers. The Minutewomen were also just 4-of-10 from the free throw line. Each team grabbed 20 boards in the first half.
UMass could not mount a come-back in the second half and the Wildcats began to pull away. Arizona had a 20-point lead at the 15:59 mark and never looked back.
Maeweather led the Minutewomen with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) had nine points and nine boards and was selected to the All-Tournament team. UMass committed a season-high 28 turnovers and out-rebounded the Wildcats, 39-38.
The Minutewomen will return to action on Sunday, December 14, when they travel to Northeastern for a 2:00 p.m. game. It will be televised live on CN8.