Women's Basketball Wins Brown Bear Classic With 64-41 Victory Over Brown
Dec. 7, 2008
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - With the help of a blistering 63.2% shooting in the second half, the UMass women's basketball team captured the Brown Bear Classic title with a 64-41 victory over Brown on Sunday afternoon in the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Minutewomen are now 5-4 on the year, while the Bears fall to 1-8.
Senior Stefanie Gerardot had her third 20-point game of the season and fourth of her career at UMass with 22 on 7-for-11 shooting, 6-for-10 from three-point range, and was named to the Brown Bear Classic All-Tournament Team. Sophomore Cerie Mosgrove chipped in with 12 points on 4-for-10 shooting from three and was an all-tournament team selection, as well.
Freshman Kristina Danella had a breakout game on the boards with 11 rebounds to lead the squad and also added six points. Senior Sakera Young dished a career-high 11 assists and totaled seven points, while sophomore Teya Wright contributed eight points, seven rebounds and two blocks in the victory.
After Brown began the game with a 5-2 lead, three straight treys by Mosgrove and Gerardot put the Minutewomen in front 11-5 and the squad never trailed again. UMass led by four at the half, 23-19, and shot 36% in the opening period to the Bears' 23.1% (6-for-26).
Then in the second half, the Minutewomen came out flying. After an opening layup by Natalie Bonds cut Brown's deficit to two, but a pair of free throws by Wright and two consecutive three-pointers by Gerardot gave UMass a 10-point advantage, 31-21, at the 17:32 mark. The Minutewomen led by double figures for the final 12:09 of the contest and held their largest margin of the night, 27, with 5:20 to play.
UMass limited the Bears to a mere 12-for-55 (21.8%) shooting from the field for the game and 21.7% (5-for-23) from three-point range. The Minutewomen finished shooting 47.7% (21-for-44) overall and went 11-for-24 (45.8%) from beyond the arc. Eleven made three-pointers matches the program single game record set earlier this season at Colorado on Nov. 28.
Karly Grace was the lone Brown scorer to reach double figures with 11 points, while Bonds was the team's top rebounder with eight, while Courtney Lee dished five assists.
The Minutewomen return home to face Delaware this Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 5:00 p.m. in the Mullins Center. The game will be the first of a UMass basketball doubleheader as the men's team will take on Holy Cross at 7:00 p.m. following the women's contest.
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