Women's Basketball Comes Back To Defeat Hofstra, 64-57 For Fourth Straight Win
Dec. 9, 2004
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (5-3) used a 26-5 run in the second half to overcome an eight-point deficit and defeat Hofstra (2-3), 64-57, tonight at the Hofstra Arena. The Minutewomen have now won four straight games, its longest streak since a six-game winning streak, Dec. 1-14, 2002. Five Minutewomen scored in double-figures led by senior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) who posted her third straight double-double with 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
The Minutewomen trailed 40-33 at the 15:24 mark of the second half, but went on a 10-3 run over the next 3:05 to tie the game. The Minutewomen continued to pressure Hofstra and feed the ball down low and made it a 26-5 overall run to take a 14-point lead, 59-45, with 4:15 left. Redshirt junior Patrycja Gulak (Olsztyn, Poland) had eight points during the run, while sophomore Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) had 10. Redshirt junior Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) drilled a three-pointer as the shot clock sounded to give the Minutewomen their first double-digit lead, 55-45, at the six-minute mark as Hofstra was trying to mount a come-back.
The Pride would not go away quietly and began chipping into the lead by capitalizing on the Minutewomen's foul shooting. Massachusetts was just 13-for-30 (.433) from the line for the game, including 12-for-26 in the second half and 10-for-22 in the final six minutes. The Minutewomen managed to hold on down the stretch and came away with its fourth straight win.
Five Minutewomen reached double figures for the first time since March 3, 2002, against Duquesne. Freshman Pam Rosanio (Southampton, Pa.) led the way with 13 points and five assists while going 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Campbell and Nelson each had 12 points, while Gulak finished with 11. Tatham added 10 points, six boards, five steals and two blocks. The Minutewomen had six blocked shots on the night led by Gulak with three.
Massachusetts held the edge on the glass, 48-46, and shot .393 (24-61) for the game. The Minutewomen were 50 percent from the field in the second half, while holding Hofstra to 22 percent shooting from the field in the second stanza. UMass had 20 turnovers and forced 22 by Hofstra.
Cigi McCollin led Hofstra with 16 points. Lana Harshow had 11 points and eight rebounds, while Lizanne Murphy pulled down 13 boards.
The Minutewomen will play a 3:00 p.m. game at Siena on Sunday before enjoying a 17-day break for the holidays and final exams. Locally, the Siena game can be heard on WMUA, 91.1 FM and over the Internet at www.umassathletics.com.