Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Downs Siena, 59-49, For Fifth Straight Win

Tamara Tatham led UMass to its fifth straight win with 21 points and 11 rebounds against Siena.

Tamara Tatham led UMass to its fifth straight win with 21 points and 11 rebounds against Siena.

Dec. 12, 2004

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LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. -- Sophomore Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) posted a double-double with a career-high 21 points and 11 rebounds to lift the University of Massachusetts (6-3) over Siena (3-6), 59-49, Sunday afternoon. The Minutewomen head into a 17-day break for the holidays and final exams on a five-game winning streak for the first time in two years. In addition, the Minutewomen are 4-0 on the road for the first time since the 1979-80 season and have matched last year's win total.

"We came out trying to run and get the ball inside," said Massachusetts head coach Marnie Dacko. "We missed too many lay-ups and had a chance to put the game away early in the second half. Overall, I am very pleased with our effort tonight, especially from the free throw line. If we can't score from the perimeter then we need to stop them and we had a couple of lapses out there tonight."

The Minutewomen were down by four points, 26-22, with 3:34 left in the first half. Freshman Kate Mills (Elkton, Md.) then got a lay-up at the 3:10 mark. That sparked a 14-0 run by the Minutewomen over 7:06 to give them a 10-point lead early in the second half. Massachusetts continued to play stingy defense and led by 16 points, 46-30, at the 9:32 mark of the second half. Siena hit a couple of quick three-pointers to cut the deficit into single digits, but were unable to get any closer than seven points as UMass hit clutch free throws down the stretch.

Massachusetts shot a season-high 80 percent from the free throw line for the game (20-for-25). It was 13-for-15 (.867) from the charity stripe in the second half. UMass held the Saints to a .237 (14-59) clip from the field and .188 (6-32) in the second half. That was the third straight game that the Minutewomen have held their opponent under 30 percent shooting from the field. Massachusetts shot .346 (18-52) from the field in the game. The Minutewomen committed 16 turnovers and forced the Saints into 15.



Tatham set a new career-high in points and tied her career-best on the boards. She was 7-for-15 from the field, 7-for-10 from the free throw line and also added two assists and three steals. Senior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) had four points, eight rebounds and tied a career-high with five assists. Freshman Pam Rosanio (Southampton, Pa.) added 10 points and a career-high six rebounds. She has now reached double-figures in seven of her nine career games. Mills chipped in with four points, a career-high five rebounds and three blocked shots. She has now blocked eight shots in the last four games.

Massachusetts will now enjoy a 17-day break for the holidays and final exams before heading to College Park, Md., Dec. 28-29, for the Terrapin Classic. The Minutewomen will face No. 19/21 Maryland in the first game at 7:00 p.m. Elon and Marshall are also participating in the tournament.

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