Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball Wins Sixth Straight

Senior Jen Butler had a career-high 30 points in the Minutewomen's 77-61 win over Northeastern Saturday afternoon.

Senior Jen Butler had a career-high 30 points in the Minutewomen's 77-61 win over Northeastern Saturday afternoon.

Dec. 14, 2002

Box Score

AMHERST, Mass. - Senior Jennifer Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored a career-high 30 points, while pulling down 20 rebounds as the University of Massachusetts (8-1) women's basketball team won its sixth consecutive game, a 77-61 triumph over Northeastern (2-6) this afternoon at the Mullins Center. Butler's 30 points were a new UMass Mullins Center record, as she broke her own mark of 28 set on Jan. 9, 2001 against Rhode Island. The 77 points scored today by the Minutewomen are a new season-high.

This is the sixth consecutive win for the Minutewomen and best start to a season since the 1968-69 squad began the year 9-0. It marks the longest winning streak by Massachusetts since the 1997-98 squad ran off nine consecutive straight victories from Feb. 4 through March 1. It was Feb. 15 before the 2001-02 team won its eighth game of the year.

Massachusetts had runs of 10-0 and 7-0 in the first half, but could not put the pesky Huskies away. The Minutewomen held a 45-34 advantage at the break. It was the most points by the Minutewomen in a half this season.

In the second half, the Minutewomen saw their 15-point lead cut to six at the 7:23 mark of the second half, but an 11-1 run over the next 4:21 ended the Huskies' come-back attempt.

Senior Nekole Smith (Ann Arbor, Mich.) chipped in with a season-high 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field. Classmate Ebony Pegues (Columbus, Ohio) had 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while sophomore Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) had eight points, four assists and 0 turnovers. Nelson also established a new career-high with two blocked shots. Sophomore Monique Govan (Chicago, Ill.) dished out a season-high four assists in just five minutes.



The Minutewomen out-rebounded the Huskies, 50-32, and shot .449 (31-69) from the field. UMass had 23 assists for 31 field goals.

UMass turned a 9-8 game into a 19-8 lead with a 10-0 run spanning 3:38 of the first half. Butler had a double-double at halftime (17-11), her seventh of the season and 48th for her career. Smith and Pegues also reached double-figures by intermission with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Katarina Andersson led the Huskies with 12 points and six rebounds. Amherst product Francesca Vanin poured in nine points, while grabbing a team-high seven rebounds.

Massachusetts will enjoy a two-week break before returning to action on Dec. 28-29, at the State Farm Classic in Gainesville, Fla. The Minutewomen will take on host-school Florida in the first round, Dec. 28, at 7:30 p.m. Michigan and Virginia will play in the other game.


    Event Calendar

    Sunday, Nov 15
    at Holy Cross TBA
    Wednesday, Nov 18
    at Harvard TBA
    Saturday, Nov 21
    vs Buffalo TBA gametracker
    Friday, Nov 27
    at Colorado TBA
    Saturday, Nov 28
    vs vs. Ball State or Florida TBA
    Wednesday, Dec 2
    at Bryant University TBA
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