Women's Basketball Falls To Northeastern, 69-56
Dec. 14, 2003
BOSTON, Mass. - Northeastern University (4-2) went on a 24-8 run over 7:13 of the second half as it downed the University of Massachusetts (3-6), 69-56, this afternoon in women's basketball action at Matthews Arena. The Huskies outscored the Minutewomen, 48-37, in the second half to pull away from a two-point halftime lead.
After trailing 24-21 early in the second half, UMass went on a 10-2 run to take a 31-26 advantage at the 16:02 mark. Senior Judit Zsedenyi (Budapest, Hungary) had six points in the run. A three-pointer by Wilbriham native Melissa Kowalski tied the game at 31 with 15:07 left and the Minutewomen would never lead again. Northeastern went on a 24-8 run spanning the next 7:13 to secure the win.
Northeastern led 50-39 at the 8:48 mark when UMass made a charge to get back into the game. Consecutive baskets by freshman Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) and junior Edris Bailey (Mt. Hope, Trinidad & Tobago) cut the deficit to eight at 52-44, and forced NU to call a timeout. When play resumed, UMass got the ball back and junior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) hit a shot to cut the Northeastern lead to six. That would be as close as UMass could get though. NU quickly regained a double-digit lead and never gave the Minutewomen a chance to cut into it.
After a poor offensive first half by both teams, the game opened up after intermission. After shooting just .233 from the field in the first half, Massachusetts improved to .682 in the second half. Northeastern was the same, shooting .333 in the first stanza and .607 in the second half. The difference in the game was on the free throw line. Northeastern was 12-for-15 at the charity stripe, while UMass was just 8-for-17. The Minutewomen out-rebounded Northeastern, 37-28, and committed seven more turnovers, 21-14.
Zsedenyi led the team with a career-high 21 points. She also had four rebounds and three assists. Bailey had 12 points and seven rebounds, while Campbell chipped in 10 points, nine boards and three blocked shots. Amherst native Francesca Vanin led the Huskies with 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field. She also had 11 boards. Kowalski finished with 14 points for NU.
The Minutewomen will return to action on Sunday, Dec. 21, with a 2:00 p.m. game at Hartford.