Second-Half Run Gives UMass Comeback Win At Kent State
Dec. 17, 2013
KENT, Ohio - Massachusetts women's basketball used a second-half comeback to secure its 69-61 victory at Kent State's M.A.C. Center on Tuesday evening. Kim Pierre-Louis led the Minutewomen with 18 points on an 8-for-14 performance from the floor to go with two free throws. Jasmine Harris and Emily Mital joined Pierre-Louis in scoring double-digits with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Mital added four assists to lead the team and tie for the game high.
Amber Dunlap and Montia Johnson each earned 14 points for Kent State. Mikell Chinn and Janae Peterson provided seven rebounds apiece to lead the Golden Flashes.
Down by as much as six in the second half, 39-33, the Minutewomen used a 14-3 run to move in front, 47-42 with 12:15 left to play. Pierre-Louis started the stretch with a layup before Henry added a basket at the rim. Pierre-Louis secured the next five UMass points of the game to turn a 39-37 deficit into a 42-39 advantage.
Larissa Lurken answered for Kent State, hitting the back-end of two free throws before knocking down a jumper during the Golden Flashes ensuing chance down the floor to even the game at 42-42.
However, Harris drew a foul and hit both attempts at the foul line and Mital knocked down a three-pointer to push the Minutewomen in front for good, 47-42.
Kent State (3-7 overall) cut its deficit as slim as one point, 49-48 with 8:28 to play, but Mital silenced the rally with a trey immediately. The Minutewomen (3-7) added to their lead with a strong free throw performance during the final six minutes of the game. UMass hit 12 of its final 16 free throws in the span to keep the pressing Golden Flashes at bay.
Pierre-Louis provided the offensive spark following the opening tip as she caught a pass from Kiara Bomben in the paint and converted a layup nine seconds into the contest. The Ottawa, Ontario, native scored the first seven UMass points of the game and had nine total by the 13:53 mark in the opening stanza. Pierre-Louis' final bucket of the stretch pulled the Minutewomen within 13-11 of Kent State.
The contest was closely contested throughout the opening half as neither side built a lead larger than six points. After Tarnachowicz used a close-range jumper to push the Minutewomen into the lead, 21-20, Kent State answered with a 6-1 run to go in front, 26-22 with 3:56 remaining in the stanza.
The Golden Flashes pushed their advantage to 29-23 on a Krista White layup with 61 seconds to play in the half; however, Harris responded with a jumper during the next UMass possession to reach the halftime score, 29-25.
Massachusetts finished 20-of-54 from the floor (37.0 percent) but were just 3-of-13 from beyond the arc (23.1 percent). Kent State was 21-for-56 on field goals (37.5 percent), including a 6-of-12 evening on three-point attempts (50.0 percent). UMass hit 26 of its 39 free throws (66.7 percent) while the Golden Flashes went 13-for-22 (59.1 percent) in the category.
Points in the paint were nearly even as UMass held a 24-22 advantage. The Minutewomen produced 22 points off of turnovers to eight for Kent State while second chance scoring favored the Golden Flashes, 14-9.
The Minutewomen travel to Bowling Green (8-1) to complete a Thursday, Dec. 19 contest at the Stroh Center.