Three-Point Records Set As Women's Basketball Routs Northeastern, 80-51
Dec. 20, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. - Behind a school record-tying seven three-pointers by freshman Kristina Danella, the UMass women's basketball team rolled to a 80-51 victory over Northeastern on Saturday afternoon in the Mullins Center. The Minutewomen are now 6-5 on the year, while the Huskies fall to 2-6.
Danella led all scorers with 25 points, aided by 7-for-11 shooting (63.6%) from beyond the arc and also chipped in with seven rebounds. Her seven treys matched a program single game record originally set by Beth Kuzmeski against Dartmouth on Jan. 25, 1995.
UMass finished with 14 three-pointers to mark the fourth time this season that the squad has either tied or broken the school record for threes in a game, last posting 11 at Brown on Dec. 7. Prior entering the season, the record was nine, set on Jan 18, 2003 against St. Bonaventure. It also was the second-most by a team in a single game in Atlantic 10 history.
Behind Danella, senior Stefanie Gerardot followed with 19 points and shot 5-for-11 from three. Redshirt sophomore Diatiema Hill was the third UMass player to reach double figures as she logged career highs in points (11), rebounds (8) and assists (8). Sophomore Teya Wright added seven points and seven rebounds, while senior Sakera Young contributed eight assists and three steals in the victory.
After 11 lead changes over the first 8:37 of the contest, a trey by Danella put UMass in front for good, 18-17. She then capped off an 8-0 run with another at the 10:12 mark in the first to give the Minutewomen a six-point advantage at 23-17.
Kendra Walton cut Northeastern's deficit to four at 33-29 early in the second half, but that would be as close as the Huskies would come as UMass responded with a 7-0 stretch to build a 40-29 advantage.
The Minutewomen led by as many as 31 in the final period, aided by 53.1% shooting (17-for-32) and 58.3% (7-for-12) from three-point range and finished the game shooting 44.6% (29-for-65) and 48.3%, respectively.
UMass held a 28-18 edge in points in the paint, outscored Northeastern 24-9 off turnovers and led in fast break points, 14-2.
Kashaia Cannon finished with a team-best 13 points for the Huskies, while Brittany Wilson had 10 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Northeastern shot 17-for-56 (30.4%) from the field on the day, 8-for-23 from three (34.8%) and went a perfect 9-for-9 at the free throw line.
Following a nine-day holiday break, the Minutewomen will return to the court on Dec. 29 when the squad will play host to Seton Hall at 1 p.m. at the Mullins Center.
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