Women's Basketball Falls To Hartford, 60-53
Dec. 21, 2003
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Junior Edris Bailey (Mt. Hope, Trinidad & Tobago) had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, but the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (3-7) fell to the University of Hartford (7-2), 60-53, this afternoon. The Minutewomen went on an 8-0 run late to cut a 10-point Hartford lead to two, but were unable to get any closer as they lost for the third straight time.
Massachusetts was down by 10 points, 52-42, at the 5:23 mark of the second half, but went on an 8-0 run over the next 1:30 to cut the lead to two. A three-pointer by sophomore Ashley Sharpton (Conyers, Ga.) started the run and then five straight points by junior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) brought the Minutewomen within a basket at 52-50 and forced Hartford to use a timeout. When play resumed, Hartford was called for an offensive foul and gave the ball back to UMass. The Minutewomen were unable to score, however, and Hartford was 8-10 at the free throw line in the final 2:11 to secure the win.
It was a tale of two halves again for UMass this afternoon. After shooting 44 percent from the field in the first half and taking a seven-point lead (27-20) into the locker room, it shot just 32 percent after the break. The Hawks were 36 percent from the field in the first half and 52 percent in the second. UMass finished the game shooting 37 percent from the floor. The Minutewomen did out-rebound the Hawks, 33-27, but are now 0-7 this year when holding the edge on the glass. For the second straight game, the UMass defense allowed at least 40 second half points after yielding 21 or fewer in the first stanza.
The 21 points for Bailey tied her career-high, while the 10 boards are the most for her in a single-game. Campbell finished with 15 points and seven rebounds for the Minutewomen. Liz Stich led three Hartford players in double-figures with 22 points. She had 18 of them in the second half. UMass was 13-for-21 from the free throw line, while Hartford was 15-of-18. The Minutewomen committed 19 turnovers in the game.
Massachusetts returns to action on Tuesday, December 30 when it hosts UNC-Greensboro at the Mullins Center. Tip is set for 7:00 p.m.