Massachusetts Downed By Steady-Shooting Northeastern
Dec. 21, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass women's basketball was unable to overcome an accurate shooting performance by Northeastern, falling to the Huskies at the Mullins Center on Saturday, 95-76. Kim Pierre-Louis provided 21 points as she went 8-for-11 from the floor and 3-for-5 from the free throw line and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. Emily Mital added 18 points, including 15 scored on five made three-pointers.
Nola Henry finished 7-for-7 from the free throw line with 16 total points to go with a season-high nine assists and seven rebounds. Jasmine Harris chipped in 11 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Northeastern's Tiffany Montagne led all scorers with 34 points. She went 13-for-17 from the floor including seven made three-point field goals. Amencie Mercier finished with 18 points while Samantha DeFreese scored 17 and grabbed 10 rebounds. Jewell Tunstull rounded out the Huskies who scored in double-figures with 14.
Northeastern struck ahead 22-12 with nine minutes, 19 seconds to play in the first half on the strength of an 8-2 run. The Huskies consistently hit their shots from around the court as they finished 16-of-29 from the field (55.2 percent) in the half; however, the Minutewomen cut the deficit to 40-33 at the break by scoring in the paint.
Pierre-Louis led the offense throughout the first stanza to earn 15 points in 18 minutes played before halftime. With UMass behind, 37-29, Pierre-Louis drained a layup with 1:06 left to make it 37-31. After Montagne drilled a three-pointer on the other end, Kymber Hill provided the final points of the half on a bucket at the basket with four seconds remaining to cut the deficit to seven. Hill went on to earn four points and six rebounds during the game.
However, Northeastern continued to knock down its attempts and widened its margin of victory as a result. The Huskies connected on six of their first seven field goals of the second half and went ahead by as much as 21 points, 91-70 with 2:22 left.
The Minutewomen were within seven, 42-35 when Pierre-Louis provided the squad with its first basket of the second half, but a 10-0 run by Northeastern silenced the UMass comeback efforts.
The Minutewomen battled back to within 10 points of tying, 64-54 at the 9:32 mark following a three-pointer from Mital, layup by Harris and two free throws from Henry. Montagne knocked down a trey before Mital added a three-pointer to again bring the deficit down to 10; however, the Huskies scored nine of the next 11 points to extend the margin to 76-59 with 6:25 remaining.
Massachusetts finished 26-of-61 on field goal attempts (42.6 percent), including going 7-for-22 on three-point attempts (31.8). The Minutewomen finished 17-of-23 at the free throw line (73.9 percent).
The Huskies were 36-for-63 from the floor (57.1 percent) with nine made three-pointers in 16 tries (56.3 percent). Northeastern was 14-for-16 on free throw attempts.
Northeastern led in points in the paint, 44-30 and scoring off of turnovers, 19-7. The Huskies also notched 20 points via their bench against six earned by the Minutewomen reserves.
The Minutewomen travel to the Blue Sky Classic in Hanover, N.H., to wrap up non-conference play with a pair of games. UMass faces host-Dartmouth (1-9) on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 5 p.m. and battles Binghamton (1-9) the following day at 7 p.m.
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