Women's Basketball's Comeback Against #17/17 Maryland Comes Up Just Short, 67-63
Dec. 29, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (6-4) cut a 15-point deficit to three in the final six minutes, but came up just short, 67-63, to 17th-ranked Maryland (9-1) Wednesday night at Comcast Center in the Terrapin Classic. The loss was the first on the road for UMass this season in six chances and ended its five-game winning streak. Senior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) led the Minutewomen with 12 points and eight rebounds. Redshirt junior Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) added 11 points and five assists while freshman Pam Rosanio (Southampton, Pa.) and sophomore Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) added 10 points apiece.
"I am very pleased with how we played in the second half," said Massachusetts Head Coach Marnie Dacko. "We stepped up the defense and that turned into opportunities on the offensive end. We did a much better job boxing out and limiting their second-chance points."
The Minutewomen trailed by 15 points, 63-48, with 5:55 remaining in regulation before going on a 12-0 run in the next 3:54 to cut the deficit to just three. Redshirt junior Patrycja Gulak (Olsztyn, Poland) started the run by hitting a shot to make it a 13-point game. She then had a steal on the other end and got the fast-break basket courtesy of an outlet pass by Nelson. Nelson then set up freshman Kate Mills (Elkton, Md.) for another lay-up after a defensive stop to get the game back into single-digits. Mills was fouled as well but missed the freebie.
After another steal on the next Maryland possession, Nelson drained a three-pointer to cut the Terrapin lead to six at the 4:18 mark and force Maryland to use a timeout. After the timeout, Maryland came up empty again on the offensive end and the Minutewomen started back the other way. Rosanio drove to the basket and got fouled. She made one of two at the line to cut the Maryland lead to five. Neither team scored for the next 2:03, but it was a jumper by Mills from just inside the three-point line at the 1:43 mark which cut the lead to three. It was as close as UMass had been since the 9:53 mark of the first half. On the next Maryland possession, Shay Doran missed a three-pointer and UMass came down the floor on a 4-on-2. Nelson came down the center of the floor and found a wide open Gulak on the left wing. Her three-pointer missed which would have tied the game and the Terps came back down the floor. They had thee chances to score after getting two offensive rebounds, but could not end the drought. Cyrstal Langhorne got fouled by Mills at the 1:16 mark and went to the line for a one-and-one. She missed the front end, but teammate Ashleigh Newman grabbed the rebound. The tough UMass defense forced a bad pass out of bounds and the Minutewomen had another chance to cut the lead to one or tie it.
Rosanio missed a shot, but Campbell grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled on the floor. She went to the line for a one-and-one, but missed it. With less than 30 seconds on the clock, the Minutewomen were forced to foul. Nelson fouled Anesia Smith with 27 seconds left at center court, but the official called an intentional foul. Smith made one of the free throws, but the Terrapins got the ball back. Doran was then fouled with 23 seconds left and made two free throw shots to give Maryland a six-point lead again. The Minutewomen would not go away quietly as Nelson drained her third three-pointer of the half with nine seconds left. UMass then fouled Doran with six seconds left. She made one of two to seal the game and Maryland escaped with the win despite not making a field goal for the last 5:55 of the game.
Maryland was able to build up a 14-point halftime lead thanks to a 19-4 run midway through the half. The Terrapins out-rebounded the Minutewomen 25-13, in the first half and had 11 second-chance points. UMass shot 51 percent for the game, including 59 percent in the second half. Maryland came into the game leading the ACC shooting just under 50 percent from the field, but was held to 39 percent. The Terrapins went 17-for-30 from the free throw line, while UMass had just eight chances. It converted on three of those trips. The Terrapins held a 40-34 edge on the glass and had 15 turnovers. UMass committed 21 turnovers, but just eight in the second half.
Massachusetts will not face Elon (1-8) in the consolation game of the Terrapin Classic at 5:00 p.m.. The game will be broadcast live on WMUA (91.1 FM) and over the Internet at www.umassathletics.com for free beginning at 4:30 p.m.