Women's Basketball Downs UNC-Greensboro, 63-49
Dec. 30, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - Junior Edris Bailey (Mt. Hope, Trinidad & Tobago) and senior Judit Zsedenyi (Budapest, Hungary) combined for 34 points as the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (4-7) defeated the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 63-49, before 1,135 fans tonight at the Mullins Center. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Minutewomen.
Massachusetts built up a 15-point advantage, 28-13, on a three-pointer by freshman Joyce Massey (Detroit, Mich.) at the 1:22 mark of the first half and never allowed the Spartans back into the game. UNCG's Jasmine Byrd and LaToya Joyner hit three-pointers in the final 43 seconds to cut into the deficit but UMass still took an 11-point lead, 30-19, into intermission.
The second half saw both teams trade baskets for the most part. The Spartans made a run to cut the lead to eight points (43-35) at the 11:59 mark, but UMass responded with a quick 8-0 spurt to secure the game. UNCG never got its deficit under 10 points after that and UMass ended 2003 with a notch in the win column.
Zsedenyi led all scorers with 18 points. Bailey had 16 points, nine rebounds and three steals. Freshman Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) had seven points, seven rebounds, six assists, a blocked shot and four steals. Senior Cleo Foster (Toronto, Ontario) had a season-high eight points and four assists.
Massachusetts recorded 19 assists on 21 field goals and shot a season-high 80 percent (16-for-20) at the free throw line. UMass shot 38 percent from the field, while UNCG connected on 34 percent of its field goal attempts. UMass out-rebounded the Spartans, 35-31, its first win of the season (1-7) when holding the edge on the glass.
The Minutewomen open up Atlantic 10 Conference play this weekend with a pair of games in the City of Brotherly Love. Up first is La Salle on Saturday, January 3 at 12:00 p.m. Then UMass will take on Saint Joseph's on Tuesday, Jan. 6. Tip-off is also slated for 12:00 p.m.