Women's Basketball Overcomes Early Shooting Struggles To Down Elon, 57-50
Dec. 30, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The University of Massachusetts women's basketball team (7-4) overcame a 13-point first-half deficit to defeat Elon (1-9), 57-50, Thursday night at Comcast Center in the consolation game of the Terrapin Classic. The Minutewomen won despite shooting just 37 percent from the field by forcing 28 turnovers and out-rebounding Elon, 35-24. Redshirt junior Katie Nelson (Ellicott City, Md.) led Massachusetts with 11 points and was 3-for-5 from three-point range.
The Minutewomen trailed by 12 points, 27-15, with 5:36 left in the first half before closing out on a 7-1 run to make it a six point game at halftime. The Minutewomen then started the second half by scoring the first five points to get within one and force Elon to use a timeout. Senior Brooke Campbell (Baltimore, Md.) recorded one of her four steals and sophomore Tamara Tatham (Brampton, Ontario) had a fast-break lay-up to make it a four-point game. Then on the next UMass possession, Nelson nailed a three-pointer to make it a one-point game. Four minutes later, freshman Pam Rosanio (Southampton, Pa.) hit two free throws to tie the game for the first time. After an Elon basket, Nelson came back down and hit another trifecta to give the Minutewomen their first lead of the game, 36-35, with 13:55 left.
Elon got a three-point lead again, but Nelson hit another three-pointer with 11:28 left to tie the game at 39. After an Elon turnover, sophomore Joyce Massey (Detroit, Mich.) hit a three-pointer to give the Minutewomen the lead for good. Massey reeled off eight points in a row for Massachusetts and it led, 47-41, with 9:26 left.
UMass led by as many as 11 points, 55-44, with 2:51 left, but Elon would not go down quietly. Three straight steals turned into four points and Elon cut the UMass lead down to five with under a minute left. Massachusetts held on and went on to win the game.
Campbell finished with nine points and a game-high 14 rebounds. She also had four steals. Tatham had eight points, five boards and a career-high six steals. Rosanio also added nine points and four assists while Massey had eight points in just six minutes. Elon shot 45 percent from the field for the game, including 52 percent in the first half. The Minutewomen shot 52 percent in the second half after just 23 percent in the first half. UMass had 16 steals in the game and committed 22 turnovers.
Nelson and Campbell were both selected to the All-Tournament team.
The Minutewomen will open up Atlantic 10 play against preseason East Division favorite Temple on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005. Tip-off at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia is slated for 7:00 PM. The game will be broadcast on WMUA, 91.1 FM, and over the Internet at www.umassathletics.com, beginning at 6:30 PM.