Minutewomen Tripped Up By Dartmouth, 76-72
Dec. 30, 2013
HANOVER, N.H. - Kim Pierre-Louis earned her first collegiate double-double on 17 points and 17 rebounds, but UMass women's basketball dropped a 76-72 game to Dartmouth at the Blue Sky Classic on Monday. Of Pierre-Louis' 17 rebounds, 11 were grabbed from the offensive glass, while the junior forward also had three assists and a pair of steals in 27 minutes.
Nola Henry led the Minutewomen with 19 points and Emily Mital scored 18 on a 5-of-8 evening from the floor, including four three-pointers, and a 4-of-5 finish at the foul line. Kymber Hill added eight point, four rebounds, three blocks and a steal. Henry was named to the Blue Sky Classic All-Tournament Team following the completion of the game.
Fanni Szabo finished 12-of-18 on field goal attempts and 6-for-7 from the free throw line to lead Dartmouth with 34 points. Milica Toskovic chipped in 12 points and Lakin Roland notched 11 for the Big Green.
After Dartmouth raced to a 7-2 lead only two minutes, 10 seconds into the game, UMass answered with an 11-3 run to move in front, 13-10 with 13:30 remaining in the half. Henry used a three-pointer from the right side to give the Minutewomen the 11-10 advantage before Jasmine Harris capped the run with a fastbreak layup.
Henry and Pierre-Louis buoyed the offense as the Minutewomen maintained their lead into the final minute of the opening half. Henry had four consecutive points for UMass on a layup and two free throws, with the foul shots stretching the Minutewomen lead to 19-15 with 9:19 to play. Pierre-Louis followed with six straight points for the Maroon and White on three layups, with her final attempt earning UMass a 25-19 advantage.
The Big Green (2-10) pulled even with the Minutewomen at the break, 28-28, on the strength of a 9-3 run spanning the final 4:43 before halftime. Roland converted two free throws and Szabo drained a jumper in the paint to pull Dartmouth within 25-23. Mital used a three-pointer with 68 seconds left in the half to extend the UMass advantage to 28-23. However, Szabo provided a trey on the other end before Nicola Zimmer drained a pair at the foul line to even it at 28-28.
With the contest tied at 39-39, the Big Green used an 8-0 run to spread the margin to eight, 47-39 with 13:48 to go. Dartmouth went on to lead by as much as 13 points before the UMass offense countered to move within one basket of tying.
With UMass down, 65-58 at the 3:31 mark, Pierre-Louis hit the front end of a pair of foul shots before Hill fought into the paint to convert a layup. After a Daisy Jordan jumper gave Dartmouth a 67-61 advantage, Mital knocked down a trey with 97 seconds to play to move UMass within 67-64.
However, Szabo was fouled at the other end and converted both free throws to extend the home side's advantage to 69-64 with 1:21 left. The Minutewomen were unable to draw closer than four points during the remainder of play as the Big Green hit their final five free throws to keep pace with the UMass rally attempt.
Massachusetts shot 39.4 percent from the floor (26-of-66) and finished 14-of-20 from the foul line (70.0 percent). UMass hit 4-of-5 three-point attempts in the second half to finish 6-of-11 in the category (54.5 percent). Dartmouth was 25-for-61 overall (41.0 percent), including 6-of-22 on three-pointers (27.3 percent). The Big Green ended 20-for-24 on free throws (83.3 percent).
Spurred on by Pierre-Louis' points total, the Minutewomen outscored Dartmouth in the paint, 34-28. UMass also led in second chance points, 24-12 while the Big Green held an 18-10 advantage in scoring off of turnovers. The Massachusetts reserves scored 17 points against only nine produced by Dartmouth's bench.
The Minutewomen begin Atlantic 10 Conference play at VCU (12-1) in Richmond, Va., on Wednesday, Jan. 2.