Massachusetts Women's Basketball Set For Contest At Harvard
Jan. 1, 2013
Scouting Harvard Women's Basketball
Junior guard Christine Clark paces the squad as one of three Crimson student-athletes dropping in at least 10 points in each contest, averaging 16.0 per game. Senior guard and 1,000-point scorer Victoria Lippert (12.4) and sophomore forward Temi Fagbenle (12.0) follow Clark in double-digits. Fagbenle leads Harvard with 6.9 boards per game while Lippert produced 5.1 and senior forward Miriam Rutzen follows with 5.0 rebounds in each contest. Clark will be looking to join Lippert in the 1,000-point club against the Minutewomen, entering the contest with 988 career points.
Harvard averages 68.2 points per game through 12 contests while hitting 44.6 percent of their field goal attempts (307-of-689) and 41.8 percent of their three-pointers (81-of-194). The Crimson have shot well in all three facets, going 123-for-162 from the charity stripe (75.9 percent) while pulling down an average of 37.0 rebounds and dishing out 14.4 assists per contest. In comparison, opponents have connected on 40.9 percent of their field goals (298-of-729), including 64-of-180 three-point attempts (35.6 percent), and 73.2 percent of their free throws (153-for-209).
Last Time Out Against The Crimson
Shakia Robinson and Jasmine Watson combined for 32 of UMass' 47 points on the night with 17 and 15, respectively. Twelve of Robinson's points came after the intermission, while she added five rebounds and four steals, as well. Watson totaled 15 points and was just shy of a double-double after grabbing a game-best nine boards. Carolann Cloutier posted a career high in assists for the second time in the last three games, totaling nine helpers.
Emilie Teuscher scored the first points of the game at the 16:59 mark, but the Crimson proceeded to hit their next four straight from beyond the arc to lead 12-4. Harvard went up by as many as 24 in the period and led 39-15 at the intermission, aided by 51.7% shooting, including a 6-for-10 clip from three. The Minutewomen were just 7-for-27 (25.9%) in the frame, while going 0-for-5 from three-point range.
UMass improved upon its first half offense coming out of the break, but could not bring the deficit under 20 in the remainder of the contest. The Minutewomen finished the evening 17-for-64 (26.6%) overall, 2-for-21 (9.5%) from three and 11-of-21 (52.4%) at the free throw line. The Crimson shot 47.4% (27-for-57) overall, 45.0% (9-for-20) from beyond the arc and made 83.3% (5-for-6) of its free throws.
Christine Clark paced three Harvard scorers in double figures with 13 points, while Brogan Berry followed with a double-double on 12 points and 10 assists. Emma Golen contributed 10 points and six boards, while Victoria Lippert had nine points.
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Last Time Out: Furious UMass Comeback Falls Short Against Siena, 57-51
Watson surpassed Keyburn McCusker (1987-91; 1,135 points) and Tez Kraft (1994-99; 1,144) to move into 12th place on the UMass all-time scoring list during competition at the Mullins Center. Redshirt-sophomore forward Millie Niggeling chipped in five points, five rebounds and three assists while senior point guard Dee Montgomery returned from injury to add three rebounds, two points and an assist without committing a turnover in 19 minutes.
Cold shooting from the floor plagued both squads during the first half, with Siena eventually drawing a 27-13 lead at halftime, balanced by a 16-6 run during the middle of the stanza. After Watson tallied her first points on a layup to put UMass ahead, 4-2 with 15:03 remaining, the Saints controlled action with their scoring outburst, leading to the 14-point advantage at the half.
However, the Minutewomen responded exiting the break to cut the deficit to single-digits, 30-21 with an 8-3 run. Niggeling opened scoring in the final stanza with a layup before adding a three-pointer to bring UMass within 27-18. After Ida Krogh knocked down a triple for Siena, Mital answered on the other end of the floor to make it a 30-21 game with 15:39 to play.
With its lead down to nine, Siena went on a 11-4 spurt to go ahead, 41-25; however, the Minutewomen responded down the stretch to pull within two of tying with less than a minute remaining. Watson led the charge with nine points during the span, finishing the stretch 4-of-5 from the field with a free throw. The South Bend, Ind., native produced six of her final nine to help the Minutewomen pull within single-digits once again, 41-32 at the 7:36 mark. Following Krogh's layup to extend the Siena advantage to 45-35, Watson, Mital and Timbilla connected on consecutive shots to drop the margin to 45-41 with 3:15 to play.
After the teams exchanged points into the final minute of play, Montgomery completed an acrobatic layup at the left side of the basket with 18 seconds left to mark the first instance of UMass pulling to within one bucket of knotting the score. The Minutewomen were forced to foul Siena on the ensuing inbounds play, with Ciara Stewart knocking down both attempts to stretch the Saints' lead back to four.
Redshirt-junior forward Kiara Bomben matched Stewarts' free throws with 11 seconds leading to mark the last offensive push. Krogh and Tehresa Coles each keyed in on a pair of foul shots over the final eight seconds to reach the final score, 57-51.
UMass finished the contest hitting 20-of-62 field goals overall (32.3 percent) and 5-of-14 from behind the arc (35.7 percent) while limiting Siena to a 27.9 shooting percentage (17-for-61) with seven mad three-pointers in 23 attempts (30.4 percent). The Saints connected on 16-of-21 free throws (76.2 percent) while the Minutewomen hit 6-of-11 (54.5 percent).
Points in the paint favored UMass, 28-14, while Siena tallied a slim lead in scoring off of turnovers, 13-12. The Minutewomen notched an 8-6 lead in second chance points and the Saints' bench players led the UMass reserves, 13-9.
Krogh tallied 17 points to pace Siena while Coles added 12 and Lily Grenci pulled down 14 rebounds.
Providing The Helping Hand
Timbilla's ability to grab rebounds on offense leads her to own 57 offensive boards so far, the most in the conference, while her 4.4 per game average stands second specifically on the offensive end of the court.
Far from being a one-dimensional player, Timbilla has also developed a knack for knocking down shots, owning the second-highest field goal percentage (53.8), and causing turnovers, earning the 12th-most steals in the conference at 1.9 per game (225).
Making That Last Pass
Taking care of the ball is a trademark of Montgomery's game, as the senior owns 174 helpers over four seasons against only 145 turnovers while recording a positive assist-to-turnover margin in each of her three campaigns seeing considerable minutes for the Minutewomen.
Timbilla's Double-Double Leads UMass To Victory At Ohio, 65-61
Sophomore guard Emily Mital totaled 13 points, four rebounds and three assists while freshman guard Jasmine Harris added nine points and three boards. The UMass team total for blocks fell one shy of tying the program mark for most in a single game, tied most recently against St. Bonaventure on Feb. 27, 2008.
UMass (2-5 overall) held a slim lead throughout the majority of the first half, taking a 31-27 advantage into the break. After Ohio secured a 4-3 lead on a pair of Tina Fisher free throws with 17:00 to play in the first, the Minutewomen answered with a Kim Pierre-Louis layup to take the lead for good in the half at the 15:57 mark.
The Minutewomen earned their largest advantage of the opening stanza at seven points, 26-19 on a three-pointer by Harris, one of two the freshman produced during the half. Pierre-Louis finished the first with six points on 3-for-6 shooting from the field while Mital and Harris each produced eight points during the first half.
UMass tallied the initial seven points of the second to grow its lead to 38-27 with 18:45 remaining. Bomben opened scoring in the 7-0 run with a three-pointer before Timbilla and Rodney produced a layup each to force Ohio to call a timeout.
The Bobcats (1-4) answered with a 15-4 run of their own to pull even at 42-42 with 13:09 to play, equalizing the score with a Kiyanna Black layup. Black led all scorers in the contest with 21 points on 9-of-20 shooting from the field and a 3-for-4 performance from the free throw line.
The contest featured back-and-forth play until the final buzzer as UMass did not relinquish its lead again, but was unable to build an advantage larger than eight over the remainder of the game. After Ohio pulled within one of tying, 51-50 with 6:41 to play, the Minutewomen went on a 9-2 run to pull ahead, 60-52 with 3:23 remaining. Four different UMass players recorded a bucket during the span, with Mital pushing the lead to eight on a three-pointer, one of a trio the sophomore hit against the Bobcats defense.
Erin Bailes connected on a shot from behind the arc to drop the UMass advantage to 62-59 with 1:16 remaining. After Timbilla missed a shot with 58 seconds to play, the Bobcats had one last attempt to rally taken away by Mital. The Frisco, Texas, native poked the ball away from Ashley Fowler and knocked down a pair of free throws after taking a foul, extending the UMass lead to 64-59.
UMass shot 38.7 percent from the field (24-for-62) and hit 6-of-14 three-point attempts (42.9 percent) while finishing 11-for-16 at the line (68.8 percent). Ohio went 22-for-65 on field goal attempts (33.8 percent) while the Minutewomen defense held the Bobcats to only three made three-pointers in 12 attempts (25.0 percent). Ohio kept the game close with a strong performance at the free throw line, knocking down 14-of-15 attempts (93.3 percent).
Redshirt-sophomore forward Millie Niggeling added six points, four rebounds and a pair of blocks over 16 minutes. Forward Aisha Rodney added four points on 2-for-4 shooting from the field to go with a steal in 14 minutes during the sophomore's first start of the season and fifth of her career.
UMass was without the help of senior center Jasmine Watson, who is currently listed as day-to-day as she recovers from concussion-related symptoms.
UMass Routs Kent State, 83-53 In Season-Opener
Watson, who went 8-for-11 from the floor in her 10th career 20-point game, also chipped in with eight rebounds, four blocks, four steals and three assists in 31 minutes on the floor. Sophomore Emily Mital followed with a career-best 16 points and was aided by a 4-for-6 afternoon from beyond the arc.
In their debuts as Minutewomen, redshirt junior Kiara Bomben and freshman Rashida Timbilla both reached double figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Timbilla also hauled in 10 boards to complete her double-double, including five on the offensive glass. Bomben snagged four steals and senior Dee Montgomery dished a career-best 11 assists, her second with 10 or more helpers.
All 14 UMass players who dressed for the contest saw action with 11 draining buckets in the Minutewomen's highest scoring output since Nov. 28, 2010 at East Carolina. Redshirt sophomore Millie Niggeling paced the UMass bench with seven points, shooting a perfect 3-for-3 on the day.
Kent State (0-1) scored on its opening possession to lead 2-0 before the Minutewomen strung together a 13-2 run. Then the Golden Flashes answered with an 11-3 spurt to make it a one possession game at 16-13, with 11:12 to go in the first half. However, UMass drained four of its seven first-half treys in the final eight minutes of the period to help extend the lead to 15 at the break, 39-24.
The Minutewomen maintained the double-digit cushion following the intermission as Kent State could draw no closer than 13 the rest of the way. UMass led by 32 with 2:05 remaining, it's largest advantage of the day.
Finishing the contest a blistering 33-for-54 from the floor, the Minutewomen shot 61.1% overall, the squad's best performance since facing Yale on Jan. 22, 2008 (33-for-52, 63.5%). UMass made 10-of-18 (55.6%) from long range, while converting 7-of-12 at the charity stripe. The Minutewomen nearly doubled up the Golden Flashes on the boards, out-rebounding Kent State, 41-23.
The Golden Flashes shot 39.3% (22-for-56) overall in the contest and had two scorers in double figures, Diamon Beckford with 15 points and Trisha Krewson with 11. Tamzin Barroilhet hauled in a team-high eight rebounds and dished three assists.
Watson Named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week
Watson finished the contest against the Golden Flashes with a team-high 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the floor and a 5-for-8 day at the free throw line. Watson also tallied eight rebounds while adding four blocks and four steals to the winning effort.
Watson Tallies 1,000 Career Point
Using her 10th collegiate game of 20 or more points, Watson became just the 18th member to the illustrious club and now stands two points from overtaking Keyburn McCusker (1,134) for 14th place on the illustrious list.
Timbilla Nets Double-Double In First Collegiate Game
Timbilla provided clutch outputs in both categories, hitting on 5-of-7 field goals (.714 pct.) to go with a free throw while tally five of her 10 boards on the offensive end of the court.
Bomben, Montgomery and Watson Named 2012-13 Team Captains
Watson enters her senior season looking to become the 18th member of the Minutewomen's 1,000-points club, starting the year just 20 points shy of the 1,000-mark. Montgomery is also set to use her experience to guide the Minutewomen as a senior, beginning the campaign with 72 appearances and 22 starts. Bomben will be seeing her first minutes at UMass as a redshirt-junior after spending the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Coming From Near And Far
Jasmine Harris, Adriana Jordan and Aisha Rodney represent Michigan while two players are from within the Massachusetts borders in Amber Dillon and Victoria Stewart. UMass also has one student-athlete each from Indiana (Jasmine Watson), New Jersey (Nola Henry), Ohio (Ronni Grandison), Tennessee (Dee Montgomery) and Texas (Emily Mital).
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Bomben transferred to UMass prior to the 2011-12 season and was required to sit out the campaign as per NCAA policy. The Australia native spent her first two seasons with Florida Gulf Coast before transferring and will be looked upon as a leader on an off the floor in 2012-13 as Bomben was named a captain with seniors Dee Montgomery and Jasmine Watson.
Henry started at point guard for Trenton Catholic (N.J.) during the squad's run to the NJSIAA Non-Public 8 Championship in 2010-11 while Harris averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds for North Farmington (Mich.) as a senior in 2011-12. Jordan was twice named an all-state recipient at Port Huron (Mich.) and won the Nike National Championship with the U-15 Motor City Suns. Stewart is a local product, hailing from Amherst, and was named a Franklin-Hampshire County All-Star and Daily Hampshire Gazette First Team honor at Amherst-Pelham Regional. Timbilla played one year for prep school Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.) after attending John McCrae Secondary in Ontario, where she average more than 20 points and 14 rebounds per game in 2010-11.
Octavia Thomas Selected To UMass Hall Of Fame
The No. 2 scorer in program history, Thomas was a major force in the program's resurgence in the mid-1990's. During her career from 1993-1996, Thomas helped turn a program that had won nine total games in the previous three seasons into one that made the WNIT and the NCAA tournaments during her junior and senior campaigns.
Program Earns 500th Win At Siena
To secure the decision, four Minutewomen earned double-figures, including 14 points each from Emilie Teuscher and Megan Zullo. Now-senior Jasmine Watson contributed a double-double with 10 points and 12 boards while current-redshirt-junior Carolann Cloutier added 10 points and four assists.
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