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Massachusetts Women's Basketball Set For Contest At Harvard

Senior center Jasmine Watson tallied 15 points against the Crimson during the most recent meeting between the sides.


Senior center Jasmine Watson tallied 15 points against the Crimson during the most recent meeting between the sides.

Jan. 1, 2013

 Women's Basketball Game Notes: UMass (2-11 overall) at Harvard (7-5)
 Date/Time Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 | 7:00 p.m.
 Location Lavietes Paviliomn (2,195) | Cambridge, Mass.
 Live Statistics Presto Sports Primetime
 Live Video Harvard Game Central
 Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Harvard Get Acrobat Reader
 Series History UMass leads, 12-6 (Last Meeting: Harvard 68, UMass 47; Jan. 3, 2012)
 Record Books Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Harvard Get Acrobat Reader
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The Last Meeting
Harvard68
Massachusetts47
January 3, 2012
Amherst, Mass.
Women's Hoops Drops Non-Conference Finale To Harvard, 68-47
Despite out-scoring the Crimson in the second half, 32-29, the UMass women's basketball team could not overcome a slow offensive start, falling to Harvard, 68-47 at the Mullins Center on Tuesday evening. With the loss, the Minutewomen wrap up their non-conference slate at 5-10 on the year, while the Crimson levels its record at 6-6.

Scouting Harvard Women's Basketball
Twelve games into its 2012-13 slate, Harvard owns a 7-5 overall record; however, the Crimson are currently on a three-game losing streak with defeats against Boston University, Oklahoma State and SMU during the span, though they remain undefeated at home (3-0). Harvard is led by 31st-year head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith, who owns a 481-336 record with six NCAA Tournament appearances and three WNIT bids. In the series between the squads, UMass owns a 12-6 lead; however, the Crimson have claimed victory in the previous five meetings.

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
Despite out-scoring the Crimson in the second half, 32-29, the UMass women's basketball team could not overcome a slow offensive start, falling to Harvard, 68-47 at the Mullins Center on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. With the loss, the Minutewomen wrapped up their non-conference slate at 5-10 on the year, while the Crimson leveled its record at 6-6.

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.

Upcoming Promotion: Kid's Club Day vs. Dartmouth
When UMass women's basketball faces Dartmouth at the Mullins Center on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m., all UMass Kid's Club members will gain free admittance to the contest when they show their VIP Kid's Club Credential.

Last Time Out: Furious UMass Comeback Falls Short Against Siena, 57-51
Senior center Jasmine Watson produced 15 points and seven rebounds against Siena on Friday evening; however, UMass women's basketball was unable to overcome a slow start in their 57-51 loss to the Saints. Freshman guard Rashida Timbilla produced a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds while sophomore guard Emily Mital added 14 points, including four three-pointers as the Minutewomen were within one basket of tying the contest during the final 18 seconds after trailing by as much as 16.

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
Freshman point guard Nola Henry, called upon to fill in for injured senior Dee Montgomery, provided veteran caliber play in her first collegiate start, dishing out a career-high 11 assists against only four turnovers when UMass came within a buzzer-beater of downing Bowling Green on Dec. 19. In addition to her success taking care of the ball, Henry chipped in eight points and matched a personal-best with four rebounds over 33 minutes on the floor against the Falcons. The 11 helpers ties Henry for fifth-most in a single game in program history, a mark also achieved by Montgomery during the current campaign.

Cleaning Glass
Rashida Timbilla has shown a penchant for pulling down clutch rebounds, especially on the offensive end of the floor during her first season of college basketball. Through 13 games, Timbilla owns 114 boards for an average of 8.8 per game, ranking the freshman from Ottawa, Ontario, sixth in the entire Atlantic 10 and first among all underclassmen through games of Sunday, Dec. 23.

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
Senior Dee Montgomery has found the open shooter consistently over the initial nine contests, resulting in the eighth-most assists dished out among all Atlantic 10 women's basketball players with 43 on the season for an average of 3.9 per game. Simultaneously, Montgomery has limited her turnover total to just 31 in 296 minutes on the floor, leading the Bluff City, Tenn., native to record the ninth-best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4) among all conference women's basketball student-athletes.

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
UMass women's basketball secured its first road victory of the season with a 65-61 win at Ohio University's Convocation Center on Thursday. Freshman guard Rashida Timbilla led the Minutewomen with her second career double-double, producing 16 points and 13 rebounds, including seven boards on the offensive glass, while adding four of UMass' 11 blocks on the day.

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
Senior co-captain Jasmine Watson's 21 points led four scorers in double figures as the UMass women's basketball team rolled to a 83-53 win in the season opener at the Mullins Center on Sunday afternoon. Watson logged her 1,000th point in the contest to become the 18th player in program history to achieve the milestone.

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
UMass women's basketball senior center Jasmine Watson was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week, as announced by the league on Monday afternoon. To secure the honor, Watson produced her 1,000th collegiate point while leading UMass' to an 83-53 drubbing of Kent State on Saturday during the season-opener for the Minutewomen.

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
Jasmine Watson opened her final campaign with the Minutewomen with a 21-point effort in UMass' 83-53 victory over Kent State, eclipsing the 1,000-point plateau with her final field goal attempt of the contest.

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
Freshman forward Rashida Timbilla netted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds during her first game as a college women's basketball player, becoming the first Minutewoman to achieve a double-double during her first collegiate contest.

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
UMass head coach Sharon Dawley named Kiara Bomben, Dee Montgomery and Jasmine Watson as the team's captains for the upcoming season. The trio will be looked upon to provide guidance and leadership for the Minutewomen squad on and off the court during the 2012-13 campaign.

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
UMass' 15-player roster is comprised of individuals from 11 different states and provinces, including four international student-athletes. Millie Niggeling is the first women's basketball student-athlete in program history from Iowa, while Canada is represented by three Minutewomen; Kim Pierre-Louis (Ontario), Carolann Cloutier (Quebec) and Rashida Timbilla (Ontario) and Kiara Bomben originally hails from Australia.

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).

Women's Basketball Radio Show On WMUA
Throughout the 2012-13 season, catch up on what's going on with the Minutewomen as WMUA broadcasters Pat O'Neil and Chris Doherty talk with head coach Sharon Dawley and other special guests from the UMass women's basketball team on the UMass Women's Basketball Coach's Show, Mondays from 5 to 5:30 p.m. on WMUA 91.1 FM and www.wmua.org. If you miss the airing, you will be able to catch a recorded version on UMassAthletics.com the following day.

New Minutewomen Faces
The Minutewomen have six players that could see their first collegiate minutes in a UMass jersey this season, with five true-freshman and redshirt-junior transfer Kiara Bomben. Also joining the team is redshirt-freshman transfer Amber Dillon, who played for the University of Maine in 2011-12 and will be eligible to see time for the Minutewomen beginning in 2013-14.

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.

The five 2012-13 true-freshman are Nola Henry, Jasmine Harris, Adriana Jordan, Victoria Stewart and Rashida Timbilla.

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 UMass Athletic Department has announced the five members of the 2012 Class that will be inducted into the George "Trigger" Burke Athletic Hall of Fame. The legends will be honored on Sat., Jan. 26, in the Student Union Ballroom at 6 PM. To attend the ceremony, please contact Jason Germain at 413-577-0267. The cost to attend is $50 per person. Former women's basketball star Octavia Thomas will be inducted along with Cari Nickerson Lovejoy (Women's Lacrosse 1977-80), Khari Mitchell-Samuel (Football 1995-98), Tim Soudan (Men's Lacrosse 1987-90) and Phil Vandersea (1961-64).

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
The UMass women's basketball team picked up the 500th win in program history, a 58-53 victory at Siena on Dec. 21. UMass is now 503-614 all-time since the program began in 1968-69.

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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