Jan. 3, 2014
The Last Meeting
January 16, 2013
Minutewomen Fall To Fordham On The Road, 69-57
UMass women's basketball shot 58.3 percent from behind the three-point arc (7-for-12) at Fordham's Case Hill Gymnasium; however, the Minutewomen fell to the Rams, 69-57 on Wednesday evening. In the first A-10 road game for UMass on the year, redshirt-junior Carolann Cloutier scored in double-figures for the third straight contest, leading the squad with 13 points.
Most Recent Meeting: Fordham 69, Massachusetts 57
Massachusetts shot 58.3 percent from behind the three-point arc (7-for-12) at Fordham's Rose Hill Gymnasium, but the Minutewomen fell to the Rams, 69-57 on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.
In the first Atlantic 10 Conference road game for UMass on the year, Carolann Cloutier scored in double-figures for the third straight contest, leading the squad with 13 points. Jasmine Watson added 11 points and six rebounds for the Minutewomen while Emily Mital totaled 11 points and two assists. Rashida Timbilla notched eight points while recording 10 boards and securing a pair of steals.
Fordham pulled away during the middle of the second half, recording a 14-2 run to go ahead, 58-42 with 7:42 remaining. The Minutewomen battled back to cut the deficit to single digits, 60-53 as Mital made a trio of three-pointers in as many attempts during a three-minute span; however, UMass was unable to drop the gap further over the final 3:49 of game action.
Scouting Fordham Women's Basketball
In head coach Stephanie Gaitley's third season, Fordham women's basketball opened its slate with a 12-2 overall record, including a win in its first A-10 game of the year, a 74-52 victory over Saint Louis. In her 28th season as a head coach, Gaitley is 514-299 overall after stops at Richmond (1985-91), Saint Joseph's (1991-2001), Long Island University (2002-08) and Monmouth (2008-11) prior to arriving at Fordham before the 2011-12 season.
Erin Rooney paces the Rams with 19.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. She is shooting 46.0 percent from the floor overall (93-of-202), including a 23-for-59 line from beyond the arc (39.0 percent), with 69 made free throws in 88 chances (78.4 percent). Rooney is one of three Rams scoring at least 10 points per game as Abigail Corning notches 12.6 points per game and Hannah Missry adds 10.6 in each appearance.
Overall, Fordham holds a +15.1 scoring margin with an average of 70.2 points per game to only 55.1 allowed. The Rams are also winning the battle of the boards, 39.4-to-33.4 with more assists, 221-144 against fewer turnovers, 221-144.
All Home Contests Available On A-10 Digital Network
UMass women's basketball will have each of its 13 home games broadcast online through the Atlantic 10 Digital Network. A link will be provided in each game preview to direct fans or other interest parties to the subscription page, where the viewer can purchase the plan he or she believes to be appropriate.
WMUA 91.1 FM To Broadcast Women's Basketball
Each Massachusetts women's basketball contest during the 2013-14 campaign will be broadcast live on WMUA 91.1 FM. Fans can listen in through their FM radio station or catch the game via the online live streaming app, which is free of charge and linked in each game preview. Either Cody Chrusciel or Chris Doherty will be providing play-by-play breakdown for those listening in while John Ryan or Andrew Cyr will serve as the color commentator.
She Gets Buckets
Kim Pierre-Louis has provided a consistent shot in and around the paint as a junior in 2013-14, leading her to hold the eighth-highest field goal percentage in the Atlantic 10 with 72 makes in 146 attempts from the floor (49.3 percent).
For her career, Pierre-Louis has never shot less than 44.4 percent for a season and has made 124 of her 261 attempts as a Minutewoman (47.5 percent). She was 20-of-43 as a freshman (46.5 percent) and 32-for-72 over her sophomore campaign (44.4 percent).
Dialed In From Distance
Emily Mital is providing a consistent presence from beyond the arc as a junior in 2013-14 as she is hitting 42.3 percent of her attempts from long distance (33-of-78), the sixth-highest percentage in the Atlantic 10 Conference. She also ranks seventh in the A-10 for made three-point field goals per game (2.2), which is only 0.7 behind second-place Andrea Hoover of Dayton.
Mital has improved her three-point conversion rate over each of her three seasons at UMass. She connected on 20.5 percent as a freshman (8-of-39) and was 48-for-151 as a sophomore (31.8 percent).
Taking Care Of The Rock
Despite drawing two defenders at times, Rashida Timbilla has taken care of the ball through 12 appearances as a sophomore to earn a 1.4 assist-to-turnover ratio, the eighth-highest in the Atlantic 10 to this point in the 2013-14 season. Timbilla has turned it over 27 times, but has dished out 38 assists to counter the turnovers.
Timbilla is the only forward in the assist-to-turnover ratio top-10 and also the only one with a positive margin among all A-10 women's basketball student-athletes to quality for the top-15. She has led or tied for the team-high among Minutewomen in assists in seven contests this season and is averaging a team-high 3.2 per game.
Getting To The Line
Fifteen games into the 2013-14 season, sophomore Nola Henry is averaging 8.1 points per appearance due in part to her ability to challenge a defender, draw a foul and make her free throws. Henry is already 52-of-68 from the charity stripe this year (76.5 percent), including a career-best 9-for-10 performance against Central Michigan on Nov. 10.
An added facet to her game, Henry found her way to the free throw line more times in the opening two games as a sophomore than she did in 506 minutes played over 28 contests as a freshman. During 2012-13, Henry finished 9-of-14 (.643) on free throws and scored just 2.5 points per contest.
Surpassing The 25-Point Plateau
Rashida Timbilla recorded her ninth career double-double and the second of her sophomore season with 25 points and 13 rebounds against William & Mary on Saturday, Nov. 30. With her scoring total, Timbilla became the first Minutewoman to record 25 or more points in a game since recent graduate Jasmine Watson earned 25 against Charlotte on March 4, 2011.