Women's Hoops Set To Face Duquesne Friday Night At 7:00
Jan. 6, 2006
Massachusetts Looks For First Conference Win Friday Night At Duquesne
After dropping its conference opener Wednesday night at the Mullins Center to Dayton, 57-51, Massachusetts (3-9, 0-1 A-10) looks for its first conference win tonight against Duquesne (5-7, 0-1).
The Minutewomen rallied from a 13-point, second-half deficit to tie the Flyers late, but fell in the end.
Alisha Tatham had a career-high 13 points for the Minutewomen Wednesday night against Dayton. Pam Rosanio also chipped in with 13 points, while Whitney McDonald had seven points and a career-high seven rebounds.
The Minutewomen pulled down a season-high 42 rebounds, including 17 on the offensive glass, but committed 24 turnovers that led to 21 Dayton points.
Duquesne, meanwhile, is coming off a 55-47 loss Tuesday night at Saint Joseph's. The Dukes are 5-7 overall on the season.
After tonight, UMass will make the trek north into New York for a Sunday afternoon game at St. Bonaventure.
WMUA (91.1 FM in Amherst) will broadcast both games this weekend beginning a half-hour before the scheduled tip. Nick Zguro has the play-by-play while Zach Claudio provides color commentary. A live broadcast will also be available at www.umassathletics.com through SportsJuice. Live stats are also available for both games via Gametracker at www.umassathletics.com.
Scouting The Dukes
Duquesne enters the game with a 5-7 overall record and are 0-1 in A-10 play. Tonight marks their first league home games.
The Dukes rank sixth in the league in scoring (62.0 ppg), 13th in scoring defense (67.2 ppg), fourth in free throw percentage (.688), eighth in field goal percentage (.400), first in three-point field goal percentage (.406) and 13th in rebounding margin (-3.8).
Aiga Bautre leads the team and is sixth in the A-10 with 15.4 ppg. She is a 52 percent three-point shooter (36-for-69). Loui Hall is second on the Dukes with 13.2 ppg. Nicole Sinclair has pulled down a team-high 8.6 rpg.
This will be the 37th all-time meeting between UMass and Duquesne. The Minutewomen hold a 20-16 advantage in the series.
UMass lost to Duquesne, 63-53, on Jan. 21, 2005, at the Mullins Center, but came back to defeat the Dukes, 67-52, in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament on March 4.
In that tournament game, five Minutewoman starters reached double-figures as UMass gave head coach Marnie Dacko her first tourney win and also snapped a three-game losing streak in the series.
UMass is 5-11 on the road in this series and has not won in Pittsburgh since Feb. 11, 2000 (53-51).
Rosanio averaged 14.0 ppg and 2.5 rpg in the two games while Mills averaged 12.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg. Rosanio was 12-for-15 (.800) from the free throw line while Mills shot 10-for-14 (.714) from the field.
Finally Breaking The Drought
After failing to break the 50-point plateau for two consecutive games and four times in eight contests this year, UMass broke out for a season-high 76 points in the Dec. 10 loss at Syracuse.
The 76 points were the most since the Minutewomen beat Toledo 76-56 on Dec. 6, 2004 at the Mullins Center.
The Minutewomen followed that up with a 70-point effort against Brown on Dec. 30 in the Atlanta Marriott Holiday Invitational.
The New Center
Sophomore Whitney McDonald has started the last five games at center for the Minutewomen and is showing that she belongs there.
The Ossining, N.Y., native has averaged 6.4 ppg and 4.8 rpg in those four contests.
In her first career start Dec. 8 at Boston College, McDonald had a career-high eight points.
She then topped that performance with a career-high 10 points and seven rebounds Dec. 10 at Syracuse. McDonald had all 10 points in the first half on 5-for-6 shooting.
McDonald pulled down a career-high nine rebounds in UMass' 57-51 loss to Dayton Jan. 4 at the Mullins Center.
The New Sixth Man
Since being taken out of the starting line-up last month, Kate Mills has been playing some solid basketball.
Mills started the Minutewomen's first four games of the year and averaged 9.3 ppg and 3.0 rpg. She shot 41 percent from the field and 67 percent from the free throw line in those games.
In the last eight games, Mills has come off the bench to average 12.3 ppg and 5.6 rpg. She has shot 55 percent from the field and 67 percent from the free throw line while also adding 14 assists, five blocks and seven steals.
Mills posted her first career double-double in UMass' win over Siena Nov. 29. The sophomore from Elkton, Md., had career-highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds. She did this in only 23 minutes as she spent much of the game in foul trouble.
She followed that up in the very next game with a career-high 22 points and eight boards in the Minutewomen's loss to Hofstra on Dec. 1. Mills scored 16 points in the second half on 6-for-9 shooting to help lead UMass back from a 16-point deficit. Down by a point, Mills saw her game-winning shot roll off the front of the rim with 2.9 seconds left.
Mills came back with 20 points on a career-best 10-for-13 shooting at Syracuse Dec. 10. That marked her second 20-game performance in the last five games.
A pair of UMass sophomores rank among the league leaders in field goal percentage.
Kate Mills is fifth in the league shooting 50 percent from the field. She is 57-for-114 from the field.
Pam Rosanio is 10th in the conference converting at a 41-percent rate from the field.
Rosanio is also tied for seventh in the league in free throw shooting at 75 percent. She is 45-for-60 from the charity stripe.
Picking Right Up Where She Left Off
UMass sophomore swing player Pam Rosanio picked right up where she left off from last season.
The Southampton, Pa., native is averaging a team-high 13.8 ppg this season and reached double-figures in all but three games this year.
Rosanio currently ranks 12th in the league in scoring.
After pouring in a game-high 18 points against Delaware, Rosanio just missed her first career double-double against Holy Cross. She had a team-high 15 points and tied her career-high with nine rebounds against the Crusaders.
Her season high is 19 points which she scored Nov. 29 against Siena and Dec. 10 at Syracuse.
Rosanio, the Dinn Brothers/UMass Athlete of the Week on Nov. 21, has played in a team-high 35.6 minutes per game.
Rosanio led the team in scoring as a freshman last year (10.9 ppg) and was selected by the A-10 coaches and media to the Preseason All-Conference second team.
Back To Back Double-Doubles
UMass went the first four games of the season without a double-double, but saw a different player post a double-double in two straight games. Kate Mills posted her first career double-double Nov. 29 against Siena with a then-career-high 15 points and a career-high 10 boards.
Tamara Tatham notched her fourth career double-double Dec. 1 against Hofstra with 13 points and a career-high tying 11 rebounds.
Younger Sister Getting In The Act As Well
While Tamara Tatham has had a solid two-plus seasons in Amherst, her younger sister Alisha is beginning to make her presence felt.
Alisha scored a career-high 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field Jan. 4 vs. Dayton.
The Brampton, Ontario native is currently fifth on the team averaging 5.1 ppg.
Alisha has spent the last couple of years playing on the Canadian Junior National team and was a starting captain this past summer.
Filling The Void
The Brampton, Ontario, native has pulled down a team-high 8.1 rpg in UMass' 12 games. This includes a career-high 12 boards Dec. 4 at New Hampshire.
Tatham is sixth in the A-10 on the glass.
Pam Rosanio has also improved her production on the boards. Rosanio was averaging just 3.1 rpg heading into this season, but is third on the team with 4.6 rpg.
Rosanio tied her career-high against Holy Cross Nov. 20 with nine rebounds and just missed her first career double-double as she also scored 15 points.
Kate Mills is second on the team with 5.4 rpg.
Dishing It Out
UMass had a season-high 23 assists on 34 field goals Dec. 10 at Syracuse.
That was the most assists by the Minutewomen since breaking the school record with 28 against Toledo on Dec. 6, 2004, at the Mullins Center.
Nelson is tied for 13th in the league dishing out 3.00 assists per game while her 1.14 assist to turnover ratio is tied for 11th.
Nelson Breaks Three-Point Field Goals Attempted Record
Redshirt senior point guard Katie Nelson is closing in on several records.
Nelson currently ranks second all-time with 169 three-point field goals made. That is 10 trifectas behind Beth Kuzmeski who is the all-time leader.
With five three-pointers attempted against Siena Nov. 29, Nelson broke the all-time school record. She now has now taken 557 trifectas. Kuzmeski has the second-most with 518.
In addition, Nelson has a career .303 three-point field goal percentage. That is currently 10th-best in UMass history.
Nelson also ranks sixth in school history with 307 career assists, while her 1.4 assist to turnover ratio ranks first all-time at UMass.
Nelson, whose father is the head men's basketball coach at Johns Hopkins University (Md.), is currently 24th all-time at UMass with 758 career points.
Junior Tamara Tatham has had two very solid seasons thus far as a Minutewoman and is now 29th on the all-time chart in scoring.
Tatham has 621 points and her 9.1 ppg average in her career is 20th-best on the all-time scoring average chart.
In addition, Tatham is 14th in school history with 41 blocked shots.
Tatham spent this past summer training with the Canadian National Development team and participated in the World University Games in Izmir, Turkey.
Love That Home Cookin'
UMass has now won 24 of its last 41 home games (.585). This includes 11 of the last 15 (.733) non-conference tilts on its home floor.
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