Women's Basketball

Minutewomen Hit The Road To Meet La Salle

Jan. 9, 2014

  University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
 Game 17 Massachusetts (3-13, 0-2 Atlantic 10) at La Salle (8-7, 3-0)
 Date | Time Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 | 1:00 p.m.
 Location Tom Gola Arena (3,400) | Philadelphia, Pa.
 Live Statistics Sidearm Sports
 Live Video Atlantic 10 Digital Network (subscription required)
 Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM (Cody Chrusciel and John Ryan)
 Series History Massachusetts leads, 14-8. Last meeting: La Salle 68, Massachusetts 57; Jan. 30, 2013
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 Attend The Game La Salle Ticket Office

The Last Meeting
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January 30, 2013
Amherst, Mass. (Mullins Center)
UMass Falls To La Salle, 68-57 On Field Trip Day
Hosting its annual Field Trip Day, UMass women's basketball dropped a hard-fought decision to La Salle, 68-57 at the Mullins Center on Wednesday. Senior center Jasmine Watson recorded her 15th career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds as one of four Minutewomen to score at least 10 points.

Most Recent Meeting: La Salle 68, Massachusetts 57
Hosting its annual Field Trip Day, UMass dropped a hard-fought decision to La Salle, 68-57 at the Mullins Center on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. Jasmine Watson recorded her 15th career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds as one of four Minutewomen to score at least 10 points.

Emily Mital and Jasmine Harris each contributed 11 points while Carolann Cloutier chipped in 10 to go with five assists and three rebounds. Rashida Timbilla pulled down eight boards, including four from the offensive glass, as UMass earned a 43-34 edge in total rebounds.

The game was decided during the final eight minutes of action. Watson and Kiara Bomben each converted a pair of foul shots to go up, 36-31 before Timbilla added a layup and Cloutier knocked down one of her four made field goals. After Brittany Wilson hit two of her 14 free throws, Mital answered with a trey at the other end to mark the eight-point lead for the home side. However, La Salle rallied with an 11-2 run to go ahead for good, 46-45 with 7:55 to play and converted free throws down the stretch to hold the lead and earn the 68-57 outcome.

Scouting La Salle Women's Basketball
After a slow start to the campaign, La Salle women's basketball opened conference competition with three consecutive victories to earn the Explorers an 8-7 overall mark with Massachusetts visiting Philadelphia. Jeff Williams is in his fourth year leading the program and holds a 40-65 overall mark at the helm.

Micahya Owens leads the squad with 12.8 points per game while Alicia Cropper follows closely behind with 12.5 and Khristin Lee chips in 9.9 more. Leeza Burdgess, a graduate student transfer from Pittsburgh, adds 9.1 points and a team-high 8.0 rebounds over each appearance.

Overall, the Explorers are only being outscored by 0.8 points per game, 60-3-to-59.5, on average. Led by Burdgess' rebounding numbers, La Salle holds a 43.0-to-38.3 margin on total boards, including a 16.4-to-11.0 edge in offensive rebounds. The Explorers have struggled from behind the three-point line this season and shoot 29.3 percent (63-of-125) as a result. In total they have hit 311 of their 896 field goal attempts (34.8 percent) through 15 contests.

All Home And Conference 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 seventh-highest field goal percentage in the Atlantic 10 with 78 makes in 158 attempts from the floor (49.4 percent).

For her career, Pierre-Louis has never shot less than 44.4 percent for a season and has made 130 of her 273 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 42.5 percent of her attempts from long distance (34-of-80), the fifth-highest percentage in the Atlantic 10 Conference. She also ranks eighth in the A-10 for made three-point field goals per game (2.1), 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). Including her current junior year statistics, Mital is 90-of-270 on treys as a Minutewoman (33.3 percent).

Taking Care Of The Rock
Despite drawing two defenders at times, Rashida Timbilla has taken care of the ball through 13 appearances as a sophomore to earn a 1.4 assist-to-turnover ratio, the ninth-highest in the Atlantic 10 to this point in the 2013-14 season. Timbilla has turned it over 29 times, but has dished out 40 assists - the second-most on the squad to Nola Henry's 41 - 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 3.1 per game, which is the 14th-most per game in the conference.

Getting To The Line
Sixteen games into the 2013-14 season, sophomore Nola Henry is averaging 7.9 points per appearance due in part to her ability to challenge a defender, draw a foul and make her free throws. Henry is already 55-of-72 from the charity stripe this year (76.4 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.

Skying For The Rebound
Nola Henry has provided an average of 6.4 rebounds per game during the previous seven contests after only pulling down an average of 2.4 per game during the first 37 games of her UMass career. Her recent success in the category led the 5-foot-7 starting point guard to bump her career average to 3.0 rebounds per game through 44 appearances.

Henry already has 13 offensive boards this season, including nine during the last seven games, in comparison to just 12 earned over 28 appearances as a freshman in 2012-13.




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