Women's Basketball

Massachusetts Takes On Long-Time Foe Duquesne Next

Jan. 12, 2014

  University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
 Game 18 Massachusetts (3-14, 0-3 Atlantic 10) at Duquesne (11-6, 3-1)
 Date | Time Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
 Location A.J. Palumbo Center (4,406) | Pittsburgh, Pa.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 Live Video Atlantic 10 Digital Network (subscription required)
 Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM (Chris Doherty)
 Series History Duquesne leads, 25-21. Last meeting: Duquesne 53, Massachusetts 44; Feb. 24, 2013
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The Last Meeting
February 24, 2013
Amherst, Mass. (Mullins Center)
Second-Half Comeback Falls Shy Against Duquesne, 53-44
UMass women's basketball cut a 12-point halftime deficit to three following the break; however, the Minutewomen were unable to complete the comeback against Duquesne, falling 53-44 at the Mullins Center on Sunday afternoon. Senior center Jasmine Watson finished with 10 points to lead the squad, also pacing UMass with seven rebounds, five assists and a pair of blocks.

Most Recent Meeting: Duquesne 53, Massachusetts 44
UMass cut a 12-point halftime deficit to three following the break, but the Minutewomen were unable to complete the comeback against Duquesne, falling 53-44 at the Mullins Center on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Jasmine Watson finished with 10 points to lead the squad, also pacing the Maroon and White with seven rebounds, five assists and a pair of blocks.

Despite trailing by 12 at the intermission, the Minutewomen defense lead UMass' attempt to erase the margin during the final stanza, as Duquesne was only able to hit six field goals after halftime. The Minutewomen scored the first four points of the second on jumpers by Rashida Timbilla and Watson to pull within eight, 33-25 with 16:36 remaining. UMass continued to chip away at the Dukes lead, as Emily Mital answered with a three-pointer at 14:13 to knock the deficit down to 35-28 after Wumi Agunbiade netted a pair of foul shots for Duquesne.

Agunbiade drained a jumper on the other end of the floor before Carolann Cloutier and Millie Niggeling followed up Mital's trey with three-pointers of their own. Cloutier connected with 11:20 left in the contest while Niggeling swished one from the top of the arc 1:52 later to pull UMass as close as it would come to tying, 37-34.

The Minutewomen were within four, 46-42 with 3:15 remaining after Watson fought into the paint and netted a turnaround layup; however, Duquesne sealed the contest with five made free throws down the stretch.

Scouting Duquesne Women's Basketball
Duquesne has opened its 2013-14 season with 11 wins through 17 games played, including a 3-1 record in Atlantic 10 play. The Dukes defeated St. Bonaventure, 73-65; Fordham, 65-61 and Saint Louis, 59-47 during conference play, with their lone A-10 loss so far being to VCU at home, 71-68.

Two Duquesne players have eclipsed 15 points per game on average in Raegan Moore (15.8) and Wumi Agunbiade (15.1) while two others have scored in double-digits as April Robinson provides 11.8 points and Olivia Bresnahan chips in 10.0 points in each contest. Agunbiade leads the squad in rebounding (7.6) while April Robinson paces the Dukes with 4.5 assists per game.

Dan Burt is in his first season leading Duquesne as the squad outscores its foes, 74.4-to-67.2 but trails in rebounding, 38.1-to-36.5 through 17 contests. Burt was previously the top assistant coach for the Dukes from 2007-13 after serving on the staffs at West Virginia (1998-01), UNC Wilmington (2001-04) and Bucknell (2004-07).

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 sixth-highest field goal percentage in the Atlantic 10 with 86 makes in 169 attempts from the floor (50.9 percent).

For her career, Pierre-Louis has never shot less than 44.4 percent for a season and has made 138 of her 284 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 41.0 percent of her attempts from long distance (34-of-83), the seventh-highest percentage in the Atlantic 10 Conference. She also ranks eighth in the A-10 for made three-point field goals per game (2.0), which is only 1.0 behind first-place Erin Shields of Saint Joseph's.

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-273 on treys as a Minutewoman (33.0 percent).

Pierre-Louis Then Vs. Now
One season removed from playing sparingly as a sophomore, Kim Pierre-Louis has established herself as a strong around-the-basket scoring threat through 17 games as a junior in 2013-14. Pierre-Louis currently leads the Minutewomen with 12.4 points per game due to holding the sixth-highest field goal percentage in the Atlantic 10 Conference at 50.9 percent (86-of-169).

In comparison, during her sophomore season Pierre-Louis only produced 4.4 points per game while shooting 32-of-72 on field goal attempts (44.4 percent) and 19-of-28 on free throws (67.9 percent).

Lucky Number 17
Kim Pierre-Louis earned her first collegiate double-double on the strength of 17 points and 17 rebounds at Dartmouth during the Blue Sky Classic at Leede Arena. Pierre-Louis' rebounding total marks the most in a single game for one Minutewoman since Kate Mills pulled down 19 against Dayton on March 7, 2008, a span of 161 games.

Second-Chance Success
The Minutewomen have recorded second-chance points totals higher than the opposition in 12 of their 16 contests so far this season and average 11.6 scored per game via a second attempt. A model of consistency in the category, UMass has notched at least 10 second-chance points in 11 of the previous 14 games, including a season-high 24 at Dartmouth on Dec. 30.



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