Women's Basketball

Women's Hoops Plays Host To VCU On Saturday, Jan. 18

Jan. 17, 2014

  University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
 Game 19 Massachusetts (3-15, 0-4 Atlantic 10) vs. VCU (15-3, 3-2)
 Date | Time Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 | 2:00 p.m.
 Location William D. Mullins Memorial Center (9,493) | Amherst, Mass.
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 Live Video Atlantic 10 Digital Network (subscription required)
 Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM (Chris Doherty & John Ryan)
 Series History Tied at 1-1. Last meeting: VCU 112, Massachusetts 54; Jan. 2, 2014
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The Last Meeting
January 2, 2014
Richmond, Va.
Massachusetts Drops Atlantic 10 Conference Opener At VCU
UMass women's basketball suffered a 112-54 loss to Virginia Commonwealth University on Thursday, Jan. 2.

Most Recent Meeting: VCU 112, Massachusetts 54; Jan. 2, 2014
UMass was unable to keep pace with the shooting of an on-target Virginia Commonwealth University squad as VCU defeated the Minutewomen, 112-54 at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Richmond, Va., on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.

Jasmine Harris led the Minutewomen with 15 points and added four rebounds to go with a pair of steals. Kim Pierre-Louis ended the contest one rebound shy of a double-double with 11 points and nine boards. Kiara Bomben provided eight points, five rebounds and a pair of assists.

VCU hit seven of its first eight field goal attempts, including a trio of three-pointers, to race out to a 17-3 lead with 16 minutes, 47 seconds left in the opening half. The Rams offense did not let up throughout the frame as the squad finished 24-of-38 from the floor (63.2 percent) to hold a 62-19 advantage entering the break.

Pierre-Louis netted eight of her points in the second half to surpass double-figures in scoring for the ninth time this season and sixth during the previous seven contests.

Five of those points came in succession over a span of only 27 seconds. The Ottawa, Ontario, native was hit while converting a jumper and drained the ensuing free throw to make it 73-34 at the 13:45 mark. She drew another foul on the next UMass trip down the court and swished both attempts from the charity stripe. However, the Rams continued their accurate shooting from the floor during the remainder of the game as the home squad finished 41-of-80 overall (51.3 percent) and 14-for-32 from beyond the arc (43.8 percent).

Scouting VCU Women's Basketball
After starting the season 14-1, including a home victory over Massachusetts, VCU women's basketball has dropped two of its previous three contests to sit at 15-3 overall and 3-2 in A-10 games entering its second contest against UMass this season. The Rams dropped their most recent game, a 76-73 loss to Fordham and also fell to La Salle, 63-58. Their conference wins include a 73-69 victory over Saint Joseph's, 71-68 win at Duquesne and 112-54 decision over the Minutewomen.

Robyn Parks continues to be the dominant scorer and rebounder for the Rams as she averages 22.7 points and 9.6 boards per game over 18 appearances, including 17 starts. Parks is equally as impressive in conference-only games as she provides 21.1 points and 8.8 rebounds through five A-10 contests.

Isis Thorpe adds 13.1 points while Keira Robinson notches 13.1 mote to go with 6.7 assists and 3.2 boards per appearance. Overall, VCU leads the opposition in points per game (80.4-to-67.2), rebounds per game (41.4-to-40.6), assists (312-256) and steals (234-123).

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.

Mital Stopping And Popping Her Way Into The Record Book
In her third year as a Minutewoman Emily Mital has hit 91 career three-pointers for the Maroon and White, the 12th-most made treys in the history of the program. Her junior season success earned her the spot on UMass' all-time leaderboard for made three-pointers as she is 35-for-85 (41.2 percent) with 12 games left to play. Mital needs to make three more attempts to pass Pam Rosanio for 11th.

As a sophomore in 2012-13, Mital hit 48 of her 151 tries from long distance (31.8 percent) after she finished 8-of-39 in the category as a freshman (20.5 percent).

She is also ninth all-time in three-point field goal attempts (275) and her made percentage (.331) puts her in 11th place in the record book for the category currently.

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 93 makes in 182 attempts from the floor (51.1 percent). Her percentage makes her one of only six Atlantic 10 women's basketball players to qualify for the top-15 with a mark about 50.0 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 (48.8 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 41.2 percent of her attempts from long distance (35-of-85), 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 (1.9), which is only 1.0 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 91-of-275 on treys as a Minutewoman (33.1 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 18 games as a junior in 2013-14. Pierre-Louis currently leads the Minutewomen with 12.8 points per game due to holding the sixth-highest field goal percentage in the Atlantic 10 Conference at 51.1 percent (93-of-182).

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.

Taking Care Of The Rock
Despite drawing two defenders at times, Rashida Timbilla has taken care of the ball through 16 appearances as a sophomore to earn a 1.4 assist-to-turnover ratio, the ninth-best mark in the Atlantic 10. Timbilla has turned it over 33 times but has dished out 46 assists - the most among all Minutewomen - to counter the turnovers.

She has led or tied for the team-high among Minutewomen in assists in eight contests this season and is averaging a team-high 3.1 per game, which is the 13th-most per game in the conference.

Timbilla is the only forward to earn a spot on the conference's top-15 for assist-to-turnover ratio and assists per game.



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