Women's Hoops Plays Host To VCU On Saturday, Jan. 18
Jan. 17, 2014
Most Recent Meeting: VCU 112, Massachusetts 54; 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
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).
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Mital Stopping And Popping Her Way Into The Record Book
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
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
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
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
Taking Care Of The Rock
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.