Minutewomen Prepare For Second Meeting Of Season With Fordham
Jan. 23, 2014
Most Recent Meeting: Fordham 69, Massachusetts 57
The Minutewomen and Rams traded baskets early as both teams shot well from the floor. Fordham drained seven of its opening 14 field goals while UMass answered with seven makes in 11 attempts as the Rams earned a 15-14 lead with 10 minutes, 45 seconds left in the half. Hill and Pierre-Louis paced the squad during the opening stanza as Hill notched eight points on an 8-of-8 performance from the charity stripe and Pierre-Louis added six more through a 3-for-4 line from the field.
However, Fordham struck ahead, 23-14 on the strength of an 8-0 run spanning 3:02 of game action and led by as much as 13 points before the break. The Rams offense continued its scoring pace during the second half and maintained a double-digit advantage throughout. They extended their lead to as much as 19 points, 65-46 on a pair of free throws by Rooney with 7:40 to play.
The Minutewomen brought it to within 13 points down the stretch with an 11-5 run, started by a Mital jumper with 6:40 remaining and capped via a three-pointer from the Frisco, Texas, native to drop the deficit to 70-57 with 2:34 left. However, Briana Jordan answered for the Rams with a trey of her own and UMass was unable to pull closer than within 14 points during the remainder of the contest.
Scouting Fordham Women's Basketball
Erin Rooney paces the Rams with 19.4 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. She is shooting 45.1 percent from the floor overall (124-of-275), including a 33-for-81 line from beyond the arc (40.7 percent), with 87 made free throws in 113 chances (77.0 percent). Rooney is one of three Rams scoring at least 10 points per game as Abigail Corning notches 13.4 and Hannah Missry adds 10.0 in each appearance.
Overall, Fordham holds a +11.9 scoring margin with an average of 69.9 points per game to only 58.1 allowed, tied for the fewest allowed in the Atlantic 10 with Rhode Island. The Rams are also winning the battle of the boards, 39.4-to-33.4 with more assists, 307-211 and blocks, 42-39.
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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 (285) and her made percentage (.326) puts her in 13th 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 159 of her 330 attempts as a Minutewoman (48.2 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 93-of-285 on treys as a Minutewoman (32.6 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
She has since added another double-double on 20 points and 12 boards when UMass battled Dayton in an 81-67 loss at the Mullins Center on Jan. 22, 2014.
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 2.9 per appearance, which is the 14th-most per game in the conference.
Timbilla is the only forward to earn a spot on the conference's top-15 for assists per game.
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