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Minutewomen Prepare For Second Meeting Of Season With Fordham

Jan. 23, 2014

  University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
 Game 21 Massachusetts (3-17, 0-6 Atlantic 10) at Fordham (15-4, 4-2)
 Date | Time Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 | 2:00 p.m.
 Location Rose Hill Gym (3,200) | Bronx, N.Y.
 Live Statistics Sidearm Sports
 Live Video Atlantic 10 Digital Network (subscription required)
 Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM (Cody Chrusciel & John Ryan)
 Series History Massachusetts leads, 21-13. Last meeting: Fordham 75, Massachusetts 61; Jan. 5, 2014
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The Last Meeting
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January 5, 2014
Mullins Center
UMass Women's Basketball Drops Contest With Fordham, 75-61
UMass women's basketball fell at home in the Mullins Center to Fordham, 75-61 on Sunday.

Most Recent Meeting: Fordham 69, Massachusetts 57
Freshman center Kymber Hill notched 13 points to lead four Minutewomen who scored in double-figures, but Massachusetts women's basketball suffered a 75-61 setback to Fordham at the Mullins Center on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. Kim Pierre-Louis followed with 12 points while Emily Mital chipped in 11 and Kiara Bomben scored 10.

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
In head coach Stephanie Gaitley's third season, Fordham women's basketball opened its slate with a 15-4 overall record and 4-2 mark in A-10 games. In her 28th season as a head coach, Gaitley is 517-301 overall after stops at Richmond (1985-91), Saint Joseph's (1991-2001), Long Island University (2002-08) and Monmouth (2008-11) prior to arriving at Fordham before the 2011-12 season.

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.

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 93 career three-pointers for the Maroon and White, tied for the 11th-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 37-for-95 (38.9 percent) with 10 games left to play in the regular season. Mital, tied with Pam Rosanio (2004-08) currently, needs five more successful attempts to surpass Sue Serafini (1986-90) and crack the top-10.

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
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 107 makes in 215 attempts from the floor (49.7 percent). Her percentage makes her one of only six Atlantic 10 women's basketball players to qualify for the top-15 with a mark above 49.0 percent.

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
Emily Mital is providing a consistent presence from beyond the arc as a junior in 2013-14 as she is hitting 38.9 percent of her attempts from long distance (37-of-95), the eighth-highest percentage in the Atlantic 10 Conference. She is also tied for eighth in the A-10 for made three-point field goals per game (1.9), which is only 0.9 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 93-of-285 on treys as a Minutewoman (32.6 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 20 games as a junior in 2013-14. Pierre-Louis currently leads the Minutewomen with 12.9 points per game due to holding the sixth-highest field goal percentage in the Atlantic 10 Conference at 49.8 percent (107-of-215).

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.

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
Despite drawing two defenders at times, Rashida Timbilla has taken care of the ball through 17 appearances as a sophomore to earn a 1.1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Timbilla has turned it over 44 times but has dished out 50 assists - the second-most among all Minutewomen behind Nola Henry's 52 - 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 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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