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UMass Entertains GW For Annual Field Trip Day On Wednesday

Jan. 27, 2014

  University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
 Game 21 Massachusetts (3-18, 0-7 Atlantic 10) vs. George Washington (13-7, 4-3)
 Date | Time Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 | 11:45 a.m.
 Location William D. Mullins 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 GW leads, 36-10. Last meeting: Massachusetts 62, George Washington 58; Jan, 12, 2013
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The Last Meeting
George Washington58
Massachusetts62
January 12, 2013
Amherst, Mass. (Mullins Center)
Defense Leads UMass To 62-58 Win Over George Washington
UMass women's basketball used a stout defensive performance to secure a 62-58 victory over George Washington to open A-10 Conference play at the Mullins Center on Saturday afternoon. Redshirt-junior Carolann Cloutier led four Minutewomen in double-figures with a season-high 13 points. Sophomore guard Emily Mital added 11 while senior center Jasmine Watson and sophomore forward Aisha Rodney each chipped in 10.

Game Promotion: Field Trip Day
UMass women's basketball hosts its annual Field Trip Day against George Washington at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29. This yearly event allows students in kindergarten through eighth grade to experience a women's basketball game free of charge at the Mullins Center. All schools are invited to bring their students within the above grade range. Ticket orders for each interested class must be placed through the UMass Athletic Marketing Office at 413-545-1401.

Most Recent Meeting: Massachusetts 62, George Washington 58
UMass used a stout defensive performance to secure a 62-58 victory over George Washington at the Mullins Center on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. Carolann Cloutier led four Minutewomen in double-figures with a season-high 13 points. Emily Mital added 11 while Jasmine Watson and Aisha Rodney each chipped in 10.

After GW tied the contest at 14-14 with 8:34 remaining in the first, UMass finished out the frame with a 14-7 run to hold a 28-21 lead at the half, an advantage the squad would not relinquish. Scoring was balanced across five Minutewomen as UMass doubled the GW output during the final eight and a half minutes.

After the Colonials moved to within three of tying again, UMass converted its attempts from the floor during the early minutes of the second half to re-take a double-digit lead, 42-31 with 13:50 left to play. Cloutier spearheaded the Minutewomen offense with back-to-back three-pointers, reaching 10 points on the game in the process.

George Washington chipped away at its deficit until the Minutewomen held only a three-point advantage, 59-56 with 39 seconds to play. However, after letting the shot clock tick down to single-digits, Henry drove to the left of the Colonials' basket into the paint and used the backboard to drain her third shot of the day, putting UMass in front, 61-56 with 13 seconds remaining.

Scouting George Washington Women's Basketball
George Washington enters play against the Minutewomen sporting a 13-7 overall record; however, the Colonials have dropped three of their previous four contests to hold a 4-3 mark in A-10 games. GW dropped games to Dayton, 90-63; Saint Joseph's, 75-69 and La Salle, 77-68 during its recent slump after opening conference play with three consecutive wins.

Sporting a high-powered offense, GW has outscored foes on average, 76.1-to-68.1 lead by Megan Nipe's 15.7 points per game. Three additional Colonials average double-digits in the category as Jonquel Jones scores 13.2, Danni Jackson adds 12.4 and Caira Washington provides 11.6 per appearance. Jones is averaging a double-double as she pulls down 10.0 rebounds per game to lead the squad while hitting 50.0 percent of her attempts from the floor (47-of-94) in nine starts among as many appearances.

Buoyed by Jones' rebounding total, the Colonials lead their foes in the category 43.2-to-40.5 while also dishing out more assists, 310-252; blocking more shots, 68-52 and earning a greater number of steals, 220-162.

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 95 career three-pointers for the Maroon and White, the 11th-most 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 39-for-97 (40.7 percent) with nine games left to play in the regular season. Mital needs three 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 (287) and her made percentage (.331) puts her in 11th place in the record book for the category currently.

Full-Court Vision
In the last six games, Nola Henry has dished out 17 assists against only eight turnovers for a 2.1 assists-to-turnover ratio in the span despite being able to play just three minutes against VCU on Jan. 18 due to an illness and only returning for 20 more minutes in a reserve roll against Dayton on Jan. 22.

Henry's 2.8 assists dished out per game during the span are the most among all Minutewomen in that stretch.

Harris Making The Most
Jasmine Harris rejoined the starting lineup against Virginia Commonwealth University on Jan. 18 after three games coming off of the bench and has provided 12.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest over the last three games.

She provided 10 points, seven boards and a career-high five assists against VCU before she chipped in 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists versus Dayton. To cap her recent stretch of success, Harris totaled 11 points, three rebounds and a trio of assists at Fordham's Rose Hill Gym.

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 113 makes in 227 attempts from the floor (49.8 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 165 of her 342 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).

Ready Inducted Into UMass Athletics Hall Of Fame
Julie Ready-Mulvey was one of the all-time great players for the UMass women's basketball team from 1978-81. During her four years, UMass posted one of its most successful win totals (60) in program history.

Ready finished her career ranked eighth all-time in scoring at UMass with 1,406 career points, including a 20.7 point per game average as a senior. An all-American and all-region selection as a senior, Ready was also invited to compete for a spot on the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team. A stress fracture caused her not to attend the tryout and the Olympic Games ended up being boycotted by President Carter due to the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan.

Ready still ranks among the best all-time at UMass in several categories. She is No. 1 in career field goal percentage (.545), second in points per game (16.5), third in rebounds (831), third in rebounds per game (9.8), and sixth in field goals (615). During her career, she was twice nominated for the Wade Trophy as Player of the Year (30 players nationally nominated each year).

Following graduation, Ready went on to become a basketball and volleyball coach before taking over as the Director of Student Life at Massasoit Community College from 1995-2008. She was deeply involved in the Special Olympics program in Southeastern Massachusetts and was nominated for the Special Olympics Hall of Fame after serving as its Game's Director. Ready is currently the Athletic Director at Massasoit.

 

 

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