UMass Hits The Road To Rhode Island On Wednesday
Feb. 2, 2014
Most Recent Meeting: Rhode Island 45, Massachusetts 42
With Rhode Island ahead by five points with 14 seconds remaining in the contest, Harris knocked down a pair of free throws to drop the deficit to 45-42 before the Minutewomen defense forced a five-second inbounding violation on URI to regain possession. After a timeout, Harris received the ball outside the arc and fired a contested three-pointer that bounced off the rim before falling wide to end the potential game-tying attempt.
UMass worked to an 11-6 lead with 13:15 remaining on the strength of early offense from four Minutewomen. Timbilla notched the first Minutewomen points of the day on a layup at the 18:36 mark before Jasmine Watson knocked down a fastbreak basket to give UMass its first lead of the day, 4-2 with 17:56 to play.
Samantha Tabakman and Symone Bullard answered for Rhode Island before Timbilla notched another layup and senior guard Dee Montgomery followed with a three-pointer to put UMass ahead, 9-6 with 14:45 remaining. Harris pushed the lead to five, the largest for the Minutewomen, with a pair of free throws two trips into the offensive zone later.
Rhode Island fought back over the remainder of the half to secure a 24-18 advantage at the break. The Rams took the lead back with 11:05 to play on a Bullard layup, growing the margin as high as eight on a free throw by Brianna Thomas with 55 seconds to play in the stanza. Freshman guard Adriana Jordan answered with a jumper from the left wing with 26 seconds to play in the first to reach the halftime mark.
The Minutewomen hit three of their opening five attempts in the second stanza, with Timbilla reaching double-digits at 10 points on a 5-for-5 shooting day to pull UMass within 26-22 of the Rams at the 19:00 mark of play. The freshman from Ottawa, Ontario, moved to 6-for-6 from the floor on another layup 5:50 later, dropping the deficit to 29-26.
Timbilla followed with a pair of free throws after backing toward the basket and drawing a foul on Emilie Cloutier before Harris knocked down a three-pointer to tie it at 31-31 with 11:46 on the clock. Harris followed with another trey to give the Minutewomen their first lead since the opening half, draining an attempt from the left side with 9:14 to play to put UMass in front, 36-33.
Rhode Island answered back with a 7-0 run to pull in front, 40-36 before Harris sank the front end of a pair of foul shots to knock the deficit to three with 2:43 left. After Tayra Melendez hit a free throw to push the URI lead back to four, Harris responded with a trey to bring the Minutewomen within 41-40 with 2:11 remaining.
Scouting Rhode Island Women's Basketball
Tayra Melendez notches 12.9 points per game to pace the attack while Kerry Wallack contributes 9.7 and a team-high 7.7 rebounds per contest as Rhode Island owns a 39.9-to-37.5 lead in the battle of the boards. Melendez also has the most turnovers (57), assists (44) and blocks (34) among all Rams while she has provided the second-most steals (19).
Rhode Island's lone conference win came against George Mason at home, 59-40 on Jan. 11 and the squad has dropped decisions to Duquesne, Fordham, George Washington, Saint Louis and St. Bonaventure during the recent stretch of losses. Cathy Inglese is in her fifth season as the head coach. Inglese is 422-361 overall in her 27th season as a program leader including stops at Vermont and Boston College prior to her arrival in Kingston, R.I.
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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 (295) and her made percentage (.329) puts her in 12th place in the record book for the category currently.
Henry's 2.3 assists dished out per game during the span are the most among all Minutewomen in that stretch while she has only turnover the ball over once during the previous four games.
Harris Making The Most
She provided 10 points, seven boards and a then-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. In her most recent appearance, the Farmington Hill, Mich., native accumulated 14 points, a career-best six helpers and two boards.
She Gets Buckets
For her career, Pierre-Louis has never shot less than 44.4 percent for a season and has made 169 of her 350 attempts as a Minutewoman (48.3 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
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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