Women's Basketball

UMass Hits The Road To Rhode Island On Wednesday

Feb. 2, 2014

  University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
 Game 23 Massachusetts (3-19, 0-8 Atlantic 10) at Rhode Island (6-16, 1-8)
 Date | Time Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.
 Location Thomas M. Ryan Center (9,493) | Kingston, R.I.
 Live Statistics PrestoSports
 Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM (Chris Doherty & John Ryan)
 Series History UMass leads, 40-31. Last meeting: Rhode Island 45, Massachusetts 42; Feb, 19, 2013
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The Last Meeting
Rhode Island45
February 19, 2013
Kingston, R.I.
UMass Falls At Rhode Island Despite Timbilla's Double-Double
- In a contest that came down to the final minute of play, UMass women's basketball suffered a 45-42 setback at Rhode Island's Ryan Center on Tuesday afternoon. Forward Rashida Timbilla earned the sixth double-double of the freshman's career with 14 points on 7-for-7 shooting to go with 11 rebounds. Freshman guard Jasmine Harris also reached double-figures in scoring with 14 points on a trio of three-pointers and five foul shots.

Most Recent Meeting: Rhode Island 45, Massachusetts 42
In a contest that came down to the final minute of play, UMass women's basketball suffered a 45-42 setback at Rhode Island's Ryan Center on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Rashida Timbilla earned the sixth double-double of the freshman's career with 14 points on 6-for-6 shooting with a pair of free throws to go with 11 rebounds. Jasmine Harris also reached double-figures in scoring with 14 points on a trio of three-pointers and five foul shots. The contest had to be rescheduled from its original Sunday, Feb. 10 date due to severe winter weather in the Northeast.

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
Despite proving itself as one of the best defensive teams in the conference this season, Rhode Island women's basketball holds a 6-19 overall record and 1-8 mark in Atlantic 10 games entering play against the Minutewomen on Wednesday morning. The Rams rank third in the A-10 for scoring defense, allowing just 59.5 points to opponents through 22 games; however, Rhody scores just 54.7 on the other end of the court.

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.

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 97 career three-pointers for the Maroon and White, tied for the 10th-most in the history of the program with Sue Serafini (1986-90). Her junior season success earned her the spot on UMass' all-time leaderboard for made three-pointers as she is 41-for-105 (39.0 percent) with eight games left to play in the regular season.

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.

Full-Court Vision
In the last six games, Nola Henry has dished out 18 assists against only eight turnovers for a 2.3 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 2.3 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
Jasmine Harris rejoined the starting lineup against Virginia Commonwealth University on Jan. 18 after three games coming off of the bench and has provided 12.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists per contest over the last four games.

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
Kim Pierre-Louis has provided a consistent shot in and around the paint as a junior in 2013-14, leading her to hold the fifth-highest field goal percentage in the Atlantic 10 with 117 makes in 235 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 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
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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