Women's Basketball

Minutewomen To Take On St. Bonaventure Saturday

Feb. 7, 2014

  University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
 Game 24 Massachusetts (3-20, 0-9 Atlantic 10) vs. St. Bonaventure (18-6, 7-2)
 Date | Time Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 | Noon
 Location William D. Mullins Memorial 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 UMass leads, 30-22. Last meeting: St. Bonaventure 61, UMass 49; Jan., 19, 2013
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The Last Meeting
St. Bonaventure61
January 19, 2013
St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
UMass Loses 61-49 Decision At St. Bonaventure
UMass women's basketball cut a 16-point deficit down to one point in the second half before eventually falling at St. Bonaventure's Reilly Center, 61-49 on Saturday afternoon. Redshirt-junior Kiara Bomben led UMass with 12 points, including a trio of three-pointers, over 19 minutes on the floor.

Last Meeting: St. Bonaventure 61, UMass 49; Jan. 19, 2013
UMass women's basketball cut a 16-point deficit down to one in the second half before eventually falling at St. Bonaventure's Reilly Center, 61-49 on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. Kiara Bomben led the Minutewomen with 12 points, including a trio of three-pointers, over 19 minutes on the floor.

The Bonnies extended their lead to 16 points in the second half before UMass rallied back in the final nine minutes to pull within 45-41 of St. Bonaventure on the strength of a 10-0 run. Jasmine Harris converted a pair of free throws to start the stretch before Niggeling knocked down back-to-back three-pointers, with the second dropping the deficit to 45-39 at the 7:46 mark. Carolann Cloutier capped the run with a pair of made free throws.

After Ortega ended the UMass scoring streak with a layup, Harris answered on the other end with a trey before Nola Henry hit a running layup to cut the St. Bonaventure lead to one, 47-46 with 4:23 left. However, the Minutewomen were unable to continue their strong offensive showing into the final four minutes as St. Bonaventure used free throws to pull away.

Scouting St. Bonaventure Women's Basketball
Fourteenth-year head coach Jim Crowley has St. Bonaventure women's basketball off to an 18-6 start to the season, which includes a 7-2 mark in Atlantic 10 games. The Bonnies have earned their strong start on the strength of its ability to win close games, as the program is 8-1 in games decided by six points or fewer.

Katie Healy spurs on the offense with 15.7 points per game while also leading the team in rebounding with 8.3 pulled down in each contest. Gabrielle Richmond adds 10.4 points while Nyla Rueter follows with 10.3 scorer per game to round out the trio averaging double-figures.

The Bonnies have won their previous six contests, all Atlantic 10 games, while the only losses in conference play were against Duquesne and Dayton on the road. The squad is outscoring foes on average, 62.4-to-60.1 and holds a 36.7-to-32.1 edge in rebounding.

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 100 career three-pointers for the Maroon and White, the ninth-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 44-for-110 (40.0 percent) with seven 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 (300) and her made percentage (.333) puts her in 11th place in the record book for the category currently.

Timbilla To Join Most Successful All-Time UMass Rebounders
With an appearance against St. Bonaventure on Feb. 8, Rashida Timbilla will play in her 50th game with the Minutewomen, the minimum required to be eligible for the program top-20 for rebounding average in program history. Timbilla enters the game pulling down 7.8 rebounds per game through 49 appearances, tied for the fourth-most in UMass history with Octavia Thomas (1992-96).

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, 5.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per contest over the last five 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 continue her recent stretch of success, Harris totaled 11 points, three rebounds and a trio of assists at Fordham's Rose Hill Gym. She added 14 points, a career-high six assists and two boards against George Washington and scored 13 more to go with seven rebounds and a pair of helpers at Rhode Island.

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 120 makes in 241 attempts from the floor (49.8 percent). Her percentage makes her one of only five 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 172 of her 356 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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