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Women's Hoops Begins Mid-Atlantic Trip At George Mason

Feb. 11, 2014

  University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
 Game 25 Massachusetts (3-21, 0-10 Atlantic 10) at George Mason (6-18, 0-11)
 Date | Time Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 | 7 p.m.
 Location Patriot Center (9,523) | Fairfax, Va.
 Live Statistics NeuLion
 Live Video Atlantic 10 Digital Network (subscription required)
 Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM (Chris Doherty & John Ryan)
 Series History George Mason leads, 1-0. Last meeting: George Mason 55, UMass 52; Dec. 1, 2011
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The Last Meeting
Massachusetts52
George Mason55
December 1, 2011
Fairfax, Va.
Mason Holds Off Minutewomen, 55-52
The UMass women's basketball team spent most of the contest within striking distance of George Mason, but 32 points from Taleia Moton helped the Patriots hold off the Minutewomen, 55-52, on Thursday evening at the Patriot Center. UMass is now 1-6 on the season, while Mason moves to 5-1 following their fifth straight victory.

Last Meeting: George Mason 55, Massachusetts 52; Dec. 1, 2011
UMass women's basketball spent most of the contest within striking distance of George Mason, but 32 points from Taleia Moton helped the Patriots hold off the Minutewomen, 55-52, on Thursday evening at the Patriot Center.

Jasmine Watson scored in double figures for the sixth straight game, totaling 14 points and six boards. Shakia Robinson joined Watson with 14 points and had a team-best seven rebounds. Megan Zullo added 10 points and five assists, while Emilie Teuscher had eight points and Aisha Rodney grabbed five rebounds.

UMass led briefly in the opening minutes, but Moton's basket at 18:06 put Mason in front for good. The Patriots led by as many as 10 in the opening period before the Minutewomen closed the half with a spirited 9-0 run. Watson hit a layup at the buzzer to cap off the spurt and pull UMass within one of Mason at the intermission, 28-27.

The Minutewomen remained within reach of the Patriots throughout the second half, trailing by no more than nine for the duration. Down by eight at the 8:09 mark, UMass posted seven straight points to cut the deficit to 51-50 with 4:55 to play. However, two baskets by Moton in the remainder of the contest helped seal the win for Mason.

Scouting George Mason Women's Basketball
George Mason brings a 6-18 overall record and 0-11 mark in Atlantic 10 games into competition against the Minutewomen as both sides will fight for their first league victory of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. The Patriots are led by first-year leader Nyle Milleson, who brought 13 years of head coaching experience and a 290-123 overall record with her to Fairfax, Va., when she was hired prior to the start of the 2013-14 season.

Three from George Mason average double-digits in points, led by Taylor Brown's 17.8 per game. Janaa Pickard adds 13.3 while Sandra Ngoie provides 12.3 points in each appearance. Pickard in also the leading rebounder for the Patriots with an average of 8.5 pulled down in each contest.

However, the offense generated by Mason, which averages 68.9 points per game, is not enough to offset its defensive struggles as the squad allows opponents to score at a rate of 75.2 points in each contest. The opposition also holds a slim margin in rebounding, 44.5-to-42.2, while foes have also dished out more assists, 365-277, earned more steals, 203-143 and turned the ball over fewer times, 403-323.

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. She needs to make two more to pass Stefanie Gerardot (2005-09) for eighth all-time. Her junior season success earned her the spot on UMass' all-time leaderboard for made three-pointers as she is 44-for-111 (39.6 percent) with six 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 (301) and her made percentage (.332) 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 played in her 50th game with the Minutewomen, the minimum required to be eligible for the program's top-20 for rebounding average. Timbilla pulls down 7.8 boards per appearance (389), the fifth-most in UMass history and only 0.1 behind Octavia Thomas (1992-96) for fourth place.

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, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per contest over the last six 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 (1/29) and scored 13 more to go with seven rebounds and a pair of helpers at Rhode Island (2/5). The Farmington Hills, Mich., native then totaled 10 points, three assists and an offensive board against St. Bonaventure on Feb. 8.

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 131 makes in 262 attempts from the floor (50.0 percent). Her percentage makes her one of only five Atlantic 10 women's basketball players to qualify for the top-15 with a mark at or above 50.0 percent.

For her career, Pierre-Louis has never shot less than 44.4 percent for a season and has made 183 of her 377 attempts as a Minutewoman (48.5 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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