Early Tip For Minutewomen At SLU, Wednesday
The UMass women's basketball team will be taking on the Billikens in Saint Louis at 1 p.m., Eastern.
Feb. 14, 2012
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -
The UMass women's basketball team will be playing its third weekday matinee of the season this Wednesday, Feb. 15, when the squad will be in action at Saint Louis in a contest that will tip off at 1 p.m. Eastern. Local elementary and middle school students will be in attendance as the Minutewomen take on the Billikens on the squad's annual Education Day.
Scouting Saint Louis
Saint Louis enters Wednesday's matchup with the Minutewomen holding a record of 8-17 overall and 2-8 in Atlantic 10 action. The Billikens both conference wins have come at home, 70-55, over Rhode Island on Jan. 22 and Feb. 5 vs. Duquesne, 56-55.
Courtney Webb leads the squad in scoring with an average of 10.9 points per-game, while Desireae Ball chips in 9.4 ppg.
Lorreal Jones addes 9.2 points per-game and a team-leading 8.2 rebounds per-contest.
UMass is 3-3 all-time against Saint Louis and has won the past two meetings, including the last visit to Chaifetz Arena, 62-59 in overtime.
Last Time Against The Billikens
The UMass women's basketball team went on a 15-0 run midway through the first half and never looked back, rolling to a 77-53 win over Saint Louis on Jan. 15, 2011 at the Mullins Center. With the victory, the Minutewomen improve to 6-13 on the season, 2-2 in the Atlantic 10, while the Billikens drop to 6-13 overall, 0-4 in conference action.
With her fourth double-double in the past five games, senior Cerie Mosgrove led UMass with 18 points, matched her career high with 11 rebounds and also grabbed three steals. Sophomore Jasmine Watson followed with 17 points, while senior Megan Zullo added 14, aided by perfect 4-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc and dished four assists. Sophomore Shakia Robinson was the fourth Minutewomen in double figures with 11 points and junior Emilie Teuscher contributed a career-high seven assists and corralled five rebounds.
After three ties and four lead changes in the opening 11:30 of the contest, the Minutewomen used a 15-0 run to build a 32-17 advantage with 3:41 left in the period. Baskets by Lauren Woods and Jacy Bradley brought Saint Louis back to within 10 at 32-22, but UMass outscored the Billikens, 8-3 in the final 1:46 of the frame to hold a 40-25 edge at halftime. The Minutewomen shot a blistering 58.6% (17-for-29) in the first half, including 5-for-9 from three-point range.
Following the break, UMass never relinquished its comfortable lead, maintaining a cushion of 18 or more in the remainder of the contest. The Minutewomen finished shooting a season-high 55.6% (30-for-54) from the field and made 8-of-16 (50%) from three-point range and 9-of-12 (75%) at the free throw line. Saint Louis was limited to 20-for-67 (29.9%%) shooting, including 6-for-23 (26.1%) from beyond the arc and converted just 7-of-18 (38.9%) at the charity stripe.
Bradley provided the bulk of the Billikens' offense, totaling 17 points and shooting 5-for-12 from three-point range. Mallory Eggert joined her in double figures with 10 points and had six rebounds. Woods registered eight points, Lorreal Jones had a team-leading eight boards and Ayriell Robinson handed out six assists.
Last Time: UMass Falls To Temple, 77-50
Victoria Macaulay scored 18 points and led five Temple players in double figures as the Owls defeated UMass, 77-50, in Atlantic 10 women's basketball action at the Liacouras Center Saturday.
UMass (6-19, 1-9 A-10) shot 38 percent from the floor and was 13-for-18 from the foul line. Temple (16-8, 9-1 A-10) shot 45 percent and added seven 3-pointers in winning its ninth-consecutive game.
Jasmine Watson led the Minutewomen with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting, six rebounds and three blocks It marked her eighth time as the team's top scorer and 18th time this season in double figures. It was her 14th time as the squad's leading rebounder in 2011-12.
Watson three blocks gave her 40 to crack the top-10 all-time for a single season at UMass.
Shakia Robinson finished with 10 points and four boards, her 17th time in double figures this season.
Redshirt sophomore Carolann Cloutier had five assists against the Owls, her 13th game with five or more helpers this year.
Kim Pierre-Louis who made the most of her eight minutes, tallying six points and four rebounds.
Making her first appearance since Dec. 28 vs. Elon coming off an injury, Ronni Grandison also put her name in the scoring column when she knocked down a pair of free throws for her first career points as a Minutewoman.
Twice The Production For #2
Senior Emilie Teuscher has upped her scoring and rebounding output from last season, going from 5.2 points per-game as a junior to an 8.1 average this season. On the boards she averaged 2.6 last year and is now up to 3.5 per-game this season. Teuscher had a career-high 157 points in 30 games last year and already has 203 in 25 games in 2011-12. She totaled 79 rebounds last season and has surpassed that total with 88 thus far this year.
Aiding to her point production, Teuscher has been hot from beyond the arc. In three consecutive games (Boston College, Providence and Maine), she tied her career high for made threes with four in each of those contests. She has already surpassed her career high in made threes set last season (36), now with 44.
In the month of December (eight games), Teuscher shot 25-for-42 (59.5%) from three-point range, while the team was 52-for-129 (40.3%). At the Marriott Cavalier Classic, she connected on 6-of-7 from deep.
Minutewomen Continue Reputation As Strong 3-Point Shooting Team
Despite losing the nation's top three-point shooter from last season, Cerie Mosgrove, to graduation, UMass has continued to maintain its reputation as one of the nation's top three-point shooting teams.
Senior Megan Zullo ranks fifth in the Atlantic 10 in three-point percentage at 40% (54-for-135) and is 19th nationally. Senior Emilie Teuscher is currently fourth in the conference at 40.7% (44-for-108).
In threes per-game, Zullo is second in the A-10 with a 2.3 average, while Teuscher is seventh (1.8).
In the UMass record book, Teuscher now ranks seventh in career three-point percentage at .360, having made 87-for-242 in her four years with the Minutewomen. She has also entered the single season list for three-point percentage, currently sixth with her 40.7% shooting this season.
Zullo's name blankets the UMass three-point lists and is the only player in the top-five for career threes with under 100 games played, currently third with 178 in 83 games as a Minutewoman.
Zullo has made a total of 225 career treys combined in her time at N.C. State and UMass in 117 games played.
UMass finished 2010-11 ranked seventh in the nation at 38.1% from beyond the arc, sinking a school-record 213-of-559.
Six of the top eight marks in the UMass record book for single season three-point field goals made have been set in the past four seasons, including three by Zullo (70 in 2010-11, 54 in 2009-10 and 54 in 2011-12).
Two Earn All-Tournament Honors At UVA Cavalier Classic
Following the team's runner-up performance at the University of Virginia Cavalier Classic, senior Megan Zullo and junior Jasmine Watson represented UMass on the All-Tournament Team.
Watson was UMass' leading rebound in both contests with nine against Elon and 12 against Virginia. She averaged 11.5 points and 10.5 rebounds over the two games and shot 50% (8-for-16) from the field and 70% (7-for-10) at the free throw line.
Zullo averaged 12.5 points and 5.0 assists per-game in the tournament while shooting 50% (7-for-14) from three-point range. She led the Minutewomen with 19 points vs. Elon and dished eight assists.
Junior Jasmine Watson (925 points), tallied her 800th career point vs. Harvard on Jan. 3. and reached her 900th on Feb. 4 at La Salle.
She is currently 21st on the all-time scoring list behind Tara Lewis (1989-93, 935 points) for 20th. Watson is just one of two players in the top-25 with fewer than 80 career games played, joining Nancy O'Neil (1973-77, 67 games, 881 points).
Watson is 75 points away from becoming the 18th 1,000 career point scorer in program history. She is ninth all-time in program history for scoring through junior year. The eight players ahead of Watson on that list all finished their careers with 1,400+ points.
At Rhode Island on Jan. 11, Watson became the fifth player in UMass history to record 100 career blocks and is currently at 115. Kate Mills (2004-08) holds the program record with 194.
With 40 blocks on the season, Watson has broken into the UMass single season top-10 for the first time in her career, currently 10th on the list and is one shy of a tie for eighth.
Watson logged her 500th career rebound on Jan. 18 vs. Dayton. She is currently 17th all-time with 536 and has surpassed her previous single season high of 176 from her freshman year, now with 192.
Junior Shakia Robinson registered her 300th career rebound vs. Richmond on Jan. 14 and her 600th career point on Feb. 4 at La Salle. Robinson is three points shy of setting a new career high for a season as she has 307 now and scored 309 points last season in 29 games.
At La Salle on Feb. 4, senior Megan Zullo broke into the UMass top-10 for career assists. She is currently 10th with 284 and needs 15 to pass Sakera Young (2005-09, 298) for ninth. Zullo is also currently one away from tying Beth Kuzmeski (1993-97, 179) for second in career three pointers, now with 178.
Senior Emilie Teuscher (87), is currently six treys shy of the top-10 for career threes, now sitting 11th on the list.
Many Happy Returns
The Minutewomen have just five members of their 12-player squad that saw action at UMass in 2010-11. However, four out of the five (Dee Montgomery, Emilie Teuscher, Jasmine Watson and Megan Zullo) were starters for the Minutewomen last season.
UMass brings back five of its top-six returning scorers or 65% of the team's point production from a year ago. Those five were also five of the top-six rebounders, accounting for 594 of the team's 1091 boards in 2010-11 or 54%.
Minutewomen A-10 Tidbits
As a team, the Minutewomen rank fifth in the A-10 in three-point percentage at 33% (123-for-373) and fifth in three-pointers per-game (4.9). UMass is fourth in assists as well with a 14.7 per-game average.
Junior Jasmine Watson is currently seventh in the A-10 in rebounding average (7.7) and fourth in blocked shots (1.6 bpg).
Redshirt sophomore Carolann Cloutier (2nd, 4.6 apg) and senior Megan Zullo (10th, 3.2 apg) both rank in the top-10 in the conference for assists per-game. Zullo is second in the A-10 with a 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio.
The Minutewomen have seen the starting lineup combination of Jasmine Watson, Shakia Robinson, Emilie Teuscher, Megan Zullo and Carolann Cloutier in 20 of 25 games this season.
Two of the five (Robinson, 12.3 ppg and Watson, 12.0 ppg) are averaging double figures in scoring this season, while Zullo (8.9 ppg) and Teuscher (8.1 ppg) are just shy of double digits. UMass' point guard, Cloutier, chips in an average of 5.8 points per-game.
UMass' starters have accounted for 1146 of the team's 1425 points or 80.4% of the team's scoring through 25 games.
Cloutier has played 30+ minutes in 19 of 25 contests, logging 34 or more minutes 12 times. Zullo is currently seventh in the conference with an average of 33.9 minutes per-game.
Program Earns 500th Win At Siena
The UMass women's basketball team picked up the 500th win in program history, a 58-53 victory at Siena on Dec. 21.
UMass is now 502-613 all-time since the program began in 1968-69.
Zullo Back For More
Guard Megan Zullo returns for the Minutewomen in 2011-12 after being granted a sixth year by the NCAA. Zullo was awarded the additional year of eligibility due to the injuries she sustained as a freshman at North Carolina State and as a junior.
Zullo played all 30 games last season and averaged 10.5 points per-game, good for fourth on the squad and was third in the Atlantic 10 win an average of 4.5 assists per-game. Her total of 135 helpers was the ninth-best single season total of all time in program history, while her tally of 70 three-pointers is second-most on the single season list. She set UMass records for minutes played in a season in 2010-11 with 1,136 and minutes average (37.9).
Through two seasons and counting with the Minutewomen after coming from N.C. State, Zullo has totaled 750 career points, 284 assists and is 178-for-470 (.379) beyond the arc. She is currently ranked third on the UMass career list in three-point field goals made (178), fifth in three-point percentage and sixth in assist average (3.4) and fourth in minutes average (32.4).
Zullo recorded a remarkable 13 assists on 21 UMass baskets (19 possible assist opportunities since two field goals in the contest were her own), setting a new women's Mullins Center record for a single game on Nov. 12, 2010 vs. George Mason, last year's season opener.
The total is second all-time in program history for a single game, trailing only her aunt, the late Christel Zullo, who dished 15 assists against Temple on Feb. 14, 1986.
This past fall, Zullo was named to the College Sports Madness Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference second team.
All That Jas
Junior Jasmine Watson, UMass' top returning scorer, has been named to the preseason Atlantic 10 third team for a second straight year.
After missing the first eight games of 2010-11, Watson came back from injury to lead the team in scoring and rebounding with averages of 14.4 and 7.6, respectively, while also contributing 1.7 blocks per-game.
She posted seven double-doubles on the year and was the team's top scorer in seven games. In conference play, Watson averaged 14.4 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest, good for 12th and sixth in the league, respectively.
Through two seasons and counting at UMass, Watson has totaled 925 career points (12.0 ppg), 536 rebounds (7.0 rpg) and 115 blocks. At Rhode Island last January, Watson scored a career-best 27 points.
Watson, the 2009-10 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, is currently fifth on the program's all-time list for career blocks and ranks third in blocked shots average.
From Near And Far
UMass' 12-player roster is comprised of individuals from 11 different states and provinces, including three international players.
Megan Zullo and Millie Niggeling are the first Minutewomen in program history from their respective home states of North Carolina and Iowa.
The Minutewomen have six new players that will see the floor for the first time this season: freshman guards Emily Mital and Ronni Grandison and freshman forwards Kim Pierre-Louis and Aisha Rodney and two players who sat out as redshirts in 2010-11, center Millie Niggeling and guard Carolann Cloutier.
Among the high school accomplishments of the freshman group, Rodney was a four-time all-state selection at Grosse Pointe South High School in Michigan and Mital was an all-state honoree as a senior and as a junior out of Frisco Liberty High School in Texas.
Cloutier, a transfer from Old Dominion, played with Team Canada at the World University games before college. Niggeling was a four-time all-state selection at Bishop Heelan and helped the team to two Iowa state titles.
UMass Women's Basketball Radio Show On WMUA
Throughout the 2011-12 season, catch up on what's going on with the Minutewomen as WMUA broadcasters Ryan X. Murray and Pat O'Neil talk with head coach Sharon Dawley and other special guests from the UMass women's basketball team on the UMass Women's Basketball Coach's Show, Mondays from 5 to 5:30 p.m. on WMUA 91.1 FM and www.wmua.org.
Minutewomen In The Pros Update
Four former UMass women's basketball standouts who have contin- ued their playing careers overseas are enjoying fantastic years midway through the 2011-12 season. Three of the four, Kate Mills, Cerie Mos- grove and Tamara Tatham, lead their respective teams in scoring, while Pam Rosanio is tied for second in scoring for her club.
Mills, who played for the Minutewomen from 2004-08, is in her first season with Moguerza Real Canoe N.C. of the Liga Femenina 2, Group B in Spain. Mills has appeared in all 18 games for Real Canoe, helping the squad to a 14-4 record with 13.4 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per- game and a field goal percentage of 62.4%.
In her first season of professional basketball, 2011 graduate Mosgrove is nearly doubling her teammates' scoring and rebounding averages at 25.4 points and 9.2 rebounds per-game for T71 Dudelange of the Luxembourg-Diekirch League. Mosgrove, averaging 34.9 minutes per- game, has helped her team to a 9-9 record thus far and is shooting 52.2% overall, 38.3% from three and 91.5% at the free throw line.
Tatham, who played at UMass from 2003-2007, is the leading scorer and rebounder for the SV Halle Lions of the Germany-DBBL. Averaging 19.3 ppg and 10.6 rpg in her second season with the club. She is also chipping in 3.4 steals per-game and is shooting 59.4% from the floor. The Halle Lions are currently 9-8 on the year.
Rosanio, a 2008 UMass graduate, is second in scoring for the Solna Vikings, who currently hold an 15-5 record in the Sweden Damligan league. Rosanio is averaging 12.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals per-game and is in her first season with the squad.
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