Minutewomen Battle Rhode Island and Charlotte In Back-To-Back Games
Feb. 18, 2013
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Scouting Rhode Island Women's Basketball
Tayra Melendez is the only Rhode Island player scoring in double-digits on average, recording 11.0 points per game while shooting 34.3 percent from the floor (92-for-268). Samantha Tabakman follows at 7.8 points scored in each contest while Emilie Cloutier chips in 7.0 a game. Overall, Rhode Island is only recording 49.0 points on average over 24 games this season while foes own better shooting percentages overall (38.6-to-35.6), from beyond the arc (32.8-to-29.7) and at the foul line (68.8-to-66.1). The Rams are also being outrebounded on the year, 887-864 while the opposition owns advantages in steals, 224-135, blocks, 96-78 and assists, 290-270.
Last Time Against The Rams
For the first time since Dec. 28 vs. Elon, four UMass players scored in double figures, with two more finishing just shy. Jasmine Watson led the way with 15 points, aided by 7-for-10 shooting, while Megan Zullo added 13, Shakia Robinson had 11 and Emily Mital chipped in with a career-high 11 points, including a 6-for-6 performance at the free throw line. Millie Niggeling was a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc to match her career high of nine points and senior Emilie Teuscher had eight points. Five Minutewomen totaled three or more assists, paced by Zullo's six and Niggeling's four. The squad shared the responsibility of cleaning up the glass as Watson, Teuscher, and Zullo all had a team-high four rebounds apiece, while Robinson and Mital each had three boards.
After Rhode Island hit the opening shot of the game, UMass answered with a three from Zullo and led for the remainder of the contest. The Minutewomen used five treys to help expand their advantage to 14 at 21-7 with 12:55 to play in the first half. UMass had just one field goal in the remainder of the period, however, as the Rams managed to close the gap to three at the intermission with a 16-5 run over the final 9:59 to bring the score to 26-23.
Beginning the second half with a 9-0 run, the Minutewomen stretched their lead back out to double figures at 35-23. URI pulled within four with a jumper by Ashley Rivera at the 8:39 mark, but could draw no closer than five in the remainder of the contest. Zullo helped ice the game for the Minutewomen with her third three of the night to put UMass back in front by 10, 62-52, with 3:30 remaining.
Scouting Charlotte Women's Basketball
Three Charlotte players are sporting double-digits scoring totals per contest, with Jennifer Hailey's 15.5 points a game leading the trio. Amanda Dowe (11.0) and Ivy Hammonds (10.0) round out the group while Hillary Sigmon chips in 9.8 points in each contest. The 49ers are outrebounding foes, 42.7-to-34.0 on average, buoyed by Haley (12.0 rebounds per game) and Dowe (11.2), who rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the Atlantic 10 in rebounding and are two of only three conference players averaging double-digit totals in the category.
The 49ers dropped their A-10 opener to Fordham, 59-56 and have since reeled off nine consecutive wins, which most recently included a 68-56 decision over George Washington on Feb. 17 and a 59-49 win vs. Butler on Feb. 13. In particular, Hailey has stepped up her play during conference season, notching 17.1 points and 13.6 boards to spur the squad to its spot tied for second in the A-10 standings entering the final weeks of the season.
Last Time Against The 49ers
Jasmine Watson led all scorers with a season-high 24 points for UMass, aided by a 9-for-14 performance from the field. She finished one shy of a double-double with a squad-best nine boards including six on the offensive glass. Watson also had three assists, three blocks and three steals, as well. Shakia Robinson followed with eight points and Megan Zullo contributed six points, three assists and three steals.
Watson logged the first two buckets of the game to give UMass a 4-0 lead in the opening minutes. However, an answering trey by Ayanna Holmes kick-started a 18-4 run for Charlotte that gave the 49ers a double-digit advantage, 18-8 at the 12:37 mark. Another layup for Watson brought the deficit back to eight briefly before Charlotte went on to outscore the Minutewomen 24-9 in the final 12:27 of the frame.
Watson finished the opening period with 12 of UMass' 19 points, while Amanda Dowe had already reached a double-double at the intermission with 10 points and 11 rebounds. The 49ers out-rebounded the Minutewomen, 24-9 in the half and led by as many as 24.
UMass shot 48.1% (13-for-27) in the second half and closed the gap to 13 at the 5:28 mark after being down by 30 four minutes into the period. The effort was not enough, though, as Charlotte ended the night shooting 30-for-56 (53.6%) overall, including 7-for-16 (43.8%) from three and 13-for-19 (68.4%) at the free throw line. The Minutewomen shot 40.7% (22-for-54) for the game, were 4-for-13 (30.8%) from beyond the arc and converted 10-of-15 (66.7%) free throw attempts.
Dowe finished with 13 points and 17 rebounds for Charlotte and was joined in double figures by Jennifer Hailey (13 points), Holmes (12 points) and Jai Forney (11) who had five assists, as well.
Last Time Out: Harris' 19 Points Not Enough In Loss At Richmond
Freshman guard Adriana Jordan also scored a personal-best eight points on 4-for-7 shooting from the floor to go with five rebounds as the UMass freshman and sophomore classes tallied 52 of the Minutewomen's 63 points on the day.
The Spiders started strong, connecting for the opening 11 points of the contest before senior guard Dee Montgomery put UMass on the board with a running one-handed jumper at the 16:25 mark of the first. With the Spiders mixing attempts from inside the paint and outside the arc to generate their offense, UMass answered by pushing the ball toward the basket while drawing fouls.
Harris connected on a three-pointer in response to a Richmond trey and drove the lane to draw a whistle during the next trip down the floor, knocking down a layup in the process. After Harris drained the free throw to drop the deficit to 20-10, Rodney hit a layup while being fouled and Jordan knocked down a jumper to mark a 7-0 run for the Minutewomen.
The underclassmen on the roster continued to make an impact as UMass clawed back from its early deficit. Harris reached eight points on the contest with a pair of free throws to cut the Richmond lead to 22-16 with 10:27 remaining. Jordan followed 41 seconds later with her second jumper to make it 25-18 in favor of the Spiders.
Senior center Jasmine Watson continued the UMass scoring run with four straight points, using a pair of free throws with 7:36 left in the half and a layup at the left of the basket during the next possession to force a Richmond timeout and bring the Minutewomen within three of tying, 25-22.
However, Kristina King and Yazmean Burgess answered with back-to-back three-pointers as the Spiders found their shooting touch to close the half on a 15-4 run, resulting in a 40-26 UMass deficit at the break.
Harris continued to knock down attempts following the intermission, scoring the opening five points of the second half to force a Richmond timeout with 19:13 to play. On the first possession, Harris took the ball at the left wing, backed toward the basket and drained a turn-around layup. Following a missed jumper by Watson on the ensuing trip down the floor, Harris corralled the loose ball outside the arc, pivoted to face the basket and hit her second three of the contest - tying her single-game scoring high of 14 points notched against Northeastern on Dec. 22, 2012, in the process.
Scoring eight of the Minutewomen's first 10 points in the second half, Harris broke her single-game scoring mark with her third trey against the Spiders. The Farmington Hills, Mich., native drilled an attempt from outside the arc with 17:45 to play to reach 17 points on the day and drop the Richmond advantage to 44-36.
The Spiders struck back with a 7-0 run to push the lead to 15 points at 53-38 with 14:15 left and the Minutewomen were unable to drop the margin below 14 over the remainder of the contest. Becca Wann sparked the scoring streak for Richmond with a three-pointer and a pair of foul shots, finishing with 15 points on the day. The Spiders also tallied double-digit scoring performances from King (17), Rachael Bilney (15) and Burgess (12).
The Minutewomen finished 22-for-61 from the floor (36.1 percent) and 4-for-15 from behind the arc (26.7 percent). Richmond responded by making 43.1 percent of their attempts (28-of-65), including a 9-for-28 performance from beyond the arc (32.1 percent). The Spiders knocked down 16-of-18 free throws (88.9 percent) while UMass went 15-for-24 from the foul line (62.5 percent).
Lethal From Long Distance
UMass women's basketball has connected consistently from beyond the arc throughout the 2012-13 season, resulting in the second-best three-point field goal percentage in the 16-team Atlantic 10 conference. The Minutewomen have sized up 385 three-pointers while connecting on 124 of those attempts (32.2 percent).
Sophomore guard Emily Mital is seventh in the A-10 for made three-point field goals with 44 for an average of 1.9 per contest while placing 15th in the A-10 for three-point percentage (32.6). Redshirt-sophomore center Millie Niggeling boosts the program's percentage, hitting 19-of-53 attempts (35.8 percent) while Carolann Cloutier owns 15 makes in 38 tries (39.5 percent).
Rashida Timbilla has shown a penchant for pulling down rebounds, especially on the offensive end of the floor during her first season of college basketball. Through 24 games, Timbilla owns 197 boards for an average of 8.2 per game, ranking the freshman from Ottawa, Ontario, seventh in the entire A-10 and first among all underclassmen through games of Sunday, Feb. 17.
Timbilla's ability to grab rebounds specifically on offense leads her to own 90 offensive boards so far, the third-most in the conference, while her 3.8 per game average also stands third among student-athletes in the A-10 and makes her the only underclassman qualifying for the top-15.
Far from being a one-dimensional player, Timbilla has also developed a knack for knocking down shots, owning a 86-for-184 clip from the field (46.7 percent), and causing turnovers, earning 1.7 per game (40).
Defense Leads UMass To 62-58 Victory Over George Washington
Freshman forward Rashida Timbilla tallied a game-best 11 rebounds while totaling eight points and tying a career-high with five steals. Freshman guard Nola Henry finished 3-for-4 from the floor for seven points, also dishing out four assists and earning two steals. Rodney finished 5-for-5 from the field and pulled down five boards. Watson secured eight boards, leading all players with five off the offensive glass.
After George Washington (6-9 overall, 0-1 A-10) raced to a 7-1 lead 2:10 into the contest, the Minutewomen defense settled in to hold the Colonials to just 14 points over the remaining 17:50 of the opening stanza. During the half, George Washington only hit 7-of-27 attempts from the field (25.9 percent), including finishing just 1-for-4 from behind the arc (25.0 percent).
UMass (3-13, 1-0) battled back from its early deficit on the strength of its defense and nine points from Mital and six from Timbilla, who also had five rebounds and a pair of assists in the first.
Henry connected on the front end of a pair of foul shots before Mital knocked down her first three-pointer of the game on the ensuing UMass possession to pull the Minutewomen within 7-5 at the 17:03 mark. The sophomore guard from Frisco, Texas, followed her second trey only 40 seconds later to give UMass its first lead of the day, 8-7.
After GW tied the contest at 14-14 with 8:34 remaining in the half, UMass finished out the frame with a 14-7 run to hold a 28-21 lead at the half, an advantage the squad would not relinquish the rest of the way. Scoring was balanced across five Minutewomen as UMass doubled the GW output during the final eight and a half minutes. Rodney and Timbilla tallied four each while Mital produced three points on a jumper and free throw, Watson hit a layup and Cloutier connected on one foul shot.
The Minutewomen grew their lead as high as 10 in the first half, 27-17 with 3:39 remaining and finished the stanza ahead, 28-21. After Danni Jackson hit 1-of-2 free throw attempts to pull George Washington within 20-17 at the 5:33 mark, UMass went on a 7-0 run to pad the advantage. Timbilla drained a pair of foul shots while Watson followed with a layup and Mital was bumped while converting a shot at the basket, knocking down the ensuing free throw for the 10-point lead.
After the Colonials moved to within three of tying again, UMass converted its attempts from the floor during the early minutes of the second half to re-take a double-digit lead, 42-31 with 13:50 left to play. Cloutier spearheaded the Minutewomen offense with back-to-back three-pointers, reaching 10 points on the game in the process.
The Minutewomen continued to add to their lead until the final minutes of the contest, pulling ahead by as much as 15 during the second half. Following a Chakecia Miller free throw that dropped the UMass lead to 50-40, Henry fought her way inside the arc and pulled up for a jumper before Watson added a layup and senior guard Dee Montgomery hit a free throw for the 55-40 lead at the 5:09 mark.
George Washington chipped away at its deficit until the Minutewomen held only a three-point advantage, 59-56 with 39 seconds to play. However, after letting the shot clock tick down to single-digits, Henry drove to the left of the Colonials' basket into the paint and used the backboard to drain her third shot of the day, putting UMass in front, 61-56 with 13 seconds remaining.
Jackson answered with a layup for the Colonials to again pull GW within three of tying, 61-58 with six seconds remaining; however, Cloutier sank a free throw after being fouled on the inbounding play to reach the eventual final score, 62-58 with three seconds remaining. Montgomery intercepted a long George Washington entry pass near midcourt to seal the win for UMass.
The Minutewomen finished 23-for-52 from the floor (44.2 percent), hit 4-of-16 three-pointers (25.0 percent) and went 12-for-20 from the free throw line. On the other end of the court UMass was able to limit GW to a 19-for-57 field goal performance (33.3 percent) as the Colonials went 4-for-13 from behind the three-point arc (30.8 percent). George Washington, the worst free throw shooting squad in the 16-team Atlantic 10 entering conference competition, finished 16-for-26 from the foul line (61.5 percent).
UMass won the battle in the paint, 26-22 while recording a 16-15 advantage in points off of turnovers. Second change scoring favored the Colonials, 18-10 while the UMass bench recorded 13 points to 11 for the George Washington reserves.
Tara Booker and Jackson each netted 14 points for the Colonials; however, UMass kept the duo off-balance for much of the contest, resulting in the pair ending 9-for-30 from the floor (30.0 percent).
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All That Jas
Twenty-four games into the 2012-13 season, Watson has totaled 1,256 career points (12.1 ppg), 708 rebounds (6.8 rpg) and 160 blocks (1.5 bpg). Watson, the 2009-10 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, is currently third on the program's all-time list for career stuffs and ranks third in blocked shots per game.
Watson played in and started all 29 UMass contests in 2011-12 and paced the Minutewomen with 12.3 points and 7.3 rebounds during the campaign. Watson recorded a team-best 48 blocks, hit 49.0 percent of her field goal attempts (141-of-288) and averaged 28.7 minutes played per game.
Watson scored double-digits in points in 21 games in 2011-12, including reaching double-double status in four contests. The South Bend, Ind., native also led UMass in rebounding on 15 occasions.
Timbilla's Double-Double Leads UMass To Victory At Ohio, 65-61
Sophomore guard Emily Mital totaled 13 points, four rebounds and three assists while freshman guard Jasmine Harris added nine points and three boards. The UMass team total for blocks fell one shy of tying the program mark for most in a single game, tied most recently against St. Bonaventure on Feb. 27, 2008.
UMass (2-5 overall) held a slim lead throughout the majority of the first half, taking a 31-27 advantage into the break. After Ohio secured a 4-3 lead on a pair of Tina Fisher free throws with 17:00 to play in the first, the Minutewomen answered with a Kim Pierre-Louis layup to take the lead for good in the half at the 15:57 mark.
The Minutewomen earned their largest advantage of the opening stanza at seven points, 26-19 on a three-pointer by Harris, one of two the freshman produced during the half. Pierre-Louis finished the first with six points on 3-for-6 shooting from the field while Mital and Harris each produced eight points during the first half.
UMass tallied the initial seven points of the second to grow its lead to 38-27 with 18:45 remaining. Bomben opened scoring in the 7-0 run with a three-pointer before Timbilla and Rodney produced a layup each to force Ohio to call a timeout.
The Bobcats (1-4) answered with a 15-4 run of their own to pull even at 42-42 with 13:09 to play, equalizing the score with a Kiyanna Black layup. Black led all scorers in the contest with 21 points on 9-of-20 shooting from the field and a 3-for-4 performance from the free throw line.
The contest featured back-and-forth play until the final buzzer as UMass did not relinquish its lead again, but was unable to build an advantage larger than eight over the remainder of the game. After Ohio pulled within one of tying, 51-50 with 6:41 to play, the Minutewomen went on a 9-2 run to pull ahead, 60-52 with 3:23 remaining. Four different UMass players recorded a bucket during the span, with Mital pushing the lead to eight on a three-pointer, one of a trio the sophomore hit against the Bobcats defense.
Erin Bailes connected on a shot from behind the arc to drop the UMass advantage to 62-59 with 1:16 remaining. After Timbilla missed a shot with 58 seconds to play, the Bobcats had one last attempt to rally taken away by Mital. The Frisco, Texas, native poked the ball away from Ashley Fowler and knocked down a pair of free throws after taking a foul, extending the UMass lead to 64-59.
UMass shot 38.7 percent from the field (24-for-62) and hit 6-of-14 three-point attempts (42.9 percent) while finishing 11-for-16 at the line (68.8 percent). Ohio went 22-for-65 on field goal attempts (33.8 percent) while the Minutewomen defense held the Bobcats to only three made three-pointers in 12 attempts (25.0 percent). Ohio kept the game close with a strong performance at the free throw line, knocking down 14-of-15 attempts (93.3 percent).
Redshirt-sophomore forward Millie Niggeling added six points, four rebounds and a pair of blocks over 16 minutes. Forward Aisha Rodney added four points on 2-for-4 shooting from the field to go with a steal in 14 minutes during the sophomore's first start of the season and fifth of her career.
UMass was without the help of senior center Jasmine Watson, who is currently listed as day-to-day as she recovers from concussion-related symptoms.
UMass Routs Kent State, 83-53 In Season-Opener
Watson, who went 8-for-11 from the floor in her 10th career 20-point game, also chipped in with eight rebounds, four blocks, four steals and three assists in 31 minutes on the floor. Sophomore Emily Mital followed with a career-best 16 points and was aided by a 4-for-6 afternoon from beyond the arc.
In their debuts as Minutewomen, redshirt junior Kiara Bomben and freshman Rashida Timbilla both reached double figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Timbilla also hauled in 10 boards to complete her double-double, including five on the offensive glass. Bomben snagged four steals and senior Dee Montgomery dished a career-best 11 assists, her second with 10 or more helpers.
All 14 UMass players who dressed for the contest saw action with 11 draining buckets in the Minutewomen's highest scoring output since Nov. 28, 2010 at East Carolina. Redshirt sophomore Millie Niggeling paced the UMass bench with seven points, shooting a perfect 3-for-3 on the day.
Kent State (0-1) scored on its opening possession to lead 2-0 before the Minutewomen strung together a 13-2 run. Then the Golden Flashes answered with an 11-3 spurt to make it a one possession game at 16-13, with 11:12 to go in the first half. However, UMass drained four of its seven first-half treys in the final eight minutes of the period to help extend the lead to 15 at the break, 39-24.
The Minutewomen maintained the double-digit cushion following the intermission as Kent State could draw no closer than 13 the rest of the way. UMass led by 32 with 2:05 remaining, it's largest advantage of the day.
Finishing the contest a blistering 33-for-54 from the floor, the Minutewomen shot 61.1% overall, the squad's best performance since facing Yale on Jan. 22, 2008 (33-for-52, 63.5%). UMass made 10-of-18 (55.6%) from long range, while converting 7-of-12 at the charity stripe. The Minutewomen nearly doubled up the Golden Flashes on the boards, out-rebounding Kent State, 41-23.
The Golden Flashes shot 39.3% (22-for-56) overall in the contest and had two scorers in double figures, Diamon Beckford with 15 points and Trisha Krewson with 11. Tamzin Barroilhet hauled in a team-high eight rebounds and dished three assists.
Watson Named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week
Watson finished the contest against the Golden Flashes with a team-high 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the floor and a 5-for-8 day at the free throw line. Watson also tallied eight rebounds while adding four blocks and four steals to the winning effort.
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Timbilla Nets Double-Double In First Collegiate Game
Timbilla provided clutch outputs in both categories, hitting on 5-of-7 field goals (.714 pct.) to go with a free throw while tally five of her 10 boards on the offensive end of the court.
Bomben, Montgomery and Watson Named 2012-13 Team Captains
Watson enters her senior season looking to become the 18th member of the Minutewomen's 1,000-points club, starting the year just 20 points shy of the 1,000-mark. Montgomery is also set to use her experience to guide the Minutewomen as a senior, beginning the campaign with 72 appearances and 22 starts. Bomben will be seeing her first minutes at UMass as a redshirt-junior after spending the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Coming From Near And Far
Jasmine Harris, Adriana Jordan and Aisha Rodney represent Michigan while two players are from within the Massachusetts borders in Amber Dillon and Victoria Stewart. UMass also has one student-athlete each from Indiana (Jasmine Watson), New Jersey (Nola Henry), Ohio (Ronni Grandison), Tennessee (Dee Montgomery) and Texas (Emily Mital).
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Bomben transferred to UMass prior to the 2011-12 season and was required to sit out the campaign as per NCAA policy. The Australia native spent her first two seasons with Florida Gulf Coast before transferring and will be looked upon as a leader on an off the floor in 2012-13 as Bomben was named a captain with seniors Dee Montgomery and Jasmine Watson.
Henry started at point guard for Trenton Catholic (N.J.) during the squad's run to the NJSIAA Non-Public 8 Championship in 2010-11 while Harris averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds for North Farmington (Mich.) as a senior in 2011-12. Jordan was twice named an all-state recipient at Port Huron (Mich.) and won the Nike National Championship with the U-15 Motor City Suns. Stewart is a local product, hailing from Amherst, and was named a Franklin-Hampshire County All-Star and Daily Hampshire Gazette First Team honor at Amherst-Pelham Regional. Timbilla played one year for prep school Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.) after attending John McCrae Secondary in Ontario, where she average more than 20 points and 14 rebounds per game in 2010-11.
Octavia Thomas Selected To UMass Hall Of Fame
The No. 2 scorer in program history, Thomas was a major force in the program's resurgence in the mid-1990's. During her career from 1993-1996, Thomas helped turn a program that had won nine total games in the previous three seasons into one that made the WNIT and the NCAA Tournament during her junior and senior campaigns.
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