UMass Challenges Richmond For Midweek Action
Feb. 18, 2014
Last Meeting: Richmond 81, UMass 63; Feb. 17, 2013
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 underclassmen 52 of the Minutewomen's 63 points on the day.
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.
Jasmine Watson used 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 after the squad faced a sizeable deficit early.
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.
Scouting Richmond Women's Basketball
Olivia Healy leads the offense with 12.3 points while Genevieve Okoro (11.7), Kristina King (11.5) and Janelle Hubbard (11.0) also average double-digits. Okoro paces the squad with 8.2 rebounds pulled down in each contest while Healy averages 7.4 boards per game.
Richmond has played nearly even with the opposition this season, only being outscored by 13 points total, 1588-1575, over 25 games. Opponents do hold a sizeable advantage in rebounding margin at +3.9 as foes pull down 40.4 boards per game to 36.5 for the Spiders.
However, the Spiders have played uneven throughout the year, with no more than two consecutive wins and only one losing streak longer than a pair of games. After starting A-10 play with four wins in the first eight games, Richmond has dropped three of the previous four conference matchups, including a 69-58 loss at No. 25 Dayton on Feb. 15.
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Mital Stopping And Popping Her Way Into The Record Book
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 (314) and her made percentage (.328) puts her in a tie with Sabriya Mitchell (1994-98) for 12th place in the record book for the category currently.
Harris Making The Most
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 helpers vs. Dayton. To continue, Harris totaled 11 points, three rebounds and a trio of assists at Fordham. She added 14 points, a career-high six assists and two boards against George Washington on Jan 29 and scored 13 more to go with seven rebounds and a pair of helpers at Rhode Island.
Harris added 10 points, three helpers and a rebound against St. Bonaventure before providing 14 points, six boards and one assist at George Mason and nine points, four rebounds and two assists at George Washington.
She Gets Buckets
For her career, Pierre-Louis has never shot less than 44.4 percent for a season and has made 193 of her 400 attempts as a Minutewoman (4831 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
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.