Women's Basketball

UMass Challenges Richmond For Midweek Action

Feb. 18, 2014

  University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
 Game 27 Massachusetts (3-23, 0-12 Atlantic 10) vs. Richmond (11-14, 5-7 Atlantic 10)
 Date | Time Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
 Location Mullins 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 Richmond leads, 13-2. Last meeting: Richmond 81, UMass 63; Feb. 17, 2013
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The Last Meeting
February 17, 2013
Richmond, Va.
Harris' 19 Points Not Enough In 81-63 UMass Loss At Richmond
Freshman guard Jasmine Harris recorded a single-game career-high 19 points in 25 minutes off the bench for UMass; however, the Minutewomen dropped an 81-63 decision at the University of Richmond's Robins Center on Sunday afternoon. Sophomore forward Kim Pierre-Louis joined Harris in double-figures with 13 points, one shy of tying her career high, while adding five rebounds.

Last Meeting: Richmond 81, UMass 63; Feb. 17, 2013
Jasmine Harris recorded a single-game career-high 19 points in 25 minutes off the bench for UMass; however, the Minutewomen dropped an 81-63 decision at Richmond's Robins Center on Sunday, Feb. 17. Kim Pierre-Louis joined Harris in double-figures with 13 points, one shy of tying her career high, while adding five rebounds.

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
Making use of a balanced offense, Richmond women's basketball holds an 11-14 overall record and 5-7 mark through a dozen A-10 games in Michael Shafer's ninth season leading the squad. Shafer is 151-125 since taking over before the 2005-06 season after he spent 11 years as an assistant on the University of Georgia women's hoops staff.

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.

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.

Timbilla Joins 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 (407), the fifth-most in UMass history and only 0.1 behind Octavia Thomas (1992-96) for fourth place.

Mital Stopping And Popping Her Way Into The Record Book
In her third year as a Minutewoman Emily Mital has hit 103 career three-pointers for the Maroon and White, the eighth-most in the history of the program. She needs to make five more to pass Kristina Danella (2008-10) for seventh all-time. Her junior season success earned her the spot on UMass' all-time leaderboard for made three-pointers as she is 47-for-124 (37.9 percent) with four 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 (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
Jasmine Harris rejoined the starting lineup against VCU on Jan. 18 after three games coming off of the bench and has provided 12.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per contest over the last eight games.

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
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 141 makes in 285 attempts from the floor (49.5 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 49.0 percent.

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
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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