Minutewomen Host GW For NGWSD/Play 4Kay Game
The contest against the Colonials is set for 2 p.m. in the Mullins Center.
Junior Dee Montgomery is Sunday's Minutewoman Of The Game.
Feb. 18, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. -
The UMass women's basketball team will play host to George Washington on Sunday afternoon, the penultimate home game for the Minutewomen heading into the final week of the regular season. Sunday's contest will mark National Girls and Women's in Sports Day at UMass, which begins with a free clinic for kids 12 and under at noon in Boyden Gymnasium. The game will also be UMass' Play 4Kay game, formerly known as WBCA Pink Zone, an annual breast cancer awareness event across women's college basketball.
Last Time: Saint Louis Rallies Past Women's Hoops, 63-59
Senior Emilie Teuscher poured in a career-high 22 points for the Minutewomen, but a late first half rally helped Saint Louis rally past UMass, 63-59 on Wednesday afternoon at Chaifetz Arena.
Teuscher's career day was aided by a 6-for-8 clip from three-point range as she led three UMass scorers in double figures.
It marked Teuscher's fourth time as team's leading scorer this season and first 20-point game of her career. she matched her career high of two steals, as well. The performance was Teuscher's 14th time in double figures in her career and 10th of the season.
With her six treys in the contest, Teuscher broke in to the UMass top-10 for career threes and is currently tied for 10th with 93. She also cracked the single season list for the first time, now with 50 on the year.
Junior Shakia Robinson posted her fourth career double-double and second of the season on 15 points and 11 boards, her eighth time as team's leading rebounder this season and fifth career game with 10 or more boards.
Senior Megan Zullo totaled 14 points, scoring in double figures for the 11th time this season. With a pair of threes in the game, Zullo took over second on the UMass career three pointers list, passing Beth Kuzmeski (1993-97, 179) and now has 180 treys.
Junior Jasmine Watson chipped in six points, five boards, three assists and three blocks. She moved up to eighth on the single season list for blocked shots with 43 on the year after recording eight over the pst three games.
Redshirt sophomore Carolann Cloutier handed out seven assists, her 14th game with five or more helpers this season.
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 8.7 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 225 in 26 games in 2011-12. She totaled 79 rebounds last season and has surpassed that total with 91 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 then-career high for made threes with four in each of those contests. At Saint Louis on Feb. 15, Teuscher set a new career best with six made threes, matching the second highest single game total in program history. She has already surpassed her career high in made threes set last season (36), now with 50, entering the single season top-10 for the first time in her career, currently tied for ninth.
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% (56-for-140) and is 20th nationally. Senior Emilie Teuscher is currently third in the conference at 43.1% (50-for-116).
In threes per-game, Zullo is second in the A-10 with a 2.2 average, while Teuscher is tied for fifth (1.9).
In the UMass record book, Teuscher now ranks sixth in career three-point percentage at .372, having made 93-for-250 in her four years with the Minutewomen. She has also entered the single season list for three-point percentage, currently fourth with her 43.1% 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 second with 180 in 84 games as a Minutewoman.
Zullo has made a total of 227 career treys combined in her time at N.C. State and UMass in 118 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, 56 in 2011-12 and 54 in 2009-10 )
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 (931 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 69 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 118. Kate Mills (2004-08) holds the program record with 194.
With 43 blocks on the season, Watson has broken into the UMass single season top-10 for the first time in her career, currently eighth on the list and is three shy of a tie for seventh.
Watson logged her 500th career rebound on Jan. 18 vs. Dayton. She is currently 16th all-time with 541 and has surpassed her previous single season high of 176 from her freshman year, now with 197.
Junior Shakia Robinson registered her 300th career rebound vs. Richmond on Jan. 14 and her 600th career point on Feb. 4 at La Salle. On Feb. 15 at Saint Louis, Robinson set new career high for a points season as she now has 322 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 286 and needs 13 to pass Sakera Young (2005-09, 298) for ninth. Zullo is also currently 11 away from tying Katie Nelson for the UMass career three point record, now with 180.
Senior Emilie Teuscher (93), is currently four treys shy of ninth for career threes, now sitting tied for 10th 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 33.3% (131-for-393) and fifth in three-pointers per-game (5.0). UMass is fourth in assists as well with a 14.8 per-game average.
Junior Jasmine Watson is currently seventh in the A-10 in rebounding average (7.6) and fourth in blocked shots (1.7 bpg).
Redshirt sophomore Carolann Cloutier (2nd, 4.7 apg) and senior Megan Zullo (11th, 3.2 apg) both rank in the top-12 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 21 of 26 games this season.
Two of the five (Robinson, 12.4 ppg and Watson, 11.8 ppg) are averaging double figures in scoring this season, while Zullo (9.1 ppg) and Teuscher (8.7 ppg) are just shy of double digits. UMass' point guard, Cloutier, chips in an average of 5.5 points per-game.
UMass' starters have accounted for 1203 of the team's 1484 points or 81.1% of the team's scoring through 26 games.
Cloutier has played 30+ minutes in 19 of 26 contests, logging 34 or more minutes 12 times. Zullo is currently seventh in the conference with an average of 34.0 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 502-614 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 764 career points, 286 assists and is 180-for-475 (.379) beyond the arc. She is currently ranked second on the UMass career list in three-point field goals made (180), fifth in three-point percentage and sixth in assist average (3.4) and fourth in minutes average (32.5).
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, was 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 931 career points (11.9 ppg), 541 rebounds (6.9 rpg) and 118 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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