Women's Hoops Hosts URI On Senior Day
The squads seniors will be honored prior to the contest against the Rams.
Feb. 21, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. -
The UMass women's basketball team will close out its 2011-12 home slate this Wednesday, Feb. 22, when the squad will play host to Rhode Island at the Mullins Center at 7 p.m. Prior to the contest against the Rams (1-26, 0-12 A-10), the Minutewomen will honor seniors Emilie Teuscher and Megan Zullo, who will be taking the floor for the final home game of their collegiate careers.
Scouting Rhode Island
Losers of 24 consecutive games, Rhode Island is currently 1-26 on the season and 0-12 in the Atlantic 10.
The Rams are coming off an 84-41 loss to Temple on Sunday in which the Owls recorded 27 steals.
The Rams' lone win on the season came at home vs. Providence on Nov. 16 by the score of 52-43. The Rams have lost 24 straight games.
Ashley Rivera leads the Rams with an average of 11.0 points per-game and is followed by Emilie Cloutier who ranks second on the team with 9.4 points per-game.
Sherrie Session is the team's leading rebounder with 5.8 per-game.
Teneka Whittaker ranks eighth in the A-10 with 1.9 steals per-game.
Last Time Against The Rams
Behind a season-high 20 points from senior Megan Zullo, the UMass women's basketball team used a gritty defensive effort in a come-from-behind win over Rhode Island, 46-39, at the Ryan Center on Jan. 11.
Zullo, who used a 6-for-10 clip from three-point range help her to her fourth career 20-point game, single-handedly outscored URI in the second half with 14 points to the Rams' 13. Junior Jasmine Watson followed with seven points, five boards, three blocks and three steals. Watson logged her 100th career block in the contest, becoming just the fifth player in program history to reach the milestone. Junior Shakia Robinson chipped in a team-best four assists and six rebounds, while redshirt-sophomore Carolann Cloutier had five points, six rebounds and two assists.
UMass led early in the first half as Zullo hit her first trey of the night at the 13:42 mark to give the Minutewomen an 8-5 advantage. However, Rhode Island responded with a 12-1 run to go ahead by eight, 17-9, with 8:35 remaining in the period. Then at the 4:26 mark, a jumper by Sherrie Session gave the Rams their largest lead of the night, nine, at 22-13. UMass strung together a 7-2 stretch to pull within four of URI, but Corinne Coia put in a layup with 51 seconds left to push the Rhode Island advantage to 26-20 at the break.
Coming out of the intermission, Emilie Cloutier's basket at the 18:06 mark made it an eight-point lead for the Rams, but the UMass defense would hold URI without another point for the next 6:03 as the Minutewomen closed the gap to two, 28-26. Two straight buckets by URI pushed the margin back to six before an 8-2 UMass run leveled the score at 34 with 7:22 to play.
Chari Lehnertz answered with a basket at the other end to briefly put the Rams back in front, while Session's jumper at 4:44 put the Rams in front for the final time. Zullo then hit her second of three straight threes for the Minutewomen on top for good at the 4:25 mark. Carolann Cloutier converted three of her four trips to the line in the final 32 seconds to help secure the win for UMass.
The Minutewomen shot 14-for-51 (27.5%) overall on the evening, 7-for-21 (33.3%) from three and made 11-of-16 free throws (68.8%). The Rams made 17-of-52 (32.7%) overall, were just 1-of-3 (33.3%) from three and were 4-for-8 (50%) at the charity stripe. Rebounding was even at 37 apiece.
Ashley Rivera finished as URI's leading scorer with nine points, while Session followed with eight and a game-best nine rebounds.
Last Time: Balanced Effort Key In Minutewomen's 56-53 Win Over GW
The UMass women's basketball team's 50% shooting in the first half helped propel the squad to a 56-53 victory over George Washington at the Mullins Center on Sunday afternoon.
Scoring in double figures for a second game in a row, senior Megan Zullo led the charge for UMass with 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting, including four treys. It was her fifth time as the squad's high scorer this season and 12th time in double figures. In two games last week, Zullo averaged 16.0 ppg, 3.5 apg and shot 50% (6-for-12) from beyond the arc, 59% (13-for-22) overall and played 37.0 minutes per-contest. She logged her 60th career trey
Zullo also shared the ball well with five assists and picked up four steals, now nine shy of her 300th career assist. It marked her 20th career game with five or more helpers.
Junior Jasmine Watson added 13 points and rounded out her game with seven rebounds, a career-high five assists and two blocks. Over the past four contests, Watson has logged 13 blocks (3.25 per-game) and, with her two vs. the Colonials, moved up into a tie for seventh in blocks for a season, now with 45.
Watson scored in double figures for the 19th time this season and cracked the top-15 in career rebounding, now 15th with 548.
Freshman Emily Mital pulled down a season-best eight boards and had eight points in what was her second start on the year. It marked Mital's first time leading the team in rebounding, her third career game with five or more boards.
Redshirt freshman Millie Niggeling chipped in five rebounds off the bench, as well, tying a career high.
UMass snapped a streak of five straight losses to the Colonials, picking up its first victory over George Washington since Jan. 22, 2006, a 55-53 win at the Mullins Center.
With the loss of point guard Carolann Cloutier to injury for the remainder of the season, freshman Emily Mital earned her second start of her career on Feb. 19 vs. George Washington.
In her two times as a member of the starting five, she has made the most of her opportunities, averaging 38.5 minutes per-game.
As a starter, Mital is averaging 5.0 points per-game and 7.5 assists per-game.
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 8.6 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 231 in 27 games in 2011-12. She totaled 79 rebounds last season and has surpassed that total with 94 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 52, entering the single season top-10 for the first time in her career, currently eighth.
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 fourth in the Atlantic 10 in three-point percentage at 40.8% (60-for-147) and is 14th nationally. Senior Emilie Teuscher is currently third in the conference at 42.3% (52-for-123).
In threes per-game, Zullo is second in the A-10 with a 2.3 average, while Teuscher is tied for fifth (1.9).
In the UMass record book, Teuscher now ranks sixth in career three-point percentage at .370, having made 95-for-257 in her four years with the Minutewomen. She has also entered the single season list for three-point percentage, currently fifth with her 42.3% 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 184 in 85 games as a Minutewoman.
Zullo has made a total of 23` career treys combined in her time at N.C. State and UMass in 119 games.
UMass finished 2010-11 ranked seventh in the nation at 38.1% from beyond the arc, sinking a school-record 213-of-559.
Seven of the top nine 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, 60 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 (944 points), tallied her 800th career point vs. Harvard on Jan. 3. and reached her 900th on Feb. 4 at La Salle.
She is currently 20th on the all-time scoring list behind Kim Kristofik (1989-93, 958 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 56 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 120. Kate Mills (2004-08) holds the program record with 194.
With 45 blocks on the season, Watson has broken into the UMass single season top-10 for the first time in her career, currently tied for sevent on the list and is three shy of a tie for sixth.
Watson logged her 500th career rebound on Jan. 18 vs. Dayton. She is currently 15th all-time with 548 and has surpassed her previous single season high of 176 from her freshman year, now with 204.
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 in a season as she now has 328 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 291 and needs eight to pass Sakera Young (2005-09, 298) for ninth. Zullo is also currently seven away from tying Katie Nelson for the UMass career three point record, now with 184.
Senior Emilie Teuscher (95), is currently two 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 33.6% (138-for-411) and fifth in three-pointers per-game (5.1). UMass is fourth in assists as well with a 14.9 per-game average.
Junior Jasmine Watson is currently seventh in the A-10 in rebounding average (7.6) and third 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 27 games this season.
Two of the five (Robinson, 12.1 ppg and Watson, 11.9 ppg) are averaging double figures in scoring this season, while Zullo (9.4 ppg) and Teuscher (8.6 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 1254 of the team's 1540 points or 81.4% of the team's scoring through 27 games.
Zullo is currently seventh in the conference with an average of 34.1 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 782 career points, 291 assists and is 184-for-482 (.382) beyond the arc. She is currently ranked second on the UMass career list in three-point field goals made (184), fourth in three-point percentage and sixth in assist average (3.4) and fourth in minutes average (32.6).
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 944 career points (11.9 ppg), 548 rebounds (6.9 rpg) and 120 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 continued 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.
Tatham Sisters Help Canada To Bronze At FIBA Americas
UMass women's basketball alums Tamara and Alisha Tatham recently helped Team Canada to a bronze medal at the FIBA Americas Tournamen this fall. Canada will now move on to the World Olympic Qualifier in June for a chance to secure a position in the 2012 Olympics.
Canada defeated Cuba, 59-46, in the bronze medal game, aided by six rebounds from Tamara Tatham. She also contributed five points, while Alisha Tatham played five minutes and recorded one blocked shot.
Alisha Tatham has been a member of the Canadian National Team for eight years and has played in 64 international contests. Tamara Tatham has been with Team Canada for six years, appearing in 59 games.
A 2007 graduate, Tamara Tatham plays professionally with the Halle Lions in Halle, Germany. The 6-1 forward finished her career with the Minutewomen 10th all-time in scoring (1,186 points) and ranks in the top-10 for career steals (4th, 190), rebounds (5th, 755), blocks (8th, 115) and free throws (8th, 282), as well.
Tamara's younger sister, Alisha, graduated from UMass in 2008 and appeared in 116 career games with the Minutewomen. She totaled 524 points with 281 rebounds and 147 assists. She currently plays for Point Chaud Sprimont in Belgium.
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