Long-Time Foe Rhode Island On Deck For Minutewomen
Feb. 21, 2014
Last Meeting: Rhode Island 73, UMass 64; Feb. 5, 2014
Mital went 4-for-6 from the floor, including a trio of three-pointers that gave her 100 made in her UMass career. With her first trey of the game - sank with 12 minutes, 12 seconds left in the first half - Mital moved into sole possession of 10th all-time in program history with 98 made three-point attempts. Her third of the day pushed the Frisco, Texas, native by Emilie Teuscher for ninth on the list.
Kim Pierre-Louis and Amber Dillon joined Harris and Mital in scoring double-figures. Pierre-Louis finished with 11 points and Dillon chipped in 10 as the duo combined to go 11-of-13 from the foul line. Harris also had seven rebounds and a pair of assists while Mital ripped down three boards and nabbed a two steals.
UMass locked in defensively after trailing 40-32 at halftime to slow the pace of play while the Minutewomen chipped away at their deficit, dropping it at low as three points during the stanza.
To close to within one hoop, UMass cut it 43-34 in favor of Rhode Island to 47-44 over a span of 5:38 of game action ending with 9:27 remaining on the clock. Dillon used two of her six made free throws to start the scoring spree while Harris capped it with a shot from beyond the arc.
Rhode Island responded as Briana Thomas and Samantha Tabakman keyed in from the floor to stretch the lead back to seven and the Minutewomen were unable to pull within four the rest of the way.
UMass made one final push during the last minutes. Dillon converted a layup to make it 67-59 before the defense forced Banker into a turnover on the endline. With possession under the Rhode Island hoop, the Minutewomen inbounded the ball to Mital on the right wing and she provided her 100th career three-pointer to drop the deficit to 67-62 with 2:17 left. The Minutewomen continued to pressure the Rams, but the home squad made six of its last eight free throws to stifle the comeback attempt.
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Tayra Melendez notches 12.9 points per game to pace the attack but has missed time due to injury, playing in 22 of the 27 Rhody games. Kerry Wallack contributes 9.4 and a team-high 7.4 rebounds per contest as Rhode Island owns a 40.1-to-38.2 lead in the battle of the boards.
Rhode Island's conference wins came against George Mason, 59-40 on Jan. 11 and Massachusetts, 73-64 on Feb. 5, with both being home games. Cathy Inglese is in her fifth season as the head coach. Inglese is 423-383 overall in her 27th season as a program leader including stops at Vermont and Boston College prior to her arrival in Kingston, R.I.
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Mital Stopping And Popping Her Way Into The Record Book
Her junior season success earned her the spot on UMass' all-time leaderboard for made three-pointers as she is 48-for-128 (37.5 percent) with three 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 (318) and her made percentage (.327) puts her in 13th 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.
Harris recorded a career-day against Richmond in the most recent contest with a personal-best 21 points earned to go along with six rebounds and a trio of assists.
She Gets Buckets
For her career, Pierre-Louis has never shot less than 44.4 percent for a season and has made 199 of her 412 attempts as a Minutewoman (48.3 percent). She was 20-of-43 as a freshman (46.5 percent) and 32-for-72 over her sophomore campaign (48.8 percent).
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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.