Women's Basketball

Long-Time Foe Rhode Island On Deck For Minutewomen

Feb. 21, 2014

  University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
 Game 28 Massachusetts (3-24, 0-13 Atlantic 10) vs. Rhode Island (7-20, 2-11 Atlantic 10)
 Date | Time Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 | 2:00 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 Massachusetts leads, 40-32. Last meeting: Rhode Island 73, UMass 64; Feb. 5, 2014
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The Last Meeting
Rhode Island73
February 5, 2014
Kingston, R.I.
Comeback Attempt By Women's Hoops Thwarted At Rhode Island
UMass women's basketball faltered at Rhode Island's Ryan Center, 73-64 on Wednesday.

Last Meeting: Rhode Island 73, UMass 64; Feb. 5, 2014
UMass cut an eight-point halftime deficit to within one basket but was unable to complete the comeback at Rhode Island, falling to the Rams, 73-64. Jasmine Harris and Emily Mital tied for the team high in points with 13 each. Rashida Timbilla grabbed 13 rebounds, including 12 from the defensive glass.

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.

Scouting Rhode Island Women's Basketball
Despite proving itself as one of the best defensive teams in the conference, Rhode Island women's basketball holds a 7-20 overall record and 2-11 mark in Atlantic 10 games entering play against the Minutewomen. The Rams rank third in the A-10 for scoring defense, allowing just 60.1 points to opponents; however, Rhody scores just 54.9 on the other end of the court, the least in the A-10.

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.

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 (413), 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 104 career three-pointers for the Maroon and White, the eighth-most in the history of the program. She needs to make four 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 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
Jasmine Harris appeared in the starting lineup against VCU on Jan. 18, after three games coming off of the bench as a reserve guard and has provided 13.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per contest over the last nine appearances.

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
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 147 makes in 297 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 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).

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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