Women's Basketball

Senior Night Set For Thursday Against Saint Joseph's At 7 P.M.

Feb. 25, 2014

  University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
 Game 29 Massachusetts (4-24, 1-13 Atlantic 10) vs. Saint Joseph's (20-7, 9-5 Atlantic 10)
 Date | Time Thursday, Feb. 27, 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 Saint Joseph's leads, 45-9. Last meeting: Saint Joseph's 87, UMass 50; Feb. 27, 2013
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The Last Meeting
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February 27, 2013
Philadelphia, Pa.
Minutewomen Falter In 87-50 Defeat At Saint Joseph's
The UMass women's basketball squad was unable to overcome a strong shooting performance by Saint Joseph's on Wednesday evening, falling to the Hawks, 87-50 at Hagan Arena. Freshman guard Jasmine Harris led the Minutewomen with 11 points and classmate Adriana Jordan notched a single-game career-best 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor and a 2-of-4 clip at the foul line.

Last Meeting: Saint Joseph's 87, UMass 50; Feb. 27, 2013
UMass was unable to overcome a strong shooting performance by Saint Joseph's on Wednesday Feb. 27, 2013, falling to the Hawks, 87-50 at Hagan Arena. Jasmine Harris led the Minutewomen with 11 points and Adriana Jordan notched a single-game career-best 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor and a 2-of-4 clip at the foul line. Rashida Timbilla pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, including four on the offensive end of the floor, and added eight points. Kim Pierre-Louis totaled six points and four rebounds over 14 minutes on the floor.

Saint Joseph's hit five of its first six field goals (83.3 percent) to record the initial 13 points of the contest. Redshirt-senior Chatilla van Grinsven led the Hawks early with a trio of layups during the opening run, finishing with a team-high 21 points on the contest to pace the Hawks.

Down 15-4, Harris drained her first three-point attempt of the day to bring the Minutewomen within 15-7 with 13:47 to play in the first. After a van Grinsven layup, Pierre-Louis backed into the paint and swished a turnaround jumper to again cut the deficit to eight with 13:14 remaining in the half. However, the Hawks offense continued to knock down their attempts over the remainder of the half, resulting in a 50-25 score in favor of Saint Joseph's at the break.

Scouting Saint Joseph's Women's Basketball
Saint Joseph's women's basketball is 20-7 overall and 9-5 in Atlantic 10 games entering competition at the University of Massachusetts on Thursday, Feb. 27, its fourth consecutive season reaching the 20-win plateau on 13th-year head coach Cindy Griffin, who has led the team to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and eight WNIT berths since taking over as the program leader in 2001-02.

Erin Shields' 15.4 points per game leads three Hawks scoring in double-figures this year as Sarah Fairbanks adds 13.0 and Natasha Cloud chips in 12.1 on average. Shields is hitting 40.0 percent of her three-pointers (78-of-195) to bolster her total while only missing four free throws (74-of-78; .949) all season. Overall she is shooting 42.4 percent from the floor (132-for-311) and sports a 1.7 assist-to-turnover margin with 90 helpers against only 53 lost possessions.

After plowing through non-conference play nearly unimpeded, only losing at No. 15 LSU, 80-64 and at Syracuse, 64-62, the Hawks have struggled to replicate their early-season success during Atlantic 10 Conference play. The reigning Atlantic 10 Tournament Champions have dropped games to George Washington, Saint Louis, St. Bonaventure, VCU and most recently Dayton. Each of those losses came by seven or fewer points prior to dropping an 82-56 game at Dayton on Feb. 23.

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 (421), 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 105 career three-pointers for the Maroon and White, the eighth-most in the history of the program. She needs to make three 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 49-for-131 (37.4 percent) with two 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 (321) and her made percentage (.327) puts her in 13th place in the record book for the category currently.

Back-To-Back With 20+
Jasmine Harris scored 20 points in back-to-back games against Richmond on Feb. 19 and Rhode Island on Feb. 23 for her first performances with at least 20 points as a Minutewoman.

It marked the first time any Minutewomen have recorded as many points in two straight games since Jasmine Watson had 21 on Nov. 10, 2012, against Kent State before Emily Mital went for 22 at Central Connecticut three days later, a span of 53 contests between the two streaks.

The last time one player recorded back-to-back 20+ point performances was when Watson scored 22 against La Salle on Feb. 26, 2011 before earning 25 in the following game versus Charlotte on March 4, 2011. It was 84 games between one Minutewoman scoring 20 or more in consecutive games.

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 151 makes in 311 attempts from the floor (48.6 percent). Her percentage makes her one of only six Atlantic 10 women's basketball players to qualify for the top-15 with a mark at or above 48.0 percent.

For her career, Pierre-Louis has never shot less than 44.4 percent for a season and has made 203 of her 426 attempts as a Minutewoman (47.7 percent). She was 20-of-43 as a freshman (46.5 percent) and 32-for-72 over her sophomore campaign (48.8 percent).

International Appeal
Among the 13 Minutewomen on the active roster this season are four international players hailing for three different countries. A pair of them, Kim Pierre-Louis and Rashida Timbilla, hail from the same city in Ottawa, Ontario, while Paula Tarnachowicz originates from Gdynia, Poland, and Kiara Bomben is a native of Canberra, Australia.

The four internationally-born players are tied for the second-most on one season's roster in program history with the 2012-13 and 2004-05 campaigns. The squad has had at least one international student-athlete active on the roster in each of the last 14 seasons and 19 of the previous 20.

UMass women's basketball has had eight Canadian players compete for the program in the history of the squad while Bomben and Tarnachowicz are the players to suit up for the Maroon and White from their respective countries. The four internationals mark the second-most on a squad among all Atlantic 10 teams behind only Duquesne's six foreign-born players.

Thomas Named To A-10 Legends Class Of 2014
UMass standout Octavia Thomas was one of 13 former Atlantic 10 women's basketball student-athletes named to the conference's Legends Class of 2014. Thomas provided UMass women's basketball with 1,791 points and 903 rebounds during her four-year career as she led the Minutewomen to the 1995 WNIT and 1996 NCAA Tournament. George "Trigger" Burke was an all-America selection in 1956 as he also took in All-East, All-New England, All-Yankee Conference and all-Boston Garden.

She will be honored along with her 12 women's basketball compatriots and the 13 men's basketball inductees during the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship.



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