Senior Night Set For Thursday Against Saint Joseph's At 7 P.M.
Feb. 25, 2014
Last Meeting: Saint Joseph's 87, UMass 50; Feb. 27, 2013
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
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.
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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 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+
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
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).
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.
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