UMass Closes Regular Season At Saint Louis
Feb. 28, 2014
Last Meeting: Saint Louis 59, UMass 50; Feb. 7, 2013
Rashida Timbilla added eight points, five boards and a pair of steals while Emily Mital notched a career-high seven rebounds. Nola Henry recorded five points and four boards while leading UMass with four assists. Jasmine Harris chipped in six points on a pair of made three-pointers over 16 minutes on the floor.
Sparked by Henry and a stingy defense, UMass (3-20 overall, 1-7 Atlantic 10) raced out to a 10-1 lead with 12:26 to play in the first half as Henry connected on a jumper and her first attempt from behind the arc to pace the attack. Redshirt-junior guard Carolann Cloutier started off the game-opening run with a layup at the 18:28 mark while Watson tallied her first points on a turnaround jumper and redshirt-junior forward Kiara Bomben capped the run by hitting the second half of a set of foul shots.
After the Billikens (10-12, 4-3) rallied back to pull within 10-9 with 8:13 left in the opening half, the Minutewomen answered with a 10-0 run of their own on the strength of a combined 5-for-5 stretch from Timbilla and Watson. Timbilla knocked down back-to-back jumpers at 8:01 and 7:33 to push the lead to 14-9 before Watson added a trio of made baskets to cap the run and extend the advantage to 11 points.
The stout defense early on translated to just 20 points allowed to the Billikens in the first half, with the Minutewomen entering the break ahead, 24-20. UMass held Saint Louis to just 25.8 percent from the floor (8-for-31) while answering with 11 makes in 28 attempts (39.3 percent).
The Billikens found their shooting touch at the start of the second half, eventually earning their first lead of the contest, 27-26 with 17:47 left to play as a result. Saint Louis built its advantage as large as 11 during the frame; however, the Minutewomen responded with an 8-0 run to keep the contest close into the final minute.
Mital converted a layup and Timbilla hit the back end of a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to 52-44 with 2:36 to play. Watson followed with a layup before Harris drained her second three-pointer to pull the Minutewomen within 52-49 at the two-minute mark.
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Erin Nelson paces the squad with 14.3 points per game while Desirae Ball adds 12.3 as the only other Billiken netting double-digits on average. Denisha Womack leads Saint Louis in rebounding with 7.1 pulled down per game to go with 9.7 points. Overall, the Billikens are being outscored this season, 64.5-to-61.4 while narrowly losing the battle of the boards, 39.0-to-38.3.
Saint Louis stumbled in the middle of its schedule, dropping seven consecutive games bridging the end of the non-conference slate and beginning of A-10 games. However, the Billikens are 6-4 in their 10 most recent games, including league wins over George Mason, La Salle, Saint Joseph's, St. Bonaventure and two victories versus Rhode Island.
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Her junior season success earned her the spot on UMass' all-time leaderboard for made three-pointers as she is 49-for-135 (36.3 percent) with one game 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 seventh all-time in three-point field goal attempts (324) while her 49 threes made this year puts her 13th in the single-season rankings.
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.
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For her career, Pierre-Louis has never shot less than 44.4 percent for a season and has made 210 of her 442 attempts as a Minutewoman (47.5 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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