Women's Basketball

Minutewomen Begin A-10 Tournament Versus George Mason

March 3, 2014

  University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes - 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship
 Game 31 No. 12 seed Massachusetts (4-26) vs. No. 13 George Mason (7-22)
 Date | Time Wednesday, March 5, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. (Play-In Game)
 Tournament Info Atlantic 10 Championship Central
 Location Richmond Coliseum (11,992) | Richmond, Va.
 Live Statistics StatBroadcast
 Live Video Atlantic 10 Digital Network (subscription required)
 Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM (Cody Chrusciel)
 Series History George Mason leads, 3-0. Last meeting: George Mason 101, UMass 73; Feb. 12, 2014
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The Last Meeting
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February 12, 2014
Fairfax, Va.
George Mason Tops Massachusetts On The Road
UMass women's basketball fell to George Mason at the Patriot Center, 101-73, in Fairfax, Va., on Feb. 12.

Last Meeting: George Mason 101, UMass 73; Feb. 12, 2014
UMass women's basketball had five players score in double-figures, but the balanced offense was not enough as the Minutewomen fell at George Mason's Patriot Center, 101-73 on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. Kim Pierre-Louis earned her fourth career double-double on the strength of 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead UMass.

Jasmine Harris added 14 points to go with six rebounds while Nola Henry finished 5-for-10 from the floor with three free throws for 13 points. Emily Mital scored 11 while Kiara Bomben rounded out the quintet with 10 points to go with six boards.

Mital drained a trio of three-pointers to bump her UMass career total for made treys to 103, moving her into eighth place past Stefanie Gerardot (2005-08), who amassed 102 as a Minutewoman.

Taylor Brown and Janaa Pickard each recorded 25 points to lead George Mason while Sandra Ngoie added 23. Talisha Watts also totaled double-digits as she scored 15. Pickard pulled down 11 rebounds to join Pierre-Louis in earning a double-double.

Harris opened the game 4-of-8 from the field with a free throw for 10 quick points to keep the score between the sides close. Foul trouble forced her to the bench 11 minutes, 15 seconds into the game and George Mason followed with a 13-2 run to push ahead, 37-25 with 4:08 to play in the stanza.

The Minutewomen employed their three-point game in an attempt cut into the deficit before the break with a trio of made shots from beyond the arc during the final four minutes. Mital chipped in two of those on back-to-back possessions, hitting with 3:54 left before adding a second make only 20 seconds later.

However, the Colonials responded with two triples of their own, one each from Brown and Ngoie, to protect their lead at 45-36 entering halftime.

The Minutewomen started the final frame with offense in the paint to cut it to as close as seven. Down by 11 following a George Mason bucket eight seconds in, Pierre-Louis brought UMass within nine before Amber Dillon used a driving layup at the right side of the hoop to drop the home side's lead to 47-40 with 17:58 remaining.

Following the buckets by Pierre-Louis and Dillon, the Colonials went on an 8-2 run to cushion their hold to 55-42 only two minutes later with three of those points coming on free throws - a category they finished 25-for-32 in (78.1 percent).

George Mason took advantage of five Minutewomen playing with at least three personal fouls to extend the lead to as much as 28 points in the frame. The Minutewomen were within eight with 14:02 remaining, but five quick points from the Colonials re-established their 13-point margin at the 13:15 margin and UMass would not pull closer the rest of the way.

Scouting George Mason Women's Basketball
George Mason holds a 7-22 overall record and the tournament's No. 12 seed entering competition at the Atlantic 10 Championship. The squad went 6-7 during its non-conference slate but was just 1-15 during A-10 games, with the lone victory coming over the Minutewomen, 101-73 on Feb. 12.

Taylor Brown's 18.5 points per game paces the squad, while she is also contributing a team-high 4.3 assists to go with 4.8 rebounds in each contest. Janaa Pickard adds 13.1 points and a squad-best 8.1 rebounds. Sandra Ngoie rounds out a trio of double-digit scorers with 12.3 earned in each contest.

As a team, the Colonials are only being outscored be their foes, 74.8-to-68.9 while losing the rebounding battle, 43.6-to-41.0 as seven of their losses were by six or fewer points. This game marks their inaugural Atlantic 10 Tournament appearance as George Mason is in its first season competing as a member of the league.

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.

UMass In The Atlantic 10 Tournament
The University of Massachusetts women's basketball team makes its 30th appearance in the Atlantic 10 Tournament in its 33rd season as a part of the league. The program is 12-29 entering the 2014 Atlantic 10 Tournament Play-In Game against George Mason on Wednesday, March 5.

UMass last appeared in the conference championship following the 2010-11 regular season, where they were the No. 12 seed and fell to No. 5 Charlotte during the first round, 77-66 on March 4, 2011.

The deepest a Maroon and White squad has advanced in the tournament is the semifinal round, which was accomplished six times including last on March 1, 2002 when Massachusetts fell to No. 1 seed Temple, 67-61 in overtime. The Minutewomen also reached the semifinals during the 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2000 holdings of the event.

Since UMass has missed the tournament during the previous two seasons, no current Minutewoman has participated in the championship prior to the play-in game against George Mason.

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 (434), 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 106 career three-pointers for the Maroon and White, the eighth-most in the history of the program. She needs to make two 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 50-for-138 (36.2 percent) entering the Atlantic 10 Tournament Play-In Game against George Mason on Wednesday, March 5. 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 (328) while her 50 threes made this year puts her tied for 12th in the single-season rankings.

Upping Her Game
Jasmine Harris averages 13.8 points per game over the previous 12 contests after starting the year providing just 7.1 points through the first 18 contests. Her scoring surge started with 10 points against VCU on Jan. 18 and she has provided double-digits in scoring during 10 of the previous 12.

During the stretch, Harris - a perimeter shooter - has improved her field goal percentage to 36.4 from the floor (60-of-165) while adding to her scoring total with a 26-for-29 tally from the free throw line (89.7 percent). During the opening 18 games she hit just 30.8 percent of her attempts (41-for-133) from the floor and 75.6 percent of her foul shots (34-of-45).

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 seventh-highest field goal percentage in the Atlantic 10 with 162 makes in 336 attempts from the floor (48.2 percent). Her percentage makes her one of only eight Atlantic 10 women's basketball players to qualify for the top-15 with a mark at or above 48.0 percent.

Pierre-Louis' accuracy also results in an appearance in the conference's top-15 scoring list, where she ranks 15th with 13.3 points per game despite only averaging only 20.7 minutes played per game.

For her career, Pierre-Louis has never shot less than 44.4 percent for a season and has made 214 of her 451 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).

Turning Them Aside
Sophomore guard and forward Rashida Timbilla ranks among the conference leaders in blocked shots per game. Through the end of the regular season, Timbilla has accumulated 23 stuffs over 27 appearances for an average of 0.9 per game, the 12th-most in the A-10.

Through 56 career games played with the Minutewomen, Timbilla has 44 blocks, the 17th-most in program history.

Hitting The Easy Ones
Jasmine Harris is 60-for-74 on free throws (81.1 percent) as a sophomore, the ninth-highest percentage among Atlantic 10 women's basketball student-athletes and one of only 11 in the league hitting at least 80.0 percent of her attempts.

Harris is 91-for-116 in her two seasons with the Minutewomen (78.4 percent) after she finished her freshman campaign in 2012-13 with 31 makes in 42 attempts (73.8 percent).

Meeting The 20-Point Benchmark
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 contests.

She has since added a third 20-point game as she scored a team-high 20 at Saint Louis in the regular season finale on March 2, 2014, giving her three 20-point performances over the last four games.



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