Women's Basketball

UMass Continues Challenging Slate Against Hartford

Nov. 20, 2012

 Women's Basketball Game Notes: UMass (1-3 overall) vs. Hartford (4-0)
 Date/Time Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 | 7:00 p.m.
 Location Mullins Center (9,493) | Amherst, Mass.
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 Series History UMass leads, 6-5 (Last: UMass 72, Hartford 60; Dec. 1, 2007)
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The Last Meeting
December 1, 2007
Amherst, Mass. (Mullins Center)
Minutewomen Stay Perfect At Home, Topping Hartford, 72-60
  • Box Score | Season Stats
    Kate Mills had 18 points, a career-high 14 rebounds, and six blocks to lead UMass women's basketball to a 72-60 over Hartford on Saturday afternoon at the Mullins Center. It was her second-straight double-double and the 11th of her career. Pam Rosanio led all scorers with 22 points and five assists with 16 of her points coming in the second half. Stefanie Gerardot added 11 points and was 2-for-2 from three-point range in her first start of the year. Erica Beverly led the Hawks with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Marnie Dacko's club improves to 3-4 on the season and 3-0 at home while Hartford drops to 6-2.

  • Upcoming Promotion: Family Night
    When UMass women's basketball faces Siena at the Mullins Center on Friday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. the Minutewomen will host Family Night. All fans of UMass women's basketball can purchase a ticket to the game for the kid's rate of just $3 is accompanied by a child.

    Scouting Hartford Women's Basketball
    Hartford brings a 4-0 record into the Mullins Center to face UMass women's basketball on Wednesday evening, as the Hawks have bested Loyola (Md.), Marist, Central Connecticut and Richmond. Hartford is coached by Jennifer Rizzotti who owns a 259-150 record through four games of her 14th season at the helm of the program though UMass leads the all-time record, 6-5.

    The Hawks are averaging 65.8 points per contest while their defense is only allowing 54.8 per game to the combined efforts of all four opponents. Hartford also owns a noticeable advantage in field goal percentage (.452-to-.395), three-point field goal percentage (.333-to-.277) and free throw percentage (.708-to-.686).

    Amber Bepko's 11.5 points per game paces that squad while Elliott Dapne is the only other Hawk to average more than 10 points per contest (10.8). Bepko has connected on half of her attempts from the field, knocking down 14-of-28 while Dapne has hit 13-of-28 (46.4 FG %). Katie Roth spearheads the efforts on the boards, netting 6.3 per contest while Ruthanne Doherty follows with 5.3 on average in each game.

    Last Time Against The Hawks
    Kate Mills had 18 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and six blocks to lead UMass women's basketball to a 72-60 over Hartford at the Mullins Center. It was Mills' second-straight double-double and the 11th of her career. Pam Rosanio led all scorers with 22 points and five assists with 16 of her points coming in the second half. Stefanie Gerardot added 11 points and was 2-for-2 from three-point range in her first start of the year. Erica Beverly led the Hawks with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Minutewomen improved to 3-4 on the season and 3-0 at home with the win while Hartford dropped to 6-2.

    Hartford, which received votes in the AP and coaches' polls before the contest, had won six-straight and the last three match-ups with UMass.

    The Hawks jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first minute and a half of the game, but the Minutewomen responded with five-straight points of their own. UMass didn't stop there, leading almost the entire half. The UMass lead extended to 28-20, with 5:41 remaining in the opening half when Rosanio scored and then stole the ball and went the length of the court for the lay-up to give the Minutewomen an eight-point lead.

    Hartford came back, going on a 12-4 run to end the half with the score tied, 32-32. Mills led UMass in the first half with 10 points and five rebounds while the Minutewomen shot 54.2% (13-for-24) from the field to Hartford's 36.7% (11-for-30). UMass also out-rebounded the Hawks, 20-13. Hartford's Diana Delva led all scorers in the opening 20 minutes with 11 points.

    UMass came out of the half hot, scoring the first six points, including four by Rosanio, to lead to a Hartford timeout at 16:56. Back-to-back three-pointers by Gerardot and Sakera Young gave the Minutewomen a 48-39 lead and capped off what was a 16-7 run over the first 6:51 of the second half. The lead would reach as much as 15 with 4:57 left in the game.

    The Hawks tried to mount a comeback, cutting the margin to nine with 1:32 left, but the Minutewomen were able to utilize the clock and make free throws to secure the 72-60 victory.

    UMass shot 50% (25-50) for the game while Hartford was 33.3% (22-66). The Minutewomen won the battle of the boards, 44-30. After committing 14 turnovers in the first half, UMass had only five in the second stanza.

    Last Time Out: UMass Falls At #7/6 Notre Dame, 94-50
    UMass women's basketball fell to the No. 7 nationally ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Sunday afternoon, 94-50 in South Bend, Ind. The Minutewomen were led by senior center Jasmine Watson, sophomore forward Kim Pierre-Louis, sophomore forward Aisha Rodney and freshman forward Rashida Timbilla, with each scoring eight points at Purcell Pavilion.

    Watson added eight rebounds while Pierre-Louis notched three steals. Sophomore guard Emily Mital added a pair of second half three-pointers to record six points in her return after a one-game absence due to injury while tallying two assists and a pair of boards.

    Senior guard Dee Montgomery opened scoring for the Minutewomen on a three-pointer with 19:20 remaining in the first to give UMass a 3-2 lead; however, No. 7 Notre Dame hit 21-of-35 field goals and 9-of-10 free throws during the first half to take a 53-19 lead into the break. Rodney led UMass with six points on 3-for-4 shooting during the opening stanza, while Montgomery converted a pair of field goal attempts to tally five points.

    The Minutewomen shot 40.9 percent from the floor against a stout Notre Dame defense, finishing the contest strong with a 9-for-20 second half field goal output (45.0 FG %).

    Pierre-Louis paced UMass over the final half, recording each of her eight points during the stanza. The forward from Ottawa, Ontario, also produced four rebounds, a steal and a block during the last 20 minutes of game action.

    Notre Dame earned advantages in points in the paint, 50-20; off turnovers, 49-15 and second-chance points, 21-6. The Irish were led by 18 points from Kayla McBride while Skylar Diggins (15), Jewell Loyd (13) and Michaela Mabry (10) also reached double-figures in scoring.

    UMass Routs Kent State, 83-53 In Season-Opener
    Senior Jasmine Watson's 21 points led four scorers in double figures as the UMass women's basketball team rolled to a 83-53 win in the season-opener at the Mullins Center on Sunday afternoon. Watson logged her 1,000th point in the contest to become the 18th player in program history to achieve the milestone.

    Watson, who went 8-for-11 from the floor in her 10th career 20-point game, also chipped in with eight rebounds, four blocks, four steals and three assists in 31 minutes on the floor. Sophomore Emily Mital followed with a career-best 16 points and was aided by a 4-for-6 afternoon from beyond the arc.

    In their debuts as Minutewomen, redshirt junior Kiara Bomben and freshman Rashida Timbilla both reached double figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Timbilla also hauled in 10 boards to complete her double-double, including five on the offensive glass. Bomben snagged four steals and senior Dee Montgomery dished a career-best 11 assists, her second with 10 or more helpers.

    All 14 UMass players who dressed for the contest saw action with 11 draining buckets in the Minutewomen's highest scoring output since Nov. 28, 2010 at East Carolina. Redshirt sophomore Millie Niggeling paced the UMass bench with seven points, shooting a perfect 3-for-3 on the day.

    The Minutewomen maintained the double-digit cushion following the intermission as Kent State could draw no closer than 13 the rest of the way. UMass led by 32 with 2:05 remaining, it's largest advantage of the day.

    Watson Named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week
    UMass women's basketball senior center Jasmine Watson was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week, as announced by the league on Monday afternoon. To secure the honor, Watson produced her 1,000th collegiate point while leading UMass' to an 83-53 drubbing of Kent State on Saturday during the season-opener for the Minutewomen.

    Watson finished the contest against the Golden Flashes with a team-high 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the floor and a 5-for-8 day at the free throw line. Watson also tallied eight rebounds while adding four blocks and four steals to the winning effort.

    Watson Tallies 1,000 Career Point
    Senior center Jasmine Watson opened her final campaign with the Minutewomen with a 21-point effort in UMass' 83-53 victory over Kent State, eclipsing the 1,000-point plateau with her final field goal attempt of the contest.

    Using her 10th collegiate game of 20 or more points, Watson became just the 18th member to the illustrious club and now stands 14 points from overtaking Beth Wilbor (1985-89) for 17th in career scoring.

    Timbilla Nets Double-Double In First Collegiate Game
    Freshman forward Rashida Timbilla netted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds during her first game as a college women's basketball player, becoming the first Minutewoman to achieve a double-double during her first collegiate contest. Timbilla provided clutch outputs in both categories, hitting on 5-of-7 field goals (.714 pct.) to go with a free throw while tally five of her 10 boards on the offensive end of the court.

    Bomben, Montgomery and Watson Named 2012-13 Team Captains
    UMass head coach Sharon Dawley named Kiara Bomben, Dee Montgomery and Jasmine Watson as the team's captains for the upcoming season. The trio will be looked upon to provide guidance and leadership for the Minutewomen squad on and off the court during the 2012-13 campaign.

    Watson enters her senior season looking to become the 18th member of the Minutewomen's 1,000-points club, starting the year just 20 points shy of the 1,000-mark. Montgomery is also set to use her experience to guide the Minutewomen as a senior, beginning the campaign with 72 appearances and 22 starts. Bomben will be seeing her first minutes at UMass as a redshirt-junior after spending the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons at Florida Gulf Coast University.

    Mital's Emergence
    With the loss of point guard Carolann Cloutier to injury for the final three games of the 2011-12 season, freshman Emily Mital appeared in the starting lineup to fill the void with the second, third and fourth starts of the then-freshman's career. With the success and experience at the end of her freshman campaign, the Frisco, Texas, native secured a starting spot as UMass' shooting guard during three of the first four games of the 2012-13 campaign, missing on contest due to injury.

    In her seven games as a starter, Mital has made the most of her opportunities, averaging 10.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per-game while shooting 25-for-55 (45.5 pct) from the field, including 14-for-28 (50.0 pct) from behind the arc.

    On three occasions, Mital has reset her single-game career-high in points scored during the span of starts. The sophomore guard produced 11 points against Rhode Island on Feb. 22, 2012 as a freshman before notching another personal best with 16 against Kent State during UMass' 2012-13 season-opener on Nov. 10. Mital followed with a 22-point outburst at Central Connecticut on Nov. 13, shooting 8-for-13 from the floor, including 6-for-10 from behind the arc, to add her first 20-point performance with the Minutewomen. Mital's six three-pointers ties the sophomore for fifth-most in a single contest in program history, only one shy of equaling the program mark of seven most recently achieved by Megan Zullo against Duquesne on Jan. 25, 2012.

    Program Earns 500th Win At Siena
    The UMass women's basketball team picked up the 500th win in program history, a 58-53 victory at Siena on Dec. 21. UMass is now 503-614 all-time since the program began in 1968-69.

    To secure the decision, four Minutewomen earned double-figures, including 14 points each from Emilie Teuscher and Megan Zullo. Now-senior Jasmine Watson contributed a double-double with 10 points and 12 boards while current-redshirt-junior Carolann Cloutier added 10 points and four assists.

    Coming From Near And Far
    UMass' 15-player roster is comprised of individuals from 11 different states and provinces, including four international student-athletes.

    Millie Niggeling is the first women's basketball student-athlete in program history from Iowa, while Canada is represented by three Minutewomen; Kim Pierre-Louis (Ontario), Carolann Cloutier (Quebec) and Rashida Timbilla (Ontario) and Kiara Bomben originally hails from Australia.

    Jasmine Harris, Adriana Jordan and Aisha Rodney represent Michigan while two players are from within the Massachusetts borders in Amber Dillon and Victoria Stewart. UMass also has one student-athlete each from Indiana (Jasmine Watson), New Jersey (Nola Henry), Ohio (Ronni Grandison), Tennessee (Dee Montgomery) and Texas (Emily Mital).

    All That Jas
    Senior Jasmine Watson, UMass' top returning scorer, was named to the Preseason All-Atlantic 10 Second Team - the third consecutive year Watson has earned a spot on the all-conference listing released prior to the start of the season.

    Watson played in and started all 29 UMass contests as a junior and paced the Minutewomen with 12.3 points and 7.3 rebounds during the 2011-12 campaign. Watson recorded a team-best 48 blocks, hit 49.0 percent of her field goal attempts (141-of-288) and averaged 28.7 minutes played per game.

    Watson scored double-digits in points in 21 games in 2011-12, including reaching double-double status in four contests. The South Bend, Ind., native also led UMass in rebounding on 15 occasions.

    Four games into her fourth season at UMass, Watson has totaled 1,042 career points (12.3 ppg), 591 rebounds (7.0 rpg) and 132 blocks (1.5 bpg). Watson, the 2009-10 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, is currently fifth on the program's all-time list for career stuffs and ranks third in blocked shots per game.

    New Minutewomen Faces
    The Minutewomen have six players that could see their first collegiate minutes in a UMass jersey this season, with five true-freshman and redshirt-junior transfer Kiara Bomben. Also joining the team is redshirt-freshman transfer Amber Dillon, who played for the University of Maine in 2011-12 and will be eligible to see time for the Minutewomen beginning in 2013-14.

    Bomben transferred to UMass prior to the 2011-12 season and was required to sit out the campaign as per NCAA policy. The Australia native spent her first two seasons with Florida Gulf Coast before transferring and will be looked upon as a leader on an off the floor in 2012-13 as Bomben was named a captain with seniors Dee Montgomery and Jasmine Watson.

    The five 2012-13 true-freshman are Nola Henry, Jasmine Harris, Adriana Jordan, Victoria Stewart and Rashida Timbilla.

    Henry started at point guard for Trenton Catholic (N.J.) during the squad's run to the NJSIAA Non-Public 8 Championship in 2010-11 while Harris averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds for North Farmington (Mich.) as a senior in 2011-12. Jordan was twice named an all-state recipient at Port Huron (Mich.) and won the Nike National Championship with the U-15 Motor City Suns. Stewart is a local product, hailing from Amherst, and was named a Franklin-Hampshire County All-Star and Daily Hampshire Gazette First Team honor at Amherst-Pelham Regional. Timbilla played one year for prep school Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.) after attending John McCrae Secondary in Ontario, where she average more than 20 points and 14 rebounds per game in 2010-11.

    Women's Basketball Radio Show On WMUA
    Throughout the 2012-13 season, catch up on what's going on with the Minutewomen as WMUA broadcasters Ryan X. Murray and Pat O'Neil talk with head coach Sharon Dawley and other special guests from the UMass women's basketball team on the UMass Women's Basketball Coach's Show, Mondays from 5 to 5:30 p.m. on WMUA 91.1 FM and www.wmua.org. If you miss the airing, you will be able to catch a recorded version on UMassAthletics.com the following day.

    Octavia Thomas Selected To UMass Hall Of Fame
    The UMass Athletic Department has announced the five members of the 2012 Class that will be inducted into the George "Trigger" Burke Athletic Hall of Fame. The legends will be honored on Sat., Jan. 26, in the Student Union Ballroom at 6 PM. To attend the ceremony, please contact Jason Germain at 413-577-0267. The cost to attend is $50 per person. Former women's basketball star Octavia Thomas will be inducted along with Cari Nickerson Lovejoy (Women's Lacrosse 1977-80), Khari Mitchell-Samuel (Football 1995-98), Tim Soudan (Men's Lacrosse 1987-90) and Phil Vandersea (1961-64).

    The No. 2 scorer in program history, Thomas was a major force in the program's resurgence in the mid-1990's. During her career from 1993-1996, Thomas helped turn a program that had won nine total games in the previous three seasons into one that made the WNIT and the NCAA tournaments during her junior and senior campaigns.



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