UMass Faces Bowling Green Following Bye Week
Dec. 18, 2012
Scouting Bowling Green Women's Basketball
Chrissy Steffen leads all Bowling Green scorers as the only player to average double-digits in points, tallying 12.0 per game while hitting 48.8 percent of her field goal attempts (42-of-86) and contributing 4.2 rebounds in each contest. Steffens is followed by Alexis Rogers (9.6 PPG) and Jillian Halfhill (9.0) in the scoring column while Danielle Havel adds 8.4 points and a team-high 6.4 boards per contest.
As a team, Bowling Green has limited opponents to 56.9 points in each game while scoring an average of 63.1 for a +6.2 scoring margin. The team's success has been due in part to their ability to win the rebounding battle while simultaneously limiting their errors. The Falcons own a +6.3 margin on the boards (39.6-to-33.3) while BGSU has only committed 14.7 turnovers per game while managing 125 assists for a 0.9 assist-to-turnover margin, the third-best in the 12-team Mid-American Conference.
Last Time Out Against The Falcons
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Timbilla Named UMass Athlete Of The Week
Averaging 34.5 minutes per game, Timbilla hit 10-of-24 field goal attempts (41.7 percent) while contributing five blocks, four assists and two steals as the Minutewomen claimed victory over Ohio, 65-61 and fell to Miami (Ohio), 50-40. Timbilla joins senior Jasmine Watson, who earned UMass Athlete of the Week on Nov. 12, as women's basketball's selections for the department-wide honor.
Timbilla's ability to grab rebounds on the offensive glass leads her to own 44 offensive boards so far, the most among all A-10 women's basketball players while her 4.4 per game average stands second specifically on the offensive end of the court.
Far from being a one-dimensional player, Timbilla has also developed a knack for causing turnovers - with the 10th-most steals in the conference at 2.0 per game (20) - and turning aside shots, totaling 11 blocks through 10 contests (1.1 per game; T-14th).
Last Time Out: Minutewomen Falter At Ole Miss, 71-59
Sophomore guard Emily Mital finished with seven points, five boards, four assists and only one turnover in 37 minutes on the floor while sophomore forward Aisha Rodney tallied six points on a 2-for-2 day from the field and a pair of made free throws.
UMass scored the opening five points to force an Ole Miss timeout only 1:39 into the contest. Watson keyed in with a bucket and free throw while senior guard Dee Montgomery connected on a driving layup to create the initial lead.
Following the stop, the Minutewomen continued to knock down their shots, racing to a 20-5 advantage while hitting 9-of-14 field goals (64.3 percent). Watson led the charge by hitting four attempts and a free throw for nine points while Mital added five in the scoring column and Timbilla contributed four.
After Valencia McFarland put Ole Miss on the board with a pair of free throws, Mital, Timbilla and Watson combined to make four layups to extend the UMass lead to 15-2. Tia Faleru followed by converting the front end of a pair of free throws; however, Mital added a three-point to push the advantage back to 15 with 14:02 remaining in the half.
Ole Miss used a strong showing during a 7:51 stretch in the middle of the first to drop the UMass lead under double-digits. After McFarland capped a 12-2 run for the Rebels with a layup at the 5:08 mark to pull Ole Miss within five, the Minutewomen produced a short 8-4 run to extend the lead to 30-21 entering the half.
The Rebels took their first lead following a 13-3 run to begin the final stanza. After redshirt-junior Kiara Bomben hit the second of two free throw attempts to keep UMass in front by a pair, 33-31, Diara Moore connected for Ole Miss' first made three-pointer to put the Rebels ahead, 34-33 with 17:23 left.
The Minutewomen and Rebels exchanged buckets until redshirt-sophomore Millie Niggeling knocked down a three-pointer to even the game at 38-38 with 12:21 remaining. The Rebels followed with a 16-6 run to build a lead UMass was unable to erase over the remainder of the game.
UMass brought the deficit down to five, 54-49 at the 4:42 mark after Montgomery knocked down a three-pointer and Watson blocked a Moore shot and hit a layup during the ensuing possession. However, Ole Miss expanded its lead free throws down the stretch to reach the final, 71-59.
UMass went 22-for-61 from the field (36.1 percent) and 3-for-15 from behind the three-point line (20.0 percent). Ole Miss finished its afternoon with a 39.1 field goal percentage while the Minutewomen defense limited the Rebels to just one made three-pointer in 15 attempts (6.7 percent).
Ole Miss led in points in the paint, 38-36 and scoring off of turnovers, 32-6. UMass earned an advantage in second-chance points, 13-8 while the Rebels finished with positive margins in fast break scoring, 16-4. The Ole Miss bench contributed 40 points while the Minutewomen reserves added 13. Ole Miss was led by 17 points from Faleru while Danielle McCray contributed 16 and Moore added 15.
Timbilla's Double-Double Leads UMass To Victory At Ohio, 65-61
Sophomore guard Emily Mital totaled 13 points, four rebounds and three assists while freshman guard Jasmine Harris added nine points and three boards. The UMass team total for blocks fell one shy of tying the program mark for most in a single game, tied most recently against St. Bonaventure on Feb. 27, 2008.
UMass (2-5 overall) held a slim lead throughout the majority of the first half, taking a 31-27 advantage into the break. After Ohio secured a 4-3 lead on a pair of Tina Fisher free throws with 17:00 to play in the first, the Minutewomen answered with a Kim Pierre-Louis layup to take the lead for good in the half at the 15:57 mark.
The Minutewomen earned their largest advantage of the opening stanza at seven points, 26-19 on a three-pointer by Harris, one of two the freshman produced during the half. Pierre-Louis finished the first with six points on 3-for-6 shooting from the field while Mital and Harris each produced eight points during the first half.
UMass tallied the initial seven points of the second to grow its lead to 38-27 with 18:45 remaining. Bomben opened scoring in the 7-0 run with a three-pointer before Timbilla and Rodney produced a layup each to force Ohio to call a timeout.
The Bobcats (1-4) answered with a 15-4 run of their own to pull even at 42-42 with 13:09 to play, equalizing the score with a Kiyanna Black layup. Black led all scorers in the contest with 21 points on 9-of-20 shooting from the field and a 3-for-4 performance from the free throw line.
The contest featured back-and-forth play until the final buzzer as UMass did not relinquish its lead again, but was unable to build an advantage larger than eight over the remainder of the game. After Ohio pulled within one of tying, 51-50 with 6:41 to play, the Minutewomen went on a 9-2 run to pull ahead, 60-52 with 3:23 remaining. Four different UMass players recorded a bucket during the span, with Mital pushing the lead to eight on a three-pointer, one of a trio the sophomore hit against the Bobcats defense.
Erin Bailes connected on a shot from behind the arc to drop the UMass advantage to 62-59 with 1:16 remaining. After Timbilla missed a shot with 58 seconds to play, the Bobcats had one last attempt to rally taken away by Mital. The Frisco, Texas, native poked the ball away from Ashley Fowler and knocked down a pair of free throws after taking a foul, extending the UMass lead to 64-59.
UMass shot 38.7 percent from the field (24-for-62) and hit 6-of-14 three-point attempts (42.9 percent) while finishing 11-for-16 at the line (68.8 percent). Ohio went 22-for-65 on field goal attempts (33.8 percent) while the Minutewomen defense held the Bobcats to only three made three-pointers in 12 attempts (25.0 percent). Ohio kept the game close with a strong performance at the free throw line, knocking down 14-of-15 attempts (93.3 percent).
Redshirt-sophomore forward Millie Niggeling added six points, four rebounds and a pair of blocks over 16 minutes. Forward Aisha Rodney added four points on 2-for-4 shooting from the field to go with a steal in 14 minutes during the sophomore's first start of the season and fifth of her career.
UMass was without the help of senior center Jasmine Watson, who is currently listed as day-to-day as she recovers from concussion-related symptoms.
Making That Last Pass
Taking care of the ball is a trademark of Montgomery's game, as the senior owns 173 helpers over four seasons against only 145 turnovers while recording a positive assist-to-turnover margin in each of her three campaigns seeing considerable minutes for the Minutewomen.
UMass Routs Kent State, 83-53 In Season-Opener
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.
Kent State (0-1) scored on its opening possession to lead 2-0 before the Minutewomen strung together a 13-2 run. Then the Golden Flashes answered with an 11-3 spurt to make it a one possession game at 16-13, with 11:12 to go in the first half. However, UMass drained four of its seven first-half treys in the final eight minutes of the period to help extend the lead to 15 at the break, 39-24.
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.
Finishing the contest a blistering 33-for-54 from the floor, the Minutewomen shot 61.1% overall, the squad's best performance since facing Yale on Jan. 22, 2008 (33-for-52, 63.5%). UMass made 10-of-18 (55.6%) from long range, while converting 7-of-12 at the charity stripe. The Minutewomen nearly doubled up the Golden Flashes on the boards, out-rebounding Kent State, 41-23.
The Golden Flashes shot 39.3% (22-for-56) overall in the contest and had two scorers in double figures, Diamon Beckford with 15 points and Trisha Krewson with 11. Tamzin Barroilhet hauled in a team-high eight rebounds and dished three assists.
Watson Named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week
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
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
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
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.
Coming From Near And Far
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).
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New Minutewomen Faces
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.
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.
Octavia Thomas Selected To UMass Hall Of Fame
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.
Program Earns 500th Win At Siena
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.
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