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UMass Faces Bowling Green Following Bye Week

Senior center Jasmine Watson led UMass in its most recent contest with 19 points at Ole Miss on Dec. 8.


Senior center Jasmine Watson led UMass in its most recent contest with 19 points at Ole Miss on Dec. 8.

Dec. 18, 2012

 Women's Basketball Game Notes: UMass (2-8 overall) vs. Bowling Green (7-3)
 Date/Time Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 | 5:30 p.m.
 Location William D. Mullins Memorial Center (9,493) | Amherst, Mass.
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Scouting Bowling Green Women's Basketball
Bowling Green State University sports a 7-3 record as the Falcons travel to Amherst, Mass., for a Dec. 19 meeting with the Minutewomen. After opening the year at 3-3 through six contests, BGSU has reeled off four consecutive victories, including wins over Butler, Colorado State, Northwestern and Wyoming. After 11 seasons as an assistant with the Falcons, Jennifer Roos is in her initial year as the leader of the program while the contest marks the first between UMass and Bowling Green.

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
This is the first meeting between Bowling Green and the University of Massachusetts in the history of the women's basketball programs. UMass has found success against other members of the Mid-American Conference during the current campaign, with victories against Kent State, 83-53 and Ohio University, 65-61 while also playing a hard-fought defensive battle with Miami (Ohio) on the road before falling, 50-40.

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.

Timbilla Named UMass Athlete Of The Week
Freshman Rashida Timbilla was named UMass Athlete of the Week on Monday, Dec. 3, becoming the second Minutewoman from the women's basketball squad to earn the honor during the current season. Timbilla provided clutch play during a stretch of two games in the state of Ohio to secure the laurel, providing 11.5 points and 14.0 rebounds during 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.

Cleaning Glass
Rashida Timbilla has shown a penchant for pulling down clutch rebounds, especially on the offensive end of the floor during her first season of college basketball. Through 10 games, Timbilla owns 87 boards for an average of 8.7 per game, ranking the freshman from Ottawa, Ontario, tied for sixth in the entire Atlantic 10 and tied for first among all non-seniors through games of Sunday, Dec. 16.

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
Despite a 19-point performance from senior center Jasmine Watson and a strong first half overall, UMass women's basketball fell on the road at Ole Miss, 71-59 in Tad Smith Coliseum on Saturday, Dec. 8. Watson finished 9-for-15 on field goal attempts while freshman guard Rashida Timbilla chipped in 10 points and four rebounds, with each coming on the offensive glass.

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
UMass women's basketball secured its first road victory of the season with a 65-61 win at Ohio University's Convocation Center on Thursday. Freshman guard Rashida Timbilla led the Minutewomen with her second career double-double, producing 16 points and 13 rebounds, including seven boards on the offensive glass, while adding four of UMass' 11 blocks on the day.

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
Senior point guard Dee Montgomery has found the open shooter consistently over the initial nine contests, resulting in the fourth-most assists dished out among all Atlantic 10 women's basketball players with 42 on the season for an average of 4.2 per game. Simultaneously, Montgomery has limited her turnover total to just 31 in 277 minutes on the floor, leading the Bluff City, Tenn., native to record the eighth-best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4) among all conference women's basketball student-athletes.

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
Senior co-captain 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.

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
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
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.

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).

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 Pat O'Neil and Chris Doherty 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.

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.

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.

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.

 

 

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