Women's Basketball

Massachusetts Concludes Ohio Trip Thursday At Bowling Green

Dec. 18, 2013

 University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
 Game 11 Massachusetts (3-7) at Bowling Green (8-1)
 Date | Time Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 | 2:00 p.m.
 Location Stroh Center (4,700) | Bowling Green, Ohio
 Live Statistics Sidearm Sports
 Live Video America One Sports (Subscription Required)
 Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM (Chris Doherty)
 Series History Bowling Green leads, 1-0. Last meeting: Bowling Green 64, UMass 61; Dec. 19, 2012
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The Last Meeting
Bowling Green (DH)64
December 19, 2012
Amherst, Mass. (Mullins Center)
UMass Drops Last-Second Decision To Bowling Green, 64-61
Senior center Jasmine Watson poured in 21 points on a 9-for-15 evening from the field; however, UMass women's basketball fell at home in the final seconds to Bowling Green, 64-61. In her first collegiate start, freshman point guard Nola Henry tallied 11 assists against only four turnovers while chipping in eight points and four rebounds over 33 minutes on the floor at the Mullins Center.

Most Recent Meeting: Bowling Green 64, Massachusetts 61
Jasmine Watson poured in 21 points on a 9-for-15 evening from the field; however, UMass women's basketball fell at home in the final seconds to Bowling Green, 64-61 at the Mullins Center on Dec. 19, 2012. In her first collegiate start, Nola Henry tallied 11 assists against only four turnovers while chipping in eight points and four rebounds over 33 minutes on the floor.

The Minutewomen extended their advantage to as much as seven during the second half, using a converted free throw by Rashida Timbilla with 8:01 to play to go in front, 52-45. However, Bowling Green fought back into the contest with a 12-5 run over the following five minutes of game action, tying it at 57-57 with 2:57 remaining on a Danielle Havel free throw. The back-and-forth play shown throughout much of the first half continued into the final minute of action, with Alexis Rogers giving the Falcons the lead for good, 62-61 on a pair of free throws with 28 seconds.

The Minutewomen earned a quality attempt on the other end of the court with two seconds remaining as Millie Niggeling's jumper from the paint rattled around the rim before falling to the left of the basket. Rogers was able to pull down the defensive rebound following the close miss and force UMass to foul, hitting the ensuing free throw attempts to reach the final score.

Scouting Bowling Green Women's Basketball
Bowling Green women's basketball has won eight of its opening nine contests, including both of its home games ahead of hosting the University of Massachusetts at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19. The Falcons claimed victory in the only previous meeting with the Minutewomen, a 64-61 decision earned at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass., on Dec. 19, 2012.

BGSU is on a four-game winning streak with victories over Old Dominion, Ohio State, Monmouth and most recently Milwaukee on Dec. 8. The squad has also defeated Michigan, Iona, Niagara and Butler while its lone loss was to the perennial MAAC favorite, Marist.

Erica Donovan leads a well-rounded group of scorers with 12.1 points per game earned on a 42-for-77 mark on field goal attempts (54.5 percent) and 17-of-27 performance from the free throw line (62.0 percent) over nine starts in as many games played.

Alexis Rogers has nearly matched Donovan's success, producing 12.0 points in each game while securing the second-most rebounds on the team with 8.0 pulled down per appearance. Jillian Halfhill follows with 11.3 points per game while Miriam Justinger chips in 9.7 and Deborah Hoekstra provides 7.9 in each contest.

As a team, Bowling Green is limiting foes to just 57.0 points per game against 69.3 produced for a +12.3 margin in scoring. The Falcons also hold a sizeable advantage in rebounding, 39.7-to-30.9 with more assists, 122-92 and steals, 65-56.

Jennifer Roos is in her second season as the head coach of Bowling Green and 13th year working with the program overall. She holds a 32-12 record at the helm of the squad and previously helped the Falcons as an assistant for 11 seasons, including eight as the associate head coach.

Last Time Out: UMass Rallies To Defeat Kent State, 69-61
Massachusetts women's basketball used a second-half comeback to secure its 69-61 victory at Kent State's M.A.C. Center on Tuesday evening. Kim Pierre-Louis led the Minutewomen with 18 points on an 8-for-14 performance from the floor to go with two free throws. Jasmine Harris and Emily Mital joined Pierre-Louis in scoring double-digits with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Mital added four assists to lead the team and tie for the game high.

Nola Henry contributed nine points - all in the second half - and eight rebounds and Paula Tarnachowicz chipped in six points on a 3-for-4 day on field goal attempts to go with seven boards.

Amber Dunlap and Montia Johnson each earned 14 points for Kent State. Mikell Chinn and Janae Peterson provided seven rebounds apiece to lead the Golden Flashes.

Down by as much as six in the second half, 39-33, the Minutewomen used a 14-3 run to move in front, 47-42 with 12:15 left to play. Pierre-Louis started the stretch with a layup before Henry added a basket at the rim. Pierre-Louis secured the next five UMass points of the game to turn a 39-37 deficit into a 42-39 advantage.

Larissa Lurken answered for Kent State, hitting the back-end of two free throws before knocking down a jumper during the Golden Flashes ensuing chance down the floor to even the game at 42-42.

However, Harris drew a foul and hit both attempts at the foul line and Mital knocked down a three-pointer to push the Minutewomen in front for good, 47-42.

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.

Surpassing The 25-Point Plateau
Rashida Timbilla recorded her ninth career double-double and the second of her sophomore season with 25 points and 13 rebounds against William & Mary on Saturday, Nov. 30. With her scoring total, Timbilla became the first Minutewoman to record 25 or more points in a game since recent graduate Jasmine Watson earned 25 against Charlotte on March 4, 2011.

Pierre-Louis Then And Now
One season removed from playing sparingly as a sophomore, Kim Pierre-Louis has established herself as a strong around-the-basket scoring threat through 10 games as a junior in 2013-14. Pierre-Louis currently leads the Minutewomen with 11.2 points per game due to holding the fourth-highest field goal percentage in the Atlantic 10 Conference at 52.3 percent (45-of-86). She has also knocked down 22-of-33 free throw attempts (66.7 percent) while playing 17.2 minutes per game.

In comparison, during her sophomore season Pierre-Louis only produced 4.4 points per game while shooting 32-of-72 on field goal attempts (44.4 percent) and 19-of-28 on free throws (67.9 percent).



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