Northeastern To Test UMass Women's Basketball Saturday
Dec. 20, 2013
Most Recent Meeting: Northeastern 78, Massachusetts 51
Northeastern keyed in from behind the arc early to take a 12-4 advantage with 15:53 remaining in the first half, hitting its first trio of three-point attempts to buoy the charge. The Minutewomen answered with buckets from outside to drop the deficit to 12-10 at the 13:22 mark. Millie Niggeling checked in with 14:45 to play and drained a trey on the ensuing trip down the floor. Jasmine Harris followed two possessions later with the first of four three-pointers she produced on the day to mark the 6-0 run.
However, the Huskies continued to knock down their attempts from outside to widen the gap to 43-23 at halftime. Northeastern finished the frame 8-for-13 on three-pointers (61.5 pct.) and totaled a 51.7 field goal percentage overall (15-of-29).
UMass shot well to start the second half, hitting five of its first nine attempts (55.6 percent), but was unable to drop the deficit below 17. Niggeling knocked down a jumper near the free throw line to cut the Northeastern advantage to 54-37 with 13:19 remaining in the contest; however, the Huskies were able to respond with made baskets down the stretch to maintain the lead and earn the 78-51 decision.
Scouting Northeastern Women's Basketball
A'lece Mark leads Northeastern with 18.7 points per game while Jewel Tunstull averages a double-double per game with 15.2 points and a squad-best 10.0 rebounds. As a team, the Huskies average 68.9 points scored against 66.7 given up while Northeastern owns a 40.4 field goal percentage (226-of-559) against a 40.8 mark for opponents (212-of-519). The Huskies are losing the rebounding battle, 39.6-to-37.0 overall.
Daynia La-Force, the reigning CAA Coach of the Year, is in her eighth season leading the team. She is 3-2 overall against Massachusetts; however, the Minutewomen lead the all-time series, 16-14. UMass is 10-3 on its home court and is on a five-game winning streak against Northeastern when playing in Amherst, Mass.
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Surpassing The 25-Point Plateau
She Gets Buckets
For her career, Pierre-Louis has never shot less than 44.4 percent for a season and has made 101 of her 211 attempts as a Minutewoman (47.9 percent). She was 20-of-43 as a freshman (46.5 percent) and 32-for-72 over her sophomore campaign (44.4 percent).
Dialed In From Distance
Mital has improved her three-point conversion rate over each of her three seasons at UMass. She connected on 20.5 percent as a freshman (8-of-39) and was 48-for-151 as a sophomore (31.8 percent).
Taking Care Of The Rock
Timbilla is the only forward in the assist-to-turnover ratio top-10 and the only one with a positive margin among all A-10 women's basketball student-athletes. She has led or tied for the team-high among Minutewomen in assists in seven contests this season and is averaging a team-high 3.3 per game.
Getting To The Line
An added facet to her game, Henry found her way to the free throw line more times in the opening two games as a sophomore than she did in 506 minutes played over 28 contests as a freshman. During 2012-13, Henry finished 9-of-14 (.643) on free throws and scored just 2.5 points per contest.