Women's Basketball

Northeastern To Test UMass Women's Basketball Saturday

Dec. 20, 2013

  Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
 Game 12 Massachusetts (3-8) vs. Northeastern (5-4)
 Date | Time Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 | 1:00 p.m.
 Location Mullins Center (9,493) | Amherst, Mass.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 Live Video Atlantic 10 Digital Network (Subscription Required)
 Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM (Cody Chrusciel and Chris Doherty)
 Series History UMass leads, 16-14. Last meeting: Northeastern 78, UMass 51; Dec. 22, 2012
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Northeastern
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Northeastern
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassWBB  
 Attend The Game UMass Ticket Central

Most Recent Meeting: Northeastern 78, Massachusetts 51
Jasmine Harris had a then-career-high 14 points, including 11 in the second half; however, UMass fell on Northeastern's, 78-51 on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. Emily Mital added 11 points and Rashida Timbilla grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

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
Northeastern women's basketball is 5-4 overall entering play at the Mullins Center and is coming off of a tough loss to perennial NCAA Tournament qualifier Marist, which defeated the Huskies, 103-66 on Wed., Dec. 18.

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.

All Home Contests Available On A-10 Digital Network
UMass women's basketball will have each of its 13 home games broadcast online through the Atlantic 10 Digital Network. A link will be provided in each game preview to direct fans or other interest parties to the subscription page, where the viewer can purchase the plan he or she believes to be appropriate.

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.

She Gets Buckets
Kim Pierre-Louis has provided a consistent shot in and around the paint as a junior in 2013-14, leading her to hold the fifth-highest field goal percentage in the Atlantic 10. Pierre-Louis has drained 49 of her 96 field goal attempts (51.0 percent) to be one of only seven players in the entire conference to qualify for the top-15 in field goal percentage with a mark at or about 50 percent.

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
Emily Mital is providing a consistent presence from beyond the arc as a junior in 2013-14 as she is averaging 1.9 made three-pointers per game, the ninth-most among all Atlantic 10 Conference women's basketball players who qualify for the top-15. Mital is 21-of-55 from three-point land on the season, which earns her 13th in the A-10 by percentage (38.2).

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
Despite drawing double-teams in every game, Rashida Timbilla has taken care of the ball through 10 appearances as a sophomore to earn a 1.6 assist-to-turnover ratio, the sixth-highest in the Atlantic 10 to this point in the 2013-14 season. Timbilla has turned it over 21 times, but has dished out 33 assists - tied for the 12th most in the conference - to counter the turnovers.

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
Ten games into the 2013-14 season, sophomore Nola Henry is averaging 6.8 points per appearance due in part to her ability to challenge a defender, draw a foul and make her free throws. Henry is already 36-of-51 from the charity stripe this year (70.6 percent), including a career-best 9-for-10 performance against Central Michigan on Nov. 10.

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.



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