Minutewomen Set For 30th All-Time Meeting With Northeastern
Dec. 21, 2012
Scouting Northeastern Women's Basketball
Deanna Kerkhof spearheads the Huskies offense with 16.3 points a game, followed by Jewel Tunstull and Kashaia Cannon's 12.4 a piece in each contest. Combined, the trio has keyed in on 102-of-219 field goal attempts (.466 FG pct.), including 44.1 percent from behind the three-point arc (41-for-93). In addition to being a consistent scoring threat, Tunstull leads Northeastern in rebounding at 7.6 per game while Kerkhof follows at 6.7 and Christine Huber pulls down an average of 6.4 in each contest.
Northeastern averages a +15.1 scoring margin per game, tallying an 66.3 points while allowing only 51.1 per contest. The Huskie also own a 41.7-to-34.4 rebounding average while totaling 12.6 assists and 11.0 steals per game.
Last Time Out Against The Huskies
Sophomore Nicole Jones led UMass with 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting, including 13 in the second half, while classmate Kristina Danella went 5-for-10, contributing 12 points. Freshman Dee Montgomery had her then-best performance of her young collegiate career, adding 10 points off the bench. Redshirt junior Megan Zullo totaled nine points, senior Kim Benton grabbed four steals and senior Diatiema Hill pulled down a team-best five rebounds.
Brittany Wilson dropped in the first eight points of the game for Northeastern and gave the Huskies an early 5-0 lead. UMass would tie the score at eight on Montgomery's first career points, a layup at 13:41, but that was as close as the squad would come to overtaking the Huskies.
A 7-0 run, capped off by a basket from Kashaia Cannon at 6:21, expanded Northeastern's advantage to double figures for the first time on the afternoon at 22-12. The Huskies' largest lead of the opening period, 11, came on a three by Cannon at 3:28. An answering trey by Zullo brought the Minutewomen back within eight at 30-22 entering the intermission.
Two quick buckets by Danella and Cerie Mosgrove closed UMass' deficit to three at 30-27 early in the second half. Within four minutes time, however, Northeastern regained its double-digit cushion with the help of back-to-back three-pointers from Deanna Kerkhof and Kendra Walton.
In the final two minutes, 12 free throws iced the victory for the Huskies who shot 25-for-63 (39.7%) overall, 8-for-31 (25.8%) from three and made 15-of-21 (71.4%) foul shots. UMass finished 6-for-13 (46.2%) beyond the arc and 8-for-11 (72.7%) at the charity stripe.
Wilson led the way for the Huskies with 23 points and contributed seven rebounds and three steals. Walton and Cannon scored in double figures as well with 15 and 13, respectively. Carr grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and added seven points, four steals and three blocks.
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Last Time Out: UMass Falls To Bowling Green, 64-61, In Final Minute
Sophomore guard Emily Mital and redshirt-sophomore forward Millie Niggeling each totaled eight points, with Niggeling contributing six rebounds and a personal-best four assists. Freshman guard Rashida Timbilla added eight rebounds and seven points on a 3-for-5 performance from the floor and a 1-for-2 day at the free throw line, adding a pair of steals to the team effort.
Henry opened scoring with a driving layup to the left of the basket on the first possession of the contest. After Bowling Green rallied with a 7-2 run to take a three-point lead with 16:36 remaining, UMass answered with layups from Timbilla, Watson and sophomore forward Aisha Rodney to pull in front, 10-7 at the 12:42 mark.
The squads played back-and-forth until Bowling Green used an 8-0 run to pull ahead, 27-19, with a pair of Chrissy Steffen free throws capping the spurt with 2:02 remaining. The Minutewomen closed the half with stout defense and productive play near the Bowling Green basket to cut the deficit in half, using buckets from Mital and Watson to close the gap to 27-23 entering the break.
After the Falcons hit five of their first seven attempts of the final stanza to pull ahead, 39-30 with 14:25 to play, UMass answered with an 11-0 run of its own to take the lead, 41-39 at the 11:07 mark. Redshirt-junior Kiara Bomben sparked the offense with a layup before Henry added her second bucket of the game to pull UMass within 39-34. Watson and Timbilla followed with baskets in the paint to drop the deficit to one before Henry knocked down a three-pointer for the two-point lead.
The Minutewomen extended their advantage to as much as seven during the second half, using a converted free throw by 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 Rogers giving the Falcons the lead for good, 62-61 on a pair of free throws with 28 seconds left on the clock.
The Minutewomen earned a quality attempt on the other end of the court with two seconds remaining as 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.
UMass secured an advantage in points in the paint, 38-28 and points off of turnovers, 18-16. Bowling Green led in second-chance scoring, 19-6, while the reserves for each team played almost evenly, with the Falcons totaling a 13-12 advantage in bench points.
The Minutewomen played without the help of senior point guard Dee Montgomery, who was sidelined for the game due to injury and is listed as day-to-day. Bowling Green was led by 18 points a piece from Rogers and Steffens, with Rogers earning the double-double by pulling down 12 rebounds.
Providing The Helping Hand
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 offense leads her to own 46 offensive boards so far, tied for the most among all A-10 women's basketball players with Charlotte's Amanda Dowe, while her 4.2 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 - tying for the 11th-most steals in the conference at 2.0 per game (22) - and turning aside shots, totaling 11 blocks through as many contests (1.0 per game; T-16th).
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.
All That Jas
Watson played in and started all 29 UMass contests as a junior and paced the Minutewomen with 12.3 points and 7.3 rebounds during the 2011-12 campaign. Watson recorded a team-best 48 blocks, hit 49.0 percent of her field goal attempts (141-of-288) and averaged 28.7 minutes played per game.
Watson scored double-digits in points in 21 games in 2011-12, including reaching double-double status in four contests. The South Bend, Ind., native also led UMass in rebounding on 15 occasions.
Eleven games into the 2012 campaign, Watson has totaled 1,130 career points (12.4 ppg), 622 rebounds (6.8 rpg) and 138 blocks (1.5 bpg). Watson, the 2009-10 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, is currently fifth on the program's all-time list for career stuffs and ranks third in blocked shots per game.
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.
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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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.
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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.