UMass Wraps Non-Conference Play At Blue Sky Classic
Dec. 27, 2013
Most Recent Meeting: Massachusetts 64, Binghamton 55
In a contest ruled by defense early on, the teams started a combined 1-for-22 from the floor. Watson notched the first field goal for UMass at the 10:31 mark and racked up 10 points over a 17-2 stretch that gave the Minutewomen an 18-8 lead with 4:48 remaining in the period, the largest margin of the opening half. Binghamton closed the gap to three on a pair of occasions before Cloutier drained a three with 27 ticks on the clock to give UMass a 24-18 advantage at the intermission.
The Minutewomen used an 8-0 stretch early in the second half to further distance themselves from the Bearcats and led by as many as 19. Binghamton closed the gap to seven with 1:44 remaining, but the Minutewomen hit six free throws over the duration of the game to seal the victory.
Scouting Binghamton Women's Basketball
Kandace Newry provides a team-best 5.8 rebounds per game while Julia Barac adds 5.8 in each game, though the Bearcats are losing the battle of the boards to the opposition, 39.5-to-32.8 through 11 games.
Nicole Scholl is in her sixth season leading Binghamton women's basketball and holds a 64-100 record as the head coach. The squad finished 2012-13 with a 6-24 overall record and 5-11 mark in America East competition, ending the year with an appearance in the conference tournament.
Most Recent Meeting: Dartmouth 57, Massachusetts 55
After the Big Green earned a 9-3 lead to open the contest, the Minutewomen responded with an 11-3 run, capped by a pair of Bomben foul shots with 8:32 remaining for a 14-12 advantage. UMass was supported by six points each from Bomben and Cloutier during the low-scoring and hard-fought first half, which featured eight lead changes. However a strong finish to the frame by Dartmouth over the final three minutes resulted in a 26-21 lead for the visitors at the break. After falling behind, 45-34 with 10:03 left, the Minutewomen responded with a 15-6 offensive spurt to knock the deficit down to only one basket, 51-49 with 2:23 to play.
However, UMass was unable to push ahead during the final minutes, dropping the deficit to a pair, 55-53 with eight seconds remaining before Kaitana Martinez knocked down a set from the foul line to put Dartmouth ahead, 57-53 with seven seconds to play. Rashida Timbilla converted a layup at the buzzer to reach the final score, 57-55.
Scouting Dartmouth Women's Basketball
Fanni Szabo is the only member of the Big Green scoring in double-figures as she averages 18.8 points over 10 games and as many starts. Szabo has hit 68-of-145 field goal attempts (46.9 percent), including 26-of-79 three-pointers (32.9 percent). She is also 26-for-34 from the free throw line (76.5 percent).
Two teammates nearly eclipse 10 points per game as Nicola Zimmer contributes 9.3 and Lakin Roland adds 9.0 in each contest. Tia Dawson has pulled down a team-high 6.6 rebounds over five appearances this season while Kamala Thompson follows with 6.0 per game.
As a team, Dartmouth is being outscored, 75.3-to-59.1 and outrebounded, 41.4-to-34.9 this season. Opponents have also tallied a high field goal percent (44.1-to-39.9) and better free throw conversion rate (69.2-to-62.9) with more assists, 158-118 to fewer turnovers, 121-181.
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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 110 of her 223 attempts as a Minutewoman (49.3 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 also 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.
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