Women's Basketball

UMass Wraps Non-Conference Play At Blue Sky Classic

Dec. 27, 2013

  Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes: Blue Sky Classic
 Game 13 Massachusetts (3-9) vs. Binghamton (1-10)
 Date | Time Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 | 5:00 p.m.
 Location Berry Sports Center (2,100) | Dartmouth College; Hanover, N.H.
 Live Statistics NeuLion
 Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM (Cody Chrusciel and Chris Doherty)
 Series History Tied, 1-1. Last meeting: Massachusetts 64, Binghamton 55; Dec. 19, 2011
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Binghamton Get Acrobat Reader
 Team Records Massachusetts | Binghamton
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassWBB  
 Attend The Game Dartmouth Ticket Office

The Last Meeting
December 19, 2011
Binghamton, N.Y.
2nd Half Shooting Lifts WBB Over Binghamton, 64-55
Behind the strength of 58.3% shooting in the second half, the UMass women's basketball team downed Binghamton, 64-55, at the Events Center on Monday night. UMass' second straight win moves the Minutewomen to 3-8 on the season while the Bearcats fall to 5-6 after suffering their fourth straight loss at home.

Most Recent Meeting: Massachusetts 64, Binghamton 55
Behind the strength of 58.3 percent shooting in the second half, the UMass women's basketball program downed Binghamton, 64-55, at the Events Center in Vestal, N.Y., on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. Four Minutewomen scored in double figures. Jasmine Watson chipped in 16 points and nine boards and Shakia Robinson contributed 10 points and nine rebounds. Emilie Teuscher added 13 and Carolann Cloutier finished with 10 points.

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
Binghamton women's basketball has dropped six consecutive games and sports a 1-10 overall record. Sherae Swinson leads the Bearcats with 10.6 points per game with appearances in each of Binghamton's 11 games, including nine starts. Swinson is the only Bearcat averaging double-figures in scoring as the squad only scores 49.2 points per game against 66.4 allowed.

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.

  Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes: Blue Sky Classic
 Game 14 Massachusetts (3-9) at Dartmouth (1-9)
 Date | Time Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 | 7:00 p.m.
 Location Berry Sports Center (2,100) | Dartmouth College; Hanover, N.H.
 Live Statistics NeuLion
 Live Video Ivy League Digital Network
 Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM (Cody Chrusciel and Chris Doherty)
 Series History Tied, 9-9. Last meeting: Dartmouth 57, Massachusetts 55; Jan. 6, 2012
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Dartmouth (Available Shortly)
 Team Records Massachusetts | Dartmouth
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassWBB  
 Attend The Game Dartmouth Ticket Office

Most Recent Meeting: Dartmouth 57, Massachusetts 55
Kiara Bomben produced a career-high 16 points, including a personal-best 10-for-12 day from the free throw line, and Carolann Cloutier added 10 points as UMass dropped a close contest with Dartmouth, 57-55 at the Mullins Center on Sunday, Jan. 6. Bomben scored in double-figures for the second consecutive contest.

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
After winning its second game of the year, 66-62 over Vermont, Dartmouth women's basketball has dropped eight consecutive games to enter the Blue Sky Classic with a 1-9 overall record. Big Green head coach Belle Koclanes is in her first season leading the program while the matchup marks the 19th between Massachusetts and Dartmouth in the history of both varsity programs as each side battles for its 10th victory in the series.

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.

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 fourth-highest field goal percentage in the Atlantic 10. Pierre-Louis has drained 58 of her 108 field goal attempts (53.7 percent) to be one of only six players in the entire conference to qualify for the top-15 in field goal percentage with a mark at or above 50 percent.

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
Emily Mital is providing a consistent presence from beyond the arc as a junior in 2013-14 as she is hitting 41.3 percent of her attempts from long distance (26-of-63) - the sixth-highest percentage in the Atlantic 10 Conference. She also ranks seventh in the A-10 for made three-point field goals per game (2.2), which is only 0.6 behind second-place Hannah Missry of Fordham.

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 appearance, Rashida Timbilla has taken care of the ball through 10 games played 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 - the 11th most in the conference - to counter the turnovers.

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
Eleven games into the 2013-14 season, sophomore Nola Henry is averaging 7.6 points per appearance due in part to her ability to challenge a defender, draw a foul and make her free throws. Henry is already 43-of-58 from the charity stripe this year (74.1 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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