Xavier (13-15 overall, 7-7 Atlantic 10) tied it at nine with a 6-0 run; however, Mital rallied the UMass offense with a duo of three-pointers, hitting the first with 10:11 remaining to put the Minutewomen in front, 12-9. Mital followed with another trey to earn back-to-back conversions from beyond the arc and push the advantage to 15-9.
Backed by its senior class, the Saint Joseph’s women’s basketball team downed Massachusetts, 87-50, Wednesday evening at Hagan Arena. The Hawks got a combined 42 points from seniors Chatilla van Grinsven (Helmond, Netherland/Dr. Kippenberg College), Mireia Vila (Cabrera Del Mar, Spain/Escola Pia Santa Anna), Ashley Prim (Ansonia, Conn./Kolbe Cathedral) and Shelby Smith (Ames, Iowa/West) as they earned improved to 20-7 overall and 11-2 in the Atlantic 10.
Jocelyn Floyd became the Duquesne women’s basketball program’s all-time leader in steals after a 53-44 victory over Massachusetts on Sunday afternoon.
Four Spiders scored in double-figures, led by Kristina King’s 17 points. Bilney added 16, while Becca Wann scored 15. Yazmean Burgess came off the bench to score a career-high 12 points, going 3-of-5 from the field, 2-of-2 from long range and grabbing three steals. Wann led Spider rebounding with nine boards.
Hosting its annual Field Trip Day, UMass women’s basketball dropped a hard-fought decision to La Salle, 68-57 at the Mullins Center on Wednesday. Senior center Jasmine Watson recorded her 15th career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds as one of four Minutewomen to score at least 10 points.
The No. 17/16 University of Dayton women’s basketball team defeated the Massachusetts Minutewomen 83-44 Sunday afternoon at UD Arena. The Flyers set a new season-high record of forced turnovers by pressuring the Minutewomen into 31 for the game. Dayton remains undefeated in Atlantic 10 games and raised their record to 17-1 (5-0 A-10). With the loss, Massachusetts falls to 3-17 (1-4 A-10).
Using a stifling defense and opportunistic offense, the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball built a sixteen point second half lead only to hold off a last minute rally by the University of Massachusetts, and claim their first Atlantic 10 conference victory of the 2012-13 season, 61-49.
UMass (3-13, 1-0 A-10) led by 15 points with 5:09 remaining, but GW graduate student Tara Booker responded with her third three-pointer of the game. After Emily Mital made a layup for the Minutewomen, senior Danni Jacksonanswered with one of her own, and GW went on to score seven straight and 13 of the next 15 points to make it a three-point game, 59-56, with 39 seconds left.
Senior center Jasmine Watson produced 15 points and seven rebounds against Siena on Friday evening; however, UMass women’s basketball was unable to overcome a slow start in their 57-51 loss to the Saints. Freshman guard Rashida Timbilla produced a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds while sophomore guard Emily Mital added 14 points, including four three-pointers as the Minutewomen were within one basket of tying the contest during the final 18 seconds.
Senior center Jasmine Watson poured in 21 points on a 9-for-15 evening from the field; however, UMass women’s basketball (2-9 overall) fell at home in the final seconds to Bowling Green, 64-61. In her first collegiate start, freshman point guard Nola Henry tallied 11 assists against only four turnovers while chipping in eight points and four rebounds over 33 minutes on the floor at the Mullins Center.