UMass Upends St. Bonaventure in A-10 Championship Opener

By Atlantic 10 Conference
Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

RICHMOND, Va. -- No. 13 seeded UMass women's basketball used its defense and a strong performance at the foul line to upend No. 12 St. Bonaventure, 55-49, in the First-Round of the 2015 Atlantci 10 Women's Basketball Championship in Richmond, Va.

UMass will advance to Thursday's second-round where it will face fifith seeded Richmond at 2:00 p.m.

Emily Mital added nine points, including a 6-of-6 performance at the foul line, where the Minutewomen ended the game 17-for-21 (81.0 percent). Amber Dillon chipped in eight points with a steal and assist in 15 minutes off of the bench.

Massachusetts went in front for good when Pierre-Louis sank the first of two free throws following the under-four minute media timeout of the second half. Mital added two of her six foul shots at the three-minute, 19-second mark before Pierre-Louis hit a shot in the paint to push the lead to 45-40 with 2:13 left. 

The Minutewomen bumped their lead as large as eight points in the final minute of play after Katie Healy scored her final points on a layup that brought the Bonnies back within 49-46 with 49 seconds to play. Healy ended the day with a team-high 15 scored. Imani Outlaw added 10 for St. Bonaventure.

Following Healy's bucket, the Minutewomen used their free throw accuracy to keep St. Bonaventure from getting back within one basket Dillard, Mital and Pierre-Louis each put in two as the Minutewomen went 6-for-8 in the category during the 23 seconds of the game.

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