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UMass, Saint Joseph's, Bona Pick Up Wins

Release: 11/24/2013
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Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

PHILADELPHIA - Backed by a 26-7 run midway through the second half, the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team topped Liberty, 77-65, Saturday afternoon at Hagan Arena. The Hawks got a combined 39 points from sophomore Sarah Fairbanks and senior Erin Shields as they improved to 4-1 on the season.

Up 48-44 with 12:31 to play, Saint Joseph's asserted itself on both ends of the court over the next eight minutes as it took control of the game. Sparked by a Fairbanks layup off a pass from Jessica Pongonis, the Hawks would hit eight of its next 12 shots, and go 4-of-4 from the foul line as a pair of Pongonis free throws put SJU ahead 73-51 at 4:12.

Saint Joseph's defense, which created 24 turnovers and held the Lady Flames to just 31.7 percent shooting (20-of-63), forced five turnovers and held Liberty to 0-for-8 from the floor during its run, conceding all seven points from the foul line.

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Sparked by a single-game career-high 19 points and nine rebounds from Kim Pierre-Louis, the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team defeated Hartford, 63-59 on Saturday afternoon. With the win at Chase Family Arena in West Hartford, Conn., the Minutewomen improved to 2-3 overall while the Hawks dropped to 1-3 on the season.

Pierre-Louis, who provided 17 of her 19 points during the pivotal second half, earned her total on an 8-for-13 performance from the floor and 3-of-5 day at the free throw line.

Emily Mital and Kiara Bomben scored 13 and 10 points, respectively to boost the offense. Rashida Timbilla added nine boards, seven points, three assists, a block and one steal. Jasmine Harris chipped in eight points, including a pair of three-pointers, and had three rebounds.

Amber Bepko's 15 points and nine rebounds paced Hartford while Cherelle Moore provided 10 points.

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y.--The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team won their sixth straight game, defeating Boston University, 65-64 on Saturday. Hannah Little had a double-double and career-highs in points (13) and rebounds (18).

It was a back-and-forth affair, featuring a total of 21 lead changes with the score tied on six occasions. Boston University converted on seven 3-pointers in the first. The Bonnies were outshot 44.4% (12-27) to 41.2 % (14-34) in the opening half.

In the second half, SBU’s Hannah Little turned up her game up and brought down 13 rebounds, as she added to her 5 boards from the first half, finishing the game with a career-high 18 rebounds to go along with 13 points

The last time the Bonnies trailed in the game was at the 8:11 mark, when the Terriers converted on a 3-pointer to go up by two points. The Brown and White tied the score up exactly one minute later off a layup by Nyla Rueter, and they took the lead with just under seven minutes remaining. Boston University tied the score up with 1:30 remaining, but the Bonnies outscored the Terriers 3-2 during that final stretch for the one point victory.

MURRAY, Ky. – Jamesia Price and Briana Gray produced career scoring highs, but Murray State registered 16 3-pointers and defeated Saint Louis 83-64 Saturday night at the CFSB Center.
Price and Gray led the Billikens (2-3) with 12 points apiece, and Price added seven rebounds, four assists and a game-high and career-high-tying four steals. Denisha Womack netted 10 points, while Sadie Stipanovich tallied career and game highs of 10 rebounds and seven offensive boards to go with nine points.

Halee Castleman tied a career best with four offensive rebounds, part of her six total caroms. Castleman also had a career-high three steals.

Murray State (3-2), which shot 41 percent (16-of-39) from beyond the arc, got 17 points apiece from Bianca Babic, Keiona Kirby and Taylor Porter. Jashae Lee chipped in 10 points, while Jessica Winfrey and Janssen Starks contributed nine rebounds and seven assists, respectively.

KINGSTON, R.I.—Rhode Island dropped a home game to Lehigh on Saturday, falling 65-57 to the visiting Mountain Hawks.

Rhode Island (0-5) led by one at the break, but allowed Lehigh to shoot 58.3 percent from the floor over the final 20 minutes of play, getting outscored 40-31 in the second half.

The Rams held the Mountain Hawks well under their scoring average on the season (82.2 ppg), allowing just 65 points on the afternoon. Rhode Island dominated the backboard, outrebounding Lehigh, 42-29.  Two Rams reached double digits in the rebounding column:  Kerry Wallack grabbed a game-high 12 boards, while Sydney Lewis added 10.

Tayra Melendez once again led the Rams with her 20 points.  She was 7-of-17 from the floor and 3-of-7 from beyond the arc.  She also grabbed five rebounds while playing all 40 minutes for the Rams.

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. --The George Mason (4-2) women’s basketball team dropped a 93-91 overtime heartbreaker at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (2-3) on Saturday afternoon in the W.P Hytche Center.   

The Patriots started things off strong with a 14-2 run over the first six minutes of play and would carry a 39-29 lead into the half behind 10 points from both Taylor Brown and Janaa Pickard. Brown led all scorers with 21 points and 11 assists in her first career double-double, and Pickard registered her third double-double of the season with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Fouls plagued Mason with six Patriots playing much of the second half in foul trouble. The Hawks would take advantage of the absence of players such as Pickard and Sandra Ngoie, who contributed 12 points in the losing effort. Mason was outscored 46-36 in the second half to force overtime.

Mason was out-rebounded 59-48 on the night as UMES converted 28 offensive boards into 21 second-chance points.

The Patriots and Hawks kept it close in overtime with junior Talisha Watts leading the way with 11 points and four rebounds to record her third double-double of the season. Watts would end the night with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

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