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UMass falls 71-65 to Hartford in women’s basketball

  • UMass women's forward Kiara Bomben waits for a whistle after a loose ball during their matchup against Hartford Wednesday night at the Mullins center in Amherst.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS<br/>

    UMass women's forward Kiara Bomben waits for a whistle after a loose ball during their matchup against Hartford Wednesday night at the Mullins center in Amherst.
    JOSH KUCKENS

  • UMass women's guard Nola Henry brings the ball up the court during their matchup against Hartford Wednesday night at the Mullins center in Amherst.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS<br/>

    UMass women's guard Nola Henry brings the ball up the court during their matchup against Hartford Wednesday night at the Mullins center in Amherst.
    JOSH KUCKENS

  • UMass women's forward Kiara Bomben looks for some help during their matchup against Hartford Wednesday night at the Mullins center in Amherst.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS<br/>

    UMass women's forward Kiara Bomben looks for some help during their matchup against Hartford Wednesday night at the Mullins center in Amherst.
    JOSH KUCKENS

  • UMass women's forward Kiara Bomben tosses up a floater during their matchup against Hartford Wednesday night at the Mullins center in Amherst.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS<br/>

    UMass women's forward Kiara Bomben tosses up a floater during their matchup against Hartford Wednesday night at the Mullins center in Amherst.
    JOSH KUCKENS

  • UMass' Rashida Timbilla rises up for the opening tip during their matchup against Hartford Wednesday night at the Mullins center in Amherst.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS<br/>

    UMass' Rashida Timbilla rises up for the opening tip during their matchup against Hartford Wednesday night at the Mullins center in Amherst.
    JOSH KUCKENS

  • UMass women's forward Kiara Bomben waits for a whistle after a loose ball during their matchup against Hartford Wednesday night at the Mullins center in Amherst.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS<br/>
  • UMass women's guard Nola Henry brings the ball up the court during their matchup against Hartford Wednesday night at the Mullins center in Amherst.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS<br/>
  • UMass women's forward Kiara Bomben looks for some help during their matchup against Hartford Wednesday night at the Mullins center in Amherst.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS<br/>
  • UMass women's forward Kiara Bomben tosses up a floater during their matchup against Hartford Wednesday night at the Mullins center in Amherst.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS<br/>
  • UMass' Rashida Timbilla rises up for the opening tip during their matchup against Hartford Wednesday night at the Mullins center in Amherst.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS<br/>

After trailing for most of the game, the University of Massachusetts women’s basketball team made a late run against Hartford.

A layup by Dee Montgomery with 18 seconds left pulled the Minutewomen within three, but the Hawks made enough plays down the stretch to pull out a 71-65 victory Wednesday at the Mullins Center.

Montgomery’s basket pulled UMass (1-4) within 68-65 with 18 seconds left. Forced to foul, Hartford (5-0) made three free throws to seal the win.

Hartford closed the first half on a 10-3 run to take a 37-26 lead at the break.

A 9-1 run midway through the second was capped by two Rashida Timbilla free throws, which cut the Hawks’ lead to 57-55.

Hartford pulled slightly ahead, but an Emily Mital 3-pointer with 33 seconds left got the Minutewomen within 67-63.

Jasmine Watson had 22 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and two steals for UMass.

Mital added 15 points, while Timbilla chipped in with eight points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals.

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