Holy Cross rallies to defeat UMass women's basketball
AMHERST — When freshman Rashida Timbilla converted a layup with 4:22 remaining to stretch the University of Massachusetts women’s basketball’s run to 12-1, the Minutewomen appeared in control and en route to a badly needed win.
But UMass scored just three points the rest of the way, Holy Cross closed the game on a 15-3 surge and the Minutewomen fell 63-59, their fifth straight loss.
“We’re obviously pretty frustrated with the outcome,” UMass coach Sharon Dawley said. “We weren’t able to secure the game. Every time we missed a good shot inside, we gave up a transition bucket at the other end.”
After Springfield native Brisje Malone scored the Crusaders’ ninth straight point to put the visitors ahead 57-56, Emily Mital answered with a short jumper that put UMass back ahead 58-57 with 1:34 left.
Dee Montgomery stole the ball at the other end and UMass called timeout. But Malone picked off a bad pass by Timbilla in the backcourt and quickly fed Alex Smith (20 points) who hit a 3-pointer to make it 60-58 with 50 seconds left.
Timbilla threw the ball away again seven seconds later and UMass was forced to foul. Smith made one free throw to stretch the score to 61-58.
Montgomery hit one of two free throws at the other end with 21 seconds left, but the Minutewomen didn’t score again.
“We gave the ball away at critical times,” Dawley said. “That’s something we just can’t do. Especially at crunch time.”
Mital led UMass with 14 points, while Watson added 11 points, all in the first half.
The Minutewomen (1-5) are on the road for their next four game beginning Thursday at Ohio.
RPI 66, Smith College 63 — The Pioneers (2-1) suffered lost their first loss of the season Sunday in Troy, N.Y.
Bethany Claps led Smith with 16 points.
Babson 68, Salem State 52 — Kristen Ferola of Amherst had 10 points and 10 rebounds in Babson’s road win Sunday.
UMass 2, Quinnipiac 2 — The Minutemen battled to a tie Saturday at the Mullins Center.
Conor Sheary and Rocco Carzo scored for UMass (4-5-2). Joel Hanley assisted on both scores for his eighth-career multi-point game.
Sophomore Kevin Boyle made 24 saves in net for UMass.
Utica 4, Amherst 3 — Amherst fell behind 3-0 early in the second period and couldn’t complete the comeback bid Saturday in Utica, N.Y.
Andrew Kurlandski, Mike Rowbotham and Johnny Van Siclen scored for the Jeffs (3-1-1).
Plattsburgh 8, Amherst 3; Elmira 6, Amherst 1 — The Lord Jeffs lost a pair over the weekend to top-ranked teams at the Panther/Cardinal Classic hosted by Middlebury.
No. 1 Plattsburgh scored five third period goals in Saturday’s game to pull past Amherst.
Eileen Harris, Geneva Lloyd and Emilt Flom scored for Amherst (1-3).
On Sunday, Tori Salmon scored for the Jeffs against No. 5 Elmira.
Keri Stuart made a combined 49 saves in net.
Sarah Sypek of Westhampton made the 2012 MASCAC All-Conference first team playing for Westfield State.
Sypek was a second team selection as a freshman last year.
The sophomore midfielder had two goals and three assists on the season.