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Minutewomen share the wealth

From Staff And Wire Reports / February 7, 2010

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Unselfish play on offense and a tenacious start on defense carried the University of Massachusetts to a 60-50 victory over Fordham yesterday at the Mullins Center in Amherst, as did a career game by freshman Jasmine Watson.

The Minutewomen (9-14, 3-5 Atlantic 10) took control early by holding the Rams to 6-for-27 shooting in the first half (22.2 percent), including 13 straight misses to start the contest. By the time Fordham (8-16, 2-7) turned a 14-point deficit into a 27-18 score at the break, UMass was on its way to its first home win since Nov. 22.

UMass finished with 19 assists on 20 baskets, with the starting backcourt of Megan Zullo and Kim Benton offsetting a combined 2-point night by handing out 12 assists. Watson powered her way to 21 points, 8 rebounds (6 offensive), and 3 blocks, shooting 9 of 12 from the floor.

Kristina Danella chipped in 16 points, including the 100th 3-pointer of her career, making her the sixth Minutewoman to reach the milestone.

Notre Dame 86, Pittsburgh 76 - Skylar Diggins had 23 points and 10 rebounds, both season highs, and Lindsay Schrader added 18 points to pace the third-ranked Fighting Irish to a Big East victory over the Panthers at South Bend, Ind.

Diggins was 9 of 11 from the free throw line and the Irish (21-1, 8-1) hit 21 of 29 freebies. Pittsburgh (12-10, 1-8) was 9 of 15 from the stripe.

Nebraska 71, Texas A&M 60 - Kelsey Griffin had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Cory Montgomery added a season-high 18 points, and the fourth-ranked Cornhuskers (21-0, 8-0 Big 12) turned back the No. 12 Aggies (16-5, 4-4) at Lincoln, Neb.

Oklahoma 77, Oklahoma St. 66 - At Stillwater, Okla., Danielle Robinson scored a career-high 36 points and the No. 13 Sooners (16-6, 6-3 Big 12), beat the No. 10 Cowgirls (18-5, 6-3) for 21st time in their last 22 meetings.

West Virginia 75, Providence 59 - Liz Repella scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the No. 11 Mountaineers rout the host Friars in a Big East matchup.

Asya Bussie added 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for West Virginia (21-3, 8-2), which bounced back from an 80-47 loss at top-ranked Connecticut Tuesday. Chelsea Marandola led Providence (13-10, 4-6) with 16 points and added five rebounds.

Baylor 76, Colorado 42 - Brittney Griner had 24 points, 11 blocks, and 10 boards for her second triple-double and the No. 15 Bears (17-5, 4-4 Big 12) routed the visiting Buffaloes (12-9, 2-6).

Holy Cross 50, Lafayette 47 - Whitney Fremeau had 14 points and nine rebounds and the visiting Crusaders (7-16, 3-5) won the battle of the boards, 41-24, in taking a Patriot League victory over the Leopards ( 4-18, 2-6).

Hartford 65, UNH 35 - Diana Delva’s 14-point, 15-rebound performance led the way for the Hawks (20-3, 10-0 America East), who extended their winning streak to 13 with a rout of the visiting Wildcats (8-16, 3-8).

Vermont 72, Albany 63 - The Catamounts (19-5, 9-2 America East) picked up their nation-best 12th road win, getting 24 points and 12 rebounds from Courtnay Pilypaitis.

Princeton 58, Dartmouth 47 - Addie Micir’s 25 points helped the host Tigers (17-2, 5-0) subdue the Big Green (8-11, 3-2) and stay unbeaten in the Ivy League.

Harvard 64, Penn 40 - An early 22-1 run made it an easy night for the Crimson (12-7, 3-2 Ivy) in Philadelphia. Christine Matera had a game-best 19 points.

Yale 81, Columbia 74 - The host Bulldogs (9-11, 4-2 Ivy) shot 69 percent from the field in the first half and had four double-digit scorers, led by Yoyo Greenfield’s 20 points.

Brown 61, Cornell 54 - Hannah Passafuime’s 22 points helped the Bears (6-14, 3-3 Ivy) stage a second-half rally in Providence.

Charlotte 57, URI 44 - Megan Shoniker had 25 points for the Rams (9-14, 2-6 A-10), but the 49ers (14-9, 7-2) still won their 10th straight at home.

Sacred Heart 66, Quinnipiac 51 - Alissa Apo had a game-high 19 points, including three makes from beyond the arc, and the visiting Pioneers (18-5, 11-1 Northeast) turned back the Bobcats (9-14, 4-8).

Central Conn. 73, Bryant 59 - Kerrianne Dugan scored 23 points and Justina Udenze added 18 as the Blue Devils (9-13, 6-6 Northeast) dispatched the visiting Bulldogs (10-13, 7-5).

Franklin Pierce 92, Southern N.H. 75 - Johannah Leedham had 33 points and 11 rebounds and Cynthia Gaudet added 22 points as the top-ranked Division 2 Ravens (21-0, 17-0 Northeast-10) made easy work of the visiting Penwomen (11-13, 7-10).

Bentley 75, Saint Michael’s 56 - Kim Brennan scored 21 points as the visiting Falcons (16-6, 14-3 NE-10) improved to 14-1 since Jan. 1 and extended their dominance in the series with the Purple Knights (7-13, 5-12) to 50-2.

Saint Anselm 74, Merrimack 60 - Epiphany Smith had a career-high 29 points and Morgan Frame added 15 as the visiting Hawks (9-13, 6-11 NE-10) used a 16-0 run in the first half to sink the Warriors (8-14, 6-11).

UMass-Lowell 80, Stonehill 69 - Bianca Simmons scored 24 points (14 in the second half) and the host River Hawks (14-7, 10-7 NE-10) handed coach Kathy O’Neil her 400th career victory. Erin Gray led the Skyhawks (17-7, 12-5) with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Amherst, 65, Tufts 56 - Jackie Renner and Caroline Stedman each had 16 points and the Jeffs (21-0, 7-0 NESCAC), the No. 1 team in Division 3, rallied from a 28-22 halftime deficit to beat the 10th-ranked Jumbos (19-3, 6-2) at Medford.