If the University of Massachusetts Minutewomen are going to be serious contenders in the Atlantic 10, they need to get consistent play from their bench players. Tonight, sophomore reserve Stephanie Lawrence was the difference. Lawrence finished with ten points, all in the second half, leading UMass to a 67-51 victory.
The Minutewomen could not afford to come out slow like they did on Sunday. Instead, they came out firing, building a 20-7 with 11 minutes left to play in the first half behind sophomore Cerie Mosgrove and senior Stephanie Gerardot.
- Gerardot and Mosgrove both finished with a team high 14 points apiece.
The second half belonged to the reserves. Senior Sakera Young was threading the needle on some beautiful back door passes for lay-ups. Young finished with 7 assists on the night. Lawrence was posting on the block, and dragging defenders out of the paint with a clutch three-pointer with nine minutes remaining, putting UMass ahead 58-43.
An alarming statistic for the Minutewomen has been turnovers the last few games. On Sunday, they turned he ball over 26 times, and tonight, 19 times. They are getting away with the sloppy play against inferior teams like Manhattan and UNH, but they can’t afford the turnovers against A-10 opponents. Tonight though, it didn’t matter.