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Minutewomen’s Second and Third Quarters are not Enough Against Monmouth

The Massachusetts Minutewomen (1-4, 0-0 A-10) lost their fourth straight game to the Monmouth Hawks (2-2, 0-0 CAA) 74-62 on Sunday afternoon. UMass outscored Monmouth in both the second and third quarters but was ultimately outscored in the first and fourth quarters which did not help them.

The Minutewomen had two players reach double digits in scoring. Stefanie Kulesza was the leading scorer for both teams in the game with 19 points, and Bre Bellamy had 13 points for the Minutewomen. Tori Hyduke had 9 points, Lilly Taulelei had 8 points, Jermany Mapp had 7 points, Lilly Ferguson had 4 points, and Kristin Williams had 2 points to round out the scoring for UMass.

The Minutewomen were outrebounded 45-20 and only shot 38% from the field (25-66 FG). The low percentage from the field did not help UMass and only going 3-15 from behind the arc impacted their play of the game. UMass did not lead at all in the game until there was 5:45 left in the fourth quarter when Mapp made one of the threes that the Minutewomen did make. That lead was short-lived though, when the Hawks went down the court scored a layup, and made the free throw off of a Minutewomen foul. After that, the Hawks held onto the lead for the remaining time left in the game.

UMass travels to Cancun for the Cancun Challenge that starts on Thursday, November 23rd. The Minutewomen will face the Green Bay Phoenixes (2-1, 0-0 Horizon League) on Thursday at 1:30pm. All of the games in the Cancun Challenge will be on FloHoops, and there will not be a radio broadcast.

Featured Image: Chris Tucci, UMass Athletics

Kaily “KG” Godek is a current student at Western New England University (WNE). She has been a supporter of UMass Athletics for over 15 years. Kaily focuses on both UMass Basketball teams and occasionally on the other Women’s Basketball teams in the conference. While writing for A10 Talk, she works in the athletic department at WNE. When she graduates from WNE she wants to go into Sports Broadcasting and Journalism. You can follow Kaily on X, formerly known as Twitter, @kgumass23.