Roundup: UMass opens strong in women’s basketball

Saturday’s season opener for the UMass women’s basketball team was extra special for Jasmine Watson. The senior cocaptain delivered 21 points to drive the Minutewomen to an 83-53 rout of Kent State at the Mullins Center, and in the process became the 18th player in program history to reach 1,000 points.

Watson filled the stat sheet with 8 rebounds, 4 steals, 4 blocks, and 3 assists. She finished 8 of 11 from the field. Eleven players scored for the Minutewomen, with Emily Mital providing 16 points, Kiara Bomben 13, and Rashida Timbilla 11 to go with a team-high 10 rebounds.

UMass scored its most points in nearly two years and had its most accurate day from the field (61.1 percent) since 2008. The Minutewomen also dominated the glass, 41-23.


Wofford 79, Maine 76 — Despite getting 29 points from Ashleigh Roberts (11-of-17 shooting), the Black Bears fell to 0-2 with an overtime loss in Raleigh, N.C. A 3-pointer by Maine’s Brittany Wells forced the extra period.

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Dartmouth 64, Bryant 53 — The teams opened in Smithfield, R.I., with the Big Green prevailing behind Kamala Thompson’s 17 points and Abbey Schmitt’s double-double (11 points, 14 boards).

Brown 82, Saint Peter’s 48 — Lindsay Nickel shot 7 of 13 from 3-point range and piled up 27 points for the host Bears (1-0).

Kentucky 90, Delaware State 50 — The sixth-ranked Wildcats geared up for Tuesday’s showdown with top-ranked Baylor by routing the visiting Hornets. Kentucky (1-0) was 10 of 22 from 3-point range, and A’dia Mathies had 16 points, 6 assists, and 4 steals.


Texas-San Antonio 60, Holy Cross 56 — The Crusaders (1-1) lost in the Liberty Tax Classic in Norfolk, Va., unable to hold a 4-point halftime lead. Jordan Stevens had four of Holy Cross’s eight 3-pointers.


Providence 64, NJIT 63 — Bryce Cotton (21 points) hit one of two free throws with five seconds left to break the tie in Providence. LaDonte Henton’s 24 points led the Friars in their season opener.

Quinnipiac 65, Hartford 61 — Ike Azotam and Garvey Young combined for 32 points and 17 rebounds to carry the Bobcats (1-0) in West Hartford. The Hawks (0-1) led by as many as 6 in the second half.

Sacred Heart 85, Yale 82 — The Pioneers rallied from 19 down in the second half in West Hartford and took out the Bulldogs in overtime in the Connecticut 6 Classic. Shane Gibson had 29 points for Sacred Heart. It was the first game for both teams.

Dartmouth 67, Maine 54 — Gabas Maldunas had 25 points for the host Big Green, who won their first season opener in eight years. Mike Allison led Maine (0-1) with 17 points.

New Hampshire 91, Suffolk 51— The host Wildcats kicked off with an easy victory as Patrick Konan (16 points) led five double-digit scorers.


Missouri 83, Southern Ill.-Edwardsville 69 — At Columbia, Mo., the No. 15 Tigers (1-0) received 8 points and 15 rebounds in the debut of forward Alex Oriakhi, who transferred from UConn.

Notre Dame 58, Evansville 49 — Jack Cooley scored the game’s first 9 points and finished with 19 for the No. 22 Fighting Irish (1-0) in a preliminary-round game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in South Bend, Ind.