Rudolph Guides River Hawks to Win Over UMass
AMHERST -- Behind a 15-2 run in the fourth quarter, the UMass Lowell women’s basketball team came back to defeat Massachusetts, 62-59, for the program’s first win in the battle of system rivals.
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Brianna Rudolph led the way with her second career double-double, setting career highs with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Rudolph scored the River Hawks’ (4-8) first 11 points of the contest. Ren’Cia Rolling added 10 points and six assists, while Kharis Idom matched her personal best with 13 points.
“I’m just really happy for them, they’ve stayed the course the whole time. It has not been any easy process for them and losing can build momentum, but we stymied that today,” UML coach Tom Garrick said. “They showed an incredible amount of fight and perseverance this afternoon, and when things got rough is when you saw the character. We executed on offense and that’s a good recipe for winning.”
With the victory, UMass Lowell took a 4-3 lead in the Kennedy Cup Challenge, the newly established yearly competition between the two schools.
Trailing 50-43 with 6:28 left in regulation, UMass Lowell rattled off 10 of the game’s next 12 points to take a one-point advantage with 4:35 on the clock. A Rudolph jumper and an Idom three-point play cut the gap to 52-48 before Rolling dropped a triple to make it a one-point game.
Oda Shackelford drove through the lane and gave the River Hawks their first lead of the quarter at 53-52. Buckets from Bri Stiers, Rolling and Idom pushed the gap to six points before the hosts ended the run with 2:03 to play.
Following a three-pointer, the Minutewomen (7-6) climbed within 60-59 and had the chance for the last shot but an air ball was collected by Rudolph with seven seconds left. She was fouled and hit both shots.