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Collegian: Opportunity knocks for UMass hockey

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In today's Daily Collegian, Jason Kates takes a look ahead to UMass' first round Hockey East Tournament matchup with Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. The Minutemen will be facing the Fighting Irish in a best-of-three this Friday and Saturday, with game three on Sunday, if necessary.

Read: Opportunity knocks for UMass hockey

In today's Daily Collegian, Tyler Fiedler has a preview of UMass baseball's season opening series at Kentucky. The Minutemen kick off the 2015 campaign this Friday, March 6, at 5 p.m. in Lexington, Ky.

Read: UMass opens season against Kentucky

PREVIEW: Women's Basketball vs. Richmond (A-10 Second Round)

UMass advanced to the second round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament with a 55-49 victory over St. Bonaventure on Wednesday, March 4. The Minutewomen now face Richmond in the second round at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 5. More information on the game is below.

University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
Game 30 No. 13 Seed Massachusetts (12-17 Overall) vs. No. 5 Richmond (17-12)
Date | Time Thursday, March 5, 2015 | 2:00 p.m.
Location Richmond Coliseum (11,922) | Richmond, Va.
Live Statistics Available on gameday
Watch Atlantic 10 Digital Network
Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM | Available on mobile devices through TuneIn Radio app
Series History UMass leads, 30-25. Last meeting: Richmond 64, Massachusetts 44; Jan. 24, 2014
Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Richmond Get Acrobat Reader
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Richmond Get Acrobat Reader
Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassWBB  
Buy Tickets Available through the Atlantic 10 Conference

Scouting Richmond Women's Basketball
Richmond women's basketball enters the Atlantic 10 Tournament as a No. 5 seed with a 17-12 overall record. The squad earned a bye through the first round and Thursday's contest marks the first for the Spiders during the championship.

Janelle Hubbard's 14.1 points guides the offense as one of three Spiders scoring in double-figures. Lauren Tolson adds 12.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists over a team-high 31.9 minutes played per game. Genevieve Okoro follows with 11.4 points and a Spiders-best 8.1 rebounds.

Michael Shafer is in his 10th season as the head coach at Richmond after an 11-year stint as an assistant at the University of Georgia, during which the Bulldogs reached the NCAA Tournament in each season. Shafer is 174-139 overall with the Spiders and led the team to five WNIT appearances from the 2008-09 season through 2012-13.

More on the women's basketball program is available through UMassAthletics.com.

MBB Recaps From Wednesday's 56-53 Loss To Richmond

MBB Gameday Preview: Richmond, 3/4/15

The Atlantic 10 Tournament begins for UMass women's basketball with the team's third meeting with St. Bonaventure this season! The Minutewomen, seeded 13th in the tournament, face No. 12 St. Bonaventure in the Richmond Coliseum on Wednesday, March 4 at 4:30 p.m. Ways to keep track of the Maroon & White follow:

University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
Game 29 No. 13 Seed Massachusetts (11-17 Overall) vs. No. 12 St. Bonaventure (15-14)
Date | Time Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | 4:30 p.m.
Location Richmond Coliseum (11,922) | Richmond, Va.
Tournament Info Atlantic 10 Championship Central
Live Statistics Available on gameday
Watch Atlantic 10 Digital Network
Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM | Available on mobile devices through TuneIn Radio app
Series History UMass leads, 30-25. Last meeting: St. Bonaventure 77, Massachusetts 57; Jan. 31, 2014
Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | St. Bonaventure
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | St. Bonaventure Get Acrobat Reader
Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassWBB  
Buy Tickets Available through the Atlantic 10 Conference

Scouting St. Bonaventure Women's Basketball
St. Bonaventure's up-and-down regular season ended with the Bonnies at 15-14 overall and 5-11 in the Atlantic 10, which earned SBU the No. 12 seed in the conference championship and a first round meeting with the Minutewomen. After they started 11-3, the Bonnies fell in seven consecutive contests prior to a 77-57 win over UMass in the Mullins Center. St. Bonaventure balanced its play over the final six games following the victory over the Minutewomen and tallied three wins as a result.

Katie Healy's 14.0 points per game paves the way in 2014-15. Nyla Reuter adds 10.8 to the mix while Hannah Little chips in 9.2 on average. Healy also paces St. Bonaventure in rebounding (6.4) ahead of Little's 6.0 per game.

Opponents outscored St. Bonaventure by one points during the 29-game regular season, 1,739-to-1,738 for a 60.0-to-59.9 lead in the category. The Bonnies were outrebounded despite Healy and Little's efforts on average, 38.1-to-35.7 while foes had fewer turnovers, 442-417 and more assists, 343-315.

Last Meeting: St. Bonaventure 77, Massachusetts 57; Jan. 31, 2014
UMass started strong against St. Bonaventure at home, but could not keep pace down the stretch in a 77-57 loss. Kim Pierre-Louis paced the Minutewomen with 14 points while Emily Mital chipped in 10 more to go with a team-best four assists.

Shooting accuracy in all facets of the game buoyed St. Bonaventure. Nyla Reuter and Gabby Richmond combined for 40 points as the duo finished 12-for-20 on field goals and 12-of-12 at the line. As a team, St. Bonaventure hit 45.1 percent of its attempts from the floor (23-of-51) and went 23-of-30 on foul shots (76.7 percent).

For matchup purposes against a smaller St. Bonaventure lineup, UMass switched its starters for the first time this season. Mital served as the No. 3, Timbilla moved to forward and Pierre-Louis started at center in place of Kymber Hill.

Once UMass closed within 25-22, St. Bonaventure answered with eight of the final 10 points in the first half for a 32-24 advantage at the break. The Bonnies continued to roll early in the second half and built their lead to as much as 26 points.

Seven quick points on a Pierre-Louis jumper, Alyx Stiff three-pointer and Rashida Timbilla layup cut the deficit 64-45 with 5:26 remaining, but Massachusetts was unable to edge closer than within 19 until the final minute of play.

UMass In The Atlantic 10 Tournament
The 2014-15 edition of the Atlantic 10 Tournament marks UMass' 31st time participating in the event. The Minutewomen hold an all-time record of 12-30. Massachusetts is 3-2 versus St. Bonaventure in A-10 tournaments, but has only faced the Bonnies once (L, 63-60; March 2, 2007) since four consecutive meetings during the 1988-91 Atlantic 10 tournaments.

This is the second instance of the Minutewomen participating as a No. 13 seed after UMass dropped an 85-75 decision in overtime to No. 12 George Mason in the 2014 Atlantic 10 Tournament Play-In Game. The deepest run the program ever made in the tournament is into the semifinal round, which UMass has accomplished six times - lastly during the 2002 holding of the event.

More on the Minutewomen is available through UMassAthletics.com.

In today's Daily Collegian, Anthony Chiusano has a great profile of UMass hockey assistant captain Zack LaRue.

Read: Years of dedication lead to breakout senior campaign for Zack LaRue

Join head coach John Micheletto tonight at 7 p.m. the Hangar Pub & Grill in Amherst for the Bud Light UMass Hockey Show. Coach Micheletto and host Brock Hines preview this weekend's best-of-three Hockey East first round playoff series at Notre Dame. Seniors Oleg Yevenko and Steve Mastalerz are the player guests.

The live radio show airs from 7-8 p.m. on WHMP (AM 1400/1240, FM 96.9) in the Pioneer Valley. Additionally, fans can listen online at WHMP.com or by downloading the TuneIn Radio app on their mobile devices.

To interact with the broadcast team, tweet your questions for Coach Micheletto @UMassSportsNet or click here to "Ask the Coach". For additional information and a complete show schedule, visit our hockey radio information page.
After a 5-0 start to the season, the UMass women's lacrosse team is listed as receiving votes in both the Lacrosse Magazine/Nike Weekly Poll and the InsideLacrosse.com Media Poll. The Minutewomen host Drexel this Friday at McGuirk Stadium.
Matthew Zackman of the Daily Collegian has a recap of Saturday's 11-3 win at Holy Cross for the women's lacrosse team which improved to 5-0 on the season. With the scored tied 2-2 at halftime, the Minutewomen broke the game open with an 8-to-0 run during the second half and held the Crusaders scoreless for a stretch of 41 minutes.

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