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Blogging With Bomben Update #20

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With the most recent update, UMass women's basketball redshirt-junior forward Kiara Bomben answers a few questions from fans regarding the challenges of balancing college hoops with interning in Los Angeles and what it is like to be far away from home and school. Bomben also shares the highlights from her third week of interning and points out a few of the places in California she would like to visit with her free time. Check out Kiara's latest entry in her on-going blog here.

Boston Globe Chats With Charley Molnar

UMass football head coach Charley Molnar will be in Boston on Wednesday, May 22, for a chat with Boston Globe sports editor Joe Sullivan and sports editor Matt Pepin. Molnar will sit down with Sullivan and Pepin at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the Minutemen and the squad's approaching second season at the NCAA Division-I Football Bowl Subdivision level.

Fans interested in following along and submitting questions can track the discussion through here.

Putney, Williams Travel To Spain With Athletes In Action

UMass basketball rising seniors Raphiael Putney and Chaz Williams have begun their journey to Spain with Athletes In Action. The duo flew to Spain via Houston and London over the weekend and have started practice with their nine teammates. You can follow along during their trip - which goes from May 18-June 2 - via the online blog at AIA Blogs - Basketball - Spain or through some photo postings on the AIA Facebook Page.

Here's an excerpt from the first entry from across the pond...

We are wrapping up our first day in Madrid while eating dinner at the Nuevo Boston Hotel. We spent most of the day in the airport getting to know each other and waiting until 15 minutes after our gate closed in London to finally board the plane. We cut it close but God prevailed. Our first practice went very well. The players chemistry grew tremendously from the airport to the court. They guys were talking, complemeting and holding each other accountable in a positive way.

Former UMass star Stephane Lasme has had a successful career overseas and is reaping the benefits as he was recently named the Best Defender in the Euroleague by the head coaches.

From the official press release:
The forward from Gabon did plenty to deserve the distinction. His 1.76 blocks per game were second in the league and he was tied for fourth in rebounding, averaging 6.14 per contest. Moreover, Lasme was the final line of defense for a rebuilt Panathinaikos squad, which finished the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season with the second-fewest points allowed, 69.8 per game.

Click here to read the entire release.