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Brampton Guardian: Tamara Tatham Leads Canada

UMass women's basketball alum Tamara Tatham is currently competing for the Canadian Women's National Team as the squad prepares for the upcoming world championship. Read about how Tatham has been performing via the Brampton Guardian below:

Tatham Leads Canada | Brampton Guardian

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alum Tamara Tatham provided a scoring presence for the Canadian Senior Women's National Basketball Team throughout the three-game Zafer Cup, but Canada was unable to secure victories in either of its final two contests, falling to Turkey, 51-33 on Saturday ahead of a 65-56 loss to Brazil on Sunday.

Tatham notched 10 points and five rebounds against Turkey before she scored a dozen more points versus Brazil. Read recaps of both contests below:

Canada Falls To Host Turkey At Zafer Cup | Canada Basketball
SWNT Fall To Bazil In Zafer Cup | Canada Basketball

The Canadian Senior Women's National Basketball Team defeated Australia in the Zafer Cup exhibition tournament opener, 62-55 on Friday afternoon behind the strength of 14 points and seven rebounds from UMass women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham.

The tournament is being hosted in Istanbul, Turkey, where Canada faces Turkey on Saturday before concluding tournament play on Sunday against Brazil.

Senior Women Best Australia 62-55 To Begin Zafer Cup | Canada Basketball

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham returned to Edmonton, Ontario, to report to training camp for the Canadian Senior Women's Basketball National Team. Brian Swane of the Edmonton Sun reports on the start of practices ahead of the FIBA World Championship in Turkey beginning in September.

Canadian women's basketball team returns to Edmonton for training camp | Edmonton Sun

A Look At The 2014-15 @UMassWBB A-10 Opponent Pairings

The Atlantic 10 announced its women's basketball opponent pairings for the 2014-15 conference season on Monday afternoon. Massachusetts will host eight contests in the Mullins Center during A-10 play while the league will feature a 16-game schedule for each institution. Take a look at who UMass hosts and to which Atlantic 10 schools the Minutewomen travel during 2014-15 below:

UMass Opponents (Home)
Davidson
Duquesne
George Mason
George Washington
La Salle
Rhode Island
Saint Louis
St. Bonaventure

UMass Opponents (Away)
Dayton
Fordham
La Salle
Rhode Island
Richmond
Saint Joseph's
St. Bonaventure
VCU

Check out the complete release, as well as the most up-to-date information on the Minutewomen, through UMassAthletics.com. More on the Atlantic 10 can be found on Atlantic10.com.

Tamara Tatham, Team Canada Complete Sweep Of Brazil

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham sparked the Canadian Senior Women's National Team to a 66-63 victory over Brazil to cap a three-game sweep at the Edmonton Grads International Classic. Tatham was given the 'Player of the Game' nod for Team Canada after she provided 11 points and eight rebounds in the win. Read more on it through Canada Basketball's release:

"A crowd of almost 1,800 at the Saville Community Sports Centre was treated to a great start from Team Canada as they shot out to a 12-5 lead at the five-minute mark of the first quarter and would push the lead to 10 with a 19-9 spread that would force Brazil to take an early timeout. Canada would continue to take the play to Brazil and hold 27-14 advantage as the first quarter ended..."

The conclusion of the article and more on Team Canada can be found here. Keep informed on UMass women's basketball through UMassAthletics.com.

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham (2003-07) helped the Canadian Senior Women's National Basketball Team to 64-43 victory over Brazil, the No. 7 internationally-ranked squad by FIBA. Check out how the squad performed in the opener of the three-game series via the recaps below:

SWNT Opens EGIC With Win | Canada Basketball
Auspicious debut for Canadian hoopsters | Edmonton Journal

Brampton Guardian: Tatham a key for Canada

Former UMass women's basketball star Tamara Tatham (2003-07) was selected by Canada Senior Women's National Team head coach Lisa Thomaidis to compete in a three-game series against Brazil at the Edmonton International Grads Classic from June 26-28. Frank Juzenas of the Brampton Guardian spoke with Tatham and Thomaidis ahead of the tournament to discuss Tatham's role and importance on the team.

"BRAMPTON-- Lisa Thomaidis can't help but rave about the play of Tamara Tatham.

The coach of Canada's senior women's basketball team is counting on Brampton's Tatham to once again play a big role as Canada continues its preparations for the women's world championship in Turkey later this year. Those preparations include a three-game exhibition series with Brazil this week in Edmonton..."

The conclusion of Juzenas' story is available through the Brampton Guardian website. More on UMass women's basketball can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

The Massachusetts men's and women's basketball programs spent a couple of hours conducting a youth clinic at Belchertown High School to benefit Jessica's Boundless Playground.

More than 100 area children from across western Mass. participated in various individual drill stations and overall camp games during the event, before enjoying a pizza party to wrap up the night's activities.





PREVIEW: Women's Basketball At The A-10 Championship

UMass women's basketball begins its competition in the Atlantic 10 Championship at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5 against George Mason in the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va. Info is provided below for fans looking to follow along with the squad:

  University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes - 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship
 Game 31 No. 12 seed Massachusetts (4-26) vs. No. 13 George Mason (7-22)
 Date | Time Wednesday, March 5, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. (Play-In Game)
 Tournament Info Atlantic 10 Championship Central
 Location Richmond Coliseum (11,992) | Richmond, Va.
 Live Statistics Available on gameday
 Live Video Atlantic 10 Digital Network (subscription required)
 Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM (Cody Chrusciel)
 Series History George Mason leads, 3-0. Last meeting: George Mason 101, UMass 73; Feb. 12, 2014
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | George Mason Get Acrobat Reader
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | George Mason Get Acrobat Reader
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassWBB  
 Buy Tickets Available through Ticketmaster.com

More on UMass women's basketball is provided through UMassAthletics.com.

Women's Basketball: Blogging With Bomben Update (Feb. 27)

Women's basketball forward Kiara Bomben provided an update to her on-going team blog today ahead of the 2014 Senior Night contest in the Mullins Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27. Bomben, a redshirt-senior, will be honored before the game as the Minutewomen host their final opponent of the season.

"Hey Everyone,

I cannot believe it's senior night already! Honestly, where has the time gone? The last month of has flown bye! It seems like only yesterday when we were conditioning at Curry Hicks Cage during preseason and running outside on Garber during the summer.

No matter what the outcome of today's game is, I'm thrilled and honored to have been a part of such an amazing group at the University of Massachusetts. UMass has been my home for three years ow and the memories I have created and shared with my teammates, coaches and everyone else have been unbelievable and something that I'll cherish forever and never forget. I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to be a part of this team..."

Check out all of Kiara's blog update and read through her old posts through Blogging With Bomben. More on UMass women's basketball and its Senior Night game can be found here.

Anthony Chiusano of the Daily Collegian spoke with women's basketball head coach Sharon Dawley, forward Kiara Bomben and guard Jasmine Harris for a preview of the UMass-Saint Joseph's game scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. The Minutewomen will celebrate Senior Night before the game to honor the lone competitor of the 2014 senior class, Bomben, as well as graduating team manager Steve Baruffi.

"Backed up by an aggressive offense and active press defense, the Massachusetts women's basketball team defeated Rhode Island on Sunday, to pick up its first victory since Dec. 17.

Now, the Minutewomen (4-24, 1-13 Atlantic 10) are heading into Thursday's game against Saint Joseph's (20-7, 9-5 A-10) with the potential for a winning streak on their minds.

Prior to Sunday's game, UMass coach Sharon Dawley said that the team had decided to implement a press defense from early on in the game against the Rams. As a result, the Minutewomen scored 18 points off of 19 caused turnovers. Heading into Thursday's matchup against the Hawks, Dawley said that early pressure will once again be part of the game plan.

'We pressed early to get everyone aggressive, and we'll do the same thing (on Thursday),' Dawley said. 'We just have to not get exhausted and stay out of foul trouble. But we'll throw it in there to get everyone going again.'

Dawley added that maintaining similar aggression on offense will be important in attacking Saint Joseph's "smart" defense..."

Read the conclusion of Chiusano's article through the Daily Collegian website. More on the women's basketball program can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

Women's Basketball Hosts Senior Night Thursday vs. Saint Joseph's

UMass women's basketball will hosts its 2014 Senior Night on Thursday, Feb. 27 when the Minutewomen battle Saint Joseph's in the Mullins Center at 7 p.m. Prior to the contest, the squad will recognize the lone competitor of the senior class, Kiara Bomben, as well as graduating team manager Steve Baruffi, with a short ceremony. More information on the contest and how to attend or follow along online is below:

  University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
 Game 29 Massachusetts (4-24, 1-13 Atlantic 10) vs. Saint Joseph's (20-7, 9-5 Atlantic 10)
 Date | Time Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
 Location Mullins Center (9,493) | Amherst, Mass.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 Live Video Atlantic 10 Digital Network (subscription required)
 Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM (Chris Doherty & John Ryan)
 Series History Saint Joseph's leads, 45-9. Last meeting: Saint Joseph's 87, UMass 50; Feb. 27, 2013
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Saint Joseph's Get Acrobat Reader
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Saint Joseph's Get Acrobat Reader
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassWBB  
 Attend The Game UMass Ticket Central

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

Video: Women's Basketball Highlights From Win Over Rhode Island

Take a look at home UMass women's basketball used a strong second-half performance to secure the 69-56 win over Rhode Island at the Mullins Center on Sunday afternoon courtesy of the UMass Sports Network:

MinuteFans can keep track of everything UMass Women's Basketball through UMassAthletics.com.

VIDEO: Interviews From Women's Basketball Win Over Rhode Island

UMass women's basketball defeated Rhode Island, 69-56 at the Mullins Center on Sunday, Feb. 23. Jasmine Harris led all scorers with 20 points while Rashida Timbilla added 19 points and eight rebounds and Kim Pierre-Louis chipped in 13 boards to go with eight points. They joined head coach Sharon Dawley in discussing the team's win with the media postgame - check out what they had to say below:

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


Jesse Mayfield-Sheehan of the Daily Collegian checked in with UMass women's basketball head coach Sharon Dawley and junior guard Emily Mital ahead of the annual Field Trip Day game, hosted this year on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 11:45 a.m. against George Washington.

"Morning games typically mean smaller crowds for most sporting events.

But when the Massachusetts women's basketball team hosts George Washington on Wednesday morning, it will be expecting a larger crowd than usual as hundreds of children from local elementary schools come out for the team's annual Field Trip Day game.

On Field Trip Day, students in kindergarten through eighth grade can come to the game for free, resulting in a big turnout from the local schools..."

Check out the rest of Mayfield-Sheehan's story through the Daily Collegian website. More information on the women's basketball program is available on UMassAthletics.com.




Jim Fenton of The Enterprise wrote a story covering Julie (Ready) Mulvey, who is one of six University of Massachusetts alums set to be inducted into the UMass Athletics Hall of Fame on Sunday. Ready competed for the UMass women's basketball team from 1978-81 and recorded all-America honors as she earned 1,406 career points for the Minutewomen.

"Massasoit Community College director of athletics Julie (Ready) Mulvey will receive a special honor this weekend.

Mulvey will be one of six people inducted into the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Athletics Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon.

The Whitman-Hanson Regional High School graduate was one of the top women's basketball players at UMass, scoring 1,406 points from 1978-81, earning Division 1 All-America honors and being nominated twice for the national player of the year award..."

Read the conclusion of Fenton's article through paper's website here. More information on the Minutewomen is available on UMassAthletics.com.

Gazette: Photos From Women's Basketball vs. Northeastern


Daily Hampshire Gazette photographer Kevin Gutting stopped by the UMass women's basketball game against Northeastern on Saturday, Dec. 22 and compiled a photo gallery following the game.

Check out his photos of the contest and a brief recap of the game here. More information on the Minutewomen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

VIDEO: Happy Holidays From UMass Women's Basketball

Check out the UMass women's basketball team as they wish a happy holiday season to all of MinuteFan Nation!


Jesse Mayfield-Sheehan previews UMass women's basketball's midweek meeting with Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., as the Minutewomen look to defend their two-game winning streak against an undefeated Crusaders team.

The Massachusetts women's basketball team is heading into Tuesday's game against Holy Cross with a feeling it hasn't had in a long time: the momentum of a winning streak.

After defeating Rutgers on Wednesday and following it up with a win over Hartford on Saturday, the Minutewomen achieved their first two-game winning streak since Feb. 22, 2012.

"It really builds our confidence," junior guard Emily Mital said. "Starting off 0-3, we obviously were kind of in a little slump there, and so this two-game winning streak kind of picked us up and now we're feeling pretty confident."

Holy Cross (3-0) comes into the contest with a strong offense that currently averages 83.7 points per game, with all five starters averaging at least 10 points a game...


Fans can read the rest of the preview through the Daily Collegian website. More information on the women's basketball team can be found on UMassAthletics.com.


Joey Saade with the Daily Collegian took a look at what UMass women's basketball did to win each of the previous two games, speaking with head coach Sharon Dawley to gain input on where the team has grown.

Don't look now, but the Massachusetts women's basketball team is riding a two-game winning streak.

Following Wednesday's upset win over a Rutgers team coached by Vivian Stringer, the Minutewomen battled a cold start against Hartford on Saturday and came out with a 63-59 come-from-behind victory.

For UMass coach Sharon Dawley, winning consecutive games for the first time in two seasons is a nice accomplishment. But the more vital aspect is how the Minutewomen pulled out those two games: in two different ways.

UMass (2-3) held a double-digit lead for the majority of the second half against Rutgers before they had to hold off a furious rally.

On Saturday, the Minutewomen's offense didn't find its rhythm until the second half, when they overcame a 12-point deficit and came out of another nail-biter on top...


The finish to Saade's story can be found on the Daily Collegian website. More information on the women's basketball squad is available through UMassAthletics.com.


Daily Collegian reporter Andrew Cyr followed up with head coach Sharon Dawley and junior forward Kim Pierre-Louis after UMass took a 63-59 win from Hartford on the road Saturday afternoon. Pierre-Louis provided a career day with single-game personal bests of 19 points and nine rebounds in leading the team to the win.

Massachusetts's women's basketball coach Sharon Dawley knew that with a young roster it was going to take some time for her team to get acclimated to playing at such a competitive level.

However, just five games into the season, with back-to-back nail biting wins only three days apart, this Minutewoman team is gaining confidence quickly, and showing no signs of slowing down after a 63-59 win against Hartford on Saturday.

"I was really happy with our team's performance on the defensive end," Dawley said. "We had a couple big shots from [Jasmine Harris] and [Emily Mital] late in the second half, but it was our ability to defend and get to loose balls that kept us in this game."

Trailing 51-46 with 9:23 remaining, Rashida Timbilla dished the ball out to an open Harris, who buried a deep 3-pointer to cut the Hawks' lead down to just two. Less than two minutes later, Harris drilled another straightaway three to give UMass a 52-51 lead, its first lead since the 14:44 mark of the first half...

For the entire recap of the game, check out the Daily Collegian website here. More information on UMass women's basketball is available through UMassAthletics.com.


Coverage of UMass' Upset Win Over Rutgers Women's Basketball


The University of Massachusetts women's basketball earned its first win of the 2013-14 season in stunning fashion with an upset victory over national powerhouse Rutgers, 64-63 on Wednesday evening. UMass led by five at halftime and held off a late charge by the Scarlet Knights for the win. Below are a few links for MinuteFans to check out regarding coverage of the contest:

Joey Saade covered the game for the Daily Collegian and highlighted the overall team effort that led the Minutewomen to earn the decision over Rutgers.

Thom Kendall was on-hand to snap photos of the game's progression and provided a gallery on UMassAthletics.com here.

J. Anthony Roberts stopped by to capture the contest for the Springfield Republican. His photo album is available through their website here.

Postgame reactions from head coach Sharon Dawley, junior guard Emily Mital and sophomore forward Rashida Timbilla and highlights of the contest can be found on UMass Athletics' YouTube page.


VIDEO: Highlights From Women's Hoops Win Over Rutgers

Check out the highlights from UMass' 64-63 win over Rutgers last night in the Mullins Center!


Daily Collegian staff reporter Joey Saade stopped by UMass women's basketball practice this week to speak to members of the team in advance of the season. The Minutewomen are getting set to open the season at home in the Mullins Center on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m.

The Massachusetts women's basketball team is ready to turn the page.

After a disappointing 3-26 finish to last season--their worst in 23 years--the Minutewomen are focused on flipping the switch and reversing their fortunes.

If they plan on doing so, they will have to get contributions from the younger players on their roster.

Entering the season, nine out of the 13 players on the roster are entering either their first or second year in collegiate athletics. Three of those players are freshmen Alyx Stiff, Meredith Tarver and Kymber Hill. Another newcomer is redshirt sophomore Amber Dillon, who sat out last season after transferring from Maine.

UMass coach Sharon Dawley is looking forward to coaching these young players as the season gets underway...

Read the rest of the story through the Daily Collegian website. More information on the women's basketball program is available through UMassAthletics.com.

Collegian: UMass women's basketball seeks redemption

Andrew Cyr with the Daily Collegian talked to head coach Sharon Dawley and sophomore Rashida Timbilla practice this week to preview the upcoming season, which begins on Friday at the Mullins Center against Western Michigan.

No team is more excited to start fresh this winter than the Massachusetts women's basketball team.

The Minutewomen ended the 2012-13 season with 13 straight losses and an overall record of 3-26, which was UMass' worst record since the 1990-91 season.

"Last year is over with and we can't do anything about it," said sophomore forward Rashida Timbilla. "We are a new team this year and that's how we are going to approach every situation. We want to bring a new attitude to this team."

This year's squad, which includes 12 underclassmen, has already brought a new identity to the women's basketball team in just a few short weeks of practice...

The remainder of Cyr's story can be found in the Daily Collegian website. More information on the women's basketball program can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

Blogging With Bomben Update (June 15)

UMass women's basketball redshirt-junior forward Kiara Bomben adds another post to her on-going blog on Saturday. With the update, Bomben recaps a hectic week, during which she took a trip to Las Vegas with her mom and continued her interning duties with HPE. Bomben also spoke with a pair of teammates for the update, including newcomer Paula Tarnachowicz and sophomore guard Victoria Stewart, who received a pleasant surprise from the womens basketball staff recently.

Read the entry in its entirety here.

Blogging With Bomben Update (June 5)

UMass women's basketball redshirt-junior Kiara Bomben continues her blog this week while interning in L.A. with an update on her sight-seeing trips around California and her recent work at Hutch Parker Entertainment. Kiara had a visitor in teammate Emily Mital, who stopped by for a few days on vacation, and presented a brainstorming project at HPE that required her to formulate a movie idea.

Check out the full Blogging With Bomben update, and all previous entries, here.

Blogging With Bomben Update #18

Women's basketball redshirt-junior forward Kiara Bomben will continue her on-going blog throughout the summer months and off-season to keep Minutewomen fans updated on the squad. Bomben's first entry since the end of the season recaps how the team spent spring break and the start of off-season workouts as the team looks ahead to the 2013-14 campaign. Check out the full update, and all previous entries, here.

Women's Basketball Coaches Show Update

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With Atlantic 10 Conference season well underway, UMass women's basketball head coach Sharon Dawley sat down in the WMUA studios with host Patrick O'Neil for the weekly UMass Women's Basketball Coaches Show. This week, O'Neil and Dawley discussed the team as well as current issues in sport outside of collegiate women's basketball and pop culture topics, such as their favorite TV shows. Check out the podcast of the show here.

UMass women's basketball continues its season at home on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. against the Temple Owls. The Minutewomen will host National Girls and Women In Sport; Play 4Kay and Girl Scout Day in conjunction with the contest. The day's events will include a sports clinic for focused on girls ages 12 and under, with registration and check-in available at the Boyden Gymnasium, where the event will be held, beginning at 11:30 AM. For more information on the clinic, please visit the event announcement page here or call the University of Massachusetts Athletic Department marketing staff at 413-577-7252.
The Minutewomen basketball team showed its holiday spirit recently, wishing every supporter of UMass athletics a happy holiday season with their second annual "thank you" video. This year, the Minutewomen completed a rendition of Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You."

Have a safe and happy holidays!

Women's Basketball Weekly Coaches Show Update

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The UMass Women's Basketball Coaches Show continued this week with sophomore forward Kim Pierre-Louis and Director of Basketball Operations May Kotsopoulos serving as the on-air guests. Hosts Pat O'Neil and Chris Doherty touched on the season so far while also talking to Kotsopoulos about how she can use her experience playing professionally to help the team.

Check out the full weekly update here.

The Minutewomen continue their 2012-13 campaign at home with a contest against Bowling Green at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19. With the game part of a basketball doubleheader, the Minutemen will host Ohio University following the completion of the women's contest. Tickets for both can be purchased through the UMass Ticket Central.

Blogging With Bomben Update

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Women's basketball redshirt-junior forward Kiara Bomben added a post to the 'Blogging With Bomben' series this week, the 14th entry in her blog on UMassAthletics.com. This time, Bomben focused her writing on an update on the team through the first 10 games of the season as well as a recent community service project she started with a few teammates.

Check out the most recent update here.

The Minutewomen continue their season at home with a contest against Bowling Green at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19. With the game part of a basketball doubleheader, the Minutemen will host Ohio University following the completion of the women's game. Tickets for both contests can be purchased through the UMass Ticket Central.

Women's Basketball Weekly Coaches Show Update

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As the Minutewomen prepare for a road trip to Ohio University and Miami (Ohio), take a listen to the weekly Women's Basketball Coaches Show on 91.1 FM WMUA with host Pat O'Neil and guest-commentator Chris Doherty. This week, head coach Sharon Dawley was joined by redshirt-junior guard Carolann Cloutier and the conversation focused on the NBA, life on the road when traveling with the UMass team and the squad's expectations for the Ohio trip.

Check out the entire show here through the UMass Athletics website.



Women's Basketball Weekly Coaches Show Update

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WMUA's Ryan X. Murray and Pat O'Neil hosted UMass women's basketball head coach Sharon Dawley and senior center Jasmine Watson during the weekly coaches show on Monday evening. The half-hour discussion focused on the keys to UMass' season-opening victory over Kent State, Watson recording her 1,000th career point and the upcoming schedule, which includes a trip home to South Bend, Ind., for Watson.

The show airs weekly from 5:00-5:30 on WMUA 91.1 FM and is now available on UMassAthletics.com for fans who missed it live. Also, WMUA recently debuted an app you can download on iTunes to listen from your mobile device if you can't be near a radio for the show!

Minutewomen Open 2012-13 With 30-Point Victory

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UMass women's basketball kicked off the 2012-13 campaign with an 83-53 drubbing of Kent State at the Mullins Center on Saturday afternoon. The Minutewomen were paced by four players scoring in double-figures, including senior center Jasmine Watson's game-high 21. Watson used her final basket of the game to become the 18th Minutewoman to eclipse the 1,000-point mark in program history. Freshman Rashida Timbilla tallied a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards to help the winning effort, the only known Minutewoman to secure a double-double during her first contest as a true-freshman.

Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican focused his recap of the victory on Jasmine Watson's milestone.

Daniel Malone spoke of Watson's success throughout her tenure with the Minutewomen while covering the 30-point victory over Kent State for the Daily Collegian.

The Minutewomen continue their season with their first road trip and first midweek contest as UMass travels to New Britain, Conn., for a Tuesday, Nov. 13 contest against Central Connecticut. Full coverage of the contest can be found on UMassAthletics.com. UMass returns home the following weekend to take on Quinnipiac at the Mullins Center on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., with tickets available through the UMass Ticket Central.

Women's Basketball Kicks Off 2012-13 Season

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It's time for UMass women's basketball to start its 2012-13 season, as the Minutewomen host Kent State on Saturday at the Mullins Center to begin the campaign. Here are a couple stories regarding aspects of the current team and what they hold important and the start a new competitive slate...

Matt Vautour wrote a season preview for the Daily Hampshire Gazette, noting the wealth of young talent on the squad and an upcoming milestone for senior center Jasmine Watson.

The Daily Collegian's Peter Cappiello previews the year, with a focus on the upperclassmen expected to lead the squad.

Jeff Okerman with the Daily Collegian highlighted how important defense has been to the squad during preseason practice.

Daniel Malone of the Daily Collegian recognized the family atmosphere head coach Sharon Dawley has created in Amherst.

Live statistics and web streaming will be available for today's contest with Kent State, which begins at 2 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased here for the season-opener and every upcoming home game of the year.
UMass women's basketball head coach Sharon Dawley and sophomore guard Emily Mital visited the WMUA studio on Monday to join hosts Pat O'Neil and Ryan X. Murray for the weekly Women's Basketball Coaches Show. Every week throughout, Dawley and a player will discuss the team, 2012-13 season and miscellaneous happenings with the show hosts beginning at 5 p.m. on Mondays.

To catch the first 2012-13 season women's basketball coaches show, check out UMassAthletics.com.

UMass At The Olympics: Updates From Over The Weekend

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Former UMass women's basketball standouts Tamara and Alisha Tatham and UMass field hockey assistant coach Shannon Taylor began action at the Olympics over the weekend.

Canada dropped a close game with Russia, 58-53 on Saturday. Tamara Tatham played 25 minutes and totaled four points, five rebounds and two steals. Alisha Tatham saw nine minutes of action.

Canada Women's Basketball Remaining Schedule
Monday, July 30 vs. Great Britain - 3:00 PM EST
Wednesday, Aug. 1 vs. France - 4:00 AM EST
Friday, Aug. 3 vs. Brazil - 9:30 AM EST
Sunday, Aug. 5 vs. Australia - 9:30 AM EST

Taylor and USA Field Hockey dropped a 2-1 decision to Germany yesterday. She played 52 minutes and had one of USA's seven shots.

USA Field Hockey Remaining Schedule
Tuesday, Aug. 31 vs. Argentina - 2:00 PM EST
Thursday, Aug. 2 vs. Australia - 5:45 AM EST
Saturday, Aug. 4 vs. New Zealand - 2:00 PM EST
Monday, Aug. 6 vs. South Africa - 5:45 AM EST

Live streaming coverage of all events can be found here via NBC.

Congratulations to UMass women's basketball alumni Tamara and Alisha Tatham who have helped the Canadian Senior Women's National Team earn an Olympic berth, capturing the 10th and final spot in the field at the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Matt Vautour has this nice feature on the Tatham sisters in today's Daily Hampshire Gazette:

As the final seconds ticked off the clock in Ankara, Turkey, the magnitude of what was happening started to hit the Canadian women's national basketball team. Japan's 14-2 run in the fourth quarter had fallen short and for the first time since Sydney in 2000, Canada was going to the Olympics.

When the final buzzer sounded of the 71-63 win, the women converged on each other. Some shouted, some cried happy tears and included in the pile were University of Massachusetts alumni Tamara and Alisha Tatham.

"I was almost speechless. It was like 'Oh my god, we're going to the Olympics.' We were all jumping around. People were crying," Tamara said. "It really didn't sink in until a couple hours later. It's a great feeling."

Her younger sister agreed.

"The last minute was pretty emotional for me and the other girls. The time was ticking away and we knew we had it in the bag," Alisha said. "I shed a few tears and was pretty emotional. A dream of mine had finally come true. I was excited about that."

Read More: UMass alumni Tamara and Alisha Tatham to lace up for Team Canada

Lanpher Named Women's Basketball Head Coach At NJIT

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The New Jersey Institute of Technology has just announced that Steve Lanpher has been named as the school's new women's basketball head coach. Lanpher spent the last two seasons as an associate head coach for the Minutewomen under head coach Sharon Dawley after coming to UMass from Vermont where he had spent four years on Dawley's staff.

Here is an excerpt from NJIT's release, which includes a quote from Coach Dawley:

At UMass, Lanpher has assisted Coach Dawley in the first two years of work toward building a championship-quality program in the rugged Atlantic 10 Conference.

"Steve is a great guy and I'm going to miss him and his family," said Dawley, the UMass head coach of her former top assistant. "I'm thrilled that he's getting this opportunity to take over his own program. He's passionate about basketball and developing great relationships with the student-athletes. He's passionate about them excelling in the classroom, as well as on the basketball court."

Read the full release here: NJIT Names Steve Lanpher Head Coach of Women's Basketball

Globe: Mosgrove Scores Big For European Squad

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Marvin Pave of the Boston Globe caught up with UMass women's basketball alumn Cerie Mosgrove who recently finished her first professional season overseas in Luxembourg.

Cerie Mosgrove led the nation in 3-point shooting as a senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst last year. Then the former Needham High star knocked down every challenger at the State Farm 3-Point Championship at the NCAA tourney's Final Four in Houston.

Her foray into professional basketball overseas has been just as impressive.

The 6-foot forward led T71 Dudelange to the first division finals in a women's pro league in Luxembourg that concluded its season two weeks ago.

She averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds per game while converting 39 percent of her 3-point attempts. Overall, she shot 49 percent from the floor and 88 percent from the line.

"I don't know how much of a role my winning the 3-point contest played in helping with job offers, but the additional exposure certainly didn't hurt," said Mosgrove, who set women's single-season records at UMass for threes made (78) and attempted (157) in 2010-11 while averaging a career-best 13.6 points per game.

"After having a fabulous experience in my first year in Europe, I'm not positive yet about my plans for next season or if I will be returning to Luxembourg, but I am certainly interested in going to Europe again,'' she said.

"We lost in the finals to a better team, but we were still proud of how far we came."

Read more of Needham's Mosgrove Stars in Luxembourg's Top Professional Basketball League

Coverage Of Women's Basketball's Win Over Rhode Island

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Congratulations to the women's basketball team on picking up its second straight win with a 68-57 victory over Rhode Island last night on Senior Day at the Mullins Center.

Several media outlets had coverage of the win:


Daily Hampshire Gazette: Megan Zullo lifts UMass women's basketball to key victory over Rhode Island
Daily Collegian: Minutewomen Notch A Win On Senior Night
MassLive.com: Photos: UMass women top URI, 68-57

Also, check out the highlights and postgame press conference:

Recaps Of Women's Basketball's Loss To #25 St. Bonaventure

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The UMass women's basketball team put forth a strong effort, but a late St. Bonaventure run helped the nationally-ranked #25 Bonnies hold off the Minutewomen, 69-54 at the Mullins Center on Wednesday.


Matt Vautour covered the matchup for the Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass women's basketball falls to No. 25 St. Bonaventure
Jeffery Okerman has this recap in the Daily Collegian: Minutewomen drop clash with conference-leading Bonnies
Cameron McDonough also had this sidebar on the team's rebounding: Rebounds the difference in UM loss to Bonnies

Basketball Radio Shows Today

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Be sure to listen to both basketball radio shows this evening.

Tonight brings the Bud Light UMass Basketball Show from the Hangar at 7 p.m. Coach Kellogg will be discussing the great win over Saint Louis this past weekend and previewing the Minutemen's pair upcoming of road games. Be sure to send in questions now for Coach Kellogg.

It is also another edition of the Women's Basketball Radio Show at 5 p.m. Listen on WMUA 91.1 FM or online here.

Women's Basketball Radio Show Resumes Today

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After breaking between semesters, the UMass Women's basketball radio show returns this evening at 5:00 on WMUA 91.1 FM. Be sure to listen to hear the latest on the Minutewomen from head coach Sharon Dawley.

Coming off a bye weekend, UMass is back in action this Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Duquesne. Tip-off in Pittsburgh will be at 7 p.m.

MassLive: Dawley Moving Forward In The Program Rebuilding

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In today's Republican, Dick Baker has a midseason review of the UMass women's basketball team's progress in the squad's second season under head coach Sharon Dawley.

The Minutewomen, who are in action this afternoon at the UVA Cavalier Classic facing Elon at 4:30 p.m., are currently on a three-game winning streak and sit at 4-8 on the year.

"While the program progress may not appear rapid under Dawley, it's been clearly identifiable. She already has four new recruits for next season, and improving on last year's 3-11 conference mark this season seems quite likely.

Her knowledge of the game cannot be questioned, and it's clear the former outstanding Vermont coach has a plan. The elevator may be going up at a filled-hotel- elevator speed, but it's going up while making the necessary stop at each floor."

Read Baker's full story here

Collegian: Minutewomen Close To Climbing Over Hump

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With the women's basketball team in action on the road tonight at Boston College at 7 p.m., Eric Mansfield has this sidebar in today's Daily Collegian:

The Massachusetts women's basketball team, while on a six-game slide, has been keeping the early season non-conference games relatively close, losing four of its six games by five points or less.

Other than a blowout loss on the road to Miami (Ohio), UMass has been within striking distance of all of its opponents, the closest of which was a three-point loss to Central Connecticut at home in overtime on Nov. 16.

Minutewomen coach Sharon Dawley, while disappointed that the team hasn't come away with one of these close games, made it clear that she has been encouraged by her team's performance.

Continue reading Minutewomen close to climbing over hump

Women's Basketball Recaps From Central Connecticut Game

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Collegian: Minutewomen Aim For 2-0 Start

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Michael Counos and David Martin  preview tonight's women's basketball game against CCSU. UMass is coming off a season opening, 55-49, victory over Boston University last Sunday.

 

"The Massachusetts women's basketball team will look to win its second straight game at home when it takes on Central Connecticut State on Wednesday night at the Mullins Center," writes Counos.

"More impressive, however, is how well the two maintained their team's sense of confidence and determination to win, as the Terriers came back from several double-digit deficits to pull within striking distance late in the second half," writes Martin.

 

Tonight's game is set to tip off at 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center.

Recaps Of Women's Basketball's Win Over BU In Season Opener

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Congratulations to head coach Sharon Dawley and the women's basketball team on the squad's season opening victory over Boston University on Sunday, 55-49 at the Mullins Center. Be sure to check out the weekly radio show tonight, which airs on WMUA, 91.1 FM at 5 p.m. and can also be heard online.

Dick Baker has a recap of the game on MassLive.com and also had a preview over the weekend that focused on UMass' new point guard, Carolann Cloutier.

The Daily Collegian had a recap of Sunday's game, as well: Minutewomen led by Zullo in 55-49 win over BU

Also, check out the postgame press conference from Sunday:

As the 2010-11 school year wound down, Carolann Cloutier faced a difficult decision as she plotted her upcoming summer.

After sitting out the season at the University of Massachusetts under NCAA transfer rules, Cloutier could return home to Montreal and compete in the Canada Basketball Women's Elite Performance Program to further her hopes of someday being an Olympian, or stay in Amherst and try to help the Minutewomen get better.

Cloutier chose to stay. Projected as the Minutewomen's starting point guard, the sophomore wanted to work with her UMass teammates in hopes of being ready to take on the leadership role required of the position.

"I think I made the right decision," Cloutier said. "I got to know them and definitely got the trust from them. ... You want to be a leader, but you don't want to force it. You have to get to know the girls first and get chemistry before you can lead."

Read more of Matt Vautour's feature on Cloutier here.

Happy Birthday: Oct 18- Carolann Cloutier

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Happy Birthday to Carolann Cloutier of women's basketball! 
Carolann Cloutier

Women's Basketball Participates In Walk To End Alzheimer's

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This past weekend, the UMass women's basketball was out and about in the community, participating in the Walk To End Alzheimer's at Holyoke Community College.

Check out the video feature from the event:

The news of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt's recent diagnosis of early onset dementia shocked and saddened the sports world, including UMass women's coach Sharon Dawley. Dawley, who considers Summitt a role model, gave her reaction to Tricia Taskey of ABC 40:

Women's Basketball Takes Part In Ropes Course

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The UMass women's basketball team recently made a trip off campus to take part in a ropes course here in Amherst. Check out the video of the experience: 


Over the weekend, Dick Baker led off his Local College notebook with a piece on the newest addition to the UMass women's basketball team, Kiara Bomben.

 

"University of Massachusetts women's basketball head coach Sharon Dawley took over last year, promising to build the program for the future. 
And she's already starting on the 2012-13 season. 

Dawley has signed an interesting recruit in 5-11 forward Kiara Bomben from Australia, who is transferring in from Florida Gulf Coast University, a team which boasted a 28-4 record last season."

Read more of Baker's notebook on MassLive.com.


Happy Birthday: July 7- Cerie Mosgrove

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Happy birthday to Cerie Mosgrove of UMass women's basketball!

Cerie Mosgrove

Installment No. 4 of the Daily Hampshire Gazette's summer series "Where Are They Now" is standout women's basketball point guard Kathy Coyner. 

Anyone that saw her play knew Kathy Coyner had a high hoop IQ. But she's put her brain to even better use off the court. UMass' former standout point guard is now a surgeon and the latest addition to the summer's "Where Are They No?" feature on this blog.

  

Happy Birthday To Stephanie Lawrence!

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UMass Athletics wishes a happy birthday to recently graduated hoopster Stephanie Lawrence!

Stephanie Lawrence

Happy Birthday All Around!

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Lots of UMass birthdays from the weekend and today! Jasmine Watson of the women's basketball team celebrated on Saturday, while Erika Unger of the track team enjoyed her day yesterday.

On Monday, make sure to say happy birthday to Mike Lee of the football team, Ryan Hollenbaugh of the men's lacrosse team and Christine Cutry of the field hockey team.

Jasmine WatsonErika UngerMike LeeRyan HollenbaughChristine Cutry
On May 15, we wish Happy Birthday to senior hockey player Doug Kublin and women's basketball sophomore Shakia Robinson.

Doug Kublin  Shakia Robinson

Women's Basketball Offseason Update

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Women's basketball head coach Sharon Dawley spoke at the UMass Sports Luncheon today. Check out the video on YouTube:


It's not an automatic, but in rare cases the NCAA will grant a sixth year of eligibility to a student-athlete, and that was the desired decision this week for University of Massachusetts women's basketball guard Megan Zullo.

Zullo, who averaged 10.5 points and 4.5 assists last season while setting a team record with 1,136 minutes played, will return to the Minutewomen for the 2011-12 campaign.

Normally a student's athletic eligibility is four seasons, but sometimes the student is offered the opportunity to redshirt for a year to spread that eligibility over five years. But the NCAA may also grant a sixth year of eligibility, only if a player has missed two seasons because of an injury or circumstances beyond a player's control.

Read more of Dick Baker's piece on MassLive.com

On April 15, we celebrate for lacrosse freshman Connor Mooney and basketball senior Megan Zullo who will light candles for their birthdays.

Connor Mooney  Megan Zullo

UMass Winter Scholar-Athlete Luncheon - Cerie Mosgrove, Sean Busch. Speeches by Female honoree Cerie Mosgrove (women's basketball), Associate Head Coach Steve Lanpher, Professor Glenn Wong and Track & Field Coach Ken O'Brien. Busch was unable to attend.

Lots Of Honors At Today's UMass Sports Luncheon

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Senior Cerie Mosgrove of the women's basketball team and senior Sean Busch of the men's track & field squad have been named the 2011 UMass Winter Scholar-Athletes. The duo will be honored at the UMass Sports Luncheon today, Apr. 6, at Room 1009 of the Campus Center at 12:15 p.m. Also, the UMass Athletes of the Week will be recognized: Sara Plourde of the softball team, who was also named the National Player of the Week and Katie Ferris of the women's lacrosse squad, who tallied 12 points in two wins for No. 11 UMass.
It was between games Saturday at the men's Final Four, the lights were no longer shining in her eyes, and the basketball court was at a safe distance. She was a relaxed spectator, not a pins-and-needles participant.

Only 48 hours earlier, senior Cerie Mosgrove of the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team was the center of attention, the camera cords dragging along the floor in front of her shooting stations with the camera lens seemingly staring a nose-length from her outstretched shooting arms - kind of like Hal the computer in "2001: A Space Odyssey."

Read more of Dick Baker's feature on MassLive.com.

Coverage Of Mosgrove's Three-Point Championship Win

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Massachusetts Minutewomen basketball star Cerie Mosgrove just gave fans of UMass basketball a reason to celebrate. I'll admit at the outset, pinning the emotions of UMass students and alumni frustrated with the state of the school's basketball program all on one player might be a bit much. Nevertheless, any cause for celebration is precious indeed considering the last few losing seasons.

Stubbornly loyal alumni like me need any silver lining we can find when it comes to redeeming the Massachusetts Minutemen and Minutewomen. At the very least, Cerie Mosgrove's recent win at the National 3-point Championship amounts to the single best bit of news to come out of UMass basketball in recent memory.

Read more of Does Cerie Mosgrove's 3-point Championship Victory Redeem UMass Basketball? on Yahoo Sports.

John Connolly also has coverage in today's Boston Herald: Cerie Mosgrove is 3-point champ


The full rosters for the 23rd annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships have been announced

UMass' Cerie Mosgrove will be competing against Kelsey Bolte of Iowa State, Brittany Johnson of Ohio State; Tatiyiana McMorris of Marquette, Sam Quigley of DePaul, Jaleesa Ross of Fresno State, Brittney Scott of University of Houston and Courtney Ward of Florida State tonight on ESPN2 at 9 p.m.

The Boston Globe has a nice piece on Mosgrove:  Former Needham High basketball standout Cerie Mosgrove to participate in 3-Point Championship during Final Four.

The Daily Collegian has coverage as well: Mosgrove to compete in 3-point contest Thursday

The "Sniper" Goes National

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The University of Massachusetts women's basketball team may not be playing in the NCAA tournament, but one of its players is headed to the Final Four.

Senior Cerie Mosgrove is one of only eight women's basketball players nationally to be selected to participate in the Women's 3-point Shooting Championship, which will be held March 31 at the University of Houston's Hofheinz Pavillion. She is part of a men's and women's total roster of 24 players who will compete in this year's State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-point championships, which is annually held in the Final Four city of the men's tournament. There are eight women three-point shooters, eight men three-point shooters, and eight dunkers. The event will be televised across the country on ESPN2 from 9 - 11 p.m.

Mosgrove, nicknamed the Sniper, was an astounding 78 for 157 from three-point range this season for a .497 percentage. She currently leads the nation in that category.

Read more of Dick Baker's The "Sniper" goes national: Cerie Mosgrove of UMass one of only eight women's basketball players to compete in 3-point shooting contest before NCAA Final Four
The collegiate careers of Megan Zullo, Cerie Mosgrove and Stephanie Lawrence came to a close Thursday when the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team lost 77-66 to Charlotte in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament at the Tsongas Center.

"It's pretty weird" that this is the end, said Mosgrove. "It's a little bittersweet but mostly not ready for it. It's sad. We wish we could have gone longer, it's been a fun year."

Read More of Minutewomen end season with loss to Charlotte in A-10 tourney from The Daily Hampshire Gazette.

The Springfield Republican had this recap of the game, while Matt Langone of the Lowell Sun focused on UMass senior guard Cerie Mosgrove in his writeup, the only Massachusetts native playing in the Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Tournament, which is being held in Lowell, Mass.


Gazette Preview Of A-10 Women's Basketball Tourney

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For University of Massachusetts women's basketball coach Sharon Dawley, this weekend's Atlantic 10 Tournament represents an opportunity.

"We have a weekend where we have a chance to end on a better note," said Dawley, who is wrapping up her first year leading the Minutewomen. "Let's end on a note that we can look back on when we're running hills and lifting weights. You always want to look back on a positive memory. I want the last thing we look back on is playing well in the tournament."

The No. 12-seeded Minutewomen (7-22, 3-13) play No. 5 Charlotte (21-8) at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Tsongas Arena in Lowell, which is hosting the event. Charlotte was one of five teams that finished 9-5 in A-10 play.

Read more of Minutewomen seek upset in A-10 hoop tourney.

Happy Birthday: Feb. 12 - Hart, Montgomery

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Happy Birthday on Feb. 12 to junior baseball pitcher Ben Hart and sophomore women's hoopster Dee Montgomery.


Ben Hart  Dee Montgomery

Happy Birthday: Feb. 11 - Ke'Mon Bailey, Kelly Robinson

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Best wishes for a great birthday on Feb. 11 to football senior Ke'Mon Bailey and women's basketball freshman Kelly Robinson.


Ke'Mon Bailey  Kelly Robinson








Coach Sharon Dawley's Father David Dawley Passes Away

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The father of UMass women's basketball coach Sharon Dawley passed away on Monday, Feb. 7. Here is the obituary with service information.

David "Gramps" Dawley of Revere on February 7th. Beloved husband of Ginger (Murphy). Devoted father of Kathleen Dawley and her husband Peter Smokowski of Sudbury, Brian and his wife Mary Ellen of Revere and Sharon Dawley of Amherst. Loving grandfather of David, Patrick and Daniel Dawley all of Revere. Dear brother of James Dawley of Revere and Peter Dawley of Saugus. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St Revere on Friday February 11th at 9:30 am. Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church at 10:30 am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be Thursday 4-8 pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Friends of Camp Fatima Trust Fund PO Box 206 Gilmanton Iron Works NH 03837. Late member Knights of Columbus Council 179. David was an avid fan of sports particularly women's collegiate Basket Ball. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery.
Check out the preview of Saturday's game vs. Charlotte by Michael Counos of the Daily Collegian. The contest is set of 2 p.m. in the Mullins Center and will feature the program's annual Pink Zone Day event, which helps raise breast cancer awareness.

Also in today's Collegian, David Martin has this nice sidebar on Cerie Mosgrove's contributions to the Minutewomen squad this season.

Women's Basketball Game Still On, Admission Free

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The UMass campus is closed, but the women's basketball game slated for tonight at 7 p.m. against Duquesne is still slated to be played as scheduled. Doors will be open for free admission for all of those who brave the weather to come cheer on the Minutewomen.

Feature On Former UMass Women's Hoops Standout Kate Mills

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If there is one thing Kate Mills has learned from playing professional basketball overseas, it's how to adjust.

On Jan. 10, Mills was traded from a Portuguese team to one in Madrid. The deal had little to do with Mills' performance. She had been averaging 15 points and seven rebounds per game.

"During the Christmas break, the team hired a Portuguese point guard, who played in the WNBA," said Mills. "The coaching staff felt that with this new addition the team needed to make some changes with personnel. When I came back from Christmas break I was still able to practice with the team every day, but no longer participated in games. [They] found me a new team to play for and will still be honoring my contract while I play with the new team."

Read more of Jack Ireland's Kate Mills adjusts to uncertain life of a pro player

Daily Collegian Women's Basketball Coverage

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The Massachusetts women's basketball team took on Temple on Wednesday at the Mullins Center in an Atlantic 10 conference battle.

While tip off was moved up to 5:00 p.m. due to inclement weather, the University of Massachusetts was unable to advance in the A-10 standings. The Owls remained undefeated in A-10 play with a 76-48 victory.

To read more of the Daily Collegian's recap, click here.

Michael Wood also has a sidebar in the Collegian on the increased roles of younger players off the bench against Temple.

Recaps Of Women's Basketball's Loss To #8 Xavier

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Women's basketball's 81-55 loss to #8 Xavier at home on Sunday was covered by several media outlets. Check out the recaps.

Springfield Republican: UMass falls in women's basketball to nationally-ranked Xavier
Daily Hampshire Gazette: Xavier overpowers Minutewomen
Fox News: Xavier's inside play leads to rout of UMass

Gazette: Minutewomen Hoop Team Awaits No. 8 Xavier

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On Sunday, the UMass women's basketball team will face its highest ranked opponent at home since 1998. Matt Vautour has a preview of the matchup in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.


UMass sophomore center Jasmine Watson was expecting quite the challenge.

"They're the biggest team we have in our conference," said Watson, who leads UMass with 14.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. "They're two of the greatest players in the country right now. It's definitely a challenge for us. We're willing to step up and take it."

"We hope they take us lightly. There's nothing wrong with being an underdog," Watson said. "Underdogs win games too."

Continue reading Minutewoman hoop team awaits No. 8 Xavier

Recaps Of Women's Basketball's Win At The Cage

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For the first time since December 4, 2004, the UMass women's basketball team played a game at the Curry Hicks Cage on Wednesday night and trounced Holy Cross, 75-50.

Dick Baker has a recap of the win over the Crusaders on MassLive.com. The victory was also covered by Paul Jarvey of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Mosgrove Mentioned In Globe West Sports Notebook

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Women's basketball senior Cerie Mosgrove is featured in Marvin Pave's Globe West Sports Notebook on Boston.com today.

Normally a shooting guard, the 6-foot Mosgrove has seen time in the post because of injuries to the team's front court, and has responded by leading the Minutewomen in scoring and rebounding in four games while averaging 11.9 points and 5.2 rebounds, and chipping in with 4 blocks and 6 steals.

Read more of the notebook here.

Happy Birthday: Dec. 30 - Millie Niggeling, Greg Rushing

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Our last UMass student-athlete birthdays for the year come on Dec. 30. Wishing Happy Birthdays to women's basketball freshman Millie Niggeling and men's lacrosse junior Greg Rushing.

Millie Niggeling  Greg Rushing

Republican And Gazette Coverage Of Comeback Vs. Miami Ohio

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The Minutewomen erased a 17 point deficit for a second consecutive game, en route to a win over Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday evening at the Mullins Center, a team that went into the contest riding a six-game winning streak and ranked No. 55 in RPI.

Read more on UMass women's basketball's thrilling win on both MassLive.com and in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Photos From Women's Basketball's Thrilling Win Over Wagner

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Check out the photo gallery on MassLive.com from the women's basketball team's thrilling come-from-behind victory over Wagner at the Mullins Center on Sunday afternoon.

Overcoming a 17-point second half deficit, the Minutewomen defeated Wagner, 72-69.

Former UMass Coach Stevens Wins 800th Game

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Congratulations to former UMass women's basketball head coach Barbara Stevens of Division II Bentley University, who became the fifth coach in NCAA women's basketball to reach 800 victories yesterday.

The Falcons beat C.W. Post 93-60 on Sunday, putting Stevens in exclusive company. The only other coaches to reach 800 wins are Tennessee's Pat Summitt, former Texas coach Jody Conradt, Rutgers' C. Vivian Stringer and Sylvia Hatchell of North Carolina.

Read more from the Associated Press.

Join Us For The UMass Sports Luncheon Today

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If you're a fan of UMass hoops & hockey, then today's UMass Sports Luncheon will be the place for you as we have all three head coaches as guest speakers today. Men's basketball head coach Derek Kellogg, women's basketball coach Sharon Dawley and hockey head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon will each update you on their respective teams starting at 12:15 in Room 1009 of the Campus Center. The luncheon offers a full salad-to-dessert buffet for just $11.

Plays Of The Week - Dec. 6-Dec. 12

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Women's Basketball Coverage Of Loss To Boston College

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"Shaq" is on the run, and the University of Massachusetts women's basketball program is on the rise under new head coach Sharon Dawley.

Disregard the 1-7 record, which includes Sunday's much-better-than-expected showing in a 93-80 defeat against unbeaten and Top 25-bound Boston College (8-0) at the Mullins Center, as there are too many positives to allow for negativity. Click here to read more of Dick Baker's great piece on MassLive.com, covering Sunday's game against the Eagles and focusing on the emergence of sophomore Shakia Robinson.

The Daily Collegian also has a recap of the game, as well as a nice sidebar on Robinson.

Women's Basketball In The Daily Collegian

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The Daily Collegian ran two stories on the UMass women's basketball team on Friday as the Minutewomen prepare for a matchup with Boston College on Sunday at 2 PM at the Mullins Center. Michael Wood has a preview of the tilt with the Eagles with UMass fresh off its first win of the season earlier this week.

Also in the Collegian today, David Martin ran a feature of Cerie Mosgrove and Shakia Robinson's impact both on the court and in the locker room.

"They are a huge part in the team's progress," Head Coach Sharon Dawley said. "They are the core of our offense. Shakia's been having great performances game after game, and Cerie's been doing absolutely phenomenal. When they are having great days on the offensive end, then the rest of our offense really clicks into place."

Recaps Of Women's Basketball's Win Over Brown

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The UMass women's basketball team celebrated its return to the Mullins Center on Wednesday night with a 78-55 win over Brown, the first of the season and first of head coach Sharon Dawley's tenure at UMass.

The Daily Collegian, Daily Hampshire Gazette, MassLive, and the Boston Globe have coverage of the game, while Michael Counos has a sidebar in the Collegian about all the career highs set by the Minutewomen so far in this young season.

Brown Bears On Docket For Minutewomen

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Coach Sharon Dawley will lead her team to only the squad's second home game of the season, as the Minutewomen search for the season's first victory.

"We need to do a better job of making our easy shots. We are getting great opportunities; we just need to finish them" said Dawley of her team's performance early on.

The Daily Collegian's Michael Counous and David Martin discuss the adaptation to Dawley's new offensive strategy, as well as the highs and lows of 2010 thus far.

Hometown Media Catches Up With Zullo At ECU Tournament

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Local media caught up with UMass senior guard, Greenville, N.C., native Megan Zullo in her return to her hometown as the Minutewomen played at the ECU Thanksgiving tournament this weekend in Greenville.

Zullo scored in double figures in both of UMass' contests and was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 12.0 points per-game on the weekend.

Check out Derek Bayne's nice feature on Zullo from the WCTI12 Sunday night sports.

Daily Collegian Reports On Women's Basketball Signees

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Michael Wood has an article in today's Daily Collegian on women's basketball head coach Sharon Dawley's pair of signees, Emily Mital and Ronni Grandison.

Mital is a 5-8 point guard/shooting guard out of Frisco Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas and Grandison is a 5-10 forward out of Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio.

Coverage Of Women's Basketball Season Opener

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The UMass women's basketball team opened its 2010-11 season last night in the Mullins Center, falling 60-55 to George Mason in Sharon Dawley's debut as the Minutewomen's head coach.

Check out recaps of the game from the Daily Hampshire Gazette, The Republican and examiner.com.

Minutewomen Open Up Season Against George Mason

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The Daily Collegian's Michael Counos previews the debut of head coach Sharon Dawley and her 2010-11 Minutewomen squad. 

 "Against George Mason, our goal is to slow them up, keep them guessing with multiple looks defensively and only give them one opportunity on offense," Dawley said. 

Check out the season preview as the Women's Basketball squad faces off against George Mason at 5 pm tonight.

Happy Birthday - Oct. 18: Carolann Cloutier

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Happy Birthday wishes to transfer women's basketball player Carolann Cloutier on Oct. 18. 

Carolann Cloutier

New Banners Hung Outside Mullins Center

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The new banners for the 2010-11 seasons have been hung outside the Mullins Center. Come check out images of men's basketball, hockey and women's basketball players.

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