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Brampton Guardian: Brampton athlete strikes gold at Pan Am

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham helped the Canadian National Team to a gold medal in the Pan Am Games Monday evening and the Brampton Guardian, her hometown paper, recapped the event Wednesday. Read about Tatham's performance, her summer successes and the outlook for her work with Team Canada this Summer and Fall below.

Brampton athlete strikes gold at Pan Am | Brampton Guardian

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham helped Canada claim Pan Am Games gold over Team USA, 81-73, in front of a hometown crowd in Toronto Monday evening. The gold marks Canada's first in basketball on the men's or women's side and outperforms the squad previous best finish, a silver in the 1999 Games in Winnipeg. Coverage of Tatham and Team Canada follows:

Women's National Team Wins Gold At 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games | Canada Basketball Website
Box Score: Canada 81, United States 73
Mark Nadolny, Canada Olympic Team Website
Canadian Women's Basketball Team Wins First-Ever Gold Medal, Beats U.S. | Huffington Post Canada
Pan Am Roundup: Canadian Women Win Country's First Basketball Gold | Justin Piercy, 680 News
Nurse Simply 'Unbelievable' As Canada Wins Women's Gold | Ken Peters, Hamilton Spectator
Yahoo Photos of the Day
Women's Hoopsters Quickly Turn Focus To Rio Qualifier | Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham & the Canadian National Team started Pan Am Games competition with a 101-38 thrashing of Venezuela on Thursday, July 16. Read about the win and Tatham's contributions (10 points, five rebounds, three steals) below.

Women's National Team Beats Venezuela 101-38 | Team Canada
Box Score: Canada 101, Venezuela 38 | Pan Am Games Website
Canadian women's basketball team eviscerates Venezuela | Waterloo Region Record
Yahoo News Photos Of The Day
Pan Am opener slam dunk for Canadian women | Doug Smith, The Star
Canadian basketball women open with win | Durham Region Media Group

Game two for the Canadian side happens Friday, July 17 at 6 p.m.

Toronto Sun: Canadian Hoops Women Optimistic

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University of Massachusetts alumna Tamara Tatham and the Canadian women's basketball team begins Pan Am Games competition with round robin games from July 16-18. Read up on the pulse of the program as Canada begins play at home against Venezuela on Thursday, July 16.

Canadian hoops women optimistic | Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun

University of Massachusetts alumna Tamara Tatham will represent the Minutewomen as part of the Canadian women's basketball team during the upcoming 2015 Pan Am Games. She is one of 12 competitors named to the squad. Check out coverage of the roster announcement below:

Tatham nominated for Pan Am team | Frank Juzenas, Cambridge Times
Canadian women hoopsters bring experience | Brian Swane, Edmonton Sun

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham wrapped up a successful European exhibition tour with the Canadian National Team on June 5. Tatham was paramount to the team's success as she averaged 7.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game starting over the six-game slate, which included four victories. The only losses Tatham and the Canadian side suffered were to No. 3 internationally ranked Spain and No. 4 France.

The side previously completed three contests in Spain prior to traveling to France for the remainder of the trip. Read about the first leg of the trip through Just Take A Minute here.

Women's National Team Earns Another Win, Beating Poland 73-68 | Team Canada Website
Canada Defeats Italy 67-62, Improves To 4-1 | Team Canada Website
Canada Finishes 4-2 After Falling To France, 50-42 | Team Canada Website

Box Score: Canada 73, Poland 68
Box Score: Canada 67, Italy 62
Box Score: France 50, Canada 42

The Canadian National Team is gearing up for a run at the 2016 Olympic Games and begins qualification play at the FIBA Americas Women's Championship after the squad completes its Pan Am Games slate from July 16-20. More on the team is available on Canada Basketball's official website.

Tatham, Team Canada In Midst Of Successful European Tour

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham helped Team Canada to two victories over three games during the first half of the Canadian National Program's current European tour.

Tatham averaged 5.3 points with 2.0 rebounds and as many steals per game during the victories over Poland and Great Britain as well as the loss to No. 3 internationally ranked Spain.

Women's National Team Wins First Game Of 2015 Season, 53-49 | Team Canada Website
Women's National Team Wins 73-45 Over Great Britain | Team Canada Website
Canada Falls To No. 3 Ranked Spain, 68-57 | Team Canada Website

Box Score: Canada 53, Poland 49
Box Score: Canada 73, Great Britain 45
Box Score: Spain 68, Canada 57

The Canadian side continues its internationally friendly series with contests against Poland (June 3), Italy (June 4) and France (June 5).

Edmonton Sun: Tatham Finds Stability Playing Overseas

Brian Swane of the Edmonton Sun sports staff took a quick look at University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham's overseas playing career as she wrapped up her second consecutive season with Slovakia's Piestranske Cajky organization recently. The story is combined with a feature story on Tatham's Canadian National Program teammate Kia Nurse and appears below Nurse's story.

Stay-Put Tatham | Brian Swane, Edmonton Sun

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham (2003-07) is with the Canadian Women's National Team as it trains for the Pan Am Games and FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament with the eventual goal of earning an Olympic medal. Toronto Star sports reporter Doug Smith spoke to the team about its goals and aspirations for a May 13 article.

Dream summer shaping up for Canada's women's hoops team | Doug Smith, Toronto Star

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
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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.

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
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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.

PREVIEW: Women's Basketball vs. Rhode Island

The Minutewomen host Senior Day at the Mullins Center with a 2 p.m. game against Rhode Island on Sunday, March 1. Here is how to follow along with the action if you can't make it to town:

University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
Game 28 Massachusetts (10-17 Overall, 4-11 Atlantic 10) vs. Rhode Island (16-11, 8-7)
Date | Time Sunday, February 28, 2015 | 2:00 p.m.
Location Mullins Center (9,493) | Amherst, Mass.
Live Statistics GameTracker
Watch Atlantic 10 Digital Network
Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM | Available on mobile devices through TuneIn Radio app
Series History UMass leads, 41-33. Last meeting: Rhode Island 70, Massachusetts 58; Feb. 4, 2014
Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Rhode Island Get Acrobat Reader
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Rhode Island Get Acrobat Reader
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Buy Tickets Available through the UMass Athletics Ticket Office

Scouting Rhode Island Women's Basketball
Rhode Island women's basketball has sustained its resurgent season since the last meeting between these sides, as the Rams hold a 16-11 overall record and 8-7 mark in Atlantic 10 games. Standout freshman Charise Wilson leads the charge with a team-best 16.0 points per game, the most among rookies in the league and the only Ram currently scoring in double-figures.

Wilson is 149-of-402 from the field (37.1 percent), including 54-of-173 on threes (31.2 percent). She has gone 80-of-108 at the foul line (74.1 percent) through 27 games as well and leads the team in assists (72) and steals (50). The Rams have earned their positive record despite being outscored and outrebounded by slim margins. Foes hold a 58.3-to-57.4 margin in the points column and 42.1-to-37.1 edge on the boards.

Daynia La-Force is in her first season with the program after eight years spearheading the Northeastern women's basketball team. La-Force is 128-172 as a head coach, which also includes one season at NCAA Division II-level New Haven in 2005-06.

Last Meeting: Rhode Island 70, Massachusetts 58; Feb. 4, 2014
Emily Mital knocked down five three-pointers and Cierra Dillard scored a team-high 16 points, but the Minutewomen was unable to keep pace with Rhode Island in the second half during a 70-58 loss at the Ryan Center.

UMass started the second half with makes by Dillard and Rashida Timbilla to extend the Minutewomen lead to 34-26, but the Rams rallied with 10 straight points - all of which came from Tabakman and Wilson as the duo alternated conversions.

The Maroon and White went back in front, 39-38 with nine minutes, 41 seconds left in the game after a Kim Pierre-Louis put-back layup and Dillard trey, one of the season-high 10 three-pointers UMass made. Those 10 triples represent the most recorded in a single game since UMass also had 10 against Kent State on Nov. 10, 2012 - a span of 79 games between the outings.

However, Rhode Island replied with an 11-0 run for a 49-39 lead at the 6:48 mark - again spearheaded by Tabakman and Wilson. The Minutewomen could not move closer than within six of tying the remainder of the way.

More on the squad is available through UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Women's Basketball at VCU

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The University of Massachusetts women's basketball team is winding down its regular season slate and takes to the road for the next-to-last time with a trip to VCU's Verizon Wireless Arena for a Sunday, Feb. 22 contest at 1 p.m. Ways to follow along with the action follow below:

University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
Game 26 Massachusetts (10-15 Overall, 4-9 Atlantic 10) at VCU (14-12, 5-8)
Date | Time Sunday, February 22, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.
Location Verizon Wireless Arena (7,500) | Richmond, Va.
Live Statistics GameTracker (provided by VCU)
Watch Atlantic 10 Digital Network (provided by VCU)
Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM | Available on mobile devices through TuneIn Radio app
Series History VCU leads, 2-1. Last meeting: VCU 81, Massachusetts 51; Jan. 18, 2014
Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | VCU
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Buy Tickets Available through VCU Ticket Office

Scouting VCU Women's Basketball
Virginia Commonwealth University sits at 14-12 overall and 5-8 in Atlantic 10 Conference play ahead of hosting UMass women's basketball for a Sunday, Feb. 22 contest in Richmond, Va. VCU is guided by first-year head coach Beth O'Boyle, who brought six years of experience as a program leader with her to the Rams, including three seasons at NCAA Division-I Stony Brook (2011-14) and three more at D-III Montclair State (2004-07).

Balanced offense, with seven from VCU averaging at least five points per game, helps the Rams in 2014-15. Isis Thorpe spearheads the team effort with 11.8 points per game and Adaeze Alaeze scores 10.9 more. Alaeze also provides a squad-best 6.7 rebounds on average. VCU only outscored opponents by a combined five points, 1,629-1,624, through 26 games. Foes put up more points in the first half, 801-778, but the Rams rebound in the second stanza for a 851-823 margin.

VCU started the season 12-5 and won three of their opening four league contests, but the Rams have struggled since their 62-53 win over Davidson. After that victory, Virginia Commonwealth University dropped seven of the following nine contests, including five consecutive entering play against UMass.

More on the Minutewomen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Women's Basketball vs. Davidson

University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
Game 25 Massachusetts (9-15 Overall, 3-9 Atlantic 10) vs. Davidson (5-20, 1-11)
Date | Time Wednesday, February 18, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Location Mullins Center (9,493) | Amherst, Mass.
Live Statistics GameTracker
Watch Atlantic 10 Digital Network
Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM | Available on mobile devices through TuneIn Radio app
Series History This is the first meeting between the teams.
Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Davidson (available shortly)
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Davidson Get Acrobat Reader
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Scouting Davidson Women's Basketball
Davidson women's basketball has struggled in its first season as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference as the Wildcats are 5-20 overall and 1-11 in league play ahead of a Wednesday, Feb. 18 game at the Mullins Center. Davidson previously competed in the Southern Conference, where the squad reached the league's 2014 championship game under now-fifth-year head coach Michele Savage. Last season, the Wildcats went 16-16 overall and 11-7 in Southern Conference games while Savage is 79-76 overall as the program leader.

Hannah Early's 14.2 points per game paces the program, but the squad is outscored on average, 68.5-to-56.6 for a -11.9 scoring margin, the worst in the Atlantic 10. Mackenzie Latt, a freshman, has made an immediate impact alongside Early, who is junior. Latt chips in 11.3 points and a team-high 8.4 rebounds per game.

Turnovers have hurt the Wildcats in 2014-15, as the squad has coughed up possession 483 times - the most in the Atlantic 10 and 26 more than the next league team. Davidson also sports the worst turnover margin at -4.48 per game with 14.8 forced versus 19.3 given up.

Davidson's lone A-10 win came at Saint Louis, 53-50 on Jan. 18 while the side is 2-18 since a three-game win streak in November. The Wildcats have shown flashes of success despite the difficult stretch, as Davidson won at Virginia, 67-57 on Dec. 28 while eight of the losses were by nine or fewer points.

More on the Minutewomen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Women's Basketball vs. Duquesne

UMass women's basketball hosts its annual "Pink Game" at the Mullins Center in support of breast cancer awareness with its Saturday, Feb. 14 contest against Duquesne at 1 p.m. Information on how to attend the contest or follow along from home can be found below:

University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
Game 24 Massachusetts (9-14 Overall, 3-8 Atlantic 10) vs. Duquesne (16-8, 8-3)
Date | Time Saturday, February 14, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.
Location Mullins Center (9,493) | Amherst, Mass.
Live Statistics GameTracker
Watch Atlantic 10 Digital Network
Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM | Available on mobile devices through TuneIn Radio app
Series History Duquesne leads, 26-21. Last meeting: Duquesne 67, UMass 52; Jan. 15, 2014
Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Duquesne Get Acrobat Reader
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Duquesne Get Acrobat Reader
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Buy Tickets Available through UMass Athletics Ticket Central

Scouting Duquesne Women's Basketball
Dan Burt is in his second season guiding the Duquesne Dukes women's basketball program and has continued the success of his predecessor, current Pittsburgh head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio, as the squad is 16-8 overall and 8-3 in A-10 games ahead of a meeting with the Minutewomen. With four more victories, the 2014-15 Dukes team will become the seventh consecutive Duquesne squad to earn at least 20 on the season.

Three from Duquesne score in double-figures on average, led by April Robinson's 15.2 points per game. Amadea Szamosi adds 12.3 while Deva'Nyer Workman chips in 10.3 to help the Dukes own a +8.1 scoring margin, the third-best in the A-10.

Duquesne used its shooting accuracy and assist-to-turnover ratio to win 16 games so far. The Dukes, who are on the longest winning streak in the league at five games, are second in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.359) and fourth in overall percentage (.412) while they rank second in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0) with 383 assists dished out against 380 turnovers committed.

More on the Minutewomen is available through UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Women's Basketball vs. George Mason (Field Trip Day)

The Minutewomen host George Mason for Field Trip Day on Wednesday, Feb. 11. The squads will tip off at the Mullins Center at 11:45 a.m. More information on the game is below:

University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
Game 23 Massachusetts (8-14 Overall, 2-8 Atlantic 10) vs. George Mason (12-11, 4-6)
Date | Time Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | 11:45 a.m.
Location Mullins Center (9,493) | Amherst, Mass.
Live Statistics GameTracker
Watch Atlantic 10 Digital Network
Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM | Available on mobile devices through TuneIn Radio app
Series History George Mason leads, 4-0. Last meeting: George Mason 85, UMass 75; March 5, 2014
Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | George Mason Get Acrobat Reader
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | George Mason Get Acrobat Reader
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Scouting George Mason Women's Basketball
Taylor Brown's Atlantic 10-leading 22.3 points per game has helped George Mason women's basketball to a 12-11 overall record and 4-6 mark in league play entering competition at the Mullins Center. Brown has taken the most field goal attempts in the conference (420) and owns the most makes (163). She is also tops in total points (492), free throws attempted (166) and converted (135).

Two additional Patriots earn at least 10 points per game on average in Jasmine Jackson (11.5) and Sandra Ngoie (10.5), but the opposition outscores George Mason, 71.5-to-70.3, through 23 games.

Nyla Milleson is in her second season as the head coach of the women's basketball program at George Mason. She previously led the Missouri State team from 2007-13, where she reached three WNIT tournaments in six seasons. Prior to that, Milleson started up the NCAA Division II Drury women's basketball team in 2000-01 and coached the side to NCAA Tournament appearances before she departed for Missouri State after the 2006-07 season.

Read the rest of the preview through UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Women's Basketball at La Salle

UMass women's basketball closes out a two-game roadtrip with a stop through Philadelphia, Pa., to face Atlantic 10 foe La Salle at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6. Find out how to keep track of the game below:

University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
Game 22 Massachusetts (8-13 Overall, 2-7 Atlantic 10) at La Salle (11-11, 2-7)
Date | Time Saturday, February 7, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.
Location Tom Gola Arena (3,400) | Philadelphia, Pa.
Live Statistics Sidearm Stats (provided by La Salle)
Watch Atlantic 10 Digital Network (provided by La Salle)
Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM
Series History Massachusetts leads, 15-9. Last meeting: Massachusetts 71, La Salle 68; Jan. 15, 2015
Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | La Salle
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | La Salle Get Acrobat Reader
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More on the Minutewomen is available through UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Women's Basketball at Rhode Island

UMass women's basketball plays at regional rival Rhode Island in its next game, a Wednesday, Feb. 4 contest at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I. More on the game and ways to follow the action are listed below:

University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
Game 21 Massachusetts (8-12 Overall, 2-6 Atlantic 10) at Rhode Island (12-8, 4-4)
Date | Time Wednesday, February 4, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Location Ryan Center (7,800) | Kingston, R.I.
Live Statistics PrestoSports Stats (provided by Rhode Island)
Watch Atlantic 10 Digital Network
Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM | Available on mobile devices through TuneIn Radio app
Series History Massachusetts leads, 41-32. Last meeting: UMass 69, Rhode Island 56; Feb. 23, 2014
Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Rhode Island Get Acrobat Reader
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Rhode Island Get Acrobat Reader
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Buy Tickets Available through Rhode Island's Ticket Central

More on the Minutewomen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Women's Basketball vs. St. Bonaventure

Massachusetts women's basketball looks to get back in the win column with a Saturday, Jan. 31 contest at home in the Mullins Center against St. Bonaventure. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. Way to follow the action if you cannot make it to the Mullins Center follow:

University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
Game 20 Massachusetts (8-11 Overall, 2-5 Atlantic 10) vs. St. Bonaventure (11-10, 1-7)
Date | Time Saturday, January 31, 2015 | 2:00 p.m.
Location William D. Mullins Memorial Center (9,493) | Amherst, Mass.
Live Statistics GameTracker
Watch Atlantic 10 Digital Network
Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM
Series History Massachusetts leads, 30-24. Last meeting: St. Bonaventure 66, UMass 53; Jan. 3, 2015
Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | St. Bonaventure Get Acrobat Reader
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | St. Bonaventure Get Acrobat Reader
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More on UMass women's basketball is available through UMassAthletics.com.

Daily Collegian staff reporter Frank Corona spoke with UMass women's basketball head coach Sharon Dawley on Wednesday as the Minutewomen prepare for their second meeting of the season with St. Bonaventure.

Minutewomen set to redeem themselves against the Bonnies | Frank Corona, Daily Collegian

PREVIEW: Women's Basketball at Richmond

UMass women's basketball looks to rebound from back-to-back losses to league-leading George Washington and Fordham with a trip to Richmond. MinuteFans can follow along through the links below:

University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
Game 19 Massachusetts (8-10 Overall, 2-4 Atlantic 10) at Richmond (11-7, 3-2)
Date | Time Saturday, January 24, 2015 | 2:00 p.m.
Location Robins Center (7,201) | Richmond, Va.
Live Statistics NeuLion (provided by Richmond)
Watch Atlantic 10 Digital Network (provided by Richmond)
Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM
Series History Richmond leads, 14-2. Last meeting: Richmond 89, Massachusetts 76; Feb. 19, 2014
Game Notes Massachusetts (available shortly) | Richmond (available shortly)
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Richmond Get Acrobat Reader
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Buy Tickets Available through Richmond's Ticket Central

More on the Minutewomen is available through UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Women's Basketball at Fordham

UMass women's basketball returns to the road to take on Fordham at Rose Hill Gym for a Noon game on Wednesday, Jan. 21. It is Kids Day for the Rams and more then 2,000 students from schools in the Bronx and surrounding areas are expected in the stands.

If you cannot attend the game with the loud masses of children, ways to follow along remotely are available below:

University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
Game 18 Massachusetts (8-9 Overall, 2-3 Atlantic 10) at Fordham (13-5, 5-0)
Date | Time Wednesday, January 21, 2015 | Noon
Location Rose Hill Gym (3,200) | Bronx, N.Y.
Live Statistics Sidearm Sports
Watch Atlantic 10 Digital Network
Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM
Series History Massachusetts leads, 21-14. Last meeting: Fordham 80, Massachusetts 54; Jan. 25, 2014
Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Fordham Get Acrobat Reader
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Fordham Get Acrobat Reader
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More on the Minutewomen is available through UMassAthletics.com.

Tom Mulherin of the Daily Collegian staff caught up with head coach Sharon Dawley to discuss the team activities and results that took place over winter break. Mulherin highlighted the impact of the freshman class, the improvements on the defensive end and some accolades earned by senior forward Kim Pierre-Louis.

Getting up to speed with the UMass women's basketball team | Tom Mulherin, Daily Collegian

More on the Minutewomen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

The Daily Collegian staff returned from winter break recently and reporter Frank Corona took the opportunity to catch up with UMass women's basketball head coach Sharon Dawley and freshman guard Cierra Dillard for a story on Dillard's emergence as a key player through 17 games this season. Read about Dillard's performance so far and its impact on the season:

Dillard emerging as a star for UMass women's basketball | Frank Corona, Daily Collegian

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

PREVIEW: Women's Basketball vs. La Salle

UMass plays host to La Salle in the Mullins Center on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. If you can't make it to Amherst for the game, here are ways to keep track of the Minutewomen tonight:

University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
Game 16 Massachusetts (7-8 Overall, 1-2 Atlantic 10) vs. La Salle (10-6, 1-2)
Date | Time Thursday, January 15, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Location Mullins Center (9,493) | Amherst, Mass.
Live Statistics GameTracker
Watch Live Atlantic 10 Digital Network
Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM
Series History Massachusetts leads, 14-9. Last meeting: La Salle 78, Massachusetts 41; Jan. 11, 2014
Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | La Salle
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | La Salle Get Acrobat Reader
Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassWBB  
Buy Tickets Available through UMass Ticket Central or 866-862-7784

More on the program is available through UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Women's Basketball at Saint Joseph's

UMass women's basketball takes to the road to face Saint Joseph's in Philadelphia, Pa., at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10. Ways to keep track of the game are provided below:

University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
Game 15 Massachusetts (6-8 Overall, 0-2 Atlantic 10) at Saint Joseph's (5-9, 1-1)
Date | Time Saturday, January 10, 2015 | 2:00 p.m.
Location Hagan Arena (4,200) | Philadelphia, Pa.
Live Statistics NeuLion (provided by Saint Joseph's)
Watch Live Atlantic 10 Digital Network (provided by Saint Joseph's
Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM
Series History Saint Joseph's leads, 46-9. Last meeting: Saint Joseph's 85, UMass 51; Feb. 27, 2014
Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Saint Joseph's Get Acrobat Reader
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Saint Joseph's
Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassWBB  
Buy Tickets Available through Saint Joseph's Ticket Central

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

PREVIEW: Women's Basketball vs. Saint Louis

UMass hosts its first A-10 opponent in the Mullins Center with a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday, Jan. 7. Below is how fans can follow tonight's game:

  University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
 Game 14 Massachusetts (6-7 Overall, 0-1 Atlantic 10) vs. Saint Louis (7-7, 0-1)
 Date | Time Wednesday, January 7, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
 Location Mullins Center (9,493) | Amherst, Mass.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 Watch Live Atlantic 10 Digital Network
 Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM
 Series History Saint Louis leads, 6-3. Last meeting: Saint Louis 87, UMass 68; March 2, 2014
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Saint Louis Get Acrobat Reader
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Saint Louis Get Acrobat Reader
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassWBB  
 Buy Tickets Available through UMass Ticket Central or 866-862-7784

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

PREVIEW: Women's Basketball At St. Bonaventure

The University of Massachusetts women's basketball program starts its Atlantic 10 Conference slate with a 1 p.m. game at St. Bonaventure on Saturday, Jan. 3. Check out how to follow along with the contest below:

  University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
 Game 13 Massachusetts (6-6, 0-0) at St. Bonaventure (10-3, 0-0)
 Date | Time Saturday, January 3, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.
 Location Reilly Center (5,480) | St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
 Live Statistics Presto Sports (provided by St. Bonaventure)
 Watch Live Atlantic 10 Digital Network (provided by St. Bonaventure)
 Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM
 Series History St. Bonaventure leads, 30-23. Last meeting: St. Bonaventure 88, UMass 66; Feb. 8, 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 St. Bonaventure Ticket Center or 716-375-2500

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

PREVIEW: Women's Basketball vs. Ohio

UMass women's basketball concludes play at the Holiday & Hoops Classic against Ohio at the GSU Sports Arena in downtown Atlanta at 4 p.m. Below is all the information on how to follow along with the Minutewomen today!

  University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes: Holiday & Hoops Classic
 Game 11 Massachusetts (5-5) vs. Ohio (7-2)
 Date | Time Saturday, December 20, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
 Location GSU Sports Arena (3,455) | Atlanta, Ga.
 Live Statistics NeuLion (provided by Georgia State)
 Watch Live PantherVision (provided by Georgia State)
 Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM
 Series History Massachusetts leads, 2-0. Last meeting: Massachusetts 65, Ohio 61; Nov. 28, 2012
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Ohio Get Acrobat Reader
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassWBB  
 Buy Tickets Available through the Georgia State Ticket Office or 866-427-8283

More on UMass women's basketball can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

Gazette: UMass women's basketball team tasting success early

UMass women's basketball is 5-4 overall through nine games played in the 2014-15 season - already more wins than the team earned during the entirety of 2013-14. Daily Hampshire Gazette reporter Matt Vautour stopped by practice on Wednesday and caught up with head coach Sharon Dawley, senior Kim Pierre-Louis and junior Rashida Timbilla to discuss the early season success.

UMass women's basketball team tasting success early | Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Women's Basketball Defeats Regional Rival Holy Cross, 72-61

UMass women's basketball used a strong interior game against Holy Cross and secured a 72-61 victory over the visiting-Crusaders on Sunday afternoon. Check out some of the media content from the game below:

Pierre-Louis, Dillard shine in UMass victory over Holy Cross | Mark Chiarelli, Daily College
Highlights: UMass 72, Holy Cross 61 | UMass Sports Network
Photo Gallery: UMass 72, Holy Cross 61 | Thom Kendall, UMass Athletics

More on UMass women's basketball can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

UMass women's basketball won for the fourth time this season with a 71-61 victory over American University, which entered the contest on a three-game winning streak. Daily Collegian staff writer Arthur Hayden has a recap of the action:

UMass women's basketball handles American, 71-61 | Daily Collegian

Another solid day for the bench netted UMass its fourth win of the season with a victory over American on Saturday. Read about how the bench has been performing for women's basketball this season in a recent story by Daily Collegian reporter Arthur Hayden.

Minutewomen's bench plays a key factor in new-look season| Daily Collegian

PREVIEW: Women's Basketball vs. American University

UMass hosts the second-ever meeting with American University at the Mullins Center on Saturday, Dec. 6. Tipoff is set for Noon. The Minutewomen will be searching for their third win at home this season against the Eagles. Check out how to attend the game or follow along online if you cannot make it to the Mullins Center below:

  University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
 Game 8 Massachusetts (3-4) vs. American (3-3)
 Date | Time Saturday, December 6, 2014 | Noon
 Location William D. Mullins Memorial Center (9,493) | Amherst, Mass.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 Watch Live Atlantic 10 Digital Network
 Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM
 Series History American leads, 1-0. Last meeting: American 82, Massachusetts 59; Nov. 17, 2013
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | American Get Acrobat Reader
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | American
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassWBB  
 Buy Tickets Available through UMassAthletics.com or 866-862-7784

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

PREVIEW: UMass Women's Basketball vs. Florida State

UMass women's basketball closes out play at the Hospitality Hill Challenge with a 1 p.m. game against Florida State, which is receiving votes for the Associated Press and USA Today top-25 polls, on Sunday, Nov. 23. Look at how to follow along today below:

  University of Massachusetts Women's Basketball Game Notes
 Game 5 Massachusetts (2-2) vs. [RV/RV] Florida State (3-0)
 Date | Time Sunday, November 23, 2014 | 1:00 p.m. ET
 Location The Super Pit (10,500) | Denton, Texas
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM
 Series History This is the first meeting in the series.
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Florida State Get Acrobat Reader
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassWBB  
 Buy Tickets Available through UMassAthletics.com or 866-862-7784

More on the Minutewomen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

UMass women's hoops won a 68-60 game over Maine in the home-opener for the Minutewomen on Wednesday evening. Kim Pierre-Louis led all scorers with 19 points while Rashida Timbilla added 14 and Kymber Hill scored 10. Arthur Hayden has a recap for the Collegian:

UMass women's basketball secures first victory of the season against Maine

The University of Massachusetts women's basketball program hosts its first game at the Mullins Center on Wednesday evening when Maine travels to Amherst to continue a long-running series between the teams. Tipoff is schedule for 7 p.m. and ticket information is available through UMassAthletics.com here.

Arthur Hayden of the Daily Collegian staff has a game preview for MinuteFans.

UMass women's basketball hosts Maine seeking first win | Daily Collegian

UMass women's basketball is looking to build upon a group of veteran players with its group of four youngsters who will compete for the Minutewomen in 2014-15, writes Daily Collegian staff reporter Arthur Hayden.

Mix of newcomers, veterans provide hope for UMass | Daily Collegian

UMass women's basketball senior forward Kim Pierre-Louis was featured in the Daily Collegian basketball season preview as the Ottawa, Ontario, native begins her final year with the squad. She led the team in scoring with 13.1 points per game and looks to be a leader for the team in 2014-15 writes Collegian reporter Tom Mulherin.

Kim Pierre-Louis looks to build on successful junior campaign | Daily Collegian

UMass women's basketball begins its 2014-15 season at Western Michigan on Friday, Nov. 14 with an 8:30 tipoff. The squad begins the season with a mix of veteran presence and youthful optimism. Read about the squad's preseason approach courtesy of Daily Collegian writer Frank Corona:

UMass enters 2014-2015 with sense of optimism, infusion of talent | Daily Collegian

Sharon Dawley A-10 Women's Basketball Media Day Interview

University of Massachusetts women's basketball head coach Sharon Dawley traveled down to Richmond, Va., for the 2014 Atlantic 10 Media Day recently. The Atlantic 10 Digital Network filmed an interview session with Dawley during the day's events. Check it out through A10Live here.

UMass alumna Tamara Tatham (2003-07) and the Canadian Women's Basketball National Team defeated France, 55-40 during the placement rounds of the FIBA World Championship on Saturday. The victory propels Canada into the 5th-6th place game against China on Sunday, Oct. 5.

Defense Propels Canada To Victory Against France At FIBA Championship | Canada Basketball
Box Score: Canada 55, France 40 | FIBA

Team Canada, Tamara Tatham, Fall In FIBA Quarterfinals

Former UMass women's basketball standout Tamara Tatham (2003-07) had four points, three rebounds, an assist and one steal for the Canadian National Team, but the squad fell to No. 2 internationally-ranked Australia, 63-52 in the FIBA World Championship quarterfinals on Friday.

With the loss, Team Canada moves to the consolation round but is guaranteed to finish eighth or better after the squad entered competition ranked No. 9 in the world. Read more below:

Canada Falls To #2 Ranked Australia In FIBA Quarterfinals | Canada Basketball
Box Score: Australia 63, Canada 52 | FIBA

Team Canada, Tamara Tatham Reach FIBA Quarterfinals With Win

Team Canada, including UMass women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham (2003-07), advanced through the first knockout game to reach the FIBA World Championship quarterfinals with a 91-71 win over the Czech Republic on Wednesday. Read about the win below:

Canada Advances To Quarterfinals With 91-71 Win Over Czech Republic | Canada Basketball
Box Score: Canada 91, Czech Republic 71 | FIBA

UMass women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham (2003-07) and Team Canada advanced to the second round of the FIBA World Championship despite a loss to France, 63-59, on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Tatham provided 11 points, a pair of rebounds, one assist and a steal in the loss. The Canadian side faces the Czech Republic on Wednesday, Oct. 1, in its first elimination game.

Canadian Women's Basketball Team Advances In 2014 FIBA World Championship | Canada Basketball
Canadian Women Lose To France At Basketball Worlds | CBC Sports
Box Score: France 63, Canada 59 | FIBA

Team Canada, Tamara Tatham Start FIBA World Championship With Win

UMass women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham (2003-07) scored 11 points to help lead Team Canada to a 69-54 win over Mozambique in the first game of the FIBA World Championship for the Canadians. Tatham added four rebounds and a pair of assists without a turnover in the victory. Read about the game below:

Canada Wins First Game At World's Against Mozambique 69-54 | Canada Basketball
Box Score: Canada 69, Mozambique 54 | FIBA

UMass women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham (2003-07) is one of 12 competitors for Team Canada at the 2014 FIBA World Championship being held in Turkey from Sept. 27 through Oct. 5. Below are links for the tournament's schedule of events as well as television coverage for the Canadian side:

2014 FIBA World Championship Schedule | Canada Basketball
National TV Coverage | Canada Basketball

University of Massachusetts women's basketball alumna Tamara Tatham (2003-07) and Team Canada completed a pair of exhibition games over the weekend to close out their precursor play to the 2014 FIBA World Championship.

Tatham had nine points, eight rebounds and four assists during 69-66 overtime loss to Cuba on Friday evening. She followed that performance up with five points, three rebounds and one assist against Spain in a 66-46 defeat the next day.

Canada is in Group B with France, Mozambique and host-Turkey. The first game for the Canadian side is on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Canada Loses To Cuba In Overtime, 69-66 | Canada Basketball
Cuba 69, Canada 66 (OT) | Box Score
Canada Falls To Spain In Exhibition, 66-46 | Canada Basketball
Spain 66, Canada 46 | Box Score
Team Canada FIBA World Championship Schedule

Tamara Tatham, Team Canada Prepare For FIBA World Championship

University of Massachusetts alumna Tamara Tatham (2003-07) and the Canadian Women's Basketball National Team started up their competitive schedule ahead of the 2014 FIBA World Championship with an exhibition contest against Team USA on Monday, Sept. 15. Tatham finished 4-for-6 on field goals and produced 10 points, but Canada fell to their southern neighbors, 76-51. Read more about the contest below:

Canadian Women's Basketball Team turns in Strong Performance in Loss | Canada Basketball
US women use big third quarter to pull away from Canada | Doug Feinberg, The Associated Press
Team USA-Team Canada Box Score (PDF)

UMass alum Tamara Tatham and the Canadian Women's Basketball National Team are in the final stages of preparation for the upcoming FIBA World Championship. Read about how the squad and Tatham in particular are getting set for competition courtesy of Frank Juzenas of the Brampton Guardian staff.

Tatham stars for women's basketball team | Brampton Guardian

The Canadian Women's Basketball National Team enters its final training phase for the 2014 FIBA World Championship as the program brings 14 players, including UMass alum Tamara Tatham, to Edmonton to prepare for the Sept. 27 - Oct. 5 event held in Turkey. Read more about it through Canada Women's Basketball's website below:

Canada Basketball Brings 14 Players To Edmonton For Final Training Phase

UMass women's basketball alum Tamara Tatham and the Canadian National Team are in the final preparations for the FIBA World Championship. Doug Smith of the Toronto Star staff spoke with Canada head coach Lisa Thomaidis on their recent exhibition schedule and training ahead of the upcoming championship. Read about Team Canada through the link below:

Canada's women's basketball team gears up for FIBA World Championship | Toronto Star

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

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