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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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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!
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

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