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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 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 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.

Happy Birthday All Around!

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

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

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Gazette: Minutewomen Hoop Team Awaits No. 8 Xavier

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

UMass sophomore center Jasmine Watson was expecting quite the challenge.

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

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

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