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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  
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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

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

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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...

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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.
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!

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


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

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

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