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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

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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

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

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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

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

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

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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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:

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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:

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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...

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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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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...

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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.