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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)
UMass Opponents (Away)
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 | George Mason|
|Team Records||Massachusetts | George Mason|
|Social Media||@UMassAthletics | @UMassWBB|
|Buy Tickets||Available through Ticketmaster.com|
More on UMass women's basketball is provided through UMassAthletics.com.
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..."
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 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 | Saint Joseph's|
|Team Records||Massachusetts | Saint Joseph's|
|Social Media||@UMassAthletics | @UMassWBB|
|Attend The Game||UMass Ticket Central|
More on the UMass women's basketball team is available through UMassAthletics.com.
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..."
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
Check out the entire show here through the UMass Athletics website.
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!
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.
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.
To catch the first 2012-13 season women's basketball coaches show, check out UMassAthletics.com.
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:
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.
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."
"The Massachusetts women's basketball team will look to win its second straight game at home when it takes on Central Connecticut State on Wednesday night at the Mullins Center," writes Counos.
"More impressive, however, is how well the two maintained their team's sense of confidence and determination to win, as the Terriers came back from several double-digit deficits to pull within striking distance late in the second half," writes Martin.
Tonight's game is set to tip off at 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center.
The Daily Collegian had a recap of Sunday's game, as well: Minutewomen led by Zullo in 55-49 win over BU
Also, check out the postgame press conference from Sunday:
After sitting out the season at the University of Massachusetts under NCAA transfer rules, Cloutier could return home to Montreal and compete in the Canada Basketball Women's Elite Performance Program to further her hopes of someday being an Olympian, or stay in Amherst and try to help the Minutewomen get better.
Cloutier chose to stay. Projected as the Minutewomen's starting point guard, the sophomore wanted to work with her UMass teammates in hopes of being ready to take on the leadership role required of the position.
"I think I made the right decision," Cloutier said. "I got to know them and definitely got the trust from them. ... You want to be a leader, but you don't want to force it. You have to get to know the girls first and get chemistry before you can lead."
Read more of Matt Vautour's feature on Cloutier here.
Check out the video feature from the event:
It's not an automatic, but in rare cases the NCAA will grant
a sixth year of eligibility to a student-athlete, and that was the desired
decision this week for University
of Massachusetts women's
basketball guard Megan Zullo.
Zullo, who averaged 10.5 points and 4.5 assists last season while setting a team record with 1,136 minutes played, will return to the Minutewomen for the 2011-12 campaign.
Normally a student's athletic eligibility is four seasons, but sometimes the student is offered the opportunity to redshirt for a year to spread that eligibility over five years. But the NCAA may also grant a sixth year of eligibility, only if a player has missed two seasons because of an injury or circumstances beyond a player's control.
Read more of Dick Baker's piece on MassLive.com
Only 48 hours earlier, senior Cerie Mosgrove of the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team was the center of attention, the camera cords dragging along the floor in front of her shooting stations with the camera lens seemingly staring a nose-length from her outstretched shooting arms - kind of like Hal the computer in "2001: A Space Odyssey."
Read more of Dick Baker's feature on MassLive.com.
"It's pretty weird" that this is the end, said Mosgrove. "It's a little bittersweet but mostly not ready for it. It's sad. We wish we could have gone longer, it's been a fun year."
Read More of Minutewomen end season with loss to Charlotte in A-10 tourney from The Daily Hampshire Gazette.
The Springfield Republican had this recap of the game, while Matt Langone of the Lowell Sun focused on UMass senior guard Cerie Mosgrove in his writeup, the only Massachusetts native playing in the Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Tournament, which is being held in Lowell, Mass.
"We have a weekend where we have a chance to end on a better note," said Dawley, who is wrapping up her first year leading the Minutewomen. "Let's end on a note that we can look back on when we're running hills and lifting weights. You always want to look back on a positive memory. I want the last thing we look back on is playing well in the tournament."
The No. 12-seeded Minutewomen (7-22, 3-13) play No. 5 Charlotte (21-8) at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Tsongas Arena in Lowell, which is hosting the event. Charlotte was one of five teams that finished 9-5 in A-10 play.
Read more of Minutewomen seek upset in A-10 hoop tourney.
Springfield Republican: UMass falls in women's basketball to nationally-ranked Xavier
Daily Hampshire Gazette: Xavier overpowers Minutewomen
Fox News: Xavier's inside play leads to rout of UMass
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."
Continue reading Minutewoman hoop team awaits No. 8 Xavier
Dick Baker has a recap of the win over the Crusaders on MassLive.com. The victory was also covered by Paul Jarvey of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
Normally a shooting guard, the 6-foot Mosgrove has seen time in the post because of injuries to the team's front court, and has responded by leading the Minutewomen in scoring and rebounding in four games while averaging 11.9 points and 5.2 rebounds, and chipping in with 4 blocks and 6 steals.
Read more of the notebook here.
Read more on UMass women's basketball's thrilling win on both MassLive.com and in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
Disregard the 1-7 record, which includes Sunday's much-better-than-expected showing in a 93-80 defeat against unbeaten and Top 25-bound Boston College (8-0) at the Mullins Center, as there are too many positives to allow for negativity. Click here to read more of Dick Baker's great piece on MassLive.com, covering Sunday's game against the Eagles and focusing on the emergence of sophomore Shakia Robinson.
The Daily Collegian also has a recap of the game, as well as a nice sidebar on Robinson.
Also in the Collegian today, David Martin ran a feature of Cerie Mosgrove and Shakia Robinson's impact both on the court and in the locker room.
"They are a huge part in the team's progress," Head Coach Sharon Dawley said. "They are the core of our offense. Shakia's been having great performances game after game, and Cerie's been doing absolutely phenomenal. When they are having great days on the offensive end, then the rest of our offense really clicks into place."
The Daily Collegian, Daily Hampshire Gazette, MassLive, and the Boston Globe have coverage of the game, while Michael Counos has a sidebar in the Collegian about all the career highs set by the Minutewomen so far in this young season.
Coach Sharon Dawley will lead her team to only the squad's second home game of the season, as the Minutewomen search for the season's first victory.
"We need to do a better job of making our easy shots. We are getting great opportunities; we just need to finish them" said Dawley of her team's performance early on.
Also, check out first year head coach Sharon Dawley's comments on the schedule:
Among the items Matt Vautour touches on are the Hall of Fame Tip-Off schedule, MISSION 1000, an update on Daryl Traynham, Maxie Esho and the women's basketball schedule.