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Collegian: @UMassWBB offense geared to thrive

Tom Mulherin of the Daily Collegian looks at the offensive improvement of the UMass women's basketball this season thanks to a more spread out game plan. Head coach Sharon Dawley says the players have a good feel for the scheme and an understanding of each other's roll which helps keep the offense balanced.

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Adam Aucoin of the Daily Collegian has a preview of Wednesday's match-up at Harvard as the UMass women's basketball team looks to start the season 2-0 after Sunday's win at Holy Cross.

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Daily Collegian staff reporter Frank Corona spoke with UMass women's basketball head coach Sharon Dawley on Wednesday as the Minutewomen prepare for their second meeting of the season with St. Bonaventure.

Minutewomen set to redeem themselves against the Bonnies | Frank Corona, Daily Collegian

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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The Daily Collegian staff returned from winter break recently and reporter Frank Corona took the opportunity to catch up with UMass women's basketball head coach Sharon Dawley and freshman guard Cierra Dillard for a story on Dillard's emergence as a key player through 17 games this season. Read about Dillard's performance so far and its impact on the season:

Dillard emerging as a star for UMass women's basketball | Frank Corona, 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

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

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

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

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

UMass women's basketball begins its 2014-15 season at Western Michigan on Friday, Nov. 14 with an 8:30 tipoff. The squad begins the season with a mix of veteran presence and youthful optimism. Read about the squad's preseason approach courtesy of Daily Collegian writer Frank Corona:

UMass enters 2014-2015 with sense of optimism, infusion of talent | Daily Collegian

Sharon Dawley A-10 Women's Basketball Media Day Interview

University of Massachusetts women's basketball head coach Sharon Dawley traveled down to Richmond, Va., for the 2014 Atlantic 10 Media Day recently. The Atlantic 10 Digital Network filmed an interview session with Dawley during the day's events. Check it out through A10Live here.

A Look At The 2014-15 @UMassWBB A-10 Opponent Pairings

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)
George Mason
George Washington
La Salle
Rhode Island
Saint Louis
St. Bonaventure

UMass Opponents (Away)
La Salle
Rhode Island
Saint Joseph's
St. Bonaventure

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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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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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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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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

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...

The finish to Saade's story can be found on the Daily Collegian website. More information on the women's basketball squad is available through

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...

For the entire recap of the game, check out the Daily Collegian website here. More information on UMass women's basketball is available through

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

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...

The remainder of Cyr's story can be found in the Daily Collegian website. More information on the women's basketball program can be found through

Women's Basketball Coaches Show Update

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With Atlantic 10 Conference season well underway, UMass women's basketball head coach Sharon Dawley sat down in the WMUA studios with host Patrick O'Neil for the weekly UMass Women's Basketball Coaches Show. This week, O'Neil and Dawley discussed the team as well as current issues in sport outside of collegiate women's basketball and pop culture topics, such as their favorite TV shows. Check out the podcast of the show here.

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.

Women's Basketball Weekly Coaches Show Update

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As the Minutewomen prepare for a road trip to Ohio University and Miami (Ohio), take a listen to the weekly Women's Basketball Coaches Show on 91.1 FM WMUA with host Pat O'Neil and guest-commentator Chris Doherty. This week, head coach Sharon Dawley was joined by redshirt-junior guard Carolann Cloutier and the conversation focused on the NBA, life on the road when traveling with the UMass team and the squad's expectations for the Ohio trip.

Check out the entire show here through the UMass Athletics website.

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.
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

Coverage Of Women's Basketball's Win Over Rhode Island

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Congratulations to the women's basketball team on picking up its second straight win with a 68-57 victory over Rhode Island last night on Senior Day at the Mullins Center.

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 Photos: UMass women top URI, 68-57

Also, check out the highlights and postgame press conference:

Women's Basketball Radio Show Resumes Today

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After breaking between semesters, the UMass Women's basketball radio show returns this evening at 5:00 on WMUA 91.1 FM. Be sure to listen to hear the latest on the Minutewomen from head coach Sharon Dawley.

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.

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

Collegian: Minutewomen Aim For 2-0 Start

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Michael Counos and David Martin  preview tonight's women's basketball game against CCSU. UMass is coming off a season opening, 55-49, victory over Boston University last Sunday.


"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.

Recaps Of Women's Basketball's Win Over BU In Season Opener

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Congratulations to head coach Sharon Dawley and the women's basketball team on the squad's season opening victory over Boston University on Sunday, 55-49 at the Mullins Center. Be sure to check out the weekly radio show tonight, which airs on WMUA, 91.1 FM at 5 p.m. and can also be heard online.

Dick Baker has a recap of the game on and also had a preview over the weekend that focused on UMass' new point guard, Carolann Cloutier.

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:

As the 2010-11 school year wound down, Carolann Cloutier faced a difficult decision as she plotted her upcoming summer.

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.

Women's Basketball Participates In Walk To End Alzheimer's

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This past weekend, the UMass women's basketball was out and about in the community, participating in the Walk To End Alzheimer's at Holyoke Community College.

Check out the video feature from the event:

The news of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt's recent diagnosis of early onset dementia shocked and saddened the sports world, including UMass women's coach Sharon Dawley. Dawley, who considers Summitt a role model, gave her reaction to Tricia Taskey of ABC 40:

Women's Basketball Offseason Update

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Women's basketball head coach Sharon Dawley spoke at the UMass Sports Luncheon today. Check out the video on YouTube:

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

It was between games Saturday at the men's Final Four, the lights were no longer shining in her eyes, and the basketball court was at a safe distance. She was a relaxed spectator, not a pins-and-needles participant.

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."

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The collegiate careers of Megan Zullo, Cerie Mosgrove and Stephanie Lawrence came to a close Thursday when the University of Massachusetts women's basketball team lost 77-66 to Charlotte in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament at the Tsongas Center.

"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.

Gazette Preview Of A-10 Women's Basketball Tourney

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For University of Massachusetts women's basketball coach Sharon Dawley, this weekend's Atlantic 10 Tournament represents an opportunity.

"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.

Coach Sharon Dawley's Father David Dawley Passes Away

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The father of UMass women's basketball coach Sharon Dawley passed away on Monday, Feb. 7. Here is the obituary with service information.

David "Gramps" Dawley of Revere on February 7th. Beloved husband of Ginger (Murphy). Devoted father of Kathleen Dawley and her husband Peter Smokowski of Sudbury, Brian and his wife Mary Ellen of Revere and Sharon Dawley of Amherst. Loving grandfather of David, Patrick and Daniel Dawley all of Revere. Dear brother of James Dawley of Revere and Peter Dawley of Saugus. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St Revere on Friday February 11th at 9:30 am. Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church at 10:30 am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be Thursday 4-8 pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Friends of Camp Fatima Trust Fund PO Box 206 Gilmanton Iron Works NH 03837. Late member Knights of Columbus Council 179. David was an avid fan of sports particularly women's collegiate Basket Ball. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery.

Recaps Of Women's Basketball's Loss To #8 Xavier

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Women's basketball's 81-55 loss to #8 Xavier at home on Sunday was covered by several media outlets. Check out the recaps.

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

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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Recaps Of Women's Basketball's Win At The Cage

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For the first time since December 4, 2004, the UMass women's basketball team played a game at the Curry Hicks Cage on Wednesday night and trounced Holy Cross, 75-50.

Dick Baker has a recap of the win over the Crusaders on The victory was also covered by Paul Jarvey of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Mosgrove Mentioned In Globe West Sports Notebook

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Women's basketball senior Cerie Mosgrove is featured in Marvin Pave's Globe West Sports Notebook on today.

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.

Republican And Gazette Coverage Of Comeback Vs. Miami Ohio

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The Minutewomen erased a 17 point deficit for a second consecutive game, en route to a win over Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday evening at the Mullins Center, a team that went into the contest riding a six-game winning streak and ranked No. 55 in RPI.

Read more on UMass women's basketball's thrilling win on both and in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Join Us For The UMass Sports Luncheon Today

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If you're a fan of UMass hoops & hockey, then today's UMass Sports Luncheon will be the place for you as we have all three head coaches as guest speakers today. Men's basketball head coach Derek Kellogg, women's basketball coach Sharon Dawley and hockey head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon will each update you on their respective teams starting at 12:15 in Room 1009 of the Campus Center. The luncheon offers a full salad-to-dessert buffet for just $11.

Women's Basketball Coverage Of Loss To Boston College

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"Shaq" is on the run, and the University of Massachusetts women's basketball program is on the rise under new head coach Sharon Dawley.

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, 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.

Women's Basketball In The Daily Collegian

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The Daily Collegian ran two stories on the UMass women's basketball team on Friday as the Minutewomen prepare for a matchup with Boston College on Sunday at 2 PM at the Mullins Center. Michael Wood has a preview of the tilt with the Eagles with UMass fresh off its first win of the season earlier this week.

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."

Recaps Of Women's Basketball's Win Over Brown

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The UMass women's basketball team celebrated its return to the Mullins Center on Wednesday night with a 78-55 win over Brown, the first of the season and first of head coach Sharon Dawley's tenure at UMass.

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.

Brown Bears On Docket For Minutewomen

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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.

The Daily Collegian's Michael Counous and David Martin discuss the adaptation to Dawley's new offensive strategy, as well as the highs and lows of 2010 thus far.

Coverage Of Women's Basketball Season Opener

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The UMass women's basketball team opened its 2010-11 season last night in the Mullins Center, falling 60-55 to George Mason in Sharon Dawley's debut as the Minutewomen's head coach.

Check out recaps of the game from the Daily Hampshire Gazette, The Republican and

Minutewomen Open Up Season Against George Mason

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The Daily Collegian's Michael Counos previews the debut of head coach Sharon Dawley and her 2010-11 Minutewomen squad. 

 "Against George Mason, our goal is to slow them up, keep them guessing with multiple looks defensively and only give them one opportunity on offense," Dawley said. 

Check out the season preview as the Women's Basketball squad faces off against George Mason at 5 pm tonight.

Minutewomen Face Tough Schedule In 2010-11

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The UMass women's basketball schedule was announced yesterday, featuring 14 of 28 opponents that played in either the WNIT or NCAA tournaments last season, including the likes of LSU and Maryland. Dick Baker has coverage of the schedule announcement in the Springfield Republican.

Also, check out first year head coach Sharon Dawley's comments on the schedule:

Gazette's Basketball Notebook On Tip-Off, Sked & More

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Check out this in-depth basketball notebook from the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

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.

Coverage of UMass Day At Hall of Fame

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Take a look at the media coverage from UMass Day at the Basketball Hall of Fame as Enshrinement Day is just two days away.

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  • Basketball Teams Set For UMass Day At Hall Of Fame

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    The UMass basketball teams and coaches will be at the Basketball Hall of Fame on Wednesday as part of "UMass Day." The women's team will make and appearance to hold a clinic and meet-and-greet session at 11 a.m. The men's team will do the same at 1 p.m. Come on out and meet your favorite Minutemen and Minutewomen on Wednesday.

    Dawley Mentioned In Vermont Paper Story

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    The Vermont Cynic has a story on Vermont's women's basketball new coach Lori Gear McBride, who replaced Sharon Dawley, who came to UMass.

    Catching Up With Sharon Dawley Video

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    Catch up with new women's basketball coach Sharon Dawley. Check out the video.