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...
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
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:
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
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
"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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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."
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
"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."
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
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
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.
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."
Women's basketball senior Cerie Mosgrove is featured in Marvin Pave's Globe West Sports Notebook on Boston.com 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.
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.
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.
"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 MassLive.com, covering Sunday's game against the Eagles and focusing on the emergence of sophomore Shakia Robinson.
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."
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 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.