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Sharon Dawley Atlantic 10 Media Day Quote Transcript

Oct. 22, 2013

Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Media Day Quote Transcript
University of Massachusetts Head Coach Sharon Dawley
Richmond Coliseum; Richmond, Va.

University of Massachusetts women's basketball head coach Sharon Dawley spoke with the media present at the Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Media Day, hosted at the Richmond Coliseum on Tuesday. Below is a transcript of Dawley's discussion on topics related to the upcoming season and the future of the program.

On UMass' preparations for 2013-14...
We have a pretty young squad with 10 players getting ready for either their first or second year competing in Division I college basketball and the whole squad is excited to get out there and work. We are modifying our offense to be much faster than last season's and we will use an up-tempo style to move the ball quickly this season. We have also been spending considerable time installing new defensive schemes during practice and have seen some great improvements so far.

Nola Henry and Amber Dillon will likely see a lot of time at the point, running the show for us. Our sophomore class as a whole will make a big impact for us. Jasmine Harris has worked on her shot and looks great. Adriana Jordan is going to continue to give us that spark on offense and defense and Victoria Stewart continues to be one of the hardest workers on the squad. Rashida Timbilla had a great year as a freshman and we are looking for another big one from her this year. All three of our freshmen, Alyx Stiff, Kymber Hill and Meredith Tarver, will play a part in the rotation and are eager to get out there and put on the UMass jersey to represent this University. Kiara Bomben, our lone senior, will play a big part in our success as a veteran forward.

 

 

Among our juniors, Kim Pierre-Louis is in great shape and is really going to run the floor well and make big plays this season. Emily Mital is one of our leaders this year, on and off the court and we are going to need her to make her presence felt. Paula Tarnachowicz, who is transferring in this season, will also provide a lot of energy on the court and looks like she is ready for the challenge.

On replacing the scoring and interior presence of now-graduated center Jasmine Watson...
Jasmine provided a great scoring touch over the last few years, but we are returning our next four-highest scoring players from last year and expect to see gains from each of them on offense. In the paint we will have [sophomore] Rashida Timbilla and [junior] Kim Pierre-Louis, both of which we are expecting big seasons from. Junior transfer Paula Tarnachowicz, at 6-foot-3, will also see some minutes and provides a lot of energy and hustle on the court.

On the building of the Champions Center, which will provide a dedicated practice facility for both basketball programs at UMass...
The Champions Center is going to be a phenomenal addition to this program and what we have to offer at UMass. It is a very exciting time for us - for both programs at UMass - as we have broken ground on the facility already and are thrilled we will be able to watch its construction from the Mullins Center over the next year. At about 53,000 square feet, the Champions Center is going to offer state-of-the-art training facilities for us and will have player's lounges and locker rooms, an area for weight training, film rooms to study tape and a sports medicine area.

On the conference's partnership with the Richmond Coliseum in hosting the Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Championship...
I know the Atlantic 10 Conference has been working hard to find a great neutral-site venue for us, one that is eager to host our postseason tournament, and they found the perfect one in the Richmond Coliseum. With a setup allowing for 4,000-to-5,000 spectators it will provide the perfect size. All of the head coaches within the conference are excited for this move.

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