Women's Hoops Travels to St. Bona. This Weekend
The Minutewomen will face the Bonnies at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the Reilly Center.
Jan. 28, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. -
The UMass women's basketball team will close out the month of January on the road as the squad will travel to St. Bonaventure on Saturday, Jan. 29, for a 1 p.m. contest against the Bonnies. Looking for their third conference victory, the Minutewomen enter the contest at 6-15, 2-4 in the Atlantic 10.
Scouting St. Bonaventure
St. Bonaventure, currently 14-7 overall and 4-2 in the Atlantic 10, carries a two-game winning streak into Saturday's contest against the Minutewomen. In conference play, the bonnies have posted wis over La Salle (74-54), George Washington (72-48), Rhode Island (66-52), and Saint Joseph's (51-40).
Megan Van Tatenhove and Jessica Jenkins are the team's scoring leaders with averages of 14.6 and 12.5, respectively. Van Tatenhove is also one of the team's top rebounders with 5.3 per-game. Alaina Walker grabs a team-best 5.6 boards per-game.
The series between the Bonnies and Minutewomen began on Jan. 3, 1987 in St. Bonaventure with a win for the Bonnies 63-53. Since then, the Minutewomen are 30-19 all-time against the Bonnies and last posted a road win in the series on Feb. 4, 2007.
Last Time Against The Bonnies
A second half push for the UMass women's basketball team was not enough as the squad fell to St. Bonaventure at home in the Mullins Center on Tuesday evening, 69-54. The setback leaves the Minutewomen at 8-14 on the season, 2-5 in the Atlantic 10, while the Bonnies improve to 17-6, 5-3 in the conference.
Junior Stephanie Lawrence and freshman Jasmine Watson paced the Minutewomen with 12 points apiece, while Lawrence logged a team-high six rebounds. Junior Cerie Mosgrove added seven points and sophomore Kristina Danella totaled six. Senior Diatiema Hill chipped in five points, six assists and two steals and sophomore Nicole Jones tallied five points and three blocks.
The Minutewomen hit the first two buckets of the game, a jumper by Hill and a layup by Danella, to lead 4-0 early. However with 15:49 on the clock, St. Bonaventure began a 12-2 run with a three by Cara Gustafson. Five straight points by Megan Van Tatenhove followed to help the Bonnies build an 18-8 advantage with 11:50 remaining in the opening half. Four free throws with less than two minutes to play in the period later put St. Bonaventure up by 17 at the intermission, 38-21.
UMass, which shot just 6-for-20 from the field in the first half, was much improved in the second, outscoring the Bonnies, 33-31 in the half and shooting 52.4% overall (11-for-21). St. Bonaventure went up by as many as 24 before going without a field goal for 11 minutes and eight seconds. The Minutewomen cut their deficit to 13 during that stretch, but were unable to come any closer to the Bonnies, who managed to preserve their lead by shooting 17-for-20 (85.0%) from the foul line in the second period.
St. Bonaventure shot 12-for-24 (50%) in the first, but was limited to 7-for-12 (33.3%) overall in the second to finish at 42.2% for the night, compared to UMass, which shot 14-for-41 (41.5%) overall. The Bonnies were 4-for-12 (33.3%) from three and 27-for-31 (87.1%) at the charity stripe, while the Minutewomen made 3-of-15 (20.%) from beyond the arc and 17-of-24 (70.8%) free throws.
Van Tatenhove led three scorers in double figures for St. Bonaventure with 20 points. Dana Mitchell contributed 12 points and Armelia Horton recorded 11 points and a team-best six rebounds. Jessica Jenkins and Andrea Doneth handed out totals of seven and six assists, respectively.
Senior Megan Zullo is four three-pointers shy of tying the UMass single season record of 58 currently held by Katie Nelson (2004-05) and Kristina Danella (2008-09).
Senior Stephanie Lawrence played her 100th career game on Jan. 26, 2011, against Temple.
Senior Cerie Mosgrove played her 100th career game on Jan. 12 at Richmond.
Zullo logged her 100th career three-pointer on Jan. 12 at Richmond, reaching the milestone in less than two seasons at UMass, becoming the eighth player in program history with 100 career treys.
Mosgove scored her 500th career point at Maine on Dec. 29 and her 600th on Jan. 22 at Saint Joseph's. She is currently 33rd in UMass history for career scoring with 623 points, eight behind Sue Serafini for 32nd (631).
Zullo scored her 400th point at UMass at Harvard on Jan. 2. She has 638 in her career (N.C. State and UMass combined), scoring her 600th at Rhode Island on Jan. 8. Zullo is 33 points away from her 500th at UMass.
Sophomore Jasmine Watson scored her 400th career point at Rhode Island on Jan. 8 and is now 16 shy of her 500th. She broke into the top-10 in career blocks at Richmond on Jan. 12. She needs 10 to pass Caroline Nehls (75) for seventh.
Home Sweet Home
The Minutewomen have played their best basketball in Amherst this season as all four of the squad's victories have come at home where the squad has posted a record of 5-5 (4-5 at Mullins, 1-0 at Curry Hicks Cage).
As a team, UMass is shooting 43.8% (240-for-548) at home and is averaging 67.0 points per-game. In the Amherst, the Minutewomen are 39.7% (75-for-189) from three-point range and 70.1% (115-for-164) at the free throw line.
A New Addition
Freshman Marisa Stabile, a 6-1 forward from Lockleys, Australia, has joined the UMass roster for the second semester and is eligible to play immediately.
Stabile graduated from Saint Aloysius College in 2009 and played for North Adelaide Basketball Club. She helped the North Adelaide Basketball Club to a 2010 Australian national title and a South Australia state championship in 2007.
Stabile made her collegiate debut vs. #8 Xavier, playing four minutes and registering one rebound and one assist. She scored her first collegiate points on Jan. 26 against Temple.
With Jasmine Watson (23 points, 11 rebounds) and Cerie Mosgrove (12 points, 10 rebounds) both recording double-doubles against Holy Cross on Jan. 5, it marked the first time two Minutewomen had double-doubles in the same game and two 10+ rebound performances by a pair of UMass players in the same game since Kate Mills (25 points, 11 rebounds) and Pam Rosanio (16 points, 12 rebounds) accomplished both feats on Dec. 22, 2007 against Buffalo.
Remarkably, Watson and Mosgrove repeated in the next game at Rhode Island on Jan. 8, each scoring a career high against the Rams with 27 and 21, respectively, while Watson collected 12 rebounds and Mosgrove 11 vs. the Rams for a career best.
Watson then logged a double-double for a third straight game with a team-leading 15 points and 11 rebounds at Richmond on Jan. 12. She is the first UMass player to post three straight double-doubles since Brooke Campbell in 2004.
Mosgrove registered her fourth and fifth double-doubles in a five-game stretch on Jan. 16 against Xavier with a team-high 20 points and 10 rebounds and on Jan. 19 vs. Saint Louis with 18 points and 11 boards.
Five UMass players have registered double-doubles this season. Watson and Mosgrove have done it four times and Shakia Robinson twice. Watson's other double-double came vs. Miami (Ohio) with 12 points and 11 boards. Robinson's were against Boston College (25 pts, 10 reb) and Wagner (22 pts, 12 reb).
The Minutewomen have had four players score in double figures six times this season and have had 11 games with three or more in double figures.
Continuing its reputation as one of the best three-point shooting teams in the Atlantic 10, UMass was ranked in the top-15 nationally in the most recent NCAA statistics report for both three-point field goal percentage (fifth) and three-point field goals per-game (14th).
In the Atlantic 10, the Minutewomen are first in threes per-game (7.5) and three-point percentage (.398), having made 158-of-397.
UMass drained a season-high 11 treys against Holy Cross on Jan. 5 at the Cage, tying for second in program history for a single game.
Seniors Cerie Mosgrove (second) and Megan Zullo (13th) both began the week ranked in the top-15 nationally for three-point percentage. They are currently at at .486 (51-for-105) and .439 (54-for-123), respectively.
As a team, the Minutewomen have hit 158 treys on the year, good for third all-time in a single season. The No. 1 and No 2. marks were set in the two years prior, with 195 in 2008-09 and 194 in 2009-10.
Senior Megan Zullo is having a career year from beyond the arc and began the week ranked 36th in the nation in three-point field goals per-game in addition to her ranking for three-point percentage.
Zullo is third in the Atlantic 10 in threes per-game with 54 to her credit in 20 games (2.6 average) and is forth in three-point percentage (.439, 54-for-123). She is one away from eclipsing her total of 54 in 29 games last season.
Zullo is currently tied for third for three-point field goals made in a single season, equalling her own mark from last year. Zullo is five threes away from breaking the school single season record.
In less than two seasons with the Minutewomen, Zullo has cracked the top-10 in career three pointers, sixth in program history with 108.
Zullo also stands third in career three-point percentage at .396 (108-273).
Record-Setting Day At URI
Senior Cerie Mosgrove and sophomore Jasmine Watson combined to break and tie four different individual single game records in the team's Atlantic 10 opener on Jan. 8 at Rhode Island.
Mosgrove tied the program single game record for made threes with seven. Though the mark was set twice previously, Mosgrove is the lone Minutewoman with seven treys on the road.
She also broke the school record for single game three-point percentage (a minimum of six made), shooting 7-for-9 (.778). Mosgrove started the game 5-for-6 beyond the arc in the first half.
Watson equaled the single game school record for free throws made with 15 against the rams. Last player to set the mark previously was Melissa Gurile on Dec. 11, 1993, against Providence.
Watson also tied the single game record free throw attempts. Helen Freeman originally set the record, making 15-of-18 vs. George Washington on Feb. 8, 1990.
On Dec.19, the Minutewomen overcame a 17-point second half deficit to defeat Wagner, 79-62. UMass trailed 57-40 with 14:12 to play in the contest and were still down by double-digits, 69-58, with 4:55 remaining. The Minutewomen scored the last 14 points of the game, including nine from sophomore Shakia Robinson.
It marked the largest second half deficit overcome in a UMass victory since the team rallied from down 20 with 16:08 left against Manhattan on Nov. 16, 2008, to pull out a 71-68 win. The program's last comeback of 15+ in a win prior to that contest was against Providence on Dec. 11, 1993, when the team went from down 18 at the 19-minute mark of the second half to defeat the Friars, 82-80.
For just the fourth time in the past 17 years, UMass accomplished the feat again in its next game against Miami (Ohio), rallying to win 78-72 after trailing the RedHawks by 17, 26-9, with 9:53 left in the first half. The Minutewomen outscored Miami, 50-35 following the intermission, the first time the squad put up 50 in a half since Nov. 17, 2007 against Northeastern.
Senior Cerie Mosgrove (18), sophomore Dee Montgomery (16), sophomore Jasmine Watson (12), sophomore Shakia Robinson (11) and senior Megan Zullo (10) all scored in double figures against Miami (Ohio). It marked first time since Dec. 10, 2005 at Syracuse that five UMass players finished with 10+ points.
Mosgrove, Montgomery, Watson and Zullo were all in the starting lineup against the RedHawks, while Robinson added a spark off the bench.
Sophomore Jasmine Watson saw her first action of the season on Dec. 8 at Boston University and had nine points less than seven minutes into the contest. Watson finished just shy of a double-double with 13 points and a team-leading nine rebounds. The center also hit her first career three-pointer in the contest.
Dating back to last season, Watson has scored in double figures in 22 of the last 30 games she has played, including nine of 13 this year.
On Dec. 19, Watson helped the Minutewomen defeat Wagner, chipping in 14 points in 24 minutes. She also matched her career high of six blocks in that contest, which ranks tied for fifth all-time at UMass for a single game.
Watson led UMass in scoring for the first time this season with a career-high 23 points against Holy Cross on Jan. 5 and grabbed a team-best 11 rebounds en route to her fourth career double-double. She followed up with her fifth career double-double, pouring in a career-high 27 points and collecting 12 boards at Rhode Island on Jan. 8. She is averaging 12.6 points per-game for her career in conference play (241 points, 19 games).
Center Of Attention
Sophomore Jasmine Watson, UMass' top returning scorer, was named to the preseason Atlantic 10 third team this fall.
The league's reigning Rookie of the Year, Watson played in all 30 games in 2009-10, starting the final 16. She finished second on the squad in scoring last season with 307 points, an average of 10.2 per-game, and brought down a team-best 176 rebounds (5.9 per-game). She also registered 38 blocks for an average of 1.3 per-game.
Watson, who was named A-10 Rookie of the Week a school-record four times, finished her rookie campaign as the leading freshman scorer in the Atlantic 10. In conference play, Watson averaged a team-best 13.0 points per-game to rank 10th in the conference.
The center scored in double figures 16 times in 2009-10 and had two 20-point games and two double-doubles, including a season-high 21 points against Fordham on Feb. 6. She was the team's leading scorer on six occasions and the leading rebounder 11 times.
Watson is just the third player in program history to log 300+ points and 150+ rebounds as a freshman. She joins Melissa Gurile and Octavia Thomas in that elite group. Both Gurile and Thomas finished their UMass careers with 1,500+ points and 800+ rebounds.
A Little Help From My Friends
Against Boston College on Dec. 5, the Minutewomen handed out 26 assists on 29 baskets, the most since the program record of 28 in a game was set on Dec. 6, 2004, against Toledo.
Individually, Megan Zullo is third in the Atlantic 10 in assists per-game with a 4.6 average and began the weekend 73rd in the country. She currently has 97 in 21 games after handing out 72 in 29 games last season.
Seven Minutewomen (Zullo, Dee Montgomery, Kelly Robinson, Abbey Lalime, Cerie Mosgrove, Shakia Robinson and Emilie Teuscher) have posted 5+ assist games this season, the most recent being Zullo with six vs. Temple on Jan. 26. Both Montgomery and Zullo have logged 10+ assist games thus far in 2010-11.
As a team, UMass is first in the A-10 with an average of 16.9 assists per-game and began the week 17th nationally. The squad has dished 20 or more assists in a game six times this season.
True Minute Women
Seniors Cerie Mosgrove and Megan Zullo have been fixtures on the floor for UMass this season, averaging 32+ minutes per-game. Zullo is the team leader in minutes played (38.4 average) and ranks second in the Atlantic 10 in minutes per-game. She has been on the floor for 806 of 840 possible minutes this season. Mosgrove ranks eighth in the conference with an average of 32.4 minutes per-game.
Zullo is third in scoring for the Minutewomen with 11.7 points per-game, while Jasmine Watson leads the squad with 13.6 points per-game. Mosgrove is contributing 13.0 points per-game and Shakia Robinson is chipping in with 11.4 points per-game.
One of the four has led the team in scoring in 20 out of 21 games with Mosgrove finishing as the leading scorer seven times, Zullo six times, Robinson four times and Watson three times. The quartet has combined for 45 double-digit scoring performances this season.
Zullo scored in double figures 12 consecutive games from Nov. 21 at Seton Hall to Jan. 5 against Holy Cross. Mosgrove has an active streak of 10 straight games in double figures.
Watson Collects Trio Of Accolades
After helping the UMass women's basketball team to a 2-0 week with a pair of double-doubles Jasmine Watson was selected as the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week and UMass Athlete of the Week on Jan. 10 and named co-ECAC Player of the Week on Jan. 11.
It marked the second time this season a member of the Minutewomen has garnered the award from the conference and the fourth UMass honor for a member of the women's basketball squad. Watson shared the ECAC honor with Courtney Hunt of Virginia Commonwealth, selected from 88 Division I ECAC Members.
Watson averaged 25.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 blocks per-game over the two games and led the Minutewomen in scoring and rebounding in both contests. She shot 62.5% (15-for-24) from the field and 87% (20-for-23) at the free throw line.
Against Holy Cross, Watson was 9-for-14 overall and 5-5 at the charity stripe to set a new career high with 23 points as UMass posted a 75-50 victory over the Crusaders at the Curry Hicks Cage.
Then, in the team's Atlantic 10 opener at Rhode Island, Watson once again eclipsed her career high with 27 points and was one shy of matching her personal best in rebounds with 12 to contribute to the team's 75-64 win.
Senior Cerie Mosgrove was tabbed UMass Athlete of the Week on Monday, Dec. 27 after she led five UMass scorers in double figures in a 78-72 comeback victory over Miami Ohio on Dec. 21 with a game-high 18 points, while also chipping in seven rebounds, one assist and one steal in 30 minutes on the floor. The game marked her seventh time in double figures this season.
Mosgrove shot 6-for-10 from the field, including a blistering 5-for-8 (.625) from three point range as UMass overcame a 17-point deficit in the victory for a second straight contest and ended Miami's six-game winning streak.
Robinson Earns Weekly Awards
Sophomore forward Shakia Robinson was named both co-Atlantic 10 Player of the Week and co-UMass Athlete of the Week on Dec. 6.
Robinson shared her Atlantic 10 honor with Xavier's Amber Harris after averaging 21.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and shooting 18-for-35 (72%) in a 1-1 week for the Minutewomen. It marked the first conference Player of the Week honor for UMass since Kate Mills was recognized by the league on Feb. 11, 2008.
In the Minutewomen's first victory of the season, a 78-55 win over Brown on Dec. 1, Robinson contributed 18 points and seven rebounds in 26 minutes on the floor to go along with two steals.
She followed up with her first career double-double against Boston College, logging a team-leading 25 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 78.6% from the floor (11-for-14) and playing a career-high 39 minutes.
Robinson was honored again on Dec. 20 as UMass Athlete of the Week after putting up 22 points and 12 boards in the squad's 72-69 come-from-behind win over Wagner.
Reaching New Heights
Returning players Shakia Robinson and Emilie Teuscher both made their first career starts in the season opener against George Mason. Robinson set new career high in steals (5) and scored in double figures for the first time. It also was a first for Robinson leading the team in scoring and rebounding. She improved upon her career high in rebounds against Wagner with 12, and posted her first career double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds against Boston College.
Teuscher eclipsed her career highs in points and rebounds against Boston College with 13 and seven, respectively. She played a career high 37 minutes against Binghamton and dished a career-best seven assists vs. Saint Louis.
Sophomore Dee Montgomery registered career highs in rebounds (6) against George Mason, while earning her first career start vs. Maryland. She played a career-high 38 minutes against Wagner and set a new personal best with 10 assists. In her second consecutive start, Montgomery poured in a career-best 16 points in a comeback win over Miami (Ohio), which included an 8-for-11 clip at the free throw line. Most recently, Montgomery set a new personal best with four steals in 19 minutes against Holy Cross.
Senior Stephanie Lawrence set a new career high in minutes played with 28 at Seton Hall, while Robinson played 39 minutes against BC for a new personal best.
Senior Cerie Mosgrove posted her first career 20-point game vs. Brown. Both Mosgrove and senior Megan Zullo surpassed their previous career rebounding highs with nine and eight, respectively against Binghamton.
Against Holy Cross on Jan. 5, Mosgrove not only improved upon her personal best with 10 boards, but added 12 points for her first career-double-double. The senior narrowly missed a triple-double, handing out a career-high seven assists against the Crusaders. The very next game at URI, Mosgrove once again had a double-double with new career highs in points (21) and rebounds (11).
Sophomore Jasmine Watson (27 points) set a career scoring high at Rhode Island, as well.
Measuring Up In The Atlantic 10
Shakia Robinson, Megan Zullo and Cerie Mosgrove rank among the Atlantic 10's best in several statistical categories.
Robinson is ranked in the top-25 for three categories: fifth in field goal percentage (.518, 103-for-199), 17th in rebounding (6.0) and 21st in scoring (11.4 ppg).
In addition to her rankings for assists, threes and minutes played, Zullo is 19th in scoring (11.7).
Mosgrove is second in three-point percentage (.486, 51-105), third in free throw percentage (.836, 46-55), fourth in three-point field goals made per-game (2.4), fifth in defensive rebounds (4.8), 12th in scoring (13.0 ppg), 14th in field goal percentage (.421, 88-209) and 14th in rebounding (6.3 rpg).
Rookies Doing Their Part
Freshmen Talen Watson and Kelly Robinson have each seen time in the starting lineup this season. Watson began her career by scoring six points against George Mason. Another freshman, Sara English, came off the bench in that contest to make her first appearance in a UMass uniform.
In game two at Providence, Watson, English and Robinson, joined by classmate Abbey Lalime, combined for half of the team's point total. Led by Watson's team-best 11 points, the group registered 24 points against the Friars. Lalime had six points in her collegiate debut.
English managed seven points in six minutes against LSU. Lalime posted her first double-figure scoring performance with 11 at East Carolina while also grabbing five rebounds and dishing three assists. Against Boston College, Lalime logged her first five-assist game with five against the Eagles.
Once again, English made the most of her playing time at Harvard, scoring seven points and grabbing three boards in six minutes against the Crimson.
Robinson had five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 20 minutes on the floor vs. #8 Xavier. She had another five-rebound game on Jan. 26 against Temple.
Marisa Stabile saw her most minutes to date, playing 13 against Temple on Jan. 26.
What A Difference A Year Makes
Sophomore Shakia Robinson passed her freshman year playing total of 139 minutes just five games into the 2010-11 season. She passed her 2009-10 rebound total (27) five games in, as well, and has well surpassed her point total, improving from 18 last year to 258 through 21 games this season.
Junior Emilie Teuscher has posted new career highs for a season in virtually every statistical category, while 576 of her 706 career minutes have been played this season. Teuscher has 120 points in 21 games, not only surpassing her 2009-10 total of 21, but more than tripling her career total of 34 entering this season. She currently has 68 rebounds after grabbing a total of 11 through her first two campaigns.
15 For 30
Sophomore Shakia Robinson poured in 30 points on Nov. 28 at East Carolina, shooting 13-for-19 and 4-6 at the free throw line. It not only marked a career high for Robinson, but was the first 30-point game for a UMass player since Jen Butler had 31 against Temple on Jan 6, 2003, and is tied for ninth-most all-time in a single game by a member of the Minutewomen.
Robinson was 8-for-10 and had 18 points in the second half alone, which equaled her point total from her entire freshman season.
Robinson is just the sixth player in program history to log a 30-point game, joining Butler, Melissa Gurile, Barbara Hebel, Julie Ready and Octavia Thomas. All five of those players finished their UMass careers with 1,400+ points and rank in the top-10 in career scoring.
The UMass single game record for points is 38, set by Gurile on Dec. 11, 1993 against Providence.
Zullo Sets Mullins Assist Record
Senior Megan Zullo recorded a remarkable 13 assists on 21 UMass baskets (19 possible assist opportunities since two field goals in the contest were her own), setting a new women's Mullins Center record for a single game on Nov. 12 vs. George Mason. Her previous career high was seven against Fordham on Feb. 6, 2010.
The total is second all-time in program history for a single game, trailing only her aunt, the late Christel Zullo, who dished 15 assists against Temple on Feb. 14, 1986.
The previous Mullins Center record was last set by Diatiema Hill during the 2009-10 season with 11 assists on Senior Day vs. Saint Joseph's.
Zullo's 13 assists is the most in a single game by an Atlantic 10 player thus far this season. She and teammate Dee Montgomery are two of four players in the conference to record 10 or more assists in a game this season.
UMass Women's Basketball Radio Show On WMUA
Throughout the 2010-11 season, catch up on what's going on with the Minutewomen as WMUA broadcaster Matt Lopes talks with head coach Sharon Dawley and other special guests from the UMass women's basketball team on the UMass Women's Basketball Coach's Show, Mondays from 5 to 5:30 p.m. on WMUA 91.1 FM and www.wmua.org.
Upcoming show dates include: 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, and 2/28.
A New Era
Sharon Dawley, the former women's basketball coach at the University of Vermont, was named as the 10th head coach in program history on April 6, 2010. Dawley joins Minutewomen after a highly successful tenure with the Catamounts that included two consecutive America East titles (2008-09 and 2009-10) and three straight postseason berths.
In seven seasons at Vermont, Dawley posted a mark of 128-86 (.598) and holds a career record of 271-163 (.624) in her 17th season as a head coach. She became the winningest coach in Vermont women's basketball history when the Catamounts upset No. 7-seed Wisconsin in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on March 21, 2010, the program's first NCAA tournament victory.
A native of Revere, Mass., Dawley was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in October of 2009.
Dawley earned her first victory as UMass head coach on Dec. 1, 2010, a 78-55 win over Brown at home in the Mullins Center. Her first Atlantic 10 victory came at Rhode Island on Jan. 8, 75-64 over the Rams.
The Supporting Cast
Joining head coach Sharon Dawley on the sidelines are Steve Lanpher, Jen MacAulay, Morgan Valley and Alison Brown.
Both Lanpher and MacAulay came to UMass from Vermont along with Dawley, while Brown was one of Dawley's former players at UVM. Lanpher's background includes 10 years of head coaching experience and nearly 20 seasons overall.
Valley is a native of Vermont, but joins Dawley's staff from Towson. She was a member of three NCAA national championship teams at the University of Connecticut and won two BIG EAST titles while playing for the Huskies from 2000-04. She helped the squad to a four-year record of 139-8.
From Near And Far
UMass' 14-player roster is comprised of individuals from 12 different states and provinces. Senior Cerie Mosgrove is the lone representative from the state of Massachusetts, hailing from Needham.
Mosgrove is the closest to home (66 miles), while Stabile is 10,707 miles away from her hometown of Lockleys, Australia.
Megan Zullo and Millie Niggeling are the first Minutewomen in program history from their respective home states of North Carolina and Iowa.
Marisa Stabile is the first Australian to play at UMass, as well.
The 2010-11 UMass roster contains three of the best three-point shooters in program history as seniors Stephanie Lawrence, Cerie Mosgrove and Megan Zullo all have etched their names into the UMass record book in various three-point shooting categories.
Lawrence sunk 20 of 52 shots from beyond the arc in 2009-10, for a .385 shooting percentage. Her single season mark from a year ago stands 10th all-time.
Mosgrove has 144 career treys, good for third all-time. She also ranks fifth in career three-point attempts (386) and fifth in career three-point percentage (.373). Mosgrove registered 51 threes as a sophomore in 2008-09, sixth-most all-time for a single season and tied her mark with her 51st of the year on Wednesday againts Temple.
Zullo was the UMass leader with 54 three-pointers last season, shooting 54-for-150 (.360) from beyond the arc. Her career percentage (.396) ranks third all-time, while her single 2009-10 season total for threes made stands tied for third, as well. Against Quinnipiac on Dec. 6, 2009, Zullo made six treys for a career high.
10 of the 14 players on the Minutewomen roster are either freshmen or sophomores, accounting for more than 70% of the team.
Senior Cerie Mosgrove is the squad's most tenured player with 104 career games played and 44 starts. She entered the 2009-10 season as the lone member of the team with over 1,000 minutes played and is the program's active leading scorer with 610 points.
Just four players on the UMass roster had seen time in the starting lineup prior to the 2010-11 season. Megan Zullo and Jasmine Watson, the team's two returning starters, both played their first campaigns with the Minutewomen last season.
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