Dillon, Stewart Join Minutewomen Basketball Team
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass women's basketball squad and head coach Sharon Dawley announced the addition of University of Maine transfer Amber Dillon and true-freshman walk-on Victoria Stewart to the 2012-13 roster. Dillon, who will sit out the 2012-13 season as per NCAA rules, and Stewart add local talent to a young, geographically diverse squad.
At the University of Maine in 2011-12, Dillon saw time in 27 contests and made seven starts as a true-freshman. On the year, Dillon averaged 2.7 points and 1.3 rebounds per game on the season, totaling 13.4 minutes of playing time in each contest while shooting 35.2 percent from the field.
"Amber transferred to UMass from the University of Maine," Dawley said. "We are very happy that when Amber chose to come back home, she chose us."
Prior to attending Maine, Dillon was a standout player at Brookline High School in Jamaica Plain, Mass., where the 5-foot-2 guard finished with over 1,000 career points. In addition to a trio of all-star awards received at Brookline, Dillon was named an all-tournament honoree at the 2009-10 Christmas Tournament and also won a bronze medal while playing in Europe at the Junior Olympics.
Stewart attended nearby Amherst-Pelham Regional High School, where the 5-foot-7 guard lettered in each of her four seasons with the team. Stewart was named to the Hampshire Gazette First Team as a senior while also earning a Franklin-Hampshire County All-Star nod.
"We are so excited that Victoria is on our team," Dawley said. "She is a relentless student-athlete who grew up in Amherst. It is special to have a local talent with us who has such a great attitude."
The Amherst, Mass., native finished her senior season averaging 11.9 points, 6.3 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game as Amherst-Pelham earned an 18-5 record on the year.