Nov. 27, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. -
The University of Massachusetts women's basketball program and head coach Sharon Dawley announced the signing of Cierra Dillard, Maggie Mulligan and Ciara Rosten to national letters of intent on Wednesday evening.
"We are thrilled to announce that we have three great additions to our UMass family," head coach Sharon Dawley said. "Cierra Dillard brings skill at the one, two and three positions. She has a great basketball IQ and the ability to score in many different ways. Ciara Rosten will add size and power to our center position. Her strength in the post will provide clutch rebounds for the Minutewomen while giving us another great option at center. Maggie Mulligan is a long forward who can run the floor like a guard and has a knack for scoring around the basket. She will help our running game and also add another powerful player to our forward position."
Dillard, a 2012 honorable mention all-American, is the all-time leading scorer at Gates Chili High School in Rochester, N.Y. She has also been twice named an all-state recipient while simultaneously earning honor roll status.
At 6-foot-2, Mulligan will add length and height to the UMass squad. She enters her senior season at Boston Latin High School as a two-time Dual County League All-Star.
Rosten, also 6-foot-2, surpassed the 1,000-point plateau as a junior at Maryvale High School last season. The Cheektowaga, N.Y., native has been named a New York Class B All-State selection in addition to taking in ECIC Division III First Team laurels.
MEET THE MINUTEWOMEN SIGNEES
Birthdate: May 8, 1996
Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.
High School: Gates Chili High School
High School Head Coach: Tara Grazadei
Travel Team: Albany City Rocks
Travel Team Head Coach: Keith Danzy
Notes: Top scorer in Gates Chili High School history with 1,524 career points ... 2012 honorable mention all-America selection and two-time all-New York choice ... Four-time recipient of first team all-county ... Was named Second Team All-Greater Rochester in eighth grade before taking in First Team All-Greater Rochester as a freshman, sophomore and junior ... Two-time regional champion and state finalist with Gates Chili High School ... Section V MVP and two-time Section V Champion ... Is an honor roll student at Gates Chili High School.
Birthdate: Oct. 7, 1995
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
High School: Boston Latin School
High School Coach: Keri Orellana
Travel Team: Mass Huskies
Travel Team Coach: Patrick Ferdinand
Notes: Four-year letterwinner for Boston Latin School girls basketball ... Two-year team captain ... Two-time Dual County League All-Star entering senior season ... Also a three-year volleyball standout, earning Dual County League All-Star status as a senior captain ... 2013 Student Leadership Counsel for MIAA Sportsmanship Summit.
Birthdate: Feb. 6, 1996
Hometown: Cheektowaga, N.Y.
High School: Maryvale High School
High School Coach: Timothy Klimtzak
Travel Team: NYC Exodus and N.J. Demons
Notes: 2011-12 New York Class B All-State selection ... ECIC Division III First Team ... ECIC Small School First Team ... Is the only Lady Flyer in Maryvale High School history with a triple-double and currently owns two in her scholastic career entering her senior season ... First Annual Maryvale Tip-Off Tournament MVP ... 2012-13 Maryvale High School Girls Basketball Team MVP ... Surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her Maryvale High School career as a junior.