The UMass Mullins Center court is full of extra intensity and verve these days. With a January 15 win against LaSalle, the women’s basketball team extended its program-record winning streak to 11 games. Along the way, they beat such opponents as St. Bonaventure, Boston University, and St. Joseph’s. The streak ended with a 69-66 loss to Rhode Island on January 19.
The Minutewomen have a full roster of exciting players—among them 6’, 5” ace blocker freshman Maeve Donnelly; the explosive sophomore Destiney Philoxey; and star senior Hailey Leidel, who has scored more than 1,600 points and made more than 600 rebounds.
The winning streak is part of the upward momentum for the squad under head coach Tory Verdi, who came to UMass in 2015. The Minutewomen had 16 wins last season, more than any UMass women’s basketball team since the 2006-2007 season. As of January 29, their record was 15-6 with 8 games left to play in the regular season.
The team is rocking it in the classroom too. Its players posted a combined GPA of 3.35 for the fall 2019 semester, with 11 players with 3.0 or above averages and five players on the dean’s list (GPA 3.5 or higher).
Said Coach Verdi after the team’s program-record tenth-straight win, over St. Bonaventure, “They believe in one another. They believe in themselves. They believe in what we're doing. I'm extremely proud of them and how they prepare each and every single day."
Tickets are available to watch the Minutewomen at home during one of their most electrifying seasons on February 8, 12, 22, and 29.