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Women’s basketball prepares for FIU Thanksgiving Classic in Florida

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last time out
The University of Massachusetts improved to 4-1 with a 71-53 win over UMass Lowell in the Kennedy Cup Challenge.

Sydney Taylor had a game-high 25 points, including 12 points from just beyond the arc, and also posted her 1,000 early in the first quarter. career point. Taylor went 4-for-7 (.571) from beyond the arc and recorded 14 points in the first half alone. Makennah White followed close behind with 16 points, shooting 6 of 11 from the field and knocking down her first three-pointer of her career. White also recorded 14 of her 16 points in the second half. Destiney Philoxy finished in double digits with 13 points of his own. Philoxy led the team with seven assists while Sam Breen grabbed 11 rebounds that were game-high. In the first quarter, Taylor and Breen combined to score all 16 points for the Minutewomen.


All-time series against Drake
Massachusetts and Drake will meet for the first time in program history on Friday, November 25 at the FIU Thanksgiving Classic hosted by Florida International in Miami, Florida.


In the latest polls…
On October 26, 2022, the Minutewomen received a vote in the USA TODAY/WCBA Coaches Poll. In the November 15, 2022 USA TODAY/WCBA Coaches Poll, UMass received two votes before receiving five votes on November 22, 2022.

Statistical Speaking of
The Minutewomen currently sit fifth at an average of 70.4 points per game (352 points) in the Atlantic 10 Conference, while ninth at an average of 61.0 points (305 points) on defense. The team is also fifth with a margin of 9.4 points.

UMass ranks second in combined team rebounds (42.6 RPG) and has 16.8 offensive rebounds per game (1st; 84 overall). The Minutewomen sit with Richmond in third place with a 7.0 rebound lead.

Sam Breen ranks fifth in the conference with 15.4 ppg (77 points) and fifth in rebounds at 8.8 points per game, fourth in boards overall with 44 points, and tied first in offense Rebounds (19). She is tied 27th in the nation with two double-doubles this season and is one of two A-10 players with two double-doubles this season.

Sydney Taylor ranks second (17.2 ppg, 86 points) in the A-10 and ranks second at 2.8 3FGs per game. Taylor is ranked 35th in the nation with 14 three-pointers made.

Makennah White has averaged 7.2 rebounds per game so far this season, ranking 11th in the A-10. She ranks third with 3.6 offensive rebounds per game (18 total).

Destiney Philoxy continues to help her teammates, dishing out 26 dimes averaging 5.2 assists per game, currently ranking third in the league. Philoxy ranks 35th in the nation for her total assists while she ranks 46th for her average. She is also fifth in steals with 2.4 per game and 12 overall.


go [Mile]Stone path
Sam Breen and Destiney Philoxy each surpassed their 1,000 on December 8, 2021. career point. They became the women of the 21st and 22nd minutes to accomplish that feat while becoming the third couple in program history to earn it in the same season and the first since 2006-07. The duo could also become the first to reach the milestone in NCAA history in the same game. Breen is now ninth in career points (1,462), overtaking Julie Ready (1,406; 1977-81), while Philoxy is now 13th in career points (1,286) in program history, overtaking Tamara Tatham on the list (1,186; 2003-07). Sydney Taylor became the 23rd minutewomen to join the 1,000 point club after hitting her 1,000 on November 22, 2022. earned career points. She is currently 22nd on the list with 1,019 points, overtaking Beth Wilbor (1,014; 1985-89).

In addition to reaching the career milestone, Breen achieved 1,000 points in the Massachusetts uniform on December 22, 2021 in Hartford. With only her UMass career, Breen would be ninth on the list of career points earned (1,418). The graduate student also has 800 career rebounds with the Minutewomen to date, ranking seventh in all-time career history and overtaking Tamara Tatham (755; 2003-07) on the list. Philoxy had a career 400+ assists on December 11, 2021 and a career 500+ assists on February 26, 2022. She is now second in all-time career records at 554 so far, overtaking Christel Zullo (533 – 1985). -89). She is only the fourth minutewomen to hit more than 500 dimes and is 24 assists away from overtaking Sabriya Mitchell’s 578 (1994-98) and getting her name engraved first. Philoxy also played in her 100th career game on January 22 with George Washington, while Breen reached her 100th career game in the A-10 Quarterfinals against Fordham (March 4).

Philoxy also put her name on the career steal list, ranking 10th with Kathy Coyner (1997-01) with 169 total in her career to date. Teammates Ber’Nyah Mayo and Sam Breen are in the record book’s career steal list as Mayo is 14th with 135 overall, while Breen is 15th with 132 and Pam Rosanio (130; 2004 -08) obsolete. .

head coach Tory Verdi scored his 100th win at the top of Massachusetts in a 76-58 win over Saint Joseph’s in the A-10 semifinals on March 5. His current record with the Minutewomen is 105:80.

double figures Reached
Sam Breen reached double digits in three of the five competitions this season, starting with 31 points in the season opener against CCSU (11/7), 18 points in No. 5 Tennessee and 11 points against Maine. Destiney Philoxy and Sydney Taylor have recorded four double-digit games this season, while Ber’Nyah Mayor and Makennah White have registered three 10-plus contests and Angelique Ngalakulondi has one.


next up
The Minutewomen will meet with either the FIU or Howard on Sunday, November 27 at 11am or 1pm at the Ocean Bank Convocation Center.

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