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McCormick Helps Sacred Heart's 10th Straight Win

AMHERST, Mass. – University of Massachusetts women's basketball never trailed and reset a program record with its 10th consecutive victory as the Minutewomen defeated Saint Joseph's, 61-43, on Saturday at the Mullins Center. The Maroon and White are now 13-3 on the season and have also won their first three Atlantic 10 Conference games for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. Following the setback, St. Joe's is now 7-8 and 1-2 in league play. Senior Hailey Leidel led the way with a game-high 18 points and was joined in double figures by classmate Vashnie Perry (15) and sophomore Destiney Philoxy (12). Freshman Maeve Donnelly pulled down seven rebounds and added two blocks, both Perry and junior Bre Hampton-Bey had a pair of assists, and Leidel along with junior Sam Breen grabbed three steals each. For the day, UMass shot 20-of-59 (33.9%) and held the Hawks to an even 30% (15-of-50). SJU had 23 turnovers to just nine for the Minutewomen–the third time this season that the squad gave the ball away less than 10 times. Heuvelton's Paige McCormick did not score but grabbed four rebounds and did not committ a turnover.

part on the strength of a 9-2 run UMass jumped out to a 19-8 first quarter lead, in a period that featured three ties. Leidel sparked the squad early with eight points, including four from the free throw line, and Perry added five of her own. Defensively, a stout effort by the Minutewomen forced seven St. Joe's turnovers in the first 10 minutes. The lead remained at double-digits for the entire second half and helped Massachusetts weather a third period in which it was just 3-of-12 from the field. For the day, UMass shot 20-of-59 (33.9%) and held the Hawks to an even 30% (15-of-50). SJU had 23 turnovers to just nine for the Minutewomen–the third time this season that the squad gave the ball away less than 10 times. Massachusetts now turns its focus to a Wed., Jan. 15 game vs. La Salle with opening tip off coming at 7 p.m. from the Mullins Center. Contact the Mullins Center Box Office at 1 (866) UMASS-TIX or visit UMass Athletics Ticket Central to purchase tickets. Follow UMass women's basketball on Twitter (@UMassWBB), Instagram (UMassWBB) and Facebook (UMass Women's Basketball) for the latest news and updates around the program.

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