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McCormick Helps UMass To 6th Straight Win

Heuvelton's Paige McCormick continued her team oriented success for the UMass Women's Basketball team on Saturday in the team's sixth straight win. (UMass Photo)

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Led by 21 points from senior Hailey Leidel and another 19 from classmate Vashnie Perry, University of Massachusetts women's basketball headed into the holiday break with a 65-51 win over Iona at the Gaels' Hynes Athletic Center on Saturday. It is the sixth straight win for Massachusetts, who are now 9-3 on the season while Iona drops to 1-8 on the year.

Freshman Maeve Donnelly was just short of her second career double-double, turning in a nine-point, 11 rebound afternoon. Perry also handed out three assists which were a team-high. As a team, UMass also dominated the glass with a plus-16 margin in rebounding, 43-27.

Massachusetts tipped off the game with a 10-0 run, half of which was thanks to Donnelly. Junior Paige McCormick added 5 points of her own to cap the period with a 13-8 UMass lead. McCormick finished with five points in 3-6 shooting (1-2 from 3) and 5 rebounds

But Iona made quick work to claw back in the second with an 8-0 spurt to level the score at 13-apiece. From there the Maroon and White closed the half with a 13-3 run of their own, led by a 3-of-5 shooting effort from Perry, which put the Minutewomen back in front at halftime by a 26-19 margin.

A UMass timeout with 2:55 left in the third allowed the Minutewomen to slow down Iona momentum as the Gaels pulled in front, 36-35. The break proved crucial as Leidel buried a right wing trey on the next possession and gave the squad the lead they would not relinquish.

Making her debut with the Minutewomen, junior Sam Breen helped seal the victory down the stretch, contributing six points and five rebounds in the final 10 minutes of regulation. In her first game action since November 2018, Breen finished with eight points, nine boards and a block.

Iona's Morgan Rachu led the Gaels with 14 points and seven boards.

After breaking for the holidays, UMass returns to action on Mon., Dec. 30, capping the non-conference schedule vs. Southern Connecticut in a 5 p.m. matchup at the Mullins Center.

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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