McCormick, UMass Advance In A-10 Tournament
AMHERST, Mass. – No. 5 seed University of Massachusetts women's basketball had a balanced scoring effort with four players in double-figures and led by as much as 31 in the third quarter, as the Minutewomen defeated 12th-seeded St. Bonaventure, 72-54, on Tuesday night in the Atlantic 10 First Round at the Mullins Center. Massachusetts (20-10) advances to the Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals following its program-record-tying 20th win of the season and will face No. 4 seed Saint Louis on Friday at 2 p.m. at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio. St. Bonaventure exits the tournament at 7-23.
Junior Sam Breen contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds, her eighth double-double of the season and making Breen the first Minutewoman since the 2016-17 season to contribute four straight double-doubles. Freshman Maeve Donnelly added to the frontcourt presence with 10 points and six boards, while senior Hailey Leidel (13) and sophomore Destiney Philoxy (12) rounded out the double-figure scorers. Philoxy had a game-high six assists on the night. Senior Vashnie Perry had eight points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in the victory.
Heuvelton;'s Paige McCormick played a solid 14 minutes as a reserve scoring five points on 2-5 shooting and made her only 3-point attempt. She also contributed two rebounds and two steals to the win. UMass had its foot on the gas right out of the gate with a 17-0 run that kept SBU off the board for over seven minutes in the first quarter, all the while a strong defensive effort kept the Bonnies 0-for-6 from the field while committing six turnovers. Philoxy had five points in an opening period in which the Minutewomen shot 50 percent. Deja Francis had 20 points to lead the Bonnies, and Asianae Johnson narrowly missed a double-double with 17 points and nine boards. Francis had five dimes and Amanda Oliver tallied three blocks.
Leidel's 13 points places her at 1,830 in her career, needing 28 to tie Sue Peters for the program record of 1,858 points set from 1976-80.