Atlantic 10 conference reveals women’s basketball pairings

NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia – The Atlantic 10 Conference unveiled the league’s 2022-23 women’s basketball conference pairings Thursday morning. Further details on the 2022-23 schedule, including game dates, times and broadcast information for the conference, as well as the full non-conference slate will be announced once finalized.

As part of Thursday announcement, Massachusetts and Mullins Center will host Rhode Island, Fordham, Richmond, George Washington, Davidson, Saint Joseph, St. Bonaventure and VCU. Road opponents include Rhode Island, Fordham, Dayton, La Salle, Saint Louis, Duquesne, George Mason and Loyola.

The 2021-22 season shattered glass ceilings and broke records, as the program won its first Atlantic 10 championship title to earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament for the first appearance since 1998. The 5 March 2022, UMass topped Saint Joseph’s for head coach Tory Verdi100th victory at the head of Massachusetts to qualify for the A-10 final. The No. 3 seeded Minutewomen defeated No. 1 seeded Dayton in the title match to lift the A-10 trophy. On March 19, 2022, the team made their appearance in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. In addition to a successful postseason, UMass had the most wins in program history after finishing 26-7 overall on the year.

Throughout the season, UMass made history, receiving votes in a national poll for the first time since the 1994-95 season, winning a vote five times during the year. Individually, Massachusetts has seen Sam Breen and Destiny Philoxy become the 21st and 22nd Minutewomen to eclipse their 1,000th career point each on Dec. 8, 2021. Philoxy and Breen also played their 100th career games that year.

Breen continued to be one of the season’s most decorated athletes, earning the program’s first A-10 Player of the Year award, as well as first-team conference and varsity league team. . She was also named the A-10 Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and earned a spot on the All-Championship team. Breen earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, while being announced as the 2022 Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year semi-finalist. Sidney Taylor joined Breen on the All-Championship team, while Taylor and Philoxy were also named to the A-10 All-Conference second team.

Massachusetts finished the year atop the A-10 offense rankings (71.7 ppg) for the second straight season and also finished second in the league in rebounding (40.0 rpg) and assists with an average of 14.58. Breen’s 10.1 rebounds per game put her second in the conference, as her 17 double-doubles were the most in the league and tied her for 17th in the nation. Philoxy had the most dimes in the A-10 with 187, averaging 5.7 per game. His total assists tied him for ninth in the NCAA, while his average ranks him 17th nationally.

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