UMass notebook: Women’s basketball set for season opener at Buffalo

  • New UMass women’s basketball coach Tory Verdi will make his debut, Friday at Buffalo. GAZETTE STAFF / FILE

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Tory Verdi will begin his tenure with the UMass women’s basketball team against an opponent he’s familiar with in front of a player Minutewomen fans know well.

UMass will open the season at Buffalo, Friday at 7 p.m. The Bills were a regular foe of Verdi during his four seasons leading Eastern Michigan.

Watching on the bench for the Bills will be Cierra Dillard, who transferred from UMass, where she led the Minutewomen in scoring last year. She’s sitting out this season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Buffalo finished 20-14 last year, including a win over the Minutewomen in Amherst.

UMass, which was 12-18 last year under Sharon Dawley, starts the year with a thin roster. The Minutewomen have just 10 players and only seven were healthy enough to play in last week’s 76-27 exhibition win over UMass-Dartmouth.

Freshman Hailey Liedel led UMass with 27 points while junior Maggie Mulligan had 21 points and 24 rebounds.

The Minutewomen play their home opener against North Dakota State, Monday at 7 p.m.

MEN’S SOCCER ELIMINATED — VCU’s goal nine minutes into overtime sent UMass home from the Atlantic 10 men’s soccer tournament with a 2-1 loss at Davidson.

The Minutemen end their season at 7-9-3.

Belchertown native Alex DeSantis had UMass’ only goal.