Don’t Look Now, but the A10 WBB Might Be Back


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Oct 25, 2021
The clock hit triple zeros in Estero, Florida, and despite the deficit on the scoreboard all Tory Verdi could do is smile. His UMass Minutewomen stood toe-to-toe with the 13th-ranked Iowa State Cyclones, coming back from an 18-point hole at halftime to make the final of the Gulf Coast Showcase a one possession game before the tying shot rimmed out with just seconds to go. The Minutewomen began the season on a seven-game winning run, including victories over NCAA Tournament stalwart South Dakota State and undefeated Kent State before falling by five to the Cyclones. The 7-0 start before the Iowa State game was the best start to a season in over 50 years for UMass.
Tami Reiss has smiled plenty, too. From hitting triple digits against Merrimack to knocking off Virginia, her Rhode Island Rams surged out of the gates to open this season. Their only loss came to still-undefeated Long Beach State, ending a seven-game winning streak to start the season. With a roster comprised of seven...

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