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The UMass women's basketball team members are pleased that Brittney Griner is home

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American Brittney Griner runs up court during the gold medal game against Japan at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Aug. 8, 2021, in Saitama, Japan.

AMHERST — The reaction to Brittney Griner’s release from a Russian prison could be felt all the way to the northwest corner of Division I basketball in Massachusetts. The reaction was one of relief.

“I felt like everybody felt, excitement,” University of Massachusetts guard Destiney Philoxy said.


Howard Herman can be reached at hherman@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6253.


Howard Herman is a sports columnist at The Berkshire Eagle. The dean of full-time sportswriters in Western Mass., he has been with the Eagle since 1988, and is a member of the New England Baseball and Basketball Hall of Fame.

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