Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week 11)

WPI's Jashanti Allen was tabbed this week's WACBA Rookie of the Week after an impressive 47-minute performance on Saturday against Babson. (Photo Credit: WPI Athletics/Frank Poulin)
WPI’s Jashanti Allen was tabbed this week’s WACBA Rookie of the Week after an impressive 47-minute performance on Saturday against Babson. (Photo Credit: WPI Athletics/Frank Poulin)

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball officially in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll, including players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Samuel Durodola (Soph.) Becker (Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola led the Hawks to a 2-1 record in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action last week. Durodola averaged 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. He started his week with a 17-point performance in a 63-57 win over Regis before earning back to back double-doubles to close out the week in a loss to Elms (23 points and 11 rebounds) and hard fought victory against Lesley University (16 points and 11 rebounds).

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Jashanti Allen (Fr.) WPI (New York, N.Y.): Allen made his first career start a memorable one last Saturday, tallying a career-high 16 points and seven assists, while canning two free throws and adding one steal. He netted four trifectas and did not commit a turnover in a team-high 47 minutes of action.

Women’s Player of the Week: Infiniti Thomas-Waheed (Soph.), Holy Cross (Newton, Mass.): Thomas-Waheed led the Crusader offense last week in helping Holy Cross go 1-1. She posted team-highs of 18 points and four steals in the victory over Colgate on Wednesday. At Bucknell on Saturday, she recorded her first career double-double with 17 points and a personal-best 11 rebounds, to go along with a trio of steals. On the season, Thomas-Waheed is averaging 12.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. In Patriot League action, she is posting 14.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per contests. Thomas-Waheed ranks second in the conference in steals and is eighth in points per game.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Amy Assad (Fr.) Nichols (Millis, Mass.): Assad averaged 17 points and nine rebounds off the bench for the Bison last week. After registering 18 points and seven rebounds against Roger Williams on Wednesday, she registered her first collegiate double-double with 17 points and 11 boards against UNE on Saturday.

Honor Roll:

Julian Aiken (Sr.) Assumption (Randolph, N.J.): Aiken led the Hounds with 15 points per game last week as he also posted two rebounds, 1.5 assists and one steal per game. In addition, Aiken was 11-for-18 from the field (61.1 percent) and 6-for-7 from three-point land.

Jaclyn Storey (Jr.) Assumption (Cumberland, Maine): In a 1-1 week, Storey averaged 15.5 points per game to go along with two rebounds, 1.5 steals and one assist and block per game. In addition, she shot 92.3 percent from the field (12-for-13) and was 2-for-2 from three-point land. Highlighting her week was a career-high 21-point effort in a home wins over Southern New Hampshire.

Corey Pryor (Sr.) Anna Maria (Whitinsville, Mass.): Pryor averaged 18.0 points per game in a 1-1 week for Anna Maria. He scored 22 points to aid the AMCATS to an 81-70 win against Suffolk on Wednesday and added 14 points against Johnson & Wales on Saturday. Pryor finished with a team-best 44.4 percent efficiency on the week and averaged three three-pointers per game, shooting 35.3 percent from long range. Pryor also added 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.

Nicole Mareiro (Jr.) Anna Maria (Acushnet, Mass.): Mareiro led all AMCAT scorers with 14.0 point per game, including a team-high 18 points against Albertus Magnus on Tuesday. She added a 15-point performance in Anna Maria’s 69-56 win against Simmons on Saturday. Mareiro shot at 38.5 percent on the week and averaged three three-pointers per game, shooting 36.0 percent from long-range.

Sam O’Gara (Soph.) Clark (Worcester, Mass.): In the Cougars’ lone game of the week, O’Gara racked up 16 points, four assists and a pair of steals as the Scarlet and White were tripped up by Springfield, 77-65.Aretha

Sullivan (Jr.) Clark (Worcester, Mass.): Sullivan recorded a season-best 18 points on 5-for-9 shooting to go along with six rebounds and two assists as the Cougars dropped their lone game of the week to Springfield, 77-65.

Ogechi Ezemma (Fr.) Clark (Hope Valley, R.I.):
Ezemma continued her stellar play as of late, recording her second career double-double, finishing with 11 points, ten rebounds and a pair of rejections as the Cougars lost their lone game of the week to Springfield College, 77-65.

Tyler Huffman (Sr.) Clark (West Hartford, Conn.): In a 1-1 week for the Scarlet and White, Huffman averaged 21.5 points connecting on seven three-pointers in the two contests, including the 100th of his career. In an 81-74 overtime win against Coast Guard, Huffman pumped in 23 points and then in the last second 67-65 loss to Emerson, Huffman dropped 20 points on 7-for-15 shooting.

David Mercier (Jr.) Clark (Milford, Mass.): Mercier averaged 17 points and 6.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Cougars. In an 81-74 overtime win over Coast Guard, Mercier just missed out on a double-double with 20 points, nine boards and three steals, and then racked up 14 points and four boards in a last second, 67-65 loss at Emerson.

Christian Horton (Sr.), Nichols (Rutland, Mass.): Horton averaged 17.5 points per game, 4.5 assists per game, and 3.5 rebounds per game as the Bison won a pair of games to remain atop the CCC standings. After tallying 10 points, four boards, and four dimes against Roger Williams on Wednesday, Horton poured in a career-high 25 points on 8-of-10 shooting to go with five assists and three rebounds in a road win at WNE. Horton played 73 of a possible 80 minutes – including all 40 against the Golden Bears – and finished the week shooting 67 percent from the field and 83 percent from downtown (5-of-6).

Marcos Echevarria (Fr.) Nichols (Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria led the Bison in scoring last week, averaging 17.5 points per game in a pair of wins. He scored 21 points in 37 minutes of action against Roger Williams and then dropped in 16 in 39 minutes against Western New England on Saturday. Echevarria also averaged 2.5 assists per game and .0 steals per game, and he was a perfect 12-of-12 from the charity stripe.

Paul Brooks (Jr.) Worcester State (Arlington, Mass.): Brooks collected 16 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double in the 88-83 win over Salem State. He went 7-for-10 from the field and also added in five blocks and one assist on the evening.

Alex Santos (Fr.) Worcester State (Lawrence, Mass.): Santos netted 19 points in the 88-83 victory over Salem State. He shot 35.7 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from beyond the arc, and 87.5 (7-for-8) at the free throw line. Santos also added in five rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes played.

Britt Herring (Fr.) Worcester State (W. Brookfield, Mass.): Herring averaged 21.5 points and eight rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. She scored 15 points in the setback to Johnson & Wales earlier in the week, and then registered a career-high 28 points in the win over Salem State on Wednesday. She posted double-double figures in the Salem State game, while adding in 10 rebounds (five offensive). Overall this week, she shot 72% from the field.

Sean Doncaster (Jr.) WPI (Medford, Mass.): Doncaster had a magnificent week for the Engineers, totaling 36 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists and five steals in a pair of New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contests.

Haili Welton (Sr.) WPI (Southbury, Conn.): Welton registered a career-high 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting with two three-pointers and a pair of free throws to lead league-frontrunner WPI past visiting Springfield, 59-50, last Saturday in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action

D3 Hoops Weekend Notebook: Tufts Snaps Amherst’s Home Winning Streak, Flannery Leads Babson Past WPI In Double OT

Tufts University junior Michaela North netted a three-pointer with 49 seconds left to lift the eighth ranked Jumbos past No. 2 Amherst on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Boston Globe)
Tufts University junior Michaela North netted a three-pointer with 49 seconds left to lift the eighth ranked Jumbos past No. 2 Amherst on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Boston Globe)

By Matt Noonan

Saturday was yet another exciting day in the NCAA Division III college basketball world as eighth ranked Tufts University snapped second-ranked Amherst College’s 121-game home winning streak. The loss was Amherst’s first defeat on their home court since January 31, 2009.

Amherst entered yesterday’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) clash eight victories away for tying the NCAA record for all divisions with 129 home wins – a mark that was established by the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team from 1943 to 1955.

With yesterday’s 52-51 victory over the Purple and White, Tufts slides into first place in the conference, improving to 20-2 overall and 9-0 in league play.

Josie Lee helped the Jumbos pick-up a critical road win with a late fourth quarter layup that extended the Powder Blue and White’s lead to three-points (50-47). Michaela North drained a three-pointer minutes later – 49 seconds to be exact – to secure the team’s 20th victory of the season.

Joey Flannery and the Babson College men’s basketball team extended its current winning streak to five games as the Beavers outlasted 19th ranked WPI in Babson Park in double-overtime. Flannery, who played all 50 minutes, netted a game-high 41 points, while pulling down 12 rebounds. Clyde Niba paced the Engineers with 23 points, while Sean Doncaster added 20 points.

Jashanti Allen‘s trifecta with five seconds remaining helped WPI force an extra session before Flannery and Charlie Rice each converted one free throw during the final seconds of the second overtime to secure a win for the Green and White.

Babson currently sits atop the NEWMAC with a 9-1 league record, MIT is in second at 8-2, while WPI checks in third at 6-4.

In Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play, the 17th ranked Johnson & Wales men’s basketball team ran its winning streak to 20 games as the Wildcats defeated Anna Maria in Providence, Rhode Island by a score of 98-63.

Johnson & Wales – now 20-1 overall and 14-0 in league play – had a trio of players post 20 points or more in the win. Quarry Greenaway netted 24 points and registered 10 rebounds, while Tom Garrick chipped in 22 points, 13 caroms and a three blocks.

Trinity College’s Jaquann Starks registered 14 points, four assists and a pair of blocks to lead the Bantams to a 78-66 victory over Bates College. With the win, Trinity improves to 16-6 overall and takes over first place in the NESCAC with a 7-1 league mark with two games remaining.

Nina Davenport totaled 22 points and 15 rebounds, while converting six of her 11 attempts from beyond the arc to lead the Bates College women’s basketball team to a 77-61 road victory against Trinity.

UMass Boston’s Quadry Allen scored the game-winning layup with 0.9 left to provide the Beacons with an exciting 64-63 win over Rhode Island College. The was was also head coach Jason Harris‘ initial victory against his alma mater. (Allen’s layup is below – courtesy of UMass Boston Athletics).

Mass. College Football: Frank Forcucci Named Becker College Interim Head Coach

Becker College Athletics announced Frank Forcucci has been promoted to interim head coach of the football team. (Photo Credit: Becker College Athletics)
Becker College Athletics announced Frank Forcucci has been promoted to interim head coach of the football team. (Photo Credit: Becker College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

The Becker College football program will have a new head coach this fall as Director of Athletics Frank Millerick announced the promotion of Frank Forcucci, who has been named the interim head coach. Forcucci replaces Mike Lichten, who resigned Monday evening.

Forcucci spent the past three seasons with the Hawks as an associate head coach and defensive coordinator.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to lead this program and to work with this group of enthusiastic and hard-working student-athletes as we build on the foundation established by Coach Mike Lichten, “Forcucci said in the athletic department’s release.

Last season, the Hawks concluded their campaign 7-3 overall and 5-2 in Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) play. The team’s seven victories was a program-record for win. Becker ended its campaign with an exciting 35-21 victory against Castleton, which resulted in a third place finish for the Hawks.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week 10)

Molly Hourigan was tabbed WACBA Women's Player of the Week after netting a career-high 18 points in her team's win over Navy. (Photo Credit: Holy Cross Athletics)
Molly Hourigan was tabbed WACBA Women’s Player of the Week after netting a career-high 18 points in her team’s win over Navy. (Photo Credit: Holy Cross Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll, including our players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Bilal Shakir (Jr.) Worcester State (Worcester, Mass.): Shakir averaged 29.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1.5 assists in a 2-0 week for the Lancers. Shakir swished a three-pointer from two steps inside half court as time expired, vaulting Worcester State past Westfield State, 89-88, in MASCAC action last Wednesday evening. Not only did he win the game for the Lancers, but he also scored a career-high 34 points against the Owls. He went 12-for-21 (57.1%) from the field, 5-for-12 (41.6%) from beyond the arc, and a perfect 5-for-5 (100%) from the free throw line. In Worcester State’s 104-96 overtime win over MCLA on Saturday, Shakir netted 25 points and went 9-for-10 from the free throw line to help edge the Lancers over the Trailblazers.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Alex Santos (Fr.) Worcester State (Lawrence, Mass.): Santos averaged 26.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in a 2-0 week for Worcester State. Santos scored 23 points in the 89-88 victory over Westfield State, draining a huge 3-pointer with 21 seconds remaining to keep the Lancers tied up with Westfield. Santos then scored a team-high 30 points in a 104-94 overtime win against MCLA, connecting at the free throw line going 15-for-21 (71.4%).

Women’s Player of the Week: Molly Hourigan (Sr.) Holy Cross (Memphis, N.Y.): Hourigan had a great week both offensively and defensively for Holy Cross, as she averaged a double-double with 14.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game … in the victory over American on Tuesday, Hourigan totaled 11 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and a trio of steals in just under 40 minutes of action … at Navy on Saturday, she scored a career-high 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go with 10 boards, two steals and a pair of blocks.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Ogechi Ezemma (Fr.) Clark (Hope Valley, R.I.): In what might be considered her best stretch of games in her early career, Ezemma averaged 15.5 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field. In a 65-52 loss to Wheaton, Ezemma totaled a career-high 16 points, nine rebounds and three steals shooting a career-best 10-for-12 from the charity stripe. Then in the Scarlet and White’s 71-55 win over Wellesley on Saturday, Ezemma was at it again, finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Honor Roll:

Malachi Alexander (Jr.) Holy Cross (Bowie, Md.): Totaled a career-high 26 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots in the victory over Navy. Alexander converted a three-point play with 2:33 left in overtime against Navy to give the Crusaders the lead for good. He then made seven of eight free throws in the final minute to secure the win. Alexander also had 11 points, four rebounds and three steals against Loyola.

Karl Charles (Fr.) Holy Cross (Piscataway, N.J.): Charles led the team with 17 points and eight rebounds in the Loyola game. He also added four points, three rebounds and a career-high seven assists in the victory over Navy.

Declan Soukup (Jr.) Assumption (Melbourne, Australia): In two games last week, Soukup led the team with 15 points per game as he shot 47.4 percent from the field, was 6-for-10 from three-point land and shot 85.7 percent from the free throw line. He also added three rebounds, three steals and two assists per game.

Jo Impellizeri (Jr.) Assumption (Seaford, N.Y.): In two games, Impellizeri nearly averaged a double-double with 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest to go along with two blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game. She was 11-for-14 at the free throw line and shot 46.7 percent from the field.

Ciara McKissick (Fr.) Becker (Charlton, Mass.): McKissick was named the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Rookie of the Week. She led the Hawks to a 1-2 week after averaging 17.3 points and ten rebounds per game. McKissick started her week with a 20 points and nine rebounds against Daniel Webster. She then gathered 13 boards and scored nine points in a loss to Wheelock. McKissick closed out the week with 23 points and eight rebounds in a 58-48 win over Newbury on Saturday.

Sam O’Gara (Soph.) Clark (Worcester, Mass.): O’Gara averaged 14.5 points, 6.0 assists and 2.0 steals as the Cougars went 1-1 during the week. In a 65-52 loss to Wheaton, O’Gara posted 11 points, four assists and four steals and then in the win over Wellesley she posted 18 points and a season-best eight assists.

Kaitlyn Berkel (Fr.) Worcester State (Waterford, Conn.): Berkel averaged 17.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in a 0-2 week for the Lancers. She registered a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds in the 97-77 setback to Westfield State, and then scored 14 points and collected six rebounds in the 61-58 loss to MCLA on Saturday. Overall, Berkel shot 50 percent from the field and 81.3 percent from the free throw line.

Ian Converse (Jr.) WPI (Woodstock, Conn.): Converse had 14 of his career-high 21 points in the first half leading #13 WPI to a 78-58 win over Coast Guard in a NEWMAC game Wednesday evening.  The junior was 8 for 9 from the field and 5 of 6 from the foul line to lead the way as the Engineers helped head coach Chris Bartley became the Engineers all-time wins leader as he picked up the 291st win of his career passing the mark of 290 held by Ken Kaufman.

Priscilla Dunphy (Jr.) WPI (Barrington, R.I.): Dunphy tossed in a career-high 18 points as WPI equaled the best winning streak in school history with a 54-35 over MIT on Saturday evening. The junior canned 8-of-11 shots from the field, grabbed six rebounds and shared game-high honors with four assists as the Engineers equaled the 1982-83 squad for consecutive victories with 16. Earlier in the week, Dunphy totaled seven points and eight rebounds in a road win at Mount Holyoke.

Mass. College Hockey: Power Play Goals Lift No. 5 BC Past No. 7 Harvard In Beanpot Semifinal

Boston College freshman Casey Fitzgerald netted the quickest goal in the last 10 years of the Beanpot as the Eagles beat Harvard in Monday's semifinal. (Photo Credit: BCHeights.com)
Boston College freshman Casey Fitzgerald netted the quickest goal in the last 10 years of the Beanpot as the Eagles beat Harvard in Monday’s semifinal. (Photo Credit: BCHeights.com)

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, Mass. – A pair of second period power play goals by sophomore Zach Sanford and freshman Colin White proved to be the difference as the fifth-ranked Boston College Eagles defeated seventh-ranked Harvard University, 3-2, in the 64th Boston Beanpot semifinals on Monday evening at the T.D. Garden.

With the win, the Eagles will compete in their 35th championship in program history. Boston College will face either ninth-ranked Boston University or Northeastern University next Monday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m.

The Crimson will compete in the consolation game with puck drop scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Boston College freshman Casey Fitzgerald provided the Eagles with an early lead, potting his third goal of the season at 1:35 in the opening stanza. Fitzgerald’s goal was the quickest marker since Bryan Ewing lit the lamp 10 years earlier as a member of the BU Terriers.

Harvard, which did not register a single shot for close to 10 minutes, capitalized on its initial attempt as freshman Ryan Donato netted his first-ever Beanpot goal after racing into the Eagles zone at 9:47. Classmate Adam Baughman pushed the Crimson ahead, 2-1, minutes later as he slid the puck past BC junior goalie Thatcher Demko at 14:44. The goal marked Baughman’s initial collegiate marker.

The Crimson would not locate the back of the net for the remainder of the game as Demko turned aside 21 shots. Harvard sophomore goaltender Merrick Madsen denied 30 shots, including 13 attempts in the final session.

“(Boston College) played a strong game and were really able to limit us. (We) didn’t get the amount of zone time and possession of the puck that we needed (so we could) create more offense, so give them a lot of credit for (the win), but we’re disappointed and frustrated that we didn’t execute a lot of the things we needed to do to be more successful,” said Harvard head coach Ted Donato.

Monday’s win marked Boston College’s 12th consecutive victory against Harvard in the Beanpot, while head coach Jerry York improves to 14-1 against the Crimson.

“It was a good test for us,” York said following his team’s 18th win of the season. “I thought Harvard gave us all we could handle tonight, I thought the ability for us to kill (a late third period) penalty was a major factor, and then our five versus six – we never really let them get settled coming up the ice, so those are kind of key parts of the game.”

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week Nine)

Anna Maria's Patrick Bradanese netted a career and season-high 30 points in the AMCATs' win over Suffolk last Saturday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Anna Maria College Athletics)
Anna Maria’s Patrick Bradanese netted a career and season-high 30 points in the AMCATS’ win over Suffolk last Saturday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Anna Maria College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll, including our players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Patrick Bradanese (Sr.) Anna Maria (Billerica, Mass.): Bradanese averaged 24.5 points and 6.0 assists per game in a 2-0 week for Anna Maria. He scored a career-high 30 points while shooting 47.6 percent from the floor in the AMCATS win against Suffolk on Saturday. Earlier in this week, he scored 19 points and dished out seven assists in Anna Maria’s 87-78 win over Mount Ida. Overall, Bradanese saw a 42.9 percent success rate from the floor.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Karl Charles (Holy Cross) Fr. (Piscataway, N.J.): Charles had 20 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and two assists in the Crusaders’ victory over Army, for his first career double-double. He converted a three-point play with 1:46 left in the Army game to give Holy Cross the lead for good, and added two free throws with 1.3 seconds remaining to put the game away. Charles also scored seven points at Colgate, while making 83.3 percent of his free throws on the week.

Women’s Player of the Week: Kelly Carey (Jr.) Assumption) (Long Beach, N.Y.): In a 1-0 week for the Hounds, Carey posted a team-high 18 points on 6-for-9 shooting from beyond the arc as the team defeated Pace for its second straight win. Carey also added one rebound and two assists in the win.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Britt Herring (Fr.) Worcester State (W. Brookfield, Mass.): Herring averaged 13.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks in a 0-2 week for the Lancers. In the 65-50 setback to Bridgewater State, Herring was just two rebounds shy of a double-double, scoring 10 points and tallying eight boards (four offensively). She also had a game-high five blocks against the Bears. In the 78-51 loss to Framingham, Herring netted a team-high 17 points and 12 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season. Overall this week, she shot 45 percent from the field.

Honor Roll:

Malachi Alexander (Holy Cross), Jr. (Bowie, Md.): Alexander finished with a season-high 20 points, six rebounds and three steals in the Crusaders’ victory over Army. He scored 14 of his points against the Black Knights in the second half, as Holy Cross rallied from an eight-point deficit to win. He also added seven points at Colgate, while making 55.6 percent of his field goal attempts on the week.

LK Metz (Fr.) Anna Maria (West Yarmouth, Mass.): Metz averaged 7.5 points per game in just 17.5 minutes per game off the bench in a 2-0 week for Anna Maria. He shot 3-for-4 in both games to shoot at 75.0 percent on the week. In addition, Metz added seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals over the two games.

Gustave Koumare (Sr.) Nichols (Harlem, N.Y.): Koumare led the Bison to a pair of wins last week to keep them on top of the conference. He opened the week with a 23-point, five rebound, four steal, four steal effort in a win over Salve Regina, then racked up 14 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, and two steals in a win over Wentworth. For the week, he averaged 18.5 points per game, 6.0 rebounds per game, 6-0 assists per game, and 3.0 steals per game.

Paul Brooks (Jr.) Worcester State (Arlington, Mass.): Brooks averaged double-double figures of 15.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. He registered a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds in the 69-66 setback to Bridgewater State, and then had another of 18 points and 12 rebounds in the 70-58 victory over Framingham State on Saturday. Overall this week, Brooks went 59.1 percent (13-22) from the field in 56 minutes of play.

Clyde Niba (Sr.), WPI (Atlanta, Ga.): Niba averaged 17 points as the Engineers improved to 15-2 overall with a pair of victories last week. The senior totaled 22 of his game-best 28 points in the first half of WPI’s 79-57 road win at Wheaton. Niba drained 11-of-18 shots from the floor, including a trio of 3-pointers.  Earlier in the week in a dramatic 67-66 win over Clark, he had tallied six points in limit action due to foul trouble but converted a key tradition 3-point play with less than three minutes to go before fouling out.

Ama Biney (Soph.) WPI (Worcester, Mass.): Biney amassed a team-best 12 points while adding six rebounds, three assists and three steals in a hard-earned 63-57 road win Saturday afternoon at Clark.

Mass. College Hoops: Wheaton Provides Coach Hodgdon With Win No. 200

By Matt Noonan

Wheaton College women’s basketball head coach Melissa Hodgdon earned her 200th career victory on the sidelines yesterday when the Lyons defeated Mount Holyoke in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.

Hodgdon, who is in her 13th season with the Blue and White, is currently second all-time in wins in program history with 188 victories.

After the win was recorded, numerous tweets were sent out to congratulate Coach Hodgdon on the impressive feat:

 

 

 

 

In addition to Hodgdon’s victory, the Lyons collaborated for 56 rebounds (33 defensive caroms), 23 assists and 12 steals. Kiley Shoemaker, who shattered a 28-year-old program record for rebounds last week, concluded the contest with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Oppie Morris finished with 13 points and 11 boards.

Wheaton – currently sixth in conference play – will look to extend their current winning streak to three-straight when they visit Clark on Wednesday, January 27.