Day one of the Division III College Basketball season is in the books, but on Tuesday, there were certainly some spectacular performances across the state of Massachusetts.
Here are some of the players that we’ll be watching this season, and could certainly earn our weekly honors too.
Kyle Pierce (Wheelock College) – Against Wentworth Institute of Technology, the senior Wildcat led his team with 15 points, and seven rebounds, as well as converted seven free throw shots too. Pierce was a major component of John Preziosa’s offense last season, and is expected to be a major factor in the team’s upcoming contests.
Brendan Degnan (Wheaton College) – The senior guard was a major reason why the Lyons earned an important opening night victory against Salve Regina, as Degnan led the young squad with 27 points, and matched teammate Will Bayliss with six rebounds.
Noel Hollingsworth (MIT) – The Captain did his job quite well on Tuesday, as he finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks against Curry College. Hollingsworth was also a major threat down low, as he recorded eight offensive boards, which provided numerous second chances and scoring opportunities for the Engineers.
Frank Stephenson (Worcester State) – Playing the full 40 minutes, Stephenson didn’t miss a beat, as he finished the game with 23 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals in the Lancers first loss of the season to Nichols College.
Isiah Benjamin (Mount Ida) – The Mustangs cruised to a 99-68 victory over Lesley on Tuesday, and a major reason was because of Benjamin’s play, who finished with 24 points, five assists, two steals, and one block.
Nicki Wurdeman (Babson College) – The Pre-Season All-American delivered on Tuesday, as she led the Beavers with 28 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks.
Sarah Collins (Babson College) – Collins converted 8-of-12 of her shots, and finished the contest against Salem State with 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
Kelly Slattery (Springfield College) – The Pride kicked-off their season with a win, and a major reason, Kelly Slattery, who finished the contest with 24 points, and two rebounds.
Rosa Drummond (Smith College) – The sophomore led the Pioneers with 15 points and eight rebounds, as well as registered one assist and one block. She also recorded three steals in Smith’s first win of the season against Westfield State.