It’s been a few weeks since our last Division III Massachusetts college basketball polls were released, but now that the new year has officially begun, and it’s Tuesday, let’s unveil our updated women’s Top-5 list.
Here’s our current five teams to watch, and as usual, please feel free to contact us at NoontimeSports@gmail.com with your take, as well as advice on any of the squads listed below!
1.) Amherst College – Their highly anticipated matchup against Williams College will occur later this month, but in the meantime, the Lord Jeffs are still undefeated, and will look to keep their winning ways going this week against Wesleyan and Connecticuit College.
2.) Williams College – The Ephs have yet to lose this season. Recent wins against University of New England, RPI, and Wesleyan are huge confidence boosters going into this week’s contests against Tufts and Bates.
3.) Smith College – Currently ranked second in the NEWMAC, (New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference), the Pioneers will look to continue their first half success against MIT and Wellesley this week. Sophomore Rosa Drummond currently leads Smith College with 152 points, while senior Ellie Giles is the sole leader of rebounds with 70, (56 defense, 14 offense).
4.) Babson College – The Beavers will kick-off their second portion of their ’11-’12 season playing four of their next six contests on the road against Springfield College, Smith, Clark and Coast Guard. Babson has already won four contests in November and December against NEWMAC foes, and can practically lock up the conference with a win against the Pioneers next weekend. However, expect head coach Judy Blinstrub to keep her squad focused on the task at hand, which is Coast Guard on Wednesday, Jan. 4.
5.) Fitchburg State – The Falcons overcame pre-season expectations by winning all 10 consecutive games in November and December. Now, they’ll travel to Anna Maria on Tuesday, Jan. 3, and look to extend their current winning streak to 11 games. Also, expect sophomore Amy Fahey to continue being their go-to player with the game is on the line. Head coach Walter Paschal told Noontime Sports in December that the Falcons are underdogs, but certainly will continue to surprise their opponents by getting better every day.