Mass. College Hoops: Five Games To Watch This Weekend (Feb. 14 – 16)

By NoontimeSports.com 

With another weekend quickly approaching, it is time to unveil our five games to watch this weekend. As always, make sure to circle back for updates. You can also follow along with in-game updates on Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog), too.

Men’s Basketball

Harvard @ Columbia (Friday, Feb. 14) – Since falling to archrival Yale last week, the Crimson will look to return to the win column by registering their 19th overall victory and sixth Ivy League win. Their weekend trip begins in New York City against a Lions squad that’s 14-9 overall and 3-3 in Ancient Eight play. Columbia is 1-3 in its last four games, but did manage to earn a win against Princeton.

Harvard, which is 4-1 in its last five outings, has received major contributions from Wesley Saunders, who averaging 14.8 points per game. Siyani Chambers is second on the team in points per game; he’s averaging 10.8, while Kyle Casey is averaging 6.3 rebounds.

Saunders led the Crimson in their last outing against the Bulldogs with 16 points, while Casey pulled down six rebounds.

Bentley @ St. Michael’s (Saturday, Feb. 15) – The Purple Knights’ five-game winning streak concluded earlier this week with an 86-85 setback to St. A’s. They’ll look to return to the win column when they host Bentley tomorrow afternoon, a squad they defeated earlier this season in Waltham.

Since falling to St. Michael’s, Bentley has won nine contests, including six Northeast-10 Conference tilts. They’re currently 2-1 in February and are coming off back-to-back wins against Assumption and Merrimack. Alex Furness secured the team’s 16th win on Wednesday when he sank a go-ahead jumper with two-seconds remaining. The Warriors recorded a turnover on the ensuing possession.

Tyler McFarland is currently fifth in the conference in points per game (19.0). He’s recorded 438 points in 23 games this season.

Women’s Basketball

Lehigh @ Holy Cross (Saturday, Feb. 15) – The Crusaders will look to avenge an 87-82 loss earlier this season when they welcome Lehigh to the Hart Center for a 3 p.m. tip-off. The Crusaders enter the contest 15-9 overall and 7-6 in Patriot League play.

Alex Smith is currently eighth all-time in program history in points (1,546), but is 10 points shy of seventh place. She’s also seven assists away from earning fifth pace in both Holy Cross’ and Patriot League’s assists record book. Also, if she records three more steals, she’ll increase her total to 200, which would be 10th most in program history.

Excluding Smith, Brisje Malone is 25 points away from becoming the program’s 30th player to net 1,000 career points. Also, Molly Hourigan, who ranks seventh in blocked shots with 84, is one swat shy of sixth place and three away from tying teammate Emily Parker, who is fifth all-time with 87 blocks.

No. 6 Washington U. @ Brandeis (Friday, Feb. 14) – The Judges will look to extend their current winning streak to seven when they welcome the UAA’s top squad to Waltham for their first of two weekend contests. Their other weekend matchup will be on Sunday against the Maroons of Chicago.

In their first outing against the Bears, Kasey Dean netted 12 points, while Paris Hodges added eight points, six rebounds and three assists, but it wasn’t enough to defeat Washington University. Yet, since that particular setback, the Judges are 6-1.

Washington University enters the contest 18-2 overall and 8-1 in conference play. Their two losses came to conference foe Rochester and D3Hoops.com’s number one squad, DePauw.

In Brandeis’ last outing against Carnegie Mellon, Dean and Maria Jackson each scored 12 points, while Samantha Mancinelli came off the bench and netted seven points, along with three boards and three assists.

Both games are important for the Judges, who’ll look to keep pace with Washington University and New York University, the UAA’s top two teams.

Wheaton @ Babson (Saturday, Feb. 15) – This is indeed a critical contest for both squads.

Wheaton, which is 19-4 overall and 14-4 in NEWMAC play, will look to extend its current winning streak to six. They currently own the top spot in the conference, but a loss to Babson and a Smith College win against Coast Guard could make things interesting.

Babson has won 10 of 13 contests, including a come-from-behind win on Tuesday against No. 5 Tufts University. Linnett Graber and Giovanna Pickering combined for 32 points and were a major part in the Beavers’ second half effort. Babson outscored Tufts during the final 20 minutes, 45-20.

The last time these two squads met, Babson secured a 37-29 halftime lead and never looked back. Graber paced the Green and White with 16 points, while Erin Young netted nine points in 14 minutes off the bench.

Wheaton’s last victory over Babson occurred during the 2008-09 season when the Lyons defeated the Beavers on their home court, 71-61.

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

By NoontimeSports.com 

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

Men’s Player of the Week: Dane Jobst (Worcester State) – The junior forward posted his 12th double-double in 18 games with 20 points and a season-best 20 rebounds in a 68-57 triumph over Framingham State. Jobst entered the weekend ranked third in the Division III in rebounding (13.1), fourth in total boards (235) and sixth in double-doubles.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Marcus Murray (Assumption) – The first-year guard averaged 18.5 points per game, along with 3.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per contest, in a 1-1 week for the Hounds. In addition, Murray finished the week 23-for-26 at the free throw line, shooting 88.5 percent. In the win over Pace, Murray posted 17 points and seven assists while shooting 11-for-12 at the line. He followed that with a team-high 20 points and four assists in a road loss at No. 19 ranked Southern Connecticut. He was 12-for-14 at the free throw line in that game.

Women’s Player of the Week: Alex Smith (Holy Cross) – The senior guard poured in a team-high 15 points against American, which helped her reach the 1,500-point milestone. She converted on 6-of-12 shots from the field and dished out seven assists. Smith became the 11th Holy Cross women’s basketball player to reach the 1,500-point mark, but also the first player to register 1,500 career points and 500 assists. Smith registered a game and team-high 17 points against Loyola Maryland last Wednesday in the Crusaders’ 80-65 win.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Morgan O’Brien (Assumption) – The first-year guard averaged 14.5 points and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 52.6 percent from the field and 56.3 percent from three-point land in a 1-1 week for the Hounds. In a home win over Pace, O’Brien posted a career-high 21 points on 7-for-8 shooting from three-point land. The seven three-pointers tied an Assumption single-game school record, while the 87.5 percent shooting from three in the game set the school mark. She added eight points and five rebounds in a road loss at Southern Connecticut.

Honor Roll:

Dave Dudzinski (Holy Cross) – The senior forward posted his fourth double-double of the season in the victory over Loyola, with game highs of 24 points and 12 rebounds. He added six points and a game-high eight rebounds at American. Dudzinski made 61.1 percent of his field goal attempts on the week (11 of 18).

Anthony Thompson (Holy Cross) – The first-year guard scored eight points in the victory over Loyola, while tying his career highs with six rebounds and four assists. Thompson converted a key three-point play with 2:21 left in the Loyola game to put the Crusaders up by five. He also added 12 points at American, while hitting four of five field goal attempts.

Chris Fitzgerald (Assumption) – The sophomore forward averaged 18.5 points, three rebounds and one block per game in a 1-1 week for Assumption. He also shot 44.4 percent from the field, 42.1 percent from three-point land (8-for-19) and was a perfect 5-for-5 at the line. Highlighting his week was a career-high 26-point effort in the win over Pace as he knocked down five three-pointers and was 5-for-5 at the free throw line. He added 11 points, behind a trio of threes, in the road loss at No. 19 Southern Connecticut.

Andrew Musler (Clark) – In a pair of huge wins over top-flight league opponents that put the Cougars back into the hunt for a playoff spot, the senior forward was fantastic, averaging 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 48 percent from the field (12-for-25), including a sizzling 6-for-11 from behind the arc. In a last second 71-70 win over Babson, Musler finished with seventh double-double of the season with a game-high 18 points and ten rebounds. Then in another last second victory – this one a 56-55 win over MIT – he totaled 17 points, seven rebounds and three steals.

Matt Langadas (Nichols) – The junior guard averaged 16.5 points per game while shooting 71.4 percent from the field as the Bison went 2-0 last week and extended their program-record win streak to nine. He tallied 15 points, five rebounds and two assists at Roger Williams on Wednesday. He added a team-high 18 points against Salve Regina on Saturday. Langadas went 3-for-3 from behind the arc and canned 77 percent of his free throws.

Ryan Kolb (WPI) – The senior forward led all scorers with 23 points to go with his team-high eight rebounds as the fourth-ranked Engineers went on the road and defeated Coast Guard, 71-65, on Wednesday. The senior forward added nine points in WPI’s thrilling 71-70 victory Saturday over Springfield, which was a rematch of last year’s NEWMAC Tournament championship game. For the week, Kolb averaged 10 points and 6.5 rebounds.

Dani Davis (WPI) – The junior guard was the game’s leading scorer, tallying 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including three trifectas, in WPI’s key 52-49 road win at Springfield on Wednesday evening. The junior was also a top contributor against Babson, finishing with 13 points and nine rebounds, along with four blocks in a tight 55-53 loss Saturday to five-time defending conference champion Beavers.

Paul Brooks (Worcester State) – The first-year center matched a season high with 14 points and he finished with five boards and five blocks in a 68-57 victory over Framingham State.

Cheyenne Jennings (Worcester State) – The sophomore guard averaged 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in an 0-2 including 17 points and six helpers in a 65-51 setback against Framingham State and 14 points and six boards in a 56-47 defeat at Suffolk.

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

By NoontimeSports.com 

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

Men’s Player of the Week: Sam Longwell (WPI) – The junior guard averaged 24 points and 6.5 rebounds as the fifth-ranked Engineers won a pair of contests last week. The junior set a career-high with 31 points as WPI in a 81-69 victory over Clark before compiling 17 points, six rebounds and three assists is a come-from-behind 83-69 road win at Wheaton. For the week, Longwell shot 61.5% from the floor and 85.7 from the free throw line while playing in 71 out of 80 possible minutes.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Marcus Murray (Assumption) – The first-year guard posted a team-high 17 points in the team’s lone game of the week, shooting 6-for-13 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. He added six rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Women’s Player of the Week: Meaghan Burns (Worcester State) – The senior guard averaged 21 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3 steals in a 1-1 week for Worcester State including 21 points and nine boards in a 69-62 setback against Westfield State and 21 points, six boards and four steals in a 56-47 victory over Fitchburg State. Became 18th WSU student-athlete to reach 1,000-point milestone in their setback against the Owls, but scored a game-high to help head coach Karen Tessmer claim her 250th career coaching win against the Falcons.

Honor Roll:

Justin Burrell (Holy Cross) – The junior guard led the team in scoring in both games this week. He totaled 15 points in the victory at Lafayette, including a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left to put Holy Cross up 59-56. Burrell added 17 points in the win at Navy, as well as made all seven of his free throw attempts on the week, while committing only one turnover.

Anthony Thompson (Holy Cross) – The first-year guard had five points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in the victory at Lafayette. He totaled 10 points, four rebounds and two assists in the win at Navy and made 77.8 percent of his free throw attempts on the week.

Alex Smith (Holy Cross) – The senior guard Smith had a strong week for Holy Cross, as she helped end the Crusaders’ three-game losing streak with a win over Lafayette. Against the Leopards, Smith totaled a team-best 22 points to go along with five assists. She went 9 of 15 from the field (.600 FG%) and canned four of nine from behind the arc (.444 3P%). Against Navy, Smith tallied 11 points and a game-best six assists. During the contest versus the Mids, Smith passed the 500 assist milestone and now has 503 in her career, which ranks fifth in Holy Cross history and seventh in the Patriot League record book. Smith is one of six current division one women’s basketball players to have over 1,400 points, 500 assists and 400 rebounds during their career. She is the only Crusader ever to have totaled over 1,400 points, 500 assists and 400 rebounds in a Holy Cross uniform. She is also 32 points away from 1,500 in her career.

Jamie Insel (Assumption) – The senior forward posted her seventh double-double of the season in Assumption’s lone game of the week as she finished with 12 points and 16 rebounds in a comeback 55-47 win over American International as the Hounds improved to 8-1 at home this year. Insel was 6-for-10 from the field while adding three assists and one steal in 34 minutes.

Esther Cohn (Clark) – In a 1-1 week, the senior forward was immense on the glass and defensively. In the win over WPI, she hauled in 11 rebounds handed out two assists and blocked three shots to surpass the 100-block plateau for her career. Then, in a last second loss to Mount Holyoke, Cohn she finished with a career-high 16 points and 14 rebounds. In the two games, she shot a sizzling 64 percent from the field (7-for-11) averaged 9.5 points and 12.5 rebounds.

Brendan Rios (Worcester State) – The junior guard averaged 19 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2 assists in a 2-0 week for Worcester State, including 18 points, eight boards and three helpers in a 69-66 triumph over Westfield State and a game-best 20 points with five caroms in a 70-53 victory over Fitchburg State. Rios connected for .483 from the field (14-29) and .500 percent from beyond the arc (7-14).

Noris Cuevas-Nova (Worcester State) – The first-year guard averaged 15.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week for Worcester State including 16 points and seven boards in a 69-66 win over Westfield State and 15 points in a 70-53 triumph over Fitchburg State. He connected for .556 from the field (11-18) as 25 of his 31 points came in the second half to help spark come-from-behind wins.

Sean Doncaster (WPI) – The first-year guard recorded career-best seven assists in an 81-69 NEWMAC and WACBA victory over Clark.

Siena Mamayek (WPI) – The sophomore forward recorded a career-high 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor, along with five rebounds in a tight loss at Clark

Mass. College Hoops: Saturday Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are scores and highlight from some of today’s men’s and women’s basketball contests.

Men’s Basketball:

UNC 82, Boston College 71: The Tar Heels ballooned a four-point lead at intermission into an 11-point victory, their 11th overall win of the season. Ryan Anderson registered a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Olivier Hanlan led the Eagles with 16 points.

Holy Cross 61, Lehigh 42: Malcolm Miller registered 14 points, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 29 minutes as the Crusaders defeated Lehigh and improved to 3-3 in Patriot League play. David Dudzinski netted 10 points, while Justin Burrell added 11 points and two assists.

Bentley 78, AIC 64: Tyler McFarland was a perfect 12-for-12 from the field, including 4-for-4 from beyond the arc as the sophomore forward netted 32 points in the Falcons’ 13th win of the season.

No. 5 WPI 64, Emerson 50: Sam Longwell netted a game-best 17 points, while Zach Karalis and Sean Doncaster scored nine points, respectively, as the Engineers defeated the Lions and earned their 11th straight win. Michael Thorpe led Emerson with 15 points.

No. 6 Amherst 82, Bates 71: David Kalema paced the Lord Jeffs with 20 points, while Aaron Toomey netted 19 points as Amherst defeated the Bobcats and improved to 4-0 in NESCAC play.

No. 10 Williams 69, Colby 62: Duncan Robinson scored a game-best 27 points, while Michael Mayer added 15 points and nine boards as the Ephs defeated the Mules and improved to 13-2 overall and 3-1 in NESCAC play.

Nichols 75, Wentworth 63: Ryan Sheehan recorded 18 points and eight rebound, while Sam Horning registered 11 points, six rebounds, one steal and one assist as the Bison extended their current winning streak to six games. Jherson Colon led Wentworth with 16 points.

Endicott 82, WNE 76: Lachlan Magee and John Henault combined for 35 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals as the Gulls soared past the Golden Bears. Dennis Rinaldi led WNE with 19 points.

Bridgewater State 78, Worcester State 65: Michael Lofton stuffed the stat sheet for the Bears with 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals, which lifted the Bears over the Lancers. Brendan Rios led Worcester State with 18 points.

Salem State 80, Westfield State 75: Jon Perez recorded 20 points and six boards off the bench, which helped the Vikings edge the Owls in Salem. Grant Cooper led Westfield State with a double-double of 36 points and 14 rebounds.

UMass Dartmouth 103, Keene State 90: Ryan Walsh converted on 12-of-17 shots from the field, including three from beyond the arc as the first-year guard scored a game-best 29 points for the Corsairs.

MIT 55, Springfield 51: Justin Pedley scored a game-best 27 points, while Dakota Pierce netted 12 points as the Engineers defeated the Pride in Cambridge. Nick McKenna led Springfield with 14 points off the bench.

Babson 80, Wheaton 59: John Wickey and Joe Flannery combined for 40 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block as the Beavers defeated the Lyons in Norton. Agyei Gregory led the Lyons with a double-double of 15 points and 11 boards.

Women’s Basketball:

Lehigh 87, Holy Cross 82: Raquel Scott registered a double-double of 23 points and 16 rebounds (11 on defense), but that wasn’t enough to lift the Crusaders past Lehigh in Pennsylvania. Alex Smith netted 19 points and recorded six boards, five assists and two steals in the setback.

No. 1 Bentley 84, AIC 46: Courtney Finn buried a school record eight triples and finished with a career-high 25 points as the Falcons defeated the Yellow Jackets in Springfield and improved to 16-0.

No. 21 Adelphi 95, Assumption 93: The Greyhounds’ 90+ point effort, which was the most they’ve scored since registering 92 points against Saint Michael’s on January 29, 2003, wasn’t enough to beat the Panthers, who registered 50 points in the second half. Shannon Ray led Assumption with 22 points, while Kelly Conley added 19 points, four boards, three assists and one steal.

No. 3 Amherst 88, Bates 54: Hannah Peterson scored a game-high 30 points, while Ali Doswell finished with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Lord Jeffs defeated the Bobcats in Maine.

No. 7 Tufts 68, Trinity 48: Hayley Kanner poured in 16 points, while Hannah Foley recorded nine points and seven rebounds as the Jumbos defeated the Bantams in Medford.

No. 18 Williams 71, Colby 54: Ellen Cook netted a team-high 15 points, which was also a game-high, while recording six rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks, which lifted the Ephs past the Mules in Williamstown.

WNE 53, Endicott 49: Ali Pessolano recorded 12 points, three rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes, which helped the Golden Bears even their overall mark at 7-7. Samantha Crough led the Gulls with 16 points.

Bridgewater State 63, Worcester State 48: Jenna Williamson scored a game-best 29 points, while adding eight rebounds, four assists and three steals, which helped the Bears defeat the Lancers in Worcester. Meghan Burns led the hosts with 14 points.

Wellesley 72. Mount Holyoke 47: The Blue claimed their 10th consecutive victory, 12th of the season, thanks to 17 points from Leslie Leong and 11 points by Morgyne Weaver.

Babson 68, Clark 65: The Beavers won their sixth consecutive NEWMAC contest and improved to 7-7 overall. Linnett Graber scored a team-high and game-high 18 points, while Kristen Ferola stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, eight boards, six assists and two steals. Emily Reilly led Clark with 14 points.

Mass. College Hoops: Holy Cross’ Alex Smith Named Patriot League Player Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Holy Cross sports information department, here’s today’s release about Alex Smith, a member of the women’s basketball team that earned her third Patriot League Player of the Week award of her career:

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross women’s basketball senior captain Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) has been named Patriot League Anaconda Sports Player of the Week for competition from Dec. 16-22. This marks the third time in her career that she has claimed Player of the Week honors, as she also won the award on Dec. 12, 2011 and Feb 4, 2013.

Smith had a stellar week offensively for the Crusaders, as she helped lead the team to a 1-1 overall record. For the week, she averaged 21.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 2.5 assists per contest. She shot 48.3 percent from the field (14 of 29) and canned nine of her 19 shots from behind the arc (47.4 percent). Smith began the week with her best offensive performance in a Crusader uniform versus Quinnipiac, with a career-best 31 points to go along with six rebounds and five steals. She started the contest going five of five from downtown and set the Patriot League career three-pointers made mark during the game against the Bobcats. Smith also set the Holy Cross record for most points in a half, as she had 27 in the first stanza versus Quinnipiac. The 31 points scored were also the most by a Patriot League player this season. Against ACC-rival Boston College, Smith tallied 11 points and hit a trio of three-pointers.

This season, Smith is averaging 16.1 points, 5.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game. She also is shooting 46.1 percent from the field and has a 43.1 percent clip from behind the arc. Smith leads the Patriot League in steals and three-pointers made (3.4) per game, as well as assist/turnover ratio (3.8). She ranks third in the conference in assists per game and fifth in scoring. Over her career, Smith has totaled 1,353 career points, which ranks 13th in Holy Cross history. She also has accumulated 448 assists, 385 rebounds and 179 steals during her four years at Holy Cross. Smith now has 291 career three-pointers and is 27 away from entering the top 25 in the NCAA Division I record book.

Holy Cross (7-2) will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 29, when it will travel to Ames, Iowa for the first game of the Cyclone Classic versus #14/11 Iowa State at 4:30 p.m. (ET).

Mass. College Hoops: 10 Games To Watch This Weekend

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the weather getting cooler (well, not exactly today!) and basketball season in full tilt, it’s time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for this weekend.

Men’s Basketball:

No. 21 UMass vs. BYU: The Minutemen will look to earn their eight win of the season when they host the Cougars for a 1:30 p.m. tip. BYU enters the game having won two of their last three and three of their last four, while UMass junior Cady Lalanne is averaging a team-best 16.4 points per game and 11.4 rebounds.

Harvard at Boston University: The Crimson will attempt to earn their fifth straight victory, along with their ninth overall win when they travel across the Charles River for the second time this week to face the Terriers. Harvard’s Wesley Saunders is averaging a team-best 15.1 points per game, while BU’s Maurice Watson Jr. ranks first on the Terriers in assists per game (5.6). BU, which has won four straight, will look to earn their fifth consecutive victory, along with their seventh overall victory.

Bentley vs. St. Michael’s: After seeing their seven-game winning streak conclude on Wednesday, the Falcons will look to rebound against a 6-2 St. Mike’s squad, which enters the contest having won one of their last three contests. Keep an eye on Bentley’s Tyler McFarland, who ranks fourth in the Northeast-10 Conference in points per game (20.4). He’s also fifth in rebounds (8.9) and three-point percentage (52.6).

Springfield at Williams: After losing to Hampden-Sydney, the Pride has rebounded with back-to-back wins against Penn St.-New Kensington and Trinity (Conn.). They’ll look to earn their sixth win of the season against Williams, which hasn’t lost since their first game of the season. Daniel Wohl leads the Ephs with 17.7 points per game, while Michael Mayer ranks first in rebounds (10.3). Robbie Burke leads Springfield with 80 points and 45 boards, while Alex Garstka ranks second in points with 79.

Eastern Nazarene at Endicott: The Lions, winners of six straight, will look to earn their seventh victory of the season, as well as well as their second Commonwealth Coast Conference win when they travel to Beverley to face Endicott. The Gulls commenced their season with four straight wins before dropping their last two games to Gordon and Rivier. Eastern Nazarene’s Jaylen Owens ranks second in the conference in points per game (18.2), while Endicott’s Taylor Rioux is second in field goal percentage (65.5).

Women’s Basketball:

Harvard vs. Long Beach State @ Phoenix, Ariz.: The Crimson will take their 6-2 record on the road this weekend when they travel to the Grand Canyon to face Long Beach State in the first round of the Arizona State classic. Keep an eye on Christine Clark (19.4 points per game) and Melissa Mullins (9.1 rebounds per game).

Fordham at Holy Cross: The Crusaders will look to earn their seventh straight victory when they host a Rams squad that recently won the Lady Rebel Round-Up tournament against Cincinnati in Las Vegas. Holy Cross’ ‘hot start’ is their best start in over 30 years. Holy Cross has also scored 70 points in every contest this season, including 92 points against UMass Lowell. Alex Smith leads the unit with 98 points.

So. New Hampshire at Stonehill College: The Skyhawks, winners of two straight, as well as three of their last four, will look to earn their seventh win of the season when they host the Penmen in Easton. Stonehill is 3-1 in NE-10 play this season. On Wednesday, the Skyhawks defeated Assumption, 79-68, thanks to 21 points, five assists and five rebounds from Mary Louis Dixon, as well as 14 points and nine boards from Tori Faieta.

Wesleyan at Williams College: The Ephs haven’t lost a regular season contest since last season when Smith College topped Williams, 53-49. Since then, Williams has won 11 straight, including seven this season. They’ll look to extend their current streak to 12 when they host Wesleyan for an important New England Small College Athletic Conference matchup. Keep an eye on Kellie Macdonald, who’s averaging a team-best 14.0 points per game.

Wheaton College at Clark University: Can the Lyons make it seven in a row? Wheaton, which has been one of the biggest surprises of the season thus far, is coming off a 77-52 win over Emerson College on Wednesday. Wheaton has registered 70 points or more in five contests this season. Clark has won three of the last four meetings, including both games last season. Keep an eye on Wheaton’s Abbie Brickley and Kiley Shoemaker, as well as Clark’s senior trio, which includes Emily Reilly, Ashleigh Condon and Megan Grondin.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week 2)

By NoontimeSports.com 

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

Men’s Player of the Week: Sam Longwell (WPI) – The junior guard helped the nationally-ranked Engineers post a 2-1 record last week by averaging over 18 points and seven rebounds. Longwell led all players with 22 points and 11 rebounds in WPI’s 94-72 road victory at Curry College before he registered 21 points and six defensive rebounds in his team’s home opener against Salem State.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Kamali Bey (Assumption) – The first-year guard averaged 15.5 points and three rebounds per game while shooting 56 percent from the field. In a road loss at Bentley, Bey led the Hounds with a 23-point effort.

Women’s Player of the Week: Dani Davis (WPI) – The junior guard played the role of hero in WPI’s 62-59 overtime NEWMAC victory over Clark as she forced the extra session by nailing a game-tying 22-foot 3-pointer with just 3.1 seconds remaining. Davis scored eight of her game-best 17 points during an 18-6 run to end regulation, which helped the Engineers erase a 47-35 deficit with under six minutes remaining. Earlier in the week, the guard just missed a double-double with eight points and nine boards in a loss to Mount Holyoke.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Tess Nogueira (WPI) – The first-year forwardaveraged 5.0 points and 4.5 rebounds as the Engineers split their first two NEWMAC contests.

Honor Roll:

Alex Smith (Holy Cross) – The senior guard led the Crusaders with a game-and-season-best 19 points and five steals, to go along with five rebounds and four assists in Holy Cross’ 20-point win over Bryant University. Smith finished 7 of 13 from the field, 4 of 8 from beyond the arc and 1 of 2 from the stripe.

Shannon Ray (Assumption) – The senior guard average 19 points, three assists and two steals per game while shooting 60 percent from three-point land (6 for 10). Highlighting her week was a career-high 26-point effort in a road loss at No. 1 ranked Bentley.

Brendan Rios (Worcester State) – The junior guard tallied 20 points and connected on 8 of 11 shots from the field in an 86-73 loss to Gordon College.

Julie Frankian (Worcester State) – The sophomore guard averaged 15.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists in a 1-2 week for Worcester State, including 13 points and seven boards in a 75-70 win over UMass Dartmouth and 17 points, 14 boards and six helpers in a 77-71 setback against Mount St. Vincent. Frankian connected on 14 of 27 shots from the field for the week and was a perfect 16 of 16 at the charity strip.

Sean Doncaster (WPI) – The first-year guard totaled 16 points, eight assists and six rebounds during a 2-1 week for the Crimson and Gray.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Weekly Report (Feb. 11-17)

By NoontimeSports.com 

With another week of college basketball in Worcester officially in the books, here’s this week’s WACBA Rookies of the Week, Players of the Week and Honor Roll.

QUICK NOTE: Write-ups courtesy of the college’s sports information department. 

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Zack Karalis (WPI) Fr., Guard, North Andover, MA: Karalis tossed in a career-best 25 points in WPI’s NEWMAC regular season title clinching victory over Clark.  The freshman helped WPI complete the comeback over the Cougars with 14 points in the final five minutes.

Men’s Player of the Week: Tim Beinert (Assumption College) Sr., Forward, Bellerose Village, NY:Beinert averaged a double-double with 14.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game last week while shooting 54.5 percent from the field. He also added two blocks; two steals and one assist per game. Beinert began the week with a 13-point, 10-rebound showing at New Haven, including a tip-in at the buzzer to force OT. He then posted 16 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks in a home win over Adelphi.

Women’s Player of the Week: Hayley Zophin (Nichols College) Sr., Forward, Framingham, MA: The nation’s No. 8 rebounder at 13.0 rebounds per game, Zophin scored a career-high 27 points in her final collegiate game, a 76-63 win at Gordon on Saturday afternoon. She also snared 11 rebounds en route to her 16th double-double of the season.  

Honor Roll:

Alex Smith (Holy Cross) Jr., Guard, Delran, NJ: Smith finished the week with 28 points, seven assists, seven caroms and one steal in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders. The New Jersey native tallied a game-high 20 points against American, won the Winter Homecoming MVP honors, and tied for a season-high eight field goals, too.

Gabrielle Gibson (Assumption College) Sr., Guard, Amityville, NY: In a 2-0 week, Gibson averaged 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game. She began the week with a career-high 32 points to go along with 11 rebounds for the double-double in a road win at New Haven. She followed that with 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals in a home win over Adelphi. She now sits in fourth place on the Assumption all-time scoring list with 1,480 points.

Katie Pryor (Anna Maria College) Soph., Guard, Whitinsville, MA: Pryor had a career week for the AMCATS. The sophomore guard averaged 21.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists en route to a 2-1 week for Anna Maria. In the AMCATS first GNAC win of the season vs. Lasell College, Pryor poured in a career-high 27 points shooting a terrific 50% (8-of-16) from the field including 3 FG’s from beyond the arc. Anna Maria picked up a second GNAC win in the season finale against Mount Ida; Pryor had a game high 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

Ryan Kolb (WPI) Jr., Forward, Southington, CT: Kolb averaged 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds as the fifth-ranked Engineers went 1-1 on the week and in the process, secured the top seed and hosting rights for next week’s NEWMAC Tournament.  Kolb capped a 12-0 run with seven straight points as WPI turned around a seven point deficit to a 15 point victory against Clark.

Cindy Chelius (WPI) Sr., Center, Northfield, NJ:  Chelius registered a career-high 17 points to help the Engineers clinch a home game in the NEWMAC Tournament and provide her head coach Cherise Galasso with her 200th win at WPI with a 59-49 road victory at Coast Guard.

Alex Lopez (Worcester State) Fr., Guard, Springfield, MA: Averaged 11.6 points, 6.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds in a 2-1 week for Worcester State including 11 points and eight points in 78-77 overtime loss to Bridgewater State, 14 points, four rebounds and four assists in a 73-73 overtime triumph (scored six of 12 points in OT) and 10 points and seven helpers in an 89-75 victory over Fisher.

Robert Hunter (Worcester State) Jr., Forward St. Louis, MO: Averaged 20.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals in a 2-1 week for Worcester State including 20 points and 10 caroms in a 76-73 overtime victory at Salem State to help the Blue and Gold achieve their first victory in Salem since 1984-85 season. Hunter also netted a season-best 29 points in a 78-77 extra session setback to Bridgewater State and shot .528 from the field for the week (28-53).

Meaghan Burns (Worcester State) Jr., Guard, N. Brookfield, MA: Averaged 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, three steals and 2.5 blocks in a 1-1 week for Worcester State including 14 points, eight boards and a trio of rejections in a 59-47 victory over Salem State to help Lancers secure second-seed and first-round bye in this week’s MASCAC Tournament.

Mass. College Hoops: Holy Cross Rallies To Defeat Lehigh

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of our friends from the Holy Cross sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release pertaining toward the women’s basketball team, which rallied past Lehigh in a Patriot League contest:

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Holy Cross sophomore guard Ashley Cooper (Colts Neck, N.J.) scored a career and team-best 19 points and connected on six of seven from behind the arc to help lead the Crusaders to a come-from-behind, 72-66, triumph over Lehigh on Sunday afternoon at Stabler Arena. Holy Cross snapped a 10-game losing streak versus the Mountain Hawks and improves to 12-11 on the season and 4-4 in the Patriot League. Lehigh falls to 10-13 overall and 2-6 in the conference.

The Mountain Hawks scored four quick points over the first 47 seconds of the game, but the Crusaders answered with an 11-2 rally to gain the 11-6 lead at the 13:15 mark of the first half. However, Lehigh would counter with a 13-3 scoring surge to go on top 19-14 with 9:20 left in the half.

Holy Cross junior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) drilled a pair of threes to put the Crusaders back on top (20-19) at the 6:16 mark, but Lehigh then went ahead by five points just two minutes later (25-20). The Crusaders scored four straight to trail by one (25-24) with 1:48 on the clock, but the Mountain Hawks pushed their lead back to five and went into the locker room on top 29-24.

Lehigh kept the five point advantage over the first three-plus minutes of the second half as it led 34-29 (16:34). Holy Cross would then go on a 6-0 rally that was capped off with a Cooper three-pointer to put the Crusaders on top 35-34 at the 14:51 mark of the second half.

The two teams traded buckets over the next six minutes as there were five lead changes and three tied scores, but Lehigh held the 49-48 advantage. Holy Cross then embarked on a 16-6 run to grab its largest lead of the contest thus far (64-55) with 4:09 on the clock. Cooper drained a pair of threes as sophomore forward Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) scored five points for Holy Cross during the rally.

Lehigh put up seven quick points to trail 64-62, but Smith hit a momentum-shifting three-pointer to give the Crusaders the 67-62 lead with 1:27 left in regulation. Cooper, Parker and senior forward Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) combined to go five of six from the charity stripe over the next minute to push the lead to 10 points (72-62). Lehigh ended the contest with four points over the final 30 seconds, but that would not be enough as the Crusaders held on for the victory.

In addition to Cooper for Holy Cross, Smith finished the contest with 14 points on four treys, a season and game-high nine assists and six rebounds. Lepley scored 13 points to go along with five assists and four rebounds, while Parker posted nine points and a game-best nine rebounds. Junior forward Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) scored six points for HC, while freshman forward Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J)hauled in six boards.

The Crusaders connected on 24 of their 56 shots in the game (42.9 percent), while the Mountain Hawks hit 41.4 percent from the field (24 of 58). Holy Cross shot lights out from downtown as it drained 13 of its 23 shots from behind the arc (56.5 percent), tying a school record for three-pointers in a game. Lehigh was limited to 4 of 19 on its three-point shots (21.1 percent). Holy Cross held advantages in rebounds (42-33), assists (22-19), offensive rebounds (12-6), second-chance points (16-11) and bench points (35-12).

The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 13, when they travel to Annapolis, Md. to take on Navy at 7:00 p.m.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Weekly Report (Jan. 28 – Feb. 3)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Another week of Worcester college basketball is in the books and below is this week’s WACBA Rookies of the Week, Players of the Week and Honor Roll.

Quick Note: player summaries are courtesy of the college’s sports information department.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Zach Karalis (WPI) Fr., Guard, North Andover, MA: Karalis continues to be a spark off the bench for the nationally ranked Engineers.  Against Coast Guard, the freshman guard tallied 14 points, including 4-of-5 attempts from the 3-points as WPI defeated remained unbeaten with a victory over the Bears.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Molly Hourigan (Holy Cross) Fr., Center, Memphis, NY: Against Army and Colgate, the freshman started in both games this week with six points in 22 minutes in each contest. Hourigan was the team’s second leading rebounder versus Colgate, as well as tied a season-high with a game-best three blocks. She currently leads the team with 17 blocks.

Men’s Player of the Week: Ronson Quick (Assumption College) Sr., Forward, Marlton, NJ: Quick averaged a double-double in a 2-0 week as he posted 11 points, 14.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per contests as Assumption improved to 15-4 overall and remained in first place in the Northeast-10. He began the week with 11 points and 15 rebounds and six assists in a 57-41 win at Saint Michaels. Quick wrapped up the week with an 11-point, 14 rebounds, three-assist effort in a 70-50 home win over Merrimack. Quick was also named this week’s co-conference player of the week.

Women’s Player of the Week: Alex Smith (Holy Cross) Jr., Guard, Delran, NJ: Smith had her best week of the season offensively as she paced the Crusaders with 21 points against Army (game and season-high) and 17 points (team-high) against Colgate. She connected on 13 of 29 shots from the field and 8 of 17 from beyond the arc. Besides ending the week with a total of 38 points, she also amassed six rebounds, seven assists and one steal.

Honor Roll:

Gabrielle Gibson (Assumption College) Sr., Guard, Amityville, NY: In a 2-0 week for Assumption, Gibson averaged 17.5 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals while shooting 54.5 percent from the field. She began the week with a 14-point, eight-rebound, two-assist, two-steal showing in a win at Saint Michael’s. Gibson followed that with a 21-point, six-rebound, two-assist, two-steal performance in an 86-62 home win over Merrimack.

Robert Hunter (Worcester State) Jr., Forward, St. Louis, MO: Averaged 16 points and nine rebounds in an 0-3 week for Worcester State including 22 points and nine boards in an 86-70 setback against Westfield State and 13 points and 13 caroms in a 78-75 loss versus MCLA.

Ryan Kolb (WPI) Jr., Forward, Southington, CT: Kolb averaged 17 points and 7.5 rebounds to help fourth-ranked WPI remained undefeated by winning a pair of conference contests last week.  The sophomore posted a game-best 17 points in victories over Babson and Coast Guard as WPI is now the only Division III team without a loss on the season and sports a 23-game winning streak dating back to last season.  Kolb shot an impressive 61.9% (13-of-21) from the field in the wins.

Theresa Logan (WPI) Sr., Forward, Southborough, MA: Logan collected her third double-double of the season and eighth of her career to lift WPI to a 57-42 victory over Springfield.  The senior co-captain ended with 12 points and a season-best 14 rebounds in the win.  Earlier in the week the forward hauled in a game-high nine rebounds, tossed in six points and swatted three blocks in a 34-32 road lost at Wheaton.  For the week Logan averaged 9 points and 11.5 rebounds for the Engineers.

Meaghan O’Keefe (Worcester State) Sr., Center, Warren, MA: Averaged 15 points, 14.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in a 1-1 week for Worcester State including 23 points, a career-best 23 boards and three blocks in a 54-51 triumph over MLCA. Connected for .375 for the week.