By Matt Noonan
It’s time for a mid-week check in on the local college basketball and hockey scene in Massachusetts.
* Assumption College’s Katy Howard is one point away from closing in on 1,000 points in a Hounds uniform. On Tuesday, the Medway native tallied 10 points in a 57-51 victory over St. Michaels.
* Bentley University’s Courtney Finn and Lauren Battista each netted 17 points in last night’s 85-51 win against Le Moyne. Bentley, which has been ranked number two in the country since the preseason, has now won 31 consecutive games against East Region opponents. Also, the Falcons are 18-0 overall and 14-0 in Northeast-10 Conference play.
* UMass’ men’s basketball team is 5-2 this month and will look to earn their 14th win of the season when they face La Salle at 7:00 p.m. Chaz Williams has recorded 10 points or more in his team’s last nine games.
* Northeastern University’s men’s basketball team will look to earn their ninth consecutive Colonial Athletic Association victory this evening when they welcome Georgia State to historic Matthews Arena. The Huskies remain the top squad in their conference, and lead James Madison by two and a half games in the standings.
* Merrimack College’s Mike Collins was recently honored as the Athletic Republic Player of the Month. The junior forward from Boston recorded a league-high 11 points in seven January games for the Warriors. Merrimack finished the month 4-2-1, and remains tied with UMass Lowell for fifth place in the Hockey East.
* Needham’s Danny O’Regan, who is a freshman forward for the Boston University Terriers, was tabbed the Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month. According to the latest Hockey East report, O’Regan led all Division I freshman with 11 points in January, (four goals, seven assists). His 11 points came during BU’s past six games.
* Reading’s Alex Carpenter was named the Athletic Republic Player of the Month on Tuesday. Carpenter recorded 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) over nine games in January for Boston College’s women’s ice hockey team. The Eagles ended the month with an 8-1 record.