WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Four (Tuesday, Dec. 12th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With the fourth week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Player of the Week: Infiniti Thomas-Waheed (Holy Cross | Sr. | Newton, Mass.): Thomas notched her 1,000th career point in her team’s 64-53 win over Vermont this past weekend, while also recording her second double-double of the season with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Additionally, she has now scored 20 points or more three times this season. Prior to her team’s victory against Vermont, she tallied 15 points, three caroms, two assists and one assist in 70-61 setback to Boston College. For the week, Thomas-Waheed recorded 39 points, including four trifectas, 13 rebounds, two steals and one assist.


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Rookie of the Week:
Mikaela Mitchell (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Millbury, Mass.): Mitchell averaged 7.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 1.3 steals per contest over three games for the Green and Gold. Registered a double-double of ten points and 11 boards to go along with two assists in a 94-80 setback to Mount Ida on Tuesday before adding four points, five caroms and one steal in a 69-61 loss to Suffolk on Thursday. Finished the week with eight points, three rebounds and three steals in a 63-57 setback to Curry on Saturday.


Honorable Mentions

Kayla Odegaard (Anna Maria | Sr. | Milton, Mass): Odegaard scored a career high, 27 points, against Framingham State last week. She also added 8 rebounds for the AMCATS.

Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Jr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell came up big for Assumption in a 1-1 week, averaging 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 57.9 percent from the floor. The junior opened the week with 10 points, ten rebounds and two assists in a loss to Stonehill but followed it up with a career-high 24 points on 8 of 11 shooting in a 20-point win over Franklin Pierce. She added five rebounds and two blocks in the contest as well.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Soph. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison averaged 10.5 points with 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals, while shooting 33 percent from behind the arc during a 1-1 week for the Hawks.

Ogechi Ezemma (Clark University | Jr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): Ezemma had a solid week for the Cougars with highlights on the defensive end. She averaged 14.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 2.0 steals per game. In a setback to conference foe Wheaton, Ezemma notched 16 pints while adding 10 boards and four steals. In a non-conference victory over Nichols, she tallied 13 points, nine boards and seven steals.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Soph. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 17.3 points, four rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game over three contests for the Green and Gold last week. She posted 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists and one steal in a 94-80 setback to Mount Ida on Tuesday before adding 19 points, three caroms, one assist and one steal in a 69-61 loss to Suffolk on Thursday. She concluded the week with 11 points, two boards, two assists and two steals in a 63-57 setback to Curry on Saturday.

Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Soph. | Lowell, Mass.): The sophomore guard put up double-double averages of 11.5 rebounds and 10 assists with 8.5 points per game in a 1-1 week for the Blue and Gold. She was one assist shy of a triple-double in the Lancers’ win over Nichols as she recorded 13 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and six steals, while shooting 50% from the field. In the setback to Springfield, she managed to register her second double-double of the week with 12 rebounds and 11 assists.

WACBA HONOR ROLL: Men’s Basketball Week Four (Tuesday, Dec. 12th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With the fourth week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Player of the Week:
 
Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria helped the Bison win three-straight games last week, while averaging 26.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.0 steals per game. He scored 25 points, including 7-of-14 three-pointers, to go with five rebounds and five assists and a block in a 91-79 win at Roger Williams. He followed that up with 28 points, with 6-of-10 triples, four rebounds and five assists in a 90-77 win over Becker. He wrapped up the week with 25 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals in a 106-76 win at Anna Maria. For the week, Echevarria shot 46.7% (25-of-55) from the field, 50% (18-of-36) from beyond the arc, and 84.6% (11-of-13) from the free throw line.


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Rookie of the Week
: Biko Gayman (Clark University | Fr. | Port Pierce, Fla.): Clark rookie, Biko Gayman has an impressive week for the Cougars boasting 23.5 points, 5.0 assists and 4.5 steals per game as they split their two games on the week. In a tough set back to Fitchburg State the Port Pierce native scored 11 points to go with his four assists and two steals before lifting Clark to victory over Newbury with 36 points, seven steals and six assists adding six boards.


Honorable Mentions

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass): Rapoza recorded his fifth double-double of the season on Saturday against Nichols, while tallying 10 points against Amherst College and 17 against Nichols College.

Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola stepped up this week for the Hawks of Becker College, averaging 21.7 points, 9.3 rebounds 2.7 assists and one block per game. After standout performances against Worcester State and regional powerhouse Nichols, Durodola had a monster performance against Gordon on Saturday, scoring 23 points with 13 rebounds as the Hawks outlasted the Scots in overtime, 79-75. For the season, the junior ranks top six in the NECC in scoring, rebounding and blocks.

Jonathan Perez (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Perez averaged 17.7 points, six rebounds, 0.3 assists and one steal per contest over three games for the Falcons. He notched a game-best 28 points, eight boards, one assist and one steal in a 90-70 triumph over Clark on Tuesday before adding ten points, five caroms and two steals in a setback to Williams on Thursday. Perez concluded the week with 15 points and five boards in an 85-63 loss to MIT on Saturday.

Will Watkins Jr. (Worcester State | Soph. | Southbridge, Mass.): Will Watkins Jr. averaged 16 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and a block in an 0-3 week for Worcester State. He was one rebound short of a double-double in the setback to Becker as he posted 20 points, shooting 53.3% from the field and 44.4% from 3-point range, collected nine boards and two blocks. In the loss to Mount Ida he recorded 16 points and seven rebounds, and put up 12 points with six rebounds and two assists in the loss to Salve Regina. Overall this week, he shot 45.2% from the field.

Chris Rodgers (WPI | Sr. | Franklin, Mass.): Rodgers averaged 20.5 points, on 17 of 29 shooting (58.6%) and five rebounds per game in a 1-1 week for the Engineers. He began with 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting in 15 minutes as the Engineers avenged their opening weekend loss in the Coghlin tournament final, and handed No. 20 Eastern Connecticut its first loss, with a 75-70 victory in Willimantic. The local product then pumped in a career and game-high 31 points to go with eight rebounds, five assists and a steal in an OT setback to Salem State.

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Dec. 11th)

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By NoontimeSports.com

With another week of New England Division III women’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, December 11th.

This week’s poll – similar to the past three polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Women’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, December 11th, 2017 

1. Tufts University 

8-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Amherst College 

7-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Bowdoin College 

9-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Roger Williams 

8-2, 2-1 CCC

Last Week: No. 8 

5. Univ. of New Eng.

7-2, 3-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 6 

6. Brandeis University

6-2, 0-0 UAA

Last Week: NR

7. UMass Dartmouth 

6-2, 2-0 LEC

Last Week: NR

8. Conn. College 

6-2, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

9. Middlebury College

8-1, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 5

10. Hamilton College 

8-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: NR

ON THE RISE: Babson College (5-2, 3-0 NEWMAC), Castleton University (9-0, 5-0 NAC), MIT (4-2, 3-0 NEWMAC), Smith College (6-2, 2-1 NEWMAC), Springfield College (6-2, 3-0 NEWMAC), St. Joseph’s (Maine) (7-1, 2-0 GNAC), Trinity College (7-1, 0-0 NESCAC), UMass Boston (8-1, 2-0 LEC), Wesleyan University (6-2, 0-0 NESCAC) and Williams College (6-3, 0-0 NESCAC).

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Dec. 11th)

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By NoontimeSports.com

With another week of New England Division III men’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, December 11th.

This week’s poll – similar to the past three polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England. 

Men’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, December 11th, 2017 

1. Middlebury College

6-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Wesleyan University 

8-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2 

3. Williams College 

8-1, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

4. MIT 

9-1, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 5

5. Nichols College 

8-1, 3-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 7

6. Hamilton College 

8-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 6

7. Eastern Connecticut 

8-1, 2-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 3

8. Keene State 

7-2, 2-0 LEC

Last Week: NR

9. Amherst College 

6-1, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 9 

10. Salem State 

7-2, 0-0 MASCAC

Last Week: NR

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus (5-2, 2-0 GNAC), Babson College (5-4, 0-0 NEWMAC), Bowdoin College (8-2, 0-0 NESCAC), Endicott College (5-2, 2-1 CCC), Husson University (6-1, 4-0 NAC), Southern Vermont (6-1, 0-0 NECC), Springfield College (4-2, 0-0 NEWMAC), Trinity College (6-2, 0-0 NESCAC), Tufts University (6-3, 0-0 NESCAC) and WPI (5-4, 0-0 NEWMAC).

D3 Hoops Notebook: NEWMAC Squads Highlight First Few Weeks Of Play

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

We’re just a few weeks into a brand new season of New England Division III basketball – maybe I shouldn’t say a ‘new season’ since a few weeks of hoops have already been recorded!

While we are starting to see certain teams emerge from the pack, we are also seeing some of the usual squads like Babson and WPI begin to pick-up momentum at the right time.

Last night – Thursday, December 7th, to be exact – the Beavers and Engineers scored impressive regional wins by knocking off Amherst and Eastern Connecticut State.

Both Amherst and Eastern Connecticut State are Top 25 teams, per the latest D3Hoops.com Men’s Basketball Poll.

For Babson, it was clutch free throw shooting down the stretch – the Beavers concluded the game eight of nine as a team from the stripe, while Amherst finished four of six. Babson’s Shyheim Ulrickson connected on all three freebies, while Nick Comenale was a perfect two-for-two. 

WPI had five players net double-figures in their 75-70 win over Eastern Connecticut, including Kahleb Downing, who added 15 points off the bench. Downing concluded the game four-of-seven from beyond the arc, while also recording seven assists, six boards and one block.

The win was WPI’s fifth of the season, while the loss halted Eastern Connecticut’s seven-game winning streak.

WPI is back in action tomorrow – that would be Saturday, December 9th, to be exact – when they host Salem State at 2 p.m. The Vikings are coming off their initial New England Big 4 Challenge win this past weekend, which included wins over Babson and Tufts.

In addition to solid wins by Babson and WPI, the NEWMAC saw a few other teams pick-up some impressive non-conference victories last night as Wheaton defeated Lasell, 65-60, while MIT topped Rhode Island College, 76-63, thanks to a career-high 32 points from Cameron Korb, who connected on 10 of 16 shots, including 8 of 13 from beyond the arc. 

As of today, MIT and Wheaton sit atop the NEWMAC with eight wins, respectively, while Babson, Coast Guard, Emerson and WPI have captured five games apiece.

News and Notes from New EnglandAs mentioned above, the Salem State men’s basketball team captured its first-ever New England Big 4 Challenge this past weekend when they defeated Babson and Tufts. I had a chance to PA Announce the game last weekend and wrote a few words about the Vikings’ win for D3Hoops.com.

The Middlebury women’s basketball team is off to a great start – they captured their eighth-straight contest last night by defeating Sage, 56-50. Middlebury’s Maya Davis led all scorers with 18 points. The Panthers take on Skidmore this evening at 8 p.m

As of this morning, Middlebury is one of five NESCAC women’s basketball teams that have yet to drop a single contest this season. Amherst, Bowdoin, Hamilton and Tufts remain undefeated as well, while Connecticut College and Williams have won six games, respectively.

Since falling to Wesleyan a few weeks ago, the Nichols men’s basketball team has won five-straight, including a 91-79 victory earlier this week against Roger Williams. The win against the Hawks was the team’s third-straight conference victory of the season. The two teams will meet again in January.

Games to Watch this WeekendAs always, Friday and Saturday will be busy days here in New England, so make sure to stay connected with both myself (@MattNoonan11) and (@NoontimeSports) on Twitter for scores and updates. Here are a few games I’ll be watching this weekend:

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 2 Middlebury at No. 16 Skidmore | Friday, Dec. 8th at 6 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: Middlebury at Skidmore | Friday, Dec. 8th at 8 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Brandeis at No. 18 Wesleyan | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 1 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: Springfield at Worcester State | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 1 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: West Conn. at UMass Dartmouth | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 1 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Springfield at No. 2 Williams | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 2 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Salem State at WPI | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 2 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: UNE at Tufts | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 2 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Western Conn. at UMass Dartmouth | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 3 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: Conn. College at Roger Williams | Sunday, Dec. 10th at 2 p.m.

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Dec. 4th)

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By NoontimeSports.com

With another week of New England Division III women’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, December 4th.

This week’s poll – similar to the past two polls – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Women’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, December 4th, 2017 

1. Tufts University

6-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Amherst College 

6-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Bowdoin College

7-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Connecticut College

5-1, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 6

5. Middlebury College 

6-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 7 

6. Univ. of New England

6-1, 2-0 CCC

Last Week: NR

7. Babson College 

4-1, 2-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 10 

8. Roger Williams 

5-2, 1-1 CCC

Last Week: No. 5

9. Williams College 

5-2, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

10. Smith College 

5-2, 1-1 NEWMAC

Last Week: NR 

ON THE RISE: Brandeis (4-2, 0-0 UAA), Castleton (6-0, 2-0 NAC), MIT (3-2, 2-0 NEWMAC), Springfield (4-2, 2-0 NEWMAC), St. Joseph’s (Maine) (6-1, 1-0 GNAC), Trinity College (6-0, 0-0 NESCAC), UMass Dartmouth (4-2, 1-0 LEC), Wesleyan University (5-1, 0-0 NESCAC), Westfield State (5-2, 0-0 MASCAC) and WPI (5-1, 1-1 NEWMAC)

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Dec. 4th)

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By NoontimeSports.com

With another week of New England Division III men’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, December 4th.

This week’s poll – similar to the past two polls – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England. 

Men’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, December 4th, 2017 

1. Middlebury College

4-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

2. Wesleyan University

6-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 5

3. Eastern Connecticut 

6-0, 1-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Williams College 

5-1, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1 

5. MIT 

6-1, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 7

6. Hamilton College 

6-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: NR

7. Nichols College 

5-1, 2-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 9

8. Amherst College

4-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 6 

9. Bowdoin College 

6-1, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

10. Roger Williams 

7-0, 2-0 CCC

Last Week: NR

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus (3-1, 1-0 GNAC), Babson College (4-4, 0-0 NEWMAC), Colby College (6-1, 0-0 NESCAC), Endicott College (3-2, 1-1 CCC), Husson University (4-0, 2-0 NAC), Keene State (5-2, 1-0 LEC), Salem State (6-2, 0-0 MASCAC), Springfield College (4-0, 0-0 NEWMAC), Southern Vermont (5-0, 0-0 NECC) and Tufts University (4-3, 0-0 NESCAC)