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Noontime’s Senior Salute: Mary Kate O’Day (Framingham State)

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Mary Kate O’Day and the Framingham State women’s basketball team competed in their first-ever NCAA Tournament game last month. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin/Framingham State Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

For Mary Kate O’Day, her senior season with the Framingham State University women’s basketball team was one both she and fans will certainly remember for quite some time.

The Berlin, Massachusetts native averaged a career-bests in points per game (17.9), rebounds (8.5), and assists (3.1) while leading the Rams to their first-ever Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament Championship with a 66-51 win over Worcester State.

Framingham State would make its initial appearance in the NCAA D-III Tournament days later and conclude its 2019-20 campaign with a school-record 22 wins in a single-season.

Named the MASCAC Player of the Year for the second time in her career, O’Day netted 20 points or more in 12 contests this past season while scoring a season-high 31 points in her team’s 101-91 victory over Westfield State in January. O’Day was honored by both the New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) and D3Hoops.com (All-Northeast Region) last month, securing spots on the first and second teams, respectively.

O’Day scored 1,557 points in 102 games with the Rams to go with 621 rebounds, 234 assists, and 127 steals. She also recorded 38 blocks, including a career-best 16 this past winter.

We recently caught up with Mary Kate O’Day to discuss her final season with the Rams, as well as her future plans beyond graduation later this spring.


What will you remember most about your final season with the Rams? 

I will remember winning the MASCAC championship. We came up short twice in the past, so to finally win it my senior year was something special.

Was there a game (or two) that you will remember most from either your senior season or the past three years? If so, which game(s) are they?

I think the game that I will remember most (from this past year) was when we beat Westfield State on the road. We had only beaten them once in my four years with the Framingham State women’s basketball program, so earning a win against the Owls was (an important step toward eventually winning our conference tournament title on the final day of February).

In addition to our win over the Owls, it has been great seeing both former and current teammates reach certain milestones. I have vivid memories of watching Alycia Rackliffe, Raegan Mulherin, and Emily Velozo score their 1,000th point, respectively, to Lauren Donahue becoming the program’s all-time assists leader. Those are games (and memories) I will never forget. 

What have you enjoyed most about competing for your team (and program) these past four years? What will you miss most after graduation? 

Meeting so many amazing people. I have become so close with my teammates over the past four years. We have shared some amazing memories together, including two trips to Florida and celebrating New Years’ at Universal Studios. Those were some of my favorite memories with my teammates (and friends).

I will miss most hanging out with my teammates and being apart of a team. Whether we were hanging out in someone’s dorm room, grabbing food off-campus to shooting around before practices, the times we spent together, both on and off the court is something I will miss.

Tell me about your major. How did you choose it and what do you hope to do beyond graduation? 

I am a sociology major. I went into college undeclared but during my sophomore year, I took a sociology class and really enjoyed it. My goal is to get a job with the Special Olympics.

Noontime Sports D3 Women’s Basketball Preseason Team

basketball-preseasonBy Noontime Sports (@NoontimeSports)

The NCAA Division III Basketball season officially tips-off next Tuesday, November 15th and in honor of a brand new season, we’re dishing out our Noontime Sports D3 Women’s Basketball Preseason Team.

Congratulations to the student-athletes that landed on our inaugural team and best of luck this season!

Forwards/Centers

Alicia Brown (UNE)

Catherine Harrison (Middlebury)

Amanda Hawkesworth (Regis)

Kayla Hotaling (MCLA)

Mairead Hynes (Conn. College)

Angelique Martinez (Mount Ida)

Michaela North (Tufts)

Alycia Rackliffe (Framingham State)

Megan Ronaghan (UMass Dartmouth)

Brittany Stone (Regis)

 

Guards

Ama Biney (WPI)

Stephanie D’Annolfo (Keene State)

Ali Doswell (Amherst)

Amanni Fernandez (Williams)

Grace Geary (UMass Boston)

Kate Kerrigan (Bowdoin)

Hannah Hackley (Amherst)

Kara Holinski (MIT)

Giovanna Pickering (Babson)

Jill Valley (Westfield State)

Mass. College Hoops: D3 Conference Tourney Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

A few local squads punched their ticket to their respective conference championship this weekend and below is this evening’s conference tournament roundup.

Men’s Basketball

No. 14 Albertus Magnus 91, Lasell 72: Trailing 33-19 at the break, the Lasers attempted a comeback by scoring 53 points in the second session, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the Falcons, who’ll face St. Joe’s (Maine) on Saturday in the GNAC Championship. Brandon Ganesh scored 17 points in the setback, while Clyde Niba finished with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Salem State 82, MCLA 76: The Vikings are headed to the MASCAC Championship thanks to 17 points by Bryan Ortiz and 16 points by Andrew White. Salem State led MCLA at intermission, 34-30, before outscoring the Trailblazers 48-46 in the second half. Paul Maurice led MCLA and all scorers with 20 points.

Bridgewater State 66, Worcester State 62: Brendon Monteiro led all players 31 points, while Michael Lofton registered 10 rebounds as the Bears defeated the Lancers in Bridgewater and secured a spot in the MASCAC Championship. Dane Jobst led Worcester State with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Nichols 83, Salve Regina 80 (OT): Sam HorningJalen Hurst and Ryan Sheehan combined for four made free throws during the final 17 seconds, which helped the Bison defeat the Seahawks and earn a spot in the CCC Conference Championship on Saturday. Sheehan paced Nichols with 24 points, while Horning stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, six steals, five rebounds, three assists and one block.

Gordon 66, Wentworth 55: Jason Dempsey netted 18 points, while Hans Miersma recorded eight points and 10 rebounds, as the Fighting Scots defeated the Leopards and advanced to the CCC Conference Championship. Wentworth’s Jherson Colon led all players with 20 points.

Women’s Basketball

Bridgewater 88, Salem State 62: Jenna Williamson registered a game-best 36 points, along with nine rebounds, six assists and two steals as the Bears defeated the Vikings and punched its ticket to the MASCAC Championship. Salem State’s Rachel Carter finished the contest with 32 points, four rebounds and two assists.

Framingham State 62, Westfield State 53: Kristen Hoffman played all 40 minutes and registered 20 points, while Alycia Rackliffe recorded a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Rams defeated the Owls in Westfield and earned its first trip to the MASCAC Championship since 2001. Westfield’s Jen Ashton and Forbasaw Nkamebo scored 15 points, respectively.

Roger Williams 60, Endicott 57: Angelica Ariola poured in a game-best 21 points, while Kaitlyn Bovee added 20 points as the Hawks rallied from a three-point deficit at the break to defeat the Gulls in the CCC Conference semifinals. Roger Williams will play University of New England in the championship. Endicott’s Samantha Crough matched Ariola with 21 points, too.

Mass. College Hoops: Monday Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

Below are scores and highlights from this evening’s men’s and women’s basketball games.

Men’s Basketball

Westfield State 84, Newbury 41: Dan Tessier led all scorers with 19 points as the Owls defeated the Nighthawks in Brookline. Eric Watson paced Newbury with 7 points.

Emerson 71, Wheelock 63: Four Lions scorers recorded 12 points or more, including Michael Thorpe, who registered 19 points as Emerson defeated the Wildcats for the third straight season. Wheelock’s Anthony Williams led all scorers with 28 points, while also recording 11 boards.

Women’s Basketball:

Simmons 62, Fisher 50: The Sharks eight-game skid came to an end, thanks to 19 points from Jen Janiak and 15 points off the bench by Ashley McAdams.

Westfield State 67, Suffolk 51: Gabby Felix finished with a double-double of 24 points (game-high) and 10 boards as the Owls defeated the Rams and earned their sixth win of the season. Shelby Santini paced Suffolk with 19 points.

Brandeis 73, UMass Boston 35: Maria Jackson led all players with 18 points, while also two steals and one assist as the Judges evened their overall mark at 5-5. Chantel Jordan led UMB with eight points off the bench.

Framingham State 71, Albertus Magnus 56: Alycia Rackliffe netted a team-high 19 points, while Kristen Hoffman scored 17 points as the Rams defeated the Falcons in Framingham.