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Mass. College Hoops: Holy Cross Tops UML In Fourth Annual “Get Fit with the Crusaders”

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER, Mass. – Lisa Mifsud’s (Erie, Pa.) 3-pointer with less than four and a half minutes to play ignited a 14-1 outburst to help lift Holy Cross to a 78-63 victory over visiting UMass Lowell in a non-conference women’s basketball matchup on Monday morning.

The game was part of the fourth annual “Get Fit with the Crusaders” event that saw a record crowd of 2,824, including an estimated 2,700 Worcester Public School children from 19 schools. The previous Get Fit record of 2,134 was set on January 8, 2013 against Brown. In all, the event has boasted 7,971 attendees, or approximately 1992 per game, in four years.

“As a Worcester Public school alum, this day is very special for me,” said head coach Bill Gibbons. “I want to thank everyone who helped make this day possible and would also like to thank the kids who supported us throughout the game. This was our biggest crowd yet for the ‘Get Fit Game’ and it was a great atmosphere for our team!”

Holy Cross head strength and conditioning coach Jeff Oliver, along with several Holy Cross student-athletes, gave a presentation at halftime about eating healthy foods and exercising. The official attendance number was the most for a Holy Cross home women’s basketball game since the all-time record of 4,000 was set on Feb. 11, 2006 against Bucknell.

The Crusaders, who are undefeated (4-0) in Get Fit games, pick up their third win of the season (3-8) while the River Hawks slip to 5-6 in its second season as a Division I program.

Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) opened the game with six for the Crusaders while Jasmine McRoy (Gaithersburg, Md.) canned a 3-pointer for the guests in the first four-plus minutes of action.  The River Hawks eventually took a 7-6 advantage following a triple by Shannon Samuels (Windsor, Conn.) only to have Holy Cross reclaim the lead with a pair of freebies by Emily Parker(Johnston, Iowa) moments later.

“Coach Gibbons said before the opening tip that there should be an investigation if we don’t have energy,” commented Misfud. “I think the kids brought us a lot of energy. We came out [and] we executed well.”

UMass Lowell pushed ahead twice more before the hosts went on a 15-4 run to take a 26-16 lead with 7:56 left in the frame.  Holy Cross went on to increase its margin to 16 courtesy of a Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.) layup with 4:40 showing on the scoreboard. Brianna Rudolph (Lynn, Mass.) and Lindsey Doucette (Hopkinton, Mass.) each sank a 3-pointer during an 8-3 run to whittle the River Hawks deficit to 11 twice before the break.

McRoy opened the second half with the seventh UMass Lowell triple of the contest to pull within single digits (8) for the first time since 6:15 in the opening frame. Scott answered for the hosts and bookended another personal run, this time with an 8-1 outburst, with a pair of old fashioned three-point plays to increase the lead back to 14. After a pair of free throws by Kayla Gibbs (Teaneck, N.J.), the River Hawks cut the deficit back to single digits with 14:38 remaining. UMass Lowell continued to chip away and eventually pulled within a pair following Samuel’s layup with 4:30 to play. Ten seconds later, Mifsud canned a trey and later converted a pair of freebies before Scott finished things off with a pair of layups in the final 1:16.

“I think there were points in today’s game where it felt like our shots weren’t dropping or maybe they were getting their hands on loose balls,” remarked Scott. “Being a team and coming together, we controlled the ‘controllables’ today.”

Scott led all players with 26 points and 10 boards while Kate Gillespie (Washington, D.C.) scored 19 and Mifsud added 14 to go along with a game-best seven helpers. Katie Doherty (Holbrook, N.Y.) chipped in with eight and Hourigan tacked on six while Parker scored all five of the Crusaders bench points.  Hourigan also filled the stat sheets with three blocks, two assists and two swipes.

“After the UMass game, we had to regroup a little bit and I think this game was good for us because we played well and we played together as a team,” added Gillespie.

McRoy led a quartet of River Hawk double-digit scorers with 14. Rudolph came off the bench to sink 13 while Samuels (six assists) and Doucette (eight rebounds) each tallied 11 to go along with three steals apiece.

Holy Cross held advantages in the paint (38-18), off turnovers (24-19), second chance points (17-6) and fast break points (10-8). UMass Lowell enjoyed a 27-5 bulge in bench points.

The Crusaders travel to Stony Brook to face Norfolk St. and Western Michigan at the Seawolves Holiday Classic on Sunday and Monday, respectively. Both games are slated for 12:00 p.m. The River Hawks, meanwhile, host St. Francis (NY) at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30.

Portion Courtesy Holy Cross Media Relations

Mass. College Hoops: WPI Assistant Coaches Reflect On The First Half Of The Engineers’ Season (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

WPI’s men’s basketball team finished off the first half of their 2013-14 season with an 88-69 win over Keene State this afternoon.

The Engineers, who’re 9-1 overall and ranked 14th in the latest D3Hoops.com poll, have now scored 88 points or more in 10 games this season. Today’s contest marks the seventh time they have eclipsed 80 point mark, too.

After their contest with the Owls concluded, assistant coaches Mike Byrnes, Ryan Flynn, Bill Gibbons and Ryan Cain discussed the team’s performance, as well as the first half of the season in a video interview (courtesy of the WPI), which we’ve provided below.

Mass. College Hoops: Raquet Named Holy Cross Women’s Assistant Coach

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Holy Cross sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about Matt Raquet, who was named an assistant coach with the women’s basketball team:

WORCESTER, Mass. – The College of the Holy Cross has named Matt Raquet an assistant women’s basketball coach, as announced by head coach Bill Gibbons. Raquet’s primary responsibilities will include video operations, player development, scouting and recruiting.

“I am elated to be a member of the women’s basketball staff here at Holy Cross,” Raquet said. “Coach Gibbons has been extremely successful during his tenure here and I am excited to become a part of the winning tradition he has already established. I’m also proud to become a member of such a great institution like Holy Cross and work with its student-athletes.”

Raquet comes to Holy Cross from Temple University, where he served as the administrative coordinator on the women’s basketball staff in 2012-2013. While at Temple, Raquet was in charge of all of the video operations for the Owls as well as organizing official visits for recruits and hiring and supervising team managers. Raquet spent two years prior as a graduate assistant on the Temple women’s basketball staff performing similar duties. He graduated with a master’s degree in sport and recreation management in 2012 from Temple.

“We are thrilled to have Matt come on board,” Holy Cross head coach Bill Gibbons said. “The experience he gained at Temple has been invaluable and we know he is going to be a big asset to our Holy Cross program. Coach (Tonya) Cardoza (Temple Head Coach) spoke very highly of Matt as both a coach and as a first-class gentleman.”

A 2009 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in communication and rhetoric, Raquet was a four-year member and senior team captain of the men’s track and field team.

Mass. College Hoops: Holy Cross’ Women’s Basketball Hosts ‘Get Fit With Crusaders’

By NoontimeSports.com

Courtesy of our friends from Holy Cross’ athletic department, here is a quick note about today’s theme for the women’s basketball game against Brown University:

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, the Holy Cross women’s basketball team will host its second annual “Get Fit with the Crusaders Day” when it takes on Brown at 11:30 a.m. at the Hart Center. Over 1700 Worcester public school students will be in attendance to cheer on the Crusaders and to learn about nutrition and physical activity.

“We’re excited to again be hosting Worcester public school students,” Holy Cross women’s basketball head coach Bill Gibbons said. “This is a great opportunity for the kids to get to Holy Cross and to see the team play, as well as learning about physical fitness and nutrition. We expect an even bigger crowd than last season and the Hart Center should really be rocking!”

Holy Cross head strength and conditioning coach Jeff Oliver and nutritionist Kathy Eagan will give a halftime presentation to teach the students about eating right and exercise.

Mass. College Hoops: Local D1 Squads Enjoy Early Season Success

By Matt Noonan 

The college basketball season is in full swing and below is a look at some of the local Div. I squads that have enjoyed some early season success.

Men’s Basketball

* Northeastern (4-3) began the year with a two-game winning streak, but ever since have been up and down. The Huskies dropped their last two contests to Charlotte and Maine, but will look to register their fifth win of the season against UMass next Tuesday. Joel Smith currently leads the squad with 126 points, while Reggie Spencer is the sole leader of rebounds with 47.

* Holy Cross (4-3) began the season with two impressive victories against Old Dominion and Morgan State. However, wins haven’t come easy for the Crusaders as of lately with losses to Providence and St. John’s. The Crusaders are currently 1-2 on the road and will look to improve their mark with two back-to-back contests against Hartford and Sacred Heart.

* UMass (3-2) snapped its two-game skid with a 64-63 victory against Sienna last night in Albany, New York, thanks to Chaz Williams, who eclipsed the 1,000-point mark and scored the game-winning bucket with 3.3 seconds remaining. The Minutemen started their season with back-to-back victories against Harvard and Providence, but dropped two of their three contests in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament to North Carolina State and Tennessee.

Women’s Basketball:

* Harvard (5-2) is off to a good start and has won two of their last three contests. Christine Clark has been the spark for the Crimson thus far and currently leads all Ivy League players with 18.1 points per game. She’s been perfect from the stripe sinking all 23 shots, too. Harvard is currently riding a two-game winning streak and will return to the hardwood on Saturday when they visit Hofstra.

* Boston University (4-3) has been seesawing in the win-loss column. Setbacks to Michigan and West Virginia hurt, but the Terriers did secure wins against Boston College, Eastern Michigan, Rhode Island and Richmond. This weekend the Terriers will face their second ranked-squad of the season St. John’s. Chantell Alford leads the red and white with 133 points. She’s also chipped in 37 rebounds, 16 assists and 13 steals.

* Holy Cross (3-3) is currently on a two-game winning streak, and I wouldn’t be surprised if head coach Bill Gibbons is smiling about it. The Crusaders second and third wins came against Central Connecticut and UMass. Alex Smith has been the key to the Crusaders success thus far and currently leads the squad with 98 points.