Mass. College Hoops: Early Afternoon Roundup

By Matt Noonan

There were more than a handful of contests that took place earlier this afternoon and below are their outcomes and summaries.

Men’s Basketball 

No. 14 WPI 88, Keene State 69: Sam Longwell netted a game-best 22 points, along with seven rebounds, four steals and one assist as the Engineers defeated Keene State in Worcester and improved to 9-1 overall.  Zach Karalis scored 15 points off the bench, while Ryan Kolb and Aaron Davis scored 12 points, respectively.

TCNJ 71, Westfield State 66: Grant Cooper led the Owls with 20 points and 17 rebounds, but that wasn’t enough for Westfield State, which saw its six point lead at the break disappear in the second half.

MIT 81, Wheelock 51: Andrew Acker and Justin Pedley each netted 20 points as the Engineers defeated the Wildcats in Cambridge. Acker also registered 16 rebounds, 12 on defense. Joe Reedy led Wheelock with 14 points.

Elms 73, Framingham State 57: Jerry Buchanon scored a game-high 27 points, as well as recorded seven rebounds, five steals and four assists as the Blazers defeated Framingham State in Chicopee. Charles Collins led the Rams with 17 points.

Women’s Basketball

Marist 76, Boston University 65: The Red Foxes outscored the Terriers, 40-27, in the second half, which helped them earn a non-conference victory in Boston. BU’s Sarah Hope led all players with 19 points, while Melissa Gallo contributed 12 points and Danielle Callahan scored 10 points.    

Anna Maria 72, Elms 49: Trafficia Warburton recorded a double-double with 29 points and 13 rebounds, along four assists, three steals and one block as the AMCATs defeated the Blazers in Chicopee. Gianna Youngblood led Elms with 20 points, while Denisha Parks registered a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

St. Joe’s (ME) 69, Framingham State 57: Morgan Cahill recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Mackenzie Dufour scored 15 points as the Monks defeated the Rams in Maine. Kristen Hoffman led Framingham State with 17 points.

Rhode Island College 48, UMass Boston 30: Olivia Murphy and Andrea Suffredini combined for 23 points in the Beacon’s first conference setback of the season.

Southern Maine 63, Salem State 34: Rachel Carter scored 10 points, while Jessica Kuzmickas registered six points off the bench, but that wasn’t enough to spark the Vikings to victory.

Gordon 67, Lesley 31: Fredi Nielsen poured in a game-high 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, as the Fighting Scots picked up their third win of the season. Tara Coleman led Lesley with 15 points.

Lasell 64, Plymouth State 59: Kayla Vincelette, Molly Lauver and Alexis Chappell each scored double figures as the Lasers beat the Panthers in New Hampshire.  

Wentworth 66, Maine-Farmington 61: The Leopards snapped their four-game skid thanks to 19 points from Rachael Camara and a double-double by Carly Rogers, who tallied 11 points and 15 rebounds.

Saint Rose 76, AIC 72: Alyssa Roach tallied 16 points, while Sarah Noble notched 14 points, but that wasn’t enough to lift the Yellow Jackets past Saint Rose.

Merrimack 67, So. New Hampshire 58: Chloe Rothman led the Warriors with 15 points, as well as recorded six assists and five rebounds, as Merrimack defeated Souther New Hampshire on the road.

Bentley’s Battista Represent Falcons, USA In 19th Annual Maccabiah Games

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s today’s release about Lauren Battista, a member of the women’s basketball team, that will be representing the Falcons as a member of the United States women’s basketball team in the 19th Annual Maccabiah Games:

WALTHAM, Mass. – Bentley University rising senior Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS), a two-time Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division II All-America and two-time Capital One Academic All-America, will be headed to Israel next month to participate in the 19th annual Maccabiah Games as a member of United States women’s basketball team.

Battista and her Team USA teammates will be participating in training camp, practice and a tour program from July 6-17, with the opening ceremonies for the games scheduled for July 18. Women’s open basketball will get underway July 19, the championship game is 10 days later, and the closing ceremonies for Maccabiah 2013 are July 30.

“I am excited to explore a new culture through the sport that I love,” said Battista. “It will give me the chance not only to see a beautiful country, but also will allow me to meet athletes from all around the world and make new friendships. I am grateful to have been chosen to join a team of talented players from all across the country to share this experience with.  It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I cannot wait to represent the United States on this international stage,” continued the versatile six-foot forward.

Bentley coach Barbara Stevens, who had the opportunity to coach in Israel in 2004 with the USA Select Team, said “Lauren’s selection to the US women’s basketball team that will compete in the World Maccabiah Games this July is a tremendous honor for her.  The chance to compete against international competition is a fantastic opportunity that will prove to be extremely beneficial as she prepares for her senior season at Bentley.”

Battista has been a standout on the court and in the classroom during her first three years at Bentley. She’s a two-time Northeast-10 Sport Excellence Scholar-Athlete award winner and has been a fixture on the All-Northeast-10 team, earning Player of the Year honors in the conference in 2012.

Number ten on Bentley’s all-time scoring list with 1,504 points, the unselfish Battista ranks in the top ten in program history in nine different statistical categories, including field goal percentage (.530, seventh) and free throw percentage (.804, fifth). In 100 career games, she’s averaged 15.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals while leading the Falcons to an amazing 89-11 record with three NE-10 regular season championships, three NE-10 playoff titles and two trips to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.

As a junior, Battista put up numbers nearly identical to her career marks while leading the Falcons to an outstanding 30-2 season.

“We will have 12 very talented players representing the USA Open Women’s Basketball team and our expectations are to reclaim the gold medal we won in 2005,” said Jamie Shadian of Northern Arizona University, the team’s coach. “What I hope the players accomplish off the court is to connect to their Jewish culture and heritage and that is as important as our on-court success.”

“After a week of training the team will participate in the ISRAEL CONNECT cultural and educational program prior to the Games commencing,” Shadian continued. “We will have guided tours every day after practice that will allow us to explore the country. Regardless of their prior experiences, I hope each player will walk away from the Games with a new understanding, respect and love for Israel.

Among Battista’s teammates on Team USA will be Jacqueline Kalin, a two-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year at Northern Iowa; two-time Ivy League scoring champion Alyssa Brown of Penn; Sophie Bikofsky, who plays for Brown University; and two other Northeast-10 players, Chloe Rothman of Merrimack and Yuri Sher of Pace.

Bentley will also be represented in the Maccabiah Games by two alumni who’ll be playing for the USA Rugby Team, Ilya Wortman ’08 and Seth Cohen ’07.  Wortman, who lives in South Boston after attending high school in Canton, played four years of varsity football for the Falcons, and Cohen, a veteran of the 2009 Maccabiah Games, was a member of the Bentley club rugby team. He’s a Connecticut native who now lives in New York City.

Mass. College Hoops: NE-10 Women’s Semifinals Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

Four teams entered this evening’s semifinals round and two teams advanced to Sunday’s Northeast-10 Conference championship. Below are roundups from the local women’s contests.

Assumption College 74, Merrimack College 64 – Gabrielle Gibson netted a game-best 30 points, Jamie Insel recorded 13 points and 11 rebounds as the Hounds topped the Warriors in Worcester and punched their ticket to the conference championship. Merrimack received 18 points off the bench from Chloe Rothman and 17 points from Kelly Schatzlein. Assumption’s 22nd win matched a program record, while Merrimack concluded their season with a 17-12 mark.

Bentley University 74, Franklin Pierce 55 – Jacqui Brugliera registered 16 of her season-high 22 points in the second, which lifted the Falcons past the Ravens in Waltham. Bentley’s Lauren Battista recorded 13 points and 11 boards, while Courtney Finn finished with nine points and nine rebounds. The win marks the Falcons 24th time they’ve reached the conference title. 

Mass. College Hoops: NE-10 Conference Tourney Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Northeast-10 quarterfinals are officially in the books and below are highlights from each local contest.

Men’s Basketball

St. A’s 98, UMass Lowell 85 – Akeem Williams matched Saint Anselm’s Mike McCahey for a game-best 27 points, but that wasn’t enough to help the River Hawks defeat the top-seeded Hawks in Manchester, New Hampshire. Antonio Bivins and Mike Cornelius each netted 15 points for UMass Lowell, while Chad Holley added 12 points.

Saint Rose 67, Assumption College 64 – For the second straight game, the Golden Knights upset a top seed as Saint Rose topped second seeded Assumption in Worcester. Saint Rose relied on some clutch shots down the stretch and All-Conference First Team member Dominykas Milka, who registered 15 points and 12 boards in the win. Terrence Bobb-Jones paced the Hounds with 16 points.

Women’s Basketball 

Bentley 89, Adelphi 80 – The Falcons tied a school record for points in a half with 62 to overcome a 12 point deficit at the break. Courtney Finn,  Lauren Battista and Jacqui Brugliera combined for 61 points and 25 rebounds, which helped Bentley secure a spot in the conference semifinals for the 30th time in 32 years.

Assumption College 80, New Haven 66 – Gabrielle Gibson filled the stat sheet with a game-best 21 points, along with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals as the Hounds topped the Chargers in Worcester.

Merrimack College 77, Stonehill College 72 – Chloe Rothman registered a game-best 23 points off the bench to power the Warriors past the second-seeded Skyhawks. Merrimack’s Allison Wagner netted 13 points off the bench, while Stonehill’s Tori Faieta finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Franklin Pierce 84, UMass Lowell 69 – Bianca Simmons tallied a game-best 28 points, but that was enough for the River Hawks to defeat the Ravens in Lowell. Franklin Pierce’s Tiffany Johnson finished with 20 points and 10 boards.