Mass. College Hoops: 10 Games To Watch This Weekend

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the weather getting cooler (well, not exactly today!) and basketball season in full tilt, it’s time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for this weekend.

Men’s Basketball:

No. 21 UMass vs. BYU: The Minutemen will look to earn their eight win of the season when they host the Cougars for a 1:30 p.m. tip. BYU enters the game having won two of their last three and three of their last four, while UMass junior Cady Lalanne is averaging a team-best 16.4 points per game and 11.4 rebounds.

Harvard at Boston University: The Crimson will attempt to earn their fifth straight victory, along with their ninth overall win when they travel across the Charles River for the second time this week to face the Terriers. Harvard’s Wesley Saunders is averaging a team-best 15.1 points per game, while BU’s Maurice Watson Jr. ranks first on the Terriers in assists per game (5.6). BU, which has won four straight, will look to earn their fifth consecutive victory, along with their seventh overall victory.

Bentley vs. St. Michael’s: After seeing their seven-game winning streak conclude on Wednesday, the Falcons will look to rebound against a 6-2 St. Mike’s squad, which enters the contest having won one of their last three contests. Keep an eye on Bentley’s Tyler McFarland, who ranks fourth in the Northeast-10 Conference in points per game (20.4). He’s also fifth in rebounds (8.9) and three-point percentage (52.6).

Springfield at Williams: After losing to Hampden-Sydney, the Pride has rebounded with back-to-back wins against Penn St.-New Kensington and Trinity (Conn.). They’ll look to earn their sixth win of the season against Williams, which hasn’t lost since their first game of the season. Daniel Wohl leads the Ephs with 17.7 points per game, while Michael Mayer ranks first in rebounds (10.3). Robbie Burke leads Springfield with 80 points and 45 boards, while Alex Garstka ranks second in points with 79.

Eastern Nazarene at Endicott: The Lions, winners of six straight, will look to earn their seventh victory of the season, as well as well as their second Commonwealth Coast Conference win when they travel to Beverley to face Endicott. The Gulls commenced their season with four straight wins before dropping their last two games to Gordon and Rivier. Eastern Nazarene’s Jaylen Owens ranks second in the conference in points per game (18.2), while Endicott’s Taylor Rioux is second in field goal percentage (65.5).

Women’s Basketball:

Harvard vs. Long Beach State @ Phoenix, Ariz.: The Crimson will take their 6-2 record on the road this weekend when they travel to the Grand Canyon to face Long Beach State in the first round of the Arizona State classic. Keep an eye on Christine Clark (19.4 points per game) and Melissa Mullins (9.1 rebounds per game).

Fordham at Holy Cross: The Crusaders will look to earn their seventh straight victory when they host a Rams squad that recently won the Lady Rebel Round-Up tournament against Cincinnati in Las Vegas. Holy Cross’ ‘hot start’ is their best start in over 30 years. Holy Cross has also scored 70 points in every contest this season, including 92 points against UMass Lowell. Alex Smith leads the unit with 98 points.

So. New Hampshire at Stonehill College: The Skyhawks, winners of two straight, as well as three of their last four, will look to earn their seventh win of the season when they host the Penmen in Easton. Stonehill is 3-1 in NE-10 play this season. On Wednesday, the Skyhawks defeated Assumption, 79-68, thanks to 21 points, five assists and five rebounds from Mary Louis Dixon, as well as 14 points and nine boards from Tori Faieta.

Wesleyan at Williams College: The Ephs haven’t lost a regular season contest since last season when Smith College topped Williams, 53-49. Since then, Williams has won 11 straight, including seven this season. They’ll look to extend their current streak to 12 when they host Wesleyan for an important New England Small College Athletic Conference matchup. Keep an eye on Kellie Macdonald, who’s averaging a team-best 14.0 points per game.

Wheaton College at Clark University: Can the Lyons make it seven in a row? Wheaton, which has been one of the biggest surprises of the season thus far, is coming off a 77-52 win over Emerson College on Wednesday. Wheaton has registered 70 points or more in five contests this season. Clark has won three of the last four meetings, including both games last season. Keep an eye on Wheaton’s Abbie Brickley and Kiley Shoemaker, as well as Clark’s senior trio, which includes Emily Reilly, Ashleigh Condon and Megan Grondin.

Mass. College Hoops: Five Games To Watch This Weekend (Feb. 15-17)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Friday, which means it is officially time to unveil our five college basketball games to watch this weekend. And as noted on this week’s hockey game post, make sure to check back throughout the weekend for recaps and roundups.

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Men’s Basketball:

Princeton at Harvard (Saturday, 7:00 p.m.) – After last week’s shocker against Columbia, Harvard now has one blemish on their conference mark. However, they can certainly turn the page with back-to-back wins against Penn on Friday and Princeton on Saturday.

Princeton remains a half game behind Harvard for first in the Ivy League, and enters the weekend having won one of their last three games.

Harvard ranks 11th in the country in field goal percentage (.487%) and 94th in assists per game (14.2). Wesley Saunders has tallied 10 points or more in every game this season, as well as registered a season-high 27 points against Columbia.

WPI at Clark University (Saturday, 3:00 p.m.) – After earning two back-to-back losses to MIT and Springfield College, the Engineers will look to conclude their regular season with a victory against the Cougars, a squad that’s dropped two straight.

WPI was ranked second in the country last week, but their loss to Springfield dropped them three spots. The Engineers, though, are most likely not worried about their spot in the recent D3Hoops.com rankings, but instead, capping their successful campaign with a win.

Keep your eyes on Clark’s Brian Vayda (16.9 points per game) and WPI’s Marco Coppola (15.8), as both players will be the players to watch in tomorrow’s contest.

Mount Ida College at Anna Maria College (Saturday, 3:00 p.m.) The AMCATs enter the final weekend of the regular season with a 14 game winning streak. Coach Shawn Conrad told Noontime Sports that their game against Mount Ida College earlier this season was a turning point. And ever since their 72-62 victory against the Mustangs in Newton, the AMCATs have been unstoppable.

Anna Maria’s Anthony Clink ranks second in the GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) in points per game (19.5), while Mount Ida’s Kenny Jean ranks fourth in field goal percentage (55.4%).

Women’s Basketball:

Harvard at Princeton (Saturday, 6:00 p.m.) – Similar to the men’s game, this particular clash is very important too.

Harvard’s won three straight, while Princeton is on a seven-game winning streak. The Crimson’s only blemish in Ivy League play came against Dartmouth College on January 26.

Princeton ranks first in scoring, while Harvard ranks second with 68.6 points per game. The Tigers are first in scoring defense and have limited their opponents to roughly 54 points per game.

Excluding team statistics, this game will feature the league’s two best scorers – Princeton’s Niveen Rasheed (321 points) and Harvard’s Christine Clark (316 points).

Adelphi at Assumption College (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.) – This particular tilt is an important one for the Hounds, who’re currently tied for third place in the Northeast-10 Conference with UMass Lowell.

Last time Adelphi and Assumption met; the Panthers defeated the Hounds, 66-58. Assumption finished the contest 23 of 65 from the field, while Adelphia managed to connect on 23 of 52 shots.

Assumption will certainly lean on Gabrielle Gibson, who is third in the conference in points per game (16.8). Adelphi will counter with Jessica Kitrys, whose second in the conference in points per game (17.8). 

Mass. College Hoops: Sunday Afternoon/Evening Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

Due to the Blizzard of 2013, numerous college basketball games were postponed to Sunday afternoon and evening. And below is a quick roundup from the various conference tilts.

Men’s Basketball:

Columbia 78, Harvard 63 – The Crimson saw their four-game winning streak conclude, as the Lions outscored the visitors, 40-29 during the second stanza, which earned them their first win against Harvard in their last eight meetings. Harvard’s Wesley Saunders netted a career-best 27 points in the setback.

Duke 62, Boston College 61Despite being tied at 27 after one session, the Blue Devils managed to tally an additional point in the second, which lifted them past the Eagles in Chestnut Hill. BC’s Olivier Hanlan tallied a game-high 20 points in the win, while Ryan Anderson finished with 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Southern New Hampshire 85, UMass Lowell 73The River Hawks were no match for their opponent; as the Penmen outscored the hosts, 51-33 during the final stanza to secure their 13th overall win of the season. Akeem Williams, who finished the contest with a game-high 24 points, paced UMass Lowell in the setback.

Amherst College 65, Williams College 48 – Allen Williamson recorded 16 points, Aaron Toomey netted 14 points and Willy Workman added 13 points, as the visiting Lord Jeffs topped the Ephs for the second time this season. Williams’ Michael Mayer led all scorers with a game-high 17 points.

Case Western Reserve 56, Brandeis University 46 – The Judges couldn’t overcome an eight-point deficit at the break, as the Spartans handed their conference foe their sixth loss of the season. Brandeis’ Youri Dascy led all players with 16 points, while Gabriel Moton recorded 12 points.

Women’s Basketball:

Harvard 69, Cornell 60 (OT) – Victoria Lippert tallied 19 points, Christine Clark chipped in 15 points, and Temi Fagbenle finished with 12 points, as the Crimson defeated the visiting Big Red in overtime and earned their 13th win of the season.

Bentley University 61, St. Anselm 21The Falcons picked up their 21st win of the season, as well as held the Hawks to just eight points in the second half. Courtney Finn led all scorers with 13 points, while Jacqui Brugliera and Kelsey Roberson each netted 11 points.

Stonehill College 67, Merrimack College 55The Skyhawks snapped their one-game skid by earning their 18th overall win of the season. Stonehill’s Tori Faieta led all scorers with 17 points, while Asia Ewing and Mary Louise Dixon tallied 16 points, respectively. Shelby Secor, who registered 11 points, led Merrimack.   

Williams College 71, Amherst College 51 – Claire Baecher filled the stat sheet with 30 points, eight rebounds, two blocks, as well as one assist and one steal, which helped the Ephs defeat the Lord Jeffs in Williamstown.

Babson College 73, Smith College 52 – The Beavers sank 30 of 50 shots from the field and received 22 points and 15 rebounds from Sarah Collins, as Babson defeated Smith College for the second time this season. Paulina Solis led the Pioneers with 17 points off the bench.

Framingham State 74, MCLA 63 – Madeleine Park reached the 1,000-point plateau on a three-pointer at the beginning of the game, as well as finished with 17 points, which helped the Rams get past the Trailblazers. Samantha Irvine led Framingham State with 18 points and 11 boards.

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.