D3 Basketball: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Jan. 13th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Tufts University remained the TOP team in our seventh New England D-III Women’s Basketball Top 10 after winning a trio of games last week, including their conference opener against Wesleyan University. The Jumbos will be on the road this week with contests at Hamilton College on Friday, January 17th and Amherst College on Saturday, January 18th.

The Mammoths of Amherst opened conference play with back-to-back wins over Middlebury College and Williams College to extend their current winning streaks to 10-games. Amherst is in action three times this week, including Tuesday, January 14th when they host Wesleyan.

Similar to Tufts, Bowdoin College enters the week riding an impressive 14-game winning streak, which will be put to the test three times this week against Maine-Presque Isle, Middlebury, and Williams.

WPI joined the poll this week following a few impressive regional wins over Westfield State, Williams, and Western New England. The Engineers will host Middlebury on Tuesday before hopping into conference play eight days later against Clark University.

And finally, Rhode Island College checked-in fifth overall after picking up their tenth-straight win this past weekend against Keene State. RIC visits ninth-ranked Eastern Connecticut on Wednesday for an important conference clash.


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week Five Poll| Monday, January 13th, 2020

1. Tufts University 14-0, 1-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Bowdoin College  14-0, 2-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Amherst College 13-1, 2-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
4. WPI  10-4, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: Not Ranked
5. Rhode Island College 13-1, 6-0 LEC Last Week: No. 8
6. Brandeis University 10-2, 0-1 UAA Last Week: No. 6 
7. Williams College 12-2, 1-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
8. Smith College 13-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 5
9. Eastern Connecticut 11-2, 5-0 LEC Last Week: No. 9
10. Western New Eng. 11-3, 4-1 CCC Last Week: No. 7

ON THE RISE: Babson College, Bates College, Emmanuel College, Middlebury College, Springfield College, Trinity College, UMass Boston, University of New England, and Wesleyan University,


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week OneWeek TwoWeek Three|Week Four Week FiveWeek Six 

 

WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, January 7th, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Happy New Year!

A few weeks of college basketball in the Worcester area are in the books, which means it is time to unveil our fifth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 


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Lauren Manis averaged 18.8 points and 12.0 rebounds in six contests for Holy Cross over the holiday break. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mark Seliger)

Women’s Player of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Sr. | Franklin, Mass.): In six games between Saturday, December 14th, 2019 and Saturday, January 4, 2020, Lauren Manis averaged 18.8 points and 12.0 rebounds as the Crusaders went 5-1. During that six-game stretch, the senior forward chipped in 14 assists, nine steals, and six blocks while shooting .519 from the field and .600 from 3-point range. She had five games with double-doubles, including a 28-point, 11-rebound showing against New Hampshire on Dec. 22; she had four straight games with 20 or more points. She opened conference play at Loyola on Jan. 2 with a 16-rebound, 13-point performance, and with 12 rebounds at Navy on Jan. 4, she became the third player in program history to surpass the 1,000-rebound mark for her career.


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Becker College first-year Natasha Pacheco averaged 5.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game over three games for the Hawks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Natasha Pacheco (Becker College | Freshman | Fairfax, Va.): Pacheco continued to show why she was one of the best rookies in the region during the holiday break by averaging 5.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game over three games. In Becker’s win at Lesley this past Saturday, the first-year was a dominant force in the paint, pulling down a career-high 19 rebounds while scoring ten points with five assists and a steal. Pacheco’s 19 boards matched the total for the entire Lesley team.


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Riley Berry (Becker | Sophomore | Margate, Fla.): Berry averaged 10.3 points per game with 3.3 steals and 3.0 rebounds.  In Becker’s win at Lesley this past Saturday, the sophomore finished with 10 points on the day, including a career-high seven steals.

Brianna Capacchione (Assumption College | Senior | Washington Township, N.J.):  Capacchione has been instrumental to Assumption’s success over the past few weeks, averaging 15.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists in five contests while being the leading scorer in three of them. In the Hounds’ win over Caldwell, Capacchione put up eight points while adding four rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Against Saint Michael’s she led the team with 19 points while adding six rebounds, four assists, and one block. She continued her success against District of Columbia where she led the Blue and White with 16 points and added seven rebounds. Capacchione also led the team with 21 points with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in the Hounds’ victory over Dominican. This past Sunday, Capacchione helped her team to their fifth consecutive victory by stuffing the stat sheet with 13 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one block.

Sierra Johnson (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Brockton, Mass.): Johnson concluded the holiday break by averaging 20.25 points in four contests with her best performance occurring this past weekend against Dean College. Johnson converted 12 of 18 shots against the Bulldogs, including three trifectas for a career-high 37 points. She finished one point shy of matching Meghan DePatsy‘s single-game record of 38 points.

Emily Sifferlen (Clark University | Sophomore | North Andover, Mass.): Since the last WACBA report, Sifferlen has been a player to watch – she averaged 24.75 points in four contests while netting a new career-high of 30 points in a late December setback to Drew. The second-year guard netted 26 points or more in three contests to bump her points per game average to 16.2 through 13 contests this season. Additionally, Sifferlen pulled down 12 rebounds, including a season-best eight caroms against Suffolk on Tuesday, December 10th, while tallying seven assists in all four contests. She is currently averaging 4.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Sr. | Los Angeles, CA): Vinson, a Southern California native, had a strong showing in front of family and friends as the Engineers won both games on during their holiday trip.  The senior shared team-high honors with 14 points as the Crimson and Gray began their west coast swing with an 80-61 victory over Occidental.  Vinson then scored the first six points of the game and ended up with a double-double (career-high equaling 20 points and 10 rebounds) in a wire-to-wire in a 60-45 triumph over host Caltech.  Over the four games during break, the center averaged 13.8 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 64.1% from the floor.


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

 

WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, January 7th, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Happy New Year!

A few weeks of college basketball in the Worcester area are in the books, which means it is time to unveil our fifth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 


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Anna Maria College’s Mike Rapoza averaged a double-double in four contests over the holiday break for the AMCATs. (PHOTO COURTESY: Anna Maria College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza competed in four contests since Monday, December 9th, 2019, averaging 23.25 points and 18 rebounds per game. During the four-game stretch, the senior forward tallied 20 rebounds or more in back-to-back wins over Framingham State and Mitchell College. He also recorded 20 points or more in both contests, too. Against Trinity College this past weekend, Rapoza recorded a double-double of 29 points and 14 rebounds.


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Joe Pridgen averaged 20.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in six games since Monday, December 9th, 2019. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Joe Pridgen (Holy Cross | Fr. | Winchendon, Mass.): In six games since Monday, December 9th, 2019, Pridgen has averaged 20.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists, while hitting 59.0 percent of his field-goal attempts and 57.1 percent of his three-pointers. He scored a career-high 32 points against UMass Boston while adding  26 points against Loyola (Md.) and 23 points against Sacred Heart. The first-year forward netted double-figures in three more outings since his team’s mid-to-late December contests while matching a career-high of nine rebounds at Siena.


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Assumption College’s Matthew Kelly averaged 20 points in four contests since mid-to-late December while eclipsing the 1,000-point mark against Georgian Court. (PHOTO COURTESY: Assumption College Athletics)

Men’s Milestone of the Week: Matthew Kelly (Assumption College | Jr. | North Potomac, Md.): Kelly scored 80 points in a four-game stretch for Assumption College as the Hounds picked up four wins since the beginning of December and now sit at 8-4 overall as of this morning’s release. He started the break with 25 points in a 91-76 conference victory at Saint Michael’s before netting his 1,000th career point in a victory over Georgian Court where he totaled 17 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Kelly would add 12 points in a victory over Chestnut Hill before putting up a game-high 26 points in an 83-79 victory at Molloy this past Saturday. He is currently leading the Hounds with 19.2 points per game.


Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

Zackary Mittelstadt (Clark University | Sophomore |Wilton, Maine): In a pair of late December contests against Endicott College and Salem State, the second-year guard averaged 17.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. He netted a season-high 22 points on 7 of 11 field-goal attempts against the Vikings, which helped Clark score a 97-87 win before tallying 13 points in a 94-71 setback to the Gulls of Endicott.

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker |Jr. | Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro entered the break by continuing to enjoy a breakout year for the Hawks, as the Junior averaged 22.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game in wins over Bridgewater State and Maine Maritime. Ribeiro shot 52.6 percent from the floor.

Garrett Stephenson (WPI| Jr. | Townsend, MA): Stephenson netted eight of WPI’s 17 points in a game-opening 17-0 run as the Crimson and Gray opened 2020 with a 90-38 road victory at Framingham State. The junior center finished with a game-best 16 points on perfect 8 of 8 shooting from the floor to go along with four rebounds and three assists in just 17 minutes of action.  Stephenson added a defensive effort that equaled the fewest points allowed in the Chris Bartley era as the Engineers have not allowed fewer points in a game in 68 years, a span of 1,562 games.


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

 

WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 2019)

 

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our fourth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

PROGRAM NOTE: This will be our final WACBA Honor Roll report until Tuesday, January 7th, 2020! 


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Becker College’s Mateus Ribeiro averaged 19.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in a pair of games for the Hawks last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Becker College Athletics)

Men’s Player of the Week: Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Jr. | Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro continued his outstanding play this past week, leading the Hawks to back-to-back wins over Clark University and Anna Maria College. The junior averaged 19.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, all while shooting 60 percent from the floor. Facing the Cougars this past Tuesday, Ribeiro scored 22 points with 15 rebounds – both career-highs – in a 69-54 victory. Then, against the AMCATs on Thursday, the junior scored 16 points with nine boards and five assists to spark a 66-56 win. Ribeiro played every minute of both contests, averaging 40 minutes per game for the week. Ribeiro was named New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Player of the Week and Becker Athlete of the Week for the week ending December 8, 2019. At press time, Ribeiro was ranked seventh in the nation in double-doubles with five and fifth in the nation in total minutes.


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Joe Pridgen averaged 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game on the week while hitting 53.6 percent of his field-goal attempts last week for Holy Cross. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Joe Pridgen (Holy Cross | Fr. | Winchendon, Mass.): Pridgen led the Crusaders in scoring in both games this past week. He netted career-highs of 21 points and nine rebounds in his team’s win over Mercer before adding 16 points and matching his career-best with nine boards at San Diego. Pridgen averaged 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game on the week while hitting 53.6 percent of his field-goal attempts.


Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Matthew Kelly (Assumption College | Jr. | North Potomac, Md.): Kelly led the Hounds in their lone game of the week by tallying 27 points to go along with four rebounds and a game-leading six assists against Bentley University. He also picked up three steals while concluding the contest shooting 57.9% (11-19) from the field and 45.5% (5-11) from behind the arc.

Biko Gayman (Clark University | Jr. | Fort Pierce, Fla.): Gayman was an integral part of the Cougars’ offense this past week. In a victory over Framingham State, the junior netted a season-high 28 points, moving his average for the week to 21.5 points and his points per game shooting percentage to 80%. Prior to his team’s meeting against Framingham State, Gayman was able to produce a team-high 15 points against Becker College.

Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy averaged 12 points, 6.5 rebounds, one assist, 2.5 steals and 0.5 blocks per game over two contests for the Green and Gold. He collected eight points, six rebounds, one assist, four steals and one block in a 91-82 setback to Gordon College on Thursday before adding 16 points, seven caroms, one assist and one steal in an 80-75 loss to MIT on Saturday.

Garrett Stephenson (WPI | Jr. | Townsend, MA): Stephenson averaged 13 points and 6.5 rebounds during a 1-1 week for the Engineers. The junior paced the WPI with a game-best 21 points on 8-of-11 from the floor to go along with six rebounds and two assists in a 72-62 victory over previously undefeated Tufts last Tuesday. 


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

 

WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 2019)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our fourth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

PROGRAM NOTE: This will be our final WACBA Honor Roll report until Tuesday, January 7th, 2020! 


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Isabella Nerney netted 51 points in two games last week, including 36 points in her team’s eight-point win over Clark University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Co-Women’s Player of the Week: Isabella Nerney (Nichols College | Jr. | Guilford, Conn.): Nerney scored 51 points last week, which helped the Bison go 2-0 while picking up their first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) win of the season. Last Tuesday, Nerney dropped in 15 points and snared five rebounds in the 69-62 come-from-behind win over conference-rival Wentworth. On Saturday, the Guilford, Connecticut native had a historic game by pouring in 36 points (10-of-20 FG), including a program-record eight three-pointers to go along with eight rebounds in the Bison’s 70-62 win against Clark University. Nerney’s s eight triples broke the program-record, which was held by current head coach MaryLynn Skarzenski. The 36 points scored against the Cougars were the second-most recorded in a game in program history.


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Nichols College first-year Alexis Finnerty averaged 20 points in a pair of games last week for the Bison. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Alexis Finnerty (Nichols College | Fr. | Chester, Conn.): Finnerty averaged 20 points per game this past week, as the Bison went 2-0 with one of their wins being their first conference victory of the 2019-20 season. Finnerty scored 18 points (6-of-9 FG) and hauled in four rebounds in the 69-62 win against Leopards. She scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half alone to help propel the Bison to the win. On Saturday, the Chester, Connecticut native dropped her second 20-plus point game of the season, scoring 22 in the Bison’s 70-62 win over Clark University. She also added three boards and three assists. And once again, she was very productive in crunch time against the Cougars, scoring 18 of her 22 points in the second half.


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MaryLynn Skarzenski recorded her 100th career win on the sidelines last week when she guided Nichols College to a seven-point win over Wentworth Institute of Technology. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Women’s Milestone of the Week: MaryLynn Skarzenski (Nichols College): Skarzenski recorded her 100th career win on the sidelines last Wednesday by leading her Alma mater to a 69-62 win over Wentworth Institute of Technology. A member of the Class of 2009, Skarzenski enjoyed a successful four-year career with the Bison by becoming the program’s all-time leader in games played (115), assists (641), and steals (409). She was named a four-time CCC first-teamer and two-time Defensive Player of the Year. Additionally, she was named the CCC Player of the Year and Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season. Skarzenski, who is in her third season with the Bison, cut her teeth into the coaching world as an assistant with the University of New England women’s basketball program before becoming the head coach at Daniel Webster College and Mitchell College. 


Women’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Amber Wilson (Anna Maria College | Jr. | New York, N.Y.): Wilson enjoyed another successful week with the Anna Maria College women’s basketball program, averaging 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 2.0 steals. She began the week by netting a team-high 23 points in a five-point setback to Gordon College (69-64) to go along with six rebounds (all defensive caroms), five blocks, three assists, and two steals. Three days later against Mitchell College, Wilson tallied 14, while tallying nine defensive rebounds, six assists, six blocks, and two steals. Through eight contests this season, the junior from New York, New York is averaging career-bests in points (19.4) and rebounds (7.9) per game.

Meghan Reen (Assumption College | Jr. | Norwood, Mass.): Reen averaged 12.0 points this past week along with 4.0 assists and shooting 50.0 percent from the floor and 66.7 percent from beyond the arc. Reen led the Hounds in their match-up against Bentley University this past week with 12.0 points while going 5-for-10 from the floor and 2-for-3 from the three.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Sr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison averaged 11.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game this past week, including leading the Hawks to their New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) win at Bay Path on Saturday.

Hannah Favaloro (Clark University | Jr. | Blackstone, Mass.): Hannah Favaloro led the Cougars this week against Brandeis and Nichols in points, scoring 20 points and 16 points, respectively. The Blackstone, Mass. native, ended the week with an average of 8.5 rebounds per game and 63 minutes on the court. Favaloro is now averaging 13.7 points per game and 11.1 rebounds per game for the season.

Madalyn Smith (Holy Cross | Sr. | Sussex, N.J.): The Crusaders’ senior captain recorded a pair of double-figure performances against Rhode Island last Wednesday and UMass on Sunday. Against URI, she shattered her previous career-high of 16 with a 25-point showing, including sinking seven 3-pointers, the second-most in single-game program history. She followed that up with a 12-point, six-assist day at UMass. Smith leads the team with 34 assists this season. 

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Sr. | Los Angeles, Calf.): Vinson registered a season-best and team-high 18 points and five rebounds in WPI’s 56-44 setback this past Saturday to Tufts University. The senior was 8-of-14 from the floor and added three blocks and an assist in 29 minutes of action. She scored six of her points in the first half, which closed with WPI trailing by three, 21-18.


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more.