New England D-III Hoops Notebook: Brandeis, Emmanuel Score Impressive Mid-Week Victories

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

For the first time since 2005, the Emmanuel College women’s basketball team scored a win over the top team in Division III as the Saints beat Amherst College last night by a score of 60-55.

The Saints, who beat Bowdoin College 14 years ago when they were the top team in D-III, were led by Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda, who recorded a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. The Cambridge, Massachusetts native connected on 10 of 20 shots from the field, while sinking five of eight freebies.

Emmanuel led Amherst, 23-19, at the break – they would outscore the Mammoths, 26-19, in the final session to secure their fourth win of the season.

The setback snapped an early three-game winning streak for the Mammoths, which scored early-season wins against Babson CollegeIthaca College, and New Jersey City. Amherst is scheduled to face Eastern Connecticut on Saturday before heading to Las Vegas, Nevada three weeks later to compete in the D3Hoops.com Classic.

Emmanuel, which has won four of seven contests thus far, visits MIT on Saturday before hosting Rhode Island College next Monday, December 9th. The win over the Mammoths should provide the Blue and Gold with some momentum heading into their next two contests before heading to Nevada, as well, to compete in two days of the D3Hoops Classic at the end of the month.

Keep your eyes on Ramirez-Tejeda over the next few weeks – the senior guard is averaging 20.7 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. Additionally, she is averaging 2.9 assists per game and sinking 64.4 percent of her free throws.

Brandeis University scored an exciting 99-88 overtime win last night against Babson, thanks to a pair of impressive performances by Hannah Nicholson (19 points and 16 rebounds) and Camila Casanueva (19 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists).

The Judges outscored the Beavers, 25-14, in the extra session – Brandeis utilized an 8-2 run to begin the overtime period, which provided them enough momentum to secure their fifth win of the season.

Brandeis has enjoyed a successful start to its 2019-20 campaign – they won their Tip-Off Tournament early last month with wins against Framingham State and Nichols College while scoring non-conference wins over Roger Williams and Salem State. The Judges’ lone setback came against Tufts University late last month – the Jumbos outscored Brandeis, 41-29, in the second half to secure an 81-77 win.

The Judges will visit Clark University and Johnson & Wales later this week before hosting Becker College next Monday.

Since falling to New England College last month, the WPI men’s basketball team has looked unstoppable as they have now won seven consecutive contests, including a 72-62 win on Tuesday against Tufts.

WPI’s Garrett Stephenson stuffed the stat sheet against the Jumbos with a game-high 21 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Colin McNamara contributed 13 points, eight rebounds, and four assists, while Reid Walker added 10 points, three rebounds, and one assist.

The Engineers will attempt to stretch their winning streak to eight games on Saturday when they visit Albertus Magnus for a 5 p.m. tip-off.

WPI has scored some impressive regional victories thus far against Tufts, Salem StateFitchburg State, Eastern Connecticut, and Brandeis. After their visit to the Falcons, WPI will be off for the holidays before visiting Framingham State on Saturday, January 4th for its final non-conference clash.

As of this morning, the Engineers are the only New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) team that has won eight games thus far. Babson has won all six of its contests, while Springfield College has won five-straight.

Speaking of the Beavers, they host Amherst this evening with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. Babson has been a team to watch thus far, but Wednesday’s meeting with the Mammoths will certainly be a good test for the Green and White.

Following their non-conference clash with the Mammoths, Babson will compete in the New England Big 4 Challenge this weekend – their first game is against Salem State on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Big 4 Challenge is always a fun tournament to watch – the two day, the four-game tournament features Babson, Tufts, Brandeis, and Salem State.

Western New England Secures Our New England D-III Women’s Team of the Month

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Emily Farrell and Meghan Orbann have been two players to watch on Western New England this season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Western New England has enjoyed a very successful start to its 2019-20 season.

The Golden Bears have won six of seven contests and head into their final week of the semester with some serious momentum. And that momentum, as well as their impressive play has earned WNE our Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Team of the Month honor for November.

WNE secured the fourth spot in our weekly Top 10 New England D-III Women’s Basketball Poll yesterday for the second-straight week following a post-Thanksgiving Day win over Roger Williams.

Before their win over the Hawks, the Golden Bears picked-up some impressive regional wins against Babson CollegeEastern Connecticut State, UMass Dartmouth, and Worcester State.

WNE’s lone loss of the season came early last month against Springfield College.

This week, the Golden Bears will look to conclude the first semester with two more wins when they host Salve Regina University on Wednesday, December 4th before visiting Endicott College on Saturday, December 7th. Following their visit to Beverly, Massachusetts, the Golden Bears will be off until the first week of January when they host Westfield State.

WNE is currently third in field goal percentage (38.6%) in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), but first in free throw percentage (75.9%). Meghan Orbann is seventh in the conference in points per game (13.1), while Emily Farrell is tied for eighth with 13.0 points per game.

Players to Watch on Western New England: 

  • Meghan Orbann: The senior is averaging a career-best 13.1 points per game – she has tallied 92 points in seven games this season on 29 of 69 shooting … Orbann has converted 14 of 31 three-pointers and has pulled down 45 rebounds … Through seven contests, Orbann has recorded 14 steals and 13 assists.
  • Emily Farrell: The senior guard is averaging 13.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.3 assists in seven contests this season … Farrell is second on the team in points (91) and third in rebounds (33) … She leads the Golden Bears with 30 assists and is tied for second with eight steals.
  • Courtney Carlson: Carlson is third on the team in points (9.9), rebounds (4.7), and assists (2.0) per game … The senior forward’s 9.9 points per game is currently a career-best … Through seven contests, Carlson has recorded 32 rebounds, 14 assists, and 14 steals.

Colby College Secures Our New England D-III Men’s Basketball Team of the Month

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Following an impressive first month of the 2019-20 New England D-III men’s basketball season, we have selected Colby College as our ‘Team of the Month’ for November.

The Mules, who recently improved to 7-0 this past weekend with a 106-102 win over Kean University, recently moved-up three spots in today’s New England D-III Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll for Monday, December 2nd, 2019.

Colby has scored some impressive regional (and non-regional) wins thus far, including a 103-97 season-opening victory against Ramapo CollegeAlex Dorion led the Mules with a team-high 23 points, while Noah Tyson pulled down 10 rebounds.

Despite scoring eight points less than the Roadrunners in the second half, Colby managed to outscore Ramapo, 16-10, in the extra session to secure their first of seven consecutive wins.

Including their most recent win over Kean, the Mules boast a 4-0 record in Waterville, Maine, a 2-0 mark away from campus and a 1-0 record in neutral sites.

Two of the team’s six wins last month came against Gordon College (95-77) and New England College (103-67) in the Colby Classic.

This week, the Mules face Thomas College on Tuesday, December 3rd followed by a visit to Colby-Sawyer on Saturday, December 7th. Colby will then break for the holidays before visiting Southern Maine on Tuesday, December 31st.

Players to Watch: 

  • Sam Jefferson: 181 points through seven contests … has netted 61 of 90 field goals, including 28 of 48 three-pointers … He is first on the team in three-point percentage (58.3%) … Jefferson is 31 of 34 from the free-throw line … Jefferson has also recorded 23 rebounds, 37 assists, and 10 steals.
  • Matt Hanna: Second on the team in points (121) and fourth on the team in rebounds (24) … Leads the Mules in assists with 37 … Hanna has converted 14 of 17 free throws (82.4 %).
  • Noah Tyson: Leads the Mules with 56 rebounds through seven contests … Tyson has also recorded 11 assists and seven steals … Ranks fourth on the team in points (83).
  • Alex Dorion: Dorion has come off the bench to net 92 points on 33 of 58 shooting, including 24 of 44 from beyond the arc … The senior guard has registered 16 rebounds, 14 assists, and two swipes.

D3 Basketball: Women’s Basketball Top 10 Preseason Poll (Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

A brand new season of New England D-III basketball is set to tip-off this week (and weekend, as well as next week, too), which means it is time to unveil our first  Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 20 Poll.

Our weekly poll will be posted every Tuesday this month but will transition to Mondays in December once our New England D-III Football coverage concludes.

Fans of our New England D-III (and other regional basketball coverage) can follow @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter. 


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Preseason Poll | Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 2019

1. Amherst College 

2018-19 Record: 25-4, 9-1 NESCAC

2. Tufts University 2018-19 Record: 28-3, 8-2 NESCAC
3. Bowdoin College  2018-19 Record: 31-2, 10-0 NESCAC
4. Middlebury College  2018-19 Record: 20-8, 5-5 NESCAC
5. Eastern Connecticut  2018-19 Record: 19-9, 12-4 LEC
6. Emmanuel College  2018-19 Record: 24-6, 11-1 GNAC
7. Babson College  2018-19 Record: 21-5, 14-2 NEWMAC
8. Smith College  2018-19 Record: 22-7, 13-3 NEWMAC
9. Springfield College  2018-19 Record: 18-10, 12-4 NEWMAC
10. MIT  2018-19 Record: 21-8, 12-4 NEWMAC

On The Rise: Brandeis University, Conn. College, Saint Joseph’s (Maine), Trinity College, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, Wesleyan University, and Western New England 

 

D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Preseason Poll (Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

A brand new season of New England D-III basketball is set to tip-off this week – in fact, one team will play its initial game of the 2019-20 season this evening when MIT visits Harvard University at 7 p.m.

Most teams will begin their respective campaigns later this week (or this weekend), as well as next week, too, so let’s get you ready for a brand new season with our first Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 20 Poll.

Our weekly poll will be posted every Tuesday this month but will transition to Mondays in December once our New England D-III Football coverage concludes.

Fans of our New England D-III (and other regional basketball coverage) can follow @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter. 


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Preseason Poll | Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 2019

1. Amherst College 

2018-19 Record: 25-5, 7-3 NESCAC

2. Nichols College 

2018-19 Record: 28-3, 15-1 CCC

3. Middlebury College 

2018-19 Record: 18-8, 7-3 NESCAC

4. WPI 

2018-19 Record: 19-9, 8-6 NEWMAC

5. Hamilton College 

2018-19 Record: 25-5, 7-3 NESCAC

6. Salem State University

2018-19 Record: 18-10, 10-2 MASCAC

7. Eastern Connecticut 

2018-19 Record: 20-7, 13-3 LEC

8. Tufts University

2018-19 Record: 12-14, 4-6 NESCAC

9. Brandeis University

2018-19 Record: 18-11, 7-7 UAA

10. Williams College 

2018-19 Record: 23-7, 6-4 NESCAC

On The Rise: Albertus Magnus, Babson College, Colby College, Endicott College, Emerson College, Emmanuel College, Gordon College, and Keene State