Noontime’s Senior Salute: Mary Kate O’Day (Framingham State)

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Mary Kate O’Day and the Framingham State women’s basketball team competed in their first-ever NCAA Tournament game last month. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin/Framingham State Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

For Mary Kate O’Day, her senior season with the Framingham State University women’s basketball team was one both she and fans will certainly remember for quite some time.

The Berlin, Massachusetts native averaged a career-bests in points per game (17.9), rebounds (8.5), and assists (3.1) while leading the Rams to their first-ever Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament Championship with a 66-51 win over Worcester State.

Framingham State would make its initial appearance in the NCAA D-III Tournament days later and conclude its 2019-20 campaign with a school-record 22 wins in a single-season.

Named the MASCAC Player of the Year for the second time in her career, O’Day netted 20 points or more in 12 contests this past season while scoring a season-high 31 points in her team’s 101-91 victory over Westfield State in January. O’Day was honored by both the New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) and D3Hoops.com (All-Northeast Region) last month, securing spots on the first and second teams, respectively.

O’Day scored 1,557 points in 102 games with the Rams to go with 621 rebounds, 234 assists, and 127 steals. She also recorded 38 blocks, including a career-best 16 this past winter.

We recently caught up with Mary Kate O’Day to discuss her final season with the Rams, as well as her future plans beyond graduation later this spring.


What will you remember most about your final season with the Rams? 

I will remember winning the MASCAC championship. We came up short twice in the past, so to finally win it my senior year was something special.

Was there a game (or two) that you will remember most from either your senior season or the past three years? If so, which game(s) are they?

I think the game that I will remember most (from this past year) was when we beat Westfield State on the road. We had only beaten them once in my four years with the Framingham State women’s basketball program, so earning a win against the Owls was (an important step toward eventually winning our conference tournament title on the final day of February).

In addition to our win over the Owls, it has been great seeing both former and current teammates reach certain milestones. I have vivid memories of watching Alycia Rackliffe, Raegan Mulherin, and Emily Velozo score their 1,000th point, respectively, to Lauren Donahue becoming the program’s all-time assists leader. Those are games (and memories) I will never forget. 

What have you enjoyed most about competing for your team (and program) these past four years? What will you miss most after graduation? 

Meeting so many amazing people. I have become so close with my teammates over the past four years. We have shared some amazing memories together, including two trips to Florida and celebrating New Years’ at Universal Studios. Those were some of my favorite memories with my teammates (and friends).

I will miss most hanging out with my teammates and being apart of a team. Whether we were hanging out in someone’s dorm room, grabbing food off-campus to shooting around before practices, the times we spent together, both on and off the court is something I will miss.

Tell me about your major. How did you choose it and what do you hope to do beyond graduation? 

I am a sociology major. I went into college undeclared but during my sophomore year, I took a sociology class and really enjoyed it. My goal is to get a job with the Special Olympics.

COVID-19 Cancels March Madness, NCAA Winter & Spring Championships

By Matt Noonan 

Due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the NCAA has decided to cancel both its winter and spring championships for all three divisions, including March Madness, which was supposed to occur next week without fans in the stands.

The announcement of the cancelations was made this afternoon through a statement, which was seen both on the NCAA website and social media. The statement from the NCAA was the following:

Today, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.

Shortly after the cancelations were announced, D3Hoops.com confirmed both D-III tournaments were canceled, including contests that were scheduled to take place this weekend at Amherst CollegeBowdoin College, and Tufts University.

As noted in the report on D3Hoops.com this afternoon, the Tufts men’s basketball team learned of the news on a bus ride to Brockport, New York. The Jumbos were scheduled to tip-off on Saturday, March 14th against the College of Brockport in the third round of the NCAA D-III Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Prior to the NCAA announcement, multiple professional leagues began suspending its current season, including Major League Soccer (MLS), the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the National Hockey League (NHL). Additionally, both Major League Baseball (MLB) and Minor League Baseball (MLB) announced they would be delaying the start of their respective seasons for two weeks.

Finally, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) announced they were canceling both its basketball and hockey championships this weekend.

Bowdoin College Women’s Basketball Secures Top Spot In D3Hoops Top 25 Poll

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Bowdoin College Polar Bears.

By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11 

For the first time in nearly a decade, the Bowdoin College women’s basketball team checked-in first overall in the latest D3Hoops.com Top 25 Poll (Week One), which was posted late Monday evening.

The Polar Bears, who checked-in second overall in the preseason poll earlier this month, slid into the top spot in this week’s poll, thanks its current four-game winning streak, which includes wins over MIT and University of New England.

Bowdoin collected 17 first-place votes, while Hope and St. Thomas garnered a trio of first-place nods. Chicago, which checked-in fifth overall, secured two first-place votes.

The Polar Bears are one of four New England teams on this week’s poll as Tufts University and Amherst College secured the sixth and seventh positions, respectively, while St. Joseph’s (Maine) checked-in 12th overall.

Bowdoin visits Colby College on Saturday, December 1st with tip-off scheduled for 2 p.m.


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D3Hoops Notebook: Four New England Teams Appear On D3Hoops.com (MBB) Preseason Poll

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

A quartet of New England teams appeared on the initial D3Hoops.com (men’s basketball) Top 25 Preseason Poll, which was posted on Wednesday, November 1st.

Williams College, a squad that appeared in last season’s NCAA Division III semifinals, checked-in third overall, while Whitman and Augustana secured the top two spots, respectively.

The Ephs graduated a pair of seniors from last year’s squad, including Daniel Aronowitz, who led the Purple and Gold with 17.3 points per game. Junior returns after checking-in second on the team in points per game (12.9) last season.

Tufts University, Babson College and Middlebury College slid into the sixth, seventh and eighth positions, respectively, while Washington University and UW-River Falls rounded out the top 10.

Babson captured their first-ever national title last season, edging Augustana, 79-78, in the title game. Joey Flannery led the Beavers with 23 points, while recording seven assists and six caroms in his final game with the Green and White. Look for contributions this season from seniors Chris LowryNick Comenale and Bradley Jacks.

Tufts bid adieu to some key players from last year’s squad, including Tom Palleschi and Tarik Smith, so look for seniors Vincent Pace and Everett Dayton to step-up this winter in both scoring and rebounding.

Middlebury graduated a quartet of seniors from last year’s squad, which captured the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown, including Matt St. Amour, who averaged 21.8 points per game. This season, the player to watch on the Panthers will be senior Jack Daly.

Outside the Top 25, Nichols College, Keene State, Amherst, MIT and Eastern Connecticut all received votes.

Hamilton College, which competes in the NESCAC, also received votes as well. The Continentals finished their 2016-17 campaign 16-9 overall.

New England College Basketball Notebook: Hauser Named Associate Head Coach at Assumption College

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

In a time where the news-cycle tends to be slow – hello, summertime! – we do have some news to share from the New England College basketball world below:

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