D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Feb. 12th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another week of New England Division III men’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, February 12th, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past nine polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Men’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, February 12th, 2018

1. Eastern Conn. State

20-3, 11-1 LEC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Williams College 

19-5, 7-3 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

3. Wesleyan University

19-5, 7-3 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Hamilton College 

20-3, 7-3 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Salem State Univ. 

21-3, 11-0 MASCAC

Last Week: No. 6 

6. Middlebury College

19-5, 7-3 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

7. Nichols College

20-3, 14-2 CCC

Last Week: No. 9 

8. Amherst College

16-8, 7-3 NESCAC

Last Week: NR

9. Springfield College

16-7, 10-2 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 7

10. Albertus Magnus 

18-4, 15-0 GNAC

Last Week: No. 10 

On The Rise: Babson College (14-9, 9-3 NEWMAC), Keene State (16-7, 10-2 LEC), MIT (18-5, 8-4 NEWMAC), Tufts University (17-7, 6-4 NESCAC) and Wheaton College (14-9, 6-6 NEWMAC)

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Feb. 12th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another week of New England Division III women’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, February 12th, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past nine polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Women’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, February 12th, 2018

1. Amherst College

24-0, 10-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Bowdoin College

23-1, 9-1 NESCAC

Last Week No. 2

3. Tufts University

21-3, 8-2 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. UMass Dartmouth

20-3, 12-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Roger Williams

20-3, 14-2 CCC

Last Week: No. 5

6. St. Joseph’s (Maine)

22-1, 14-0 GNAC

Last Week: No. 6

7. Smith College 

18-5, 11-3 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 7

8. Univ. of New England

18-5, 14-2 CCC

Last Week: 8

9. Middlebury College 

17-7, 6-4 NESCAC

Last Week: 10

10. WPI 

18-5, 11-3 NEWMAC

Last Week: NR

On The Rise: Babson College (16-8, 12-3 NEWMAC), Castleton University (19-4, 15-2 NAC), Conn. College (15-8, 4-6 NESCAC), Emmanuel College (17-6, 13-1 GNAC), Springfield College (17-7, 11-4 NEWMAC), UMass Boston (20-3, 10-2 LEC) and Wesleyan University (16-7, 5-5 NESCAC).

D3 Hoops: NESCAC Unveils Men’s Basketball Tournament Pairings

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Following an exciting win on Saturday against Middlebury, the Amherst College men’s basketball team secured the top seed in the 2018 NESCAC Tournament. (PHOTO CREDIT: Amherst College Athletics)

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Following an exciting – and impressive – win over Middlebury College yesterday, the Amherst College men’s basketball team clinched the top spot in the 2018 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament, which officially tips-off next Saturday, February 17th with a quartet of quarterfinal contests.

The Mammoths, who concluded league play with a 7-3 ledger, will host eighth seed Bowdoin College. The Polar Bears, who concluded NESCAC play at 4-6, edged Bates College for the final spot, thanks to better record against the top four teams in this year’s tournament, along with a pair of victories over the Bobcats earlier this winter.

Williams College, the second seed, will host seventh seed Trinity College, while third seed Hamilton College will welcome sixth seed Tufts University to Clinton, New York. Both the Jumbos and Continentals met a week ago in Medford, Massachusetts with Hamilton claiming an important league win, which was followed up by an impressive win over fifth seed Middlebury College last Friday. The Panthers will head to Connecticut on Saturday to face fourth seed Wesleyan University.

Following next Saturday’s quarterfinal match-ups, the tournament will shift to the highest remaining seed, which will be the host for both the semifinals and finals (Feb. 24-25th).


NESCAC Quarterfinal Schedule | Saturday, Feb. 17th, 2018

No. 8 Bowdoin College at No. 1 Amherst College, 4 p.m.
No. 7 Trinity College at No. 2 Williams College, 3 p.m.
No. 6 Tufts University at No. 3 Hamilton College, 3 p.m.
No. 5 Middlebury College at No. 4 Wesleyan University, 3 p.m.

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Feb. 5th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another week of New England Division III women’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, February 5th, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past eight polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Women’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, February 5th, 2018

1. Amherst College

22-0, 8-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Bowdoin College

21-1, 7-1 NESCAC

Last Week No. 2

3. Tufts University

20-3, 7-2 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. UMass Dartmouth

17-3, 10-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Roger Williams

18-3, 12-2 CCC

Last Week: No. 5

6. St. Joseph’s (Maine)

20-1, 12-0 GNAC

Last Week: No. 7

7. Smith College 

16-5, 11-2 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 6 

8. Univ. of New England

16-5, 12-2 CCC

Last Week: 8

9. Springfield College

17-5, 11-2 NEWMAC

Last Week: 9

10. Middlebury College

16-6, 5-3 NESCAC

Last Week: 10

On The Rise: Babson College (15-7, 11-2 NEWMAC), Brandeis University (12-7, 4-5 UAA), Castleton University (17-3, 13-1 NAC), Conn. College (13-7, 3-5 NESCAC), UMass Boston (19-2, 9-1 LEC), Wesleyan University (15-6, 4-4 NESCAC) and WPI (16-5, 9-3 NEWMAC)

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Seven (Weds. Jan. 17th)

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WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Women’s Player of the Week: Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Soph. | Lowell, Mass.): Worcester State University’s sophomore guard capped off a 1-2 week for the Lancers with a triple-double of 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists with three blocks and a steal in a 63-52 win over MCLA on Saturday. Earlier in the week, Sweeney put up six points with 15 rebounds, four steals and three assists against one of the top teams in the country, Tufts, and chipped in five points with 10 rebounds and six assists in the setback to Framingham State. Overall this week, Sweeney averaged eight points, 12.7 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.3 blocks. She shot 60% (9-15) from the field and 75% (6-8) from the charity stripe.


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Women’s Rookie of the Week: Mikaela Mitchell (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Millbury, Mass.): Averaged 9.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 0.5 blocks per game in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. Netted seven points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in an 84-53 win over Anna Maria on Monday before adding a double-double of 12 points and 13 boards as well as one assist and four steals in a 69-45 setback against Salem State on Wednesday.


Women’s Honor Roll

Kristina Russo (Anna Maria College | Sr. | South Windsor, Conn): In a trio of games last week, Russo averaged 13.3 points. Her best performance of the week came against Fitchburg State when she netted a team-high 17 points. Three days later against Suffolk University, she scored 10 points and pulled down five rebounds. She concluded the week with 13 points in a setback to St. Joe’s (Conn).

Shannon Hofmiller (Anna Maria College | Jr. | Oxford, Conn): Hoffmiller scored a career-high 15 points against Fitchburg State last week while also pulling down eight rebounds. She also recorded a trio of blocks in the setback, as well, while concluding the game with four assists. Against Suffolk and St. Joe’s, she recorded six rebounds in each contest, while scoring four and seven points, respectively.

Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Jr. | Easton, Mass.): Morgan O’Donnell led Assumption to a 2-0 week, averaging 13.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, one steal and one block per game. The junior scored 13 points with seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks as the Hounds upset No. 17/23 St. Thomas Aquinas, 72-60. O’Donnell followed that up with 14 points, five rebounds and two assists in just 21 minutes, as Assumption outlasted Pace by a score of 67-50.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker | Soph. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison averaged 22.7 points and 4.0 steals per game over three games this past week, leading Becker to an overtime win over MCLA and carrying the Hawks in narrow losses to Dean and Newbury.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Soph. | Manchester, N.H.): Averaged 16.5 points, five rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.5 steals per contest in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. Posted 21 points, three boards, three assists and three steals in an 84-53 win over Anna Maria on Monday before adding 12 points, seven rebounds and two steals in a 69-45 setback to Salem State on Wednesday

Allison Cerrato (Nichols College | Sr. | Rockland, Mass.): Cerrato averaged 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 2.3 steals per game this week. Cerrato had six points, four rebounds, an assist, and two steals in a 64-38 setback to Curry. She followed that up with 11 points, three rebounds, and assist, and five steals as the Bison fell to Salve Regina, 71-57. She wrapped up the week with a career-high 20 points to go with nine rebounds and an assist in a 72-71 defeat at Wentworth.

Ama Biney (WPI | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney averaged 21 points, nine rebounds to go with 14 assists, 13 steals, and three blocks in a 2-1 week. The local product began with 20 points and six boards versus Clark and narrowly missed her career-high with 27 points and 10 rebounds against Coast Guard. In Saturday’s OT setback at MIT, Biney netted 16 points and 11 rebounds. Her week was bookended with five assists while the first two games featured five steals apiece.


#ICYMI: Ciara McKissick (Becker | Jr. | Charlton, Mass.): McKissick finished with her first career triple-double as the Becker College women’s basketball team prevailed 78-72 over visiting Mount Ida College on Tuesday, January 2nd. McKissick scored 12 points with 14 rebounds and ten assists, the latter two totals representing game-highs for the Hawks of Becker (6-4). The junior also recorded two steals and a block on the defensive end while shooting 54 percent from the floor.