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.

D3 Basketball: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Dec. 2nd, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Amherst College remains our top team – they are followed by conference foes Bowdoin College and Tufts University – but this week, we welcomed Brandeis University to our weekly Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D-III Women’s Basketball Poll.

Brandeis has enjoyed a successful start to its 2019-20 season, winning four of five contests while their lone loss came against Tufts last month. The Judges rebounded from their four-point setback three days later with an 89-49 win over Salem State University.

This week, the Judges host Babson College on Tuesday, December 3rd before visiting Clark University on Thursday, December 5th. They will conclude the week with a visit to Johnson & Wales University on Saturday, December 7th.

UMass Dartmouth moved-up one spot – the Corsairs have won six of seven contests thus far and will face some challenges this week against Rhode Island College on Wednesday, December 4th followed by Castleton University on Saturday, December 7th.


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week Four Poll| Monday, December 2nd, 2019

1. Amherst College

3-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Tufts University

5-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Bowdoin College

6-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Western New England 6-1, 0-0 CCC Last Week: No. 4 
5. Middlebury College  5-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
6. Williams College  5-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9 
7. Brandeis University 4-1, 0-0 UAA Last Week: Not Ranked
8. Eastern Connecticut  3-1, 0-0 LEC Last Week: No. 6
9. UMass Dartmouth 6-1, 1-0 LEC Last Week: No. 10
10. Smith College  6-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8

ON THE RISE: Babson College, Castleton University, Rhode Island College, Trinity College, UMass Boston, and Wesleyan University


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week OneWeek TwoWeek Three

 

D3 Basketball: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Nov. 25th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

For the fourth-straight week, Amherst College has secured the top spot in our weekly Noontime Sports Top 10 Women’s Basketball Poll. but we did see Western New England move-up following some impressive wins over Babson College and Eastern Connecticut.

Williams College joined our poll for the first time this season, checking-in ninth overall with a 4-0 record. The Ephs have scored two impressive wins thus far over Endicott College and Vassar College. Williams faces Springfield College on Tuesday, November 26th.


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week Three Poll| Monday, Nov. 25th, 2019

1. Amherst College

2-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Tufts University

4-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Bowdoin College

4-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Western New England 5-1, 0-0 CCC Last Week: No. 7 
5. Middlebury College  3-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4 
6. Eastern Connecticut 2-1, 0-0 LEC Last Week: No. 5
7. Babson College 2-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9 
8. Smith College 5-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8 
9. Williams College 4-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: Not Ranked
10. UMass Dartmouth 5-1, 0-0 LEC Last Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Brandeis University, Hamilton College, Rhode Island College, Springfield College, Trinity College, University of New England, UMass Boston, and Wesleyan University


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week OneWeek Two

 

D3 Basketball: Women’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, Nov. 18th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

For the third-straight week (and the second consecutive week of the New Egland D-III basketball season), Amherst College remains our top team followed by Tufts University and Bowdoin College second and third, respectively.

All three teams were in action this past week and scored at least one or two wins. We’ll be keeping our eyes on all three squads, along with the other teams both on this week’s poll and ‘on the rise.’


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week Two Poll| Monday, Nov. 18h, 2019

1. Amherst College

1-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Tufts University

2-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Bowdoin College

1-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Middlebury College

1-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Eastern Connecticut

2-0, 0-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 5

6. Springfield College

3-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9
7. Western New England  3-1, 0-0 CCC Last Week: Not Ranked
8. Smith College 3-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8
9. Babson College  1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7
10. UMass Dartmouth 3-1, 0-0 LEC Last Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Brandeis University, Emmanuel College, Southern Maine, Trinity College, UMass Boston, University of New England, Westfield State, and WPI 


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One