Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week Four)

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, Mass. – The fourth week of the college basketball season is officially in the books, and now it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll.

Men’s Player of the Week: Matt Langadas (Nichols, Sr.): Langadas led a pair of second-half comebacks for the Bison last week. He scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half as the Bison rallied from a 15-point deficit to defeat Roger Williams on Wednesday. Three days later, he scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half as Nichols rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to defeat Salve Regina and move to 2-0 in the conference. Langadas is averaging a career-high 16.0 points per game this season.

Sam Longwell (WPI, Sr.): Longwell averaged 21 points and 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists as the 13th-ranked Engineers won a pair of road games last week to improve to 6-1 on the season. The senior poured in 19 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists in a 68-65 victory at Tufts. Later in the week he tallied 23 points, including 4-of-5 from 3-point land and pitched in with eight rebounds in a 75-61 win at 7-2 Fitchburg State. Longwell shot well for the week, connecting on 57.1% (12-21) of his shots from the field.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Mitchell Hahn (Holy Cross, Fr.): Hahn scored a career-high 22 points in the victory at Albany. He added nine points in the Sacred Heart game and made 83.3 percent of his field goal attempts and 85.7 percent of his three-pointers on the week.

Women’s Player of the Week: Raquel Scott (Holy Cross, Jr.): Scott recorded her third double-double of the season and the 22nd of her career with game-highs of 24 points and 14 rebounds at Bryant. She shot 50.0 percent from the field on 11-of-22 shooting and canned 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. Scott also dished out a team-high four assists, and her points, rebounds and assists totals all were season highs. It was Scott’s third 20-point game this season and the 11th of her career.

Gabrielle Gibson (Assumption, Sr.): In a 2-0 week for the Hounds, Gibson averaged 16.5 points, four rebounds, three assists and 2.5 steals while shooting 44 percent from the field. After a 12-point, three-steal, two-assist showing on ‘Senior Night’ vs. AIC, Gibson posted a game-high 21 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists in a league semifinal win over New Haven. Gibson, who lifted the Hounds into their eighth all-time league semifinal, is third on the Assumption scoring list with 1,562 points and 50 points behind second-place Kelly Meredith ’12.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Katie Doherty (Holy Cross, Fr.): Doherty was the only other Crusader besides Scott to record double-digit points against Bryant, as she tallied 10 points and three assists in 33 minutes versus the Bulldogs. She connected on 4-of-5 from the field and went 1-of-2 from behind the arc, and it was her third double-digit scoring game of the season and the second in a row for the freshman.

Honor Roll:

Anthony Thompson (Holy Cross, So.): Thomas scored 15 points in the victory at Albany, while hitting all five of his three-point field goal attempts. He is tied for the team lead with 16 points in the Sacred Heart game.

Jessy Michaud (Becker, Jr.): Michaud helped lift the Hawks to a 3-0 record this past week with wins over Brandeis, Clark and Newbury. Michaud averaged 16.3 points per game, while earning nine steals and nine assists.  Michaud was 20 of 32 from the field, while pulling down 3.7 boards per game. Michaud scored 24 points in an 81-62 victory over Newbury in the Hawks NECC opener.

Givaughn Jones (Fitchburg State, Jr.): Averaged 12.3 points to go along with six assists, ten rebounds, 11 steals and three blocks in a 2-1 week for the Falcons. He registered nine points, two assists and three steals in a 78-45 win over NEC on Tuesday before adding a game best 20 points, eight boards and five steal in a 91-74 triumph against Wheaton College on Thursday. Jones capped the week with an eight point, three steal and one block effort in a 75-61 setback to WPI on Saturday.

Maurice Greene (Fitchburg State, Fr.): Averaged seven points and 7.7 rebounds per game with three assists, six steals and three block shots in a 2-1 week for the Green and Gold. Posted eight points, 12 caroms and three steals in a 78-45 win over NEC on Tuesday, while adding ten points and seven boards in a 91-74 victory against Wheaton College on Thursday.

Kristen Enright (Fitchburg State, Sr.): Averaged 13.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per game as well as two steals and three blocks in a 2-1 week for Fitchburg State. Collected a career high 18 points, seven caroms and one block in a 63-60 win over Lasell College on Tuesday evening before posting a double-double of 16 points and a career best 18 caroms to go along with a pair of blocks in a 85-60 triumph against Suffolk University on Thursday.

Alexis Wegrzynek (Nichols, Sr.): Wegrzynek recorded a double-double with 16 points and 13 boards at Roger Williams on Wednesday; they dropped in a career-high 24 points to go along with eight rebounds against Salve Regina Saturday. She also recorded four blocks and four steals last week.

Shannen El-Qasem (Worcester State, Sr.): El-Qasem averaged 16.3 points and 6.0 points in a 2-1 week for Worcester State which included 23 points in a 76-66 victory over Mount Saint Vincent, 14 points and five boards in a 76-67 triumph over St Joseph (CT) and 12 points and 10 caroms in a 70-50 setback against UMass Dartmouth. Connected on .576 from the floor (19-33) and .917 of her free throws  (11-12) for the week.

Charles Gunter (Worcester State, Sr.): Gunter averaged 10.3 points and 8.0 rebounds in a 1-2 week for Worcester State, including 14 points and 11 boards in a 58-51 victory over Coast Guard. He sank .810 of his attempts from the charity stripe (17-21) while also earning a spot on the Conn College/Coast Guard Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Dani Davis (WPI, Sr.): Davis averaged 17.5 points and 5.0 rebounds as the Crimson and Gray won its first two NEWMAC contests this past week.  The senior registered 16 of her game-best 21 points in the first half and pitched in with six rebounds, three assists and three steals as WPI knocked off visiting Coast Guard 59-50 on Wednesday.  Davis tallied 14 points, including the game-winning free throw with 0.2 seconds remaining, in the Engineers’ thrilling 63-62 victory Saturday over Babson.

Mass. College Hoops: NCAA D2 Women’s East Regional Quarterfinals Roundup

Mary Louise Dixon tallied 32 points in Stonehill College's first round matchup against Franklin Pierce! (Photo Credit: Wellesley Townsman/Wicked Local)
Mary Louise Dixon tallied 32 points in Stonehill College’s first round matchup against Franklin Pierce! (Photo Credit: Wellesley Townsman/Wicked Local)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The first day of the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball East Region quarterfinals are in the books and below are the game summaries.

Stonehill College 78, Franklin Pierce 66 – Trailing the Ravens by eight at the break, the Skyhawks rallied by scoring 51 second half points to earn a first round victory. Mary Louise Dixon netted a game-best 32 points, as well as pulled down 12 boards. Asia Ewing added 19 points, while Abbey Lalime registered nine points off the bench. Stonehill will return to the hardwood tomorrow for a 5:00 p.m. tip-off against Dowling, who defeated NYIT.

Bentley University 68, LIU Post 57 – Lauren Battista netted a game-high 27 points, Jacqui Brugliera added 10 points as the Falcons defeated the Pioneers. With the win Bentley will face Holy Family following Dowling-Stonehill at 7:30 p.m.

Holy Family 68, Assumption College 62 – Katy Howard netted a team-best 17 points, Gabrielle Gibson registered 12 points, but that wasn’t enough to help the Hounds defeat the Tigers. Assumption concludes its season with a 22-7 mark.

Mass. College Hoops: NE-10 Women’s Semifinals Roundup

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Four teams entered this evening’s semifinals round and two teams advanced to Sunday’s Northeast-10 Conference championship. Below are roundups from the local women’s contests.

Assumption College 74, Merrimack College 64 – Gabrielle Gibson netted a game-best 30 points, Jamie Insel recorded 13 points and 11 rebounds as the Hounds topped the Warriors in Worcester and punched their ticket to the conference championship. Merrimack received 18 points off the bench from Chloe Rothman and 17 points from Kelly Schatzlein. Assumption’s 22nd win matched a program record, while Merrimack concluded their season with a 17-12 mark.

Bentley University 74, Franklin Pierce 55 – Jacqui Brugliera registered 16 of her season-high 22 points in the second, which lifted the Falcons past the Ravens in Waltham. Bentley’s Lauren Battista recorded 13 points and 11 boards, while Courtney Finn finished with nine points and nine rebounds. The win marks the Falcons 24th time they’ve reached the conference title. 

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Players Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

With another exciting week of college basketball in Worcester, here is this week’s WACBA Players of the Week.

QUICK NOTE: Player summaries were provided by the college’s sports information department. 

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: Marco Coppola (WPI) Soph., Guard, Watertown, MA: Against Purchase in the first round of the NCAA Division III men’s basketball tournament, Coppola finished with a game-best 23 points as the Engineers defeated the Panthers, 80-67. Excluding his points, Coppola also registered four steals and three blocks.

Women’s Basketball Player of the Week: Gabrielle Gibson (Assumption College) Sr., Guard, Amityville, N.Y.: In a 2-0 week for the Hounds, Gibson averaged 16.5 points, four rebounds, three assists and 2.5 steals while shooting 44 percent from the field. After a 12-point, three-steal, two-assist showing on Senior Night vs. AIC, Gibson posted a game-high 21 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists in a league semifinal win over New Haven. Gibson, who lifted the Hounds into their eighth all-time league semifinal, is third on the Assumption scoring list with 1,562 points and 50 points behind second-place Kelly Meredith ’12.

Mass. College Hoops: NE-10 Conference Tourney Roundup

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The Northeast-10 quarterfinals are officially in the books and below are highlights from each local contest.

Men’s Basketball

St. A’s 98, UMass Lowell 85 – Akeem Williams matched Saint Anselm’s Mike McCahey for a game-best 27 points, but that wasn’t enough to help the River Hawks defeat the top-seeded Hawks in Manchester, New Hampshire. Antonio Bivins and Mike Cornelius each netted 15 points for UMass Lowell, while Chad Holley added 12 points.

Saint Rose 67, Assumption College 64 – For the second straight game, the Golden Knights upset a top seed as Saint Rose topped second seeded Assumption in Worcester. Saint Rose relied on some clutch shots down the stretch and All-Conference First Team member Dominykas Milka, who registered 15 points and 12 boards in the win. Terrence Bobb-Jones paced the Hounds with 16 points.

Women’s Basketball 

Bentley 89, Adelphi 80 – The Falcons tied a school record for points in a half with 62 to overcome a 12 point deficit at the break. Courtney Finn,  Lauren Battista and Jacqui Brugliera combined for 61 points and 25 rebounds, which helped Bentley secure a spot in the conference semifinals for the 30th time in 32 years.

Assumption College 80, New Haven 66 – Gabrielle Gibson filled the stat sheet with a game-best 21 points, along with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals as the Hounds topped the Chargers in Worcester.

Merrimack College 77, Stonehill College 72 – Chloe Rothman registered a game-best 23 points off the bench to power the Warriors past the second-seeded Skyhawks. Merrimack’s Allison Wagner netted 13 points off the bench, while Stonehill’s Tori Faieta finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Franklin Pierce 84, UMass Lowell 69 – Bianca Simmons tallied a game-best 28 points, but that was enough for the River Hawks to defeat the Ravens in Lowell. Franklin Pierce’s Tiffany Johnson finished with 20 points and 10 boards.