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D3 Hoops: The 2018-19 All-Noontime Women’s Basketball Team

ALL NOONTIME TEAM 2019

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Another exciting season of New England D3 basketball has concluded, which means it is time to unveil our end of the year All-Noontime Teams, along with our Coach, Rookie, and Player of the Year, too.

This year’s All-Noontime Team was assembled by our Noontime Basketball committee, which is made up of coaches, media members, and athletic communication directors.

As always, make sure to stay connected with our Noontime Sports basketball coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_Hoops. 


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For the second-straight season, Bowdoin College women’s basketball coach Adrienne Shibles guided the Polar Bears to an NCAA “Final Four” appearance. (PHOTO COURTESY: CIPhotography.com/Bowdoin College Athletics)

Coach of the Year: Adrienne Shibles (Bowdoin College): Shibles guided the Polar Bears to the program’s second perfect regular season, along with a repeat appearance in the NCAA Division III “Final Four.” Bowdoin occupied the top spot in multiple polls this winter, including D3Hoops.com and WBCA, and matched the school record for wins (31) in a single-season. Shibles was recently named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division III Coach of the Year.


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Abby Kelly guided the Polar Bears to its second perfect season in program history this winter. PHOTO COURTESY (CIPhotography.com/Bowdoin College Athletics)

Player of the Year: Abby Kelly (Bowdoin College): The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and D3Hoops.com Northeast Player of the Year guided the Polar Bears back to the NCAA “Final Four” for the second-straight season after averaging 15.4 points per game in 33 contests. Kelly connected on 76.8 percent of her free throws while averaging 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest. Kelly became the 15th player in program history this winter to reach 1,000 points when she netted a game-high 27 points in a 72-59 win over Colby College in January.


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Caleigh Ryan became the second Wesleyan University women’s basketball player to earn NESCAC Rookie of the Year. PHOTO COURTESY: Steve McLaughlin/Wesleyan University Athletics)

Rookie of the Year: Caleigh Ryan (Wesleyan University): Ryan became the second Cardinal in program history to be named NESCAC Rookie of the Year after averaging 10.6 points per game in 25 contests, along with 7.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists. The New York, New York native posted double-figures in 12 contests, including 22 points in her team’s regular-season finale against Bowdoin. Ryan also helped Wesleyan qualify for the NESCASC Tournament for the second-straight winter with the Cardinals earning a trip to Amherst College.


All-Noontime Women’s Basketball First Team 

Madeline Eck  Amherst College  Rye, N.Y. 
Abby Kelly  Bowdoin College  Bombay, N.Y.
Kelsi McNamara Saint Joseph’s College West Newbury, Mass.
Jac Knapp Tufts University  Westfield, N.J.
Nakira Examond  UMass Dartmouth New Bedford, Mass.

All-Noontime Women’s Basketball Second Team 

Hannah Fox  Amherst College  Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
Maddie Hasson  Bowdoin College South Portland, Maine
Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda Emmanuel College  South Boston, Mass.
Lauren Bondi Smith College  Burnaby, BC, Can.
Erica DeCandido  Tufts University North Wales, Pa.

All-Noontime Women’s Basketball Third Team 

Payton Ouimette Babson College  Medfield, Mass.
Taylor Choate Bowdoin College  Nashua, N.H.
Emily Pratt  Endicott College  Gardner, Mass.
Kenzie Worcester Husson University  Washburn, Maine
Kennedy Guest-Pritchett Smith College  Fairburn, Ga.

All-Noontime Women’s Basketball Rookie Team 

Keagan Dunbar Colby College Middlebury, Vt.
Peyton Perine Curry College  Fairfax, Va.
Christina Antonakakis MIT Holmdel, N.J.
Amina Wiley Mitchell College New Rochelle, N.Y.
Caleigh Ryan  Wesleyan University New York, N.Y. 

Noontime Hoops Notebook: Welcome To The Sweet 16!

Noontime Hoops Notebook

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Welcome back, NCAA Division III basketball – we missed you!

Well, we missed the tournament action, to be exact, but the good news is the postseason resumes this evening with a few New England teams still in contention for a national championship.

Here are some thoughts (and predictions) for this weekend, which should once again produce some exciting outcomes.

The winner of this weekend’s third round and quarterfinals will advance to next weekend’s semifinal and championship weekend. 


Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket | Women’s Basketball Tournament Bracket 


Most Compelling Third Round Matchup 

  • Amherst College vs. Nichols College (MBB): The winner of this particular matchup should be able to get past Swarthmore or Randolph Macon in Saturday’s quarterfinals. Nichols is extremely deep and seems eager to keep on dancing, especially after coach Scott Faucher‘s dance moves were shared on social media. Amherst posses some unique challenges for these Bison, but in the end, I am expecting Nichols to pull out the win and secure a spot in the quarterfinals.
  • Bowdoin College vs. SUNY New Paltz (WBB): The Polar Bears are hands down one of the best teams in D3 basketball. They proved it last weekend by rallying to defeat Smith College in its second round contest to secure a date with the Hawks. Taylor Choate was a big reason the Polar Bears were able to beat the Pioneers last weekend – she finished the game with 38 points – so expect Bowdoin to rely on her in this one, along with Samantha Roy, Abby Kelly, and Hannah Graham.

Teams to Watch This Weekend 

  • Hamilton College (MBB): The Continentals scored two interesting wins last weekend, including an 11-point victory over Moravian. I think the Blue and White could be the darkhorse in their four-team pod, especially if they can beat Christopher Newport, which hasn’t lost since January 26th when they fell to York (Pa.). Kena Gilmour, Peter Hoffmann, and Tim Doyle must produce double-digits against both Christopher Newport and the winner of Whitman-Williams.
  • Tufts University (WBB): I was courtside for both games last weekend, including an exciting victory over Haverford University, which secured the Jumbos a spot in this weekend’s third round. Tufts seemed vulnerable from the get-go, struggling to contain the Fords’ offensive screens, but the Powder Blue and White’s free throw shooting down the stretch was a big reason why they scored a 52-46 win. Tufts hasn’t played well in Medford this season but seems to be a much different team on the road. Look for the Jumbos to provide challenges to Messiah, and possibly the winner of Scranton-Christopher Newport. Tufts will need a big effort this evening Jac Knapp, along with Erica DeCandido.

Weekend Predictions

  • Nichols will top Amherst in its third-round game before outlasting Swarthmore-Randolph-Macon to secure the program’s first-ever bid to the national semifinals.
  • Hamilton will find a way past Moravian, but will most likely fall to Whitman, which I believe will beat Williams.
  • Tufts will beat Messiah in its third-round contest, but I am unsure if they will be able to top the winner of Scranton-Christopher Newport to secure a spot in the semifinals.
  • Bowdoin deserves to be in the semifinals, but they do have a big challenge standing in their way with the Hawks of SUNY New Paltz. The winner of this game will represent its third round/quarterfinal pod in the semifinals.
  • St. Thomas (Minn.) is one of the best teams in D3. They will find a way to beat the two-time defending champion Mammoths in its third round game en route to a semifinal final appearance.

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Noontime Hoops Notebook: Amherst, Tufts Win NESCAC Crowns

Noontime Hoops Notebook

By Matt Noontime | @MattyNoonz11

A busy weekend of conference championships has come to an end today with Amherst College beating Hamilton College in the men’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship, while Tufts University topped Bowdoin College in the women’s title game.

With their respective wins, Amherst and Tufts are headed back to the NCAA Division III basketball tournaments – we will learn the pairings tomorrow for the opening round games, which will take place next Friday, March 1st.

Here are some news and notes from both today’s championship, and what you need to know heading into tomorrow’s selection show.

Tufts hands Bowdoin its first loss of the 2018-19 season: Coach Carla Berube led the Jumbos to their third conference crown in five seasons this afternoon with an exciting 75-69 win in Maine.

With the win, the Jumbos have now won six games since falling to Amherst earlier this month at home. The victory also provided Bowdoin its first setback of the season – the Polar Bears entered the contest riding a 26-game winning streak.

Tufts’ Jac Knapp paced all scorers with 25 points, while Erica DeCandido contributed 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting, along with five assists, two steals, one block, and one rebound.

Maddie Hasson led Bowdoin with 20 points – she finished the game 10 of 10 from the stripe, while Abby Kelly added 16 points. As a team, Bowdoin ended the game 20 of 21 from the charity stripe.

Tufts led by one (52-51) heading into the final stanza but relied on Knapp down the stretch to sink some key freebies to secure the win.

The victory provided the Jumbos with the conference’s automatic bid for the upcoming tournament, while Bowdoin will wait to hear its name called as an at-large tomorrow.

Amherst tops Hamilton to win its first title since 2014: After defeating Williams College in yesterday’s semifinal, the Mammoths secured the conference’s automatic berth to the upcoming postseason tournament with a 62-56 win over the Continentals. Fru Che and Granton Robinson each netted 16 points, while Devonn Allen added 14 points, six rebounds, two steals and one block.

The Mammoths led Hamilton, 36-31, at the break before padding its lead with 26 points in the final stanza.

Peter Hoffmann paced Hamilton with 15 points, while Kena Gilmour added 13 points and nine rebounds.

Amherst has now won eight NESCAC crowns dating back to its initial in the current stretch in 2001 when coach David Hixon led the Mammoths to an 86-75 win over Trinity College.

Who is headed to the NCAA Tournament from New England? So, what schools secured an automatic berth to the upcoming NCAA Tournament? The answer is below!

Men’s Basketball Teams 

  • Nichols College
  • Albertus Magnus
  • Keene State
  • Salem State
  • Mitchell College
  • Amherst College
  • Emerson College
  • Husson University

Women’s Basketball Teams

  • Western New England
  • Emmanuel College
  • Eastern Connecticut
  • Westfield State
  • New England College
  • Tufts University
  • MIT
  • Husson University

Who could receive an at-large bid? So, who could receive an at-large bid? Well, here are some thoughts on which teams we think could get into the tournament (below again!).

Men’s Basketball 

  • Gordon College: The Fighting Scots should hear their name called tomorrow, but as of now, it appears as if they are on the bubble.
  • Eastern Connecticut: The Warriors will certainly be considered by the committee, however, if their name is called, then it will most likely be at the end.
  • Hamilton College: The Continentals have been one of the NESCAC’s top teams this year, so they should get an invite tomorrow.
  • Middlebury College: An early round exit in the NESCAC Tournament left me wondering if their season was over, but similar to Hamilton, they have been one of the top teams in their conference and region, so expect the Panthers to hear their name announced tomorrow.
  • Williams College: The Ephs should be in the tournament this year, but Hamilton and Middlebury should hear their name called before Williams, though.
  • MIT: Despite falling to WPI last Thursday in the NEWMAC semifinals, the Engineers have done enough to secure an at-large bid. They will certainly hear their name called.

Women’s Basketball 

  • St. Joseph’s (Maine): Despite falling to Emmanuel College, they most likely have done enough to secure an invite to the ‘big dance.’
  • UMass Dartmouth: If the Corsairs hear their name called on Monday, they will most likely be one four teams into the tournament.
  • Amherst College: The defending champions will be in.
  • Bowdoin College: The Polar Bears saw their 26-game winning streak conclude this afternoon, but they will get an invite as one of the top teams in the country.
  • Middlebury College: Advancing to conference championship weekend may be enough for the Panthers to get into the postseason.
  • Trinity College: Their loss last week to Middlebury may hurt their chances, but anything is possible, so maybe they sneak in as one of the last teams in.
  • Smith College: Despite a heartbreaking loss to Springfield College earlier this week, these Pioneers have appeared to have done enough to get a look from the committee.
  • Babson College: Similar to UMass Dartmouth and Trinity College, they will be waiting to hear if they are one of the last four in.

Stay connected with Noontime’s basketball coverage by following @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter!

NCAA D3 Tournament: Opening Round Roundup

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Welcome to the official start of ‘March Madness!’

The NCAA Division III basketball tournament commenced today with some pretty exciting outcomes as St. Joseph’s (Maine) and Hamilton College each began the day with opening round wins. The Monks scored an exciting five-point (61-56) victory over UMass Boston women’s basketball team in Amherst, while the Continentals defeated Nazareth, 86-72, thanks to a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds from Kena Gilmour.

The Monks of St. Joseph’s played some impressive defense down the stretch, holding the Beacons just nine points in the third and fourth quarters. Julia Champagne led the Monks with 16 points – she also stuffed the stat sheet with six caroms, three steals and one one assist.

Joining the Monks in the second round of the women’s tournament is Amherst CollegeBowdoin College and Tufts University. The Jumbos scored an opening round win over Westfield State, thanks to 17 points off the bench from Cailin Harrington, along with 15 points from Jac Knapp and Melissa Baptista.

On the men’s side: MIT scored an opening round win as the Engineers defeated Brockport, 81-67. Tim Roberts recorded his third double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Middlebury College topped Lebanon Valley, 83-63, behind a triple-double of 13 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists from Jack Daly.

Joining MIT and Middlebury in the second round is Springfield CollegeWesleyan UniversityEastern Connecticut and Williams College. The Pride scored an exciting opening round win as they edged Albright, 88-86, thanks to a pair of freebies from Jake Ross, along with a late free throw from Heath Post.

Bobby Casey helped the Ephs break-open a one-point (21-20) lead at the break to defeat the Bears of Bridgewater State, 56-45. James Heskett concluded the game with 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals.  


Saturday’s Schedule | Round Two 

  • Women’s Basketball: St. Joseph’s (Maine) at Amherst College, 6 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: FDU-Florham at Bowdoin College, 7 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: Ithaca at Tufts University, 7 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Ramapo at Williams College, 7 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Middlebury College at Eastern Connecticut St., 7 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: MIT at Johns Hopkins, 8 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Hamilton College at York (Pa), 7 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Swarthmore at Wesleyan, 7 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Springfield at Cabrini, 7 p.m.

Recapping An Exciting Evening Of NCAA D3 Tournament Sectional Finals

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Babson men’s basketball advanced to its second NCAA Division III men’s basketball semifinals in three years last night, defeating Keene State in the sectional finals. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jon Endow)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The ‘Round of 16’ and ‘Round of eight’ concluded this past weekend with some exciting outcomes.

But now, we move onto the so-called, ‘Final Four’ where we’ll see a pair of Massachusetts squads competing in both the men’s and women’s NCAA Division III semifinals, beginning this Friday, March 17th. The national championship games will take place on Saturday, March 18th.

The men’s NCAA Division III semifinals and finals will take place in Salem, Virginia, while the women’s semifinals and finals will occur in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Men’s NCAA Division III Tournament Bracket 

Women’s NCAA Division III Tournament Bracket

Babson College and Williams College advanced to this Friday’s men’s semifinals with convincing wins over Keene State and Middlebury College, respectively. Amherst College and Tufts University returned to the women’s semifinals for the second-straight season – it is possible we could see both New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) units compete in the national championship.

Saturday’s 102-79 win over Keene State provided Babson with its second trip to the semifinals in three seasonsJoey Flannery poured in a game-high 29 points, while Charlie Rice netted a career-high 20 points – he also pulled down nine rebounds, including eight defensive caroms.

The Beavers led the Owls, 51-46, at the break, but came out firing in the opening minutes of the second half, thanks to a trio of three-pointers from Nick Comenale, who ended the game with 17 points.

Babson, which is currently ranked third in the country, according to the latest D3Hoops.com rankings, will face No. 1 Whitman College – the Blues will enter this week’s semifinal clash with an impressive 31-0 record. The Blues advanced to this year’s semifinals with a sectional final win over No. 13 Rochester (91-87).

Williams avenged its NESCAC Championship loss by defeating No. 6 Middlebury College by a score of 79-75. Daniel Aronowitz concluded the game with a double-double, netting 10 points, while pulling down 12 rebounds. He said following his team’s sectional final victory that it is a ‘amazing feeling’ to return to Salem, Virginia.

“I am just really happy to be going back to Salem,” Aronwitz said following his team’s four-point win over the Panthers. “Not everybody gets this opportunity, so we’re certainly go to take advantage of it, just really happy to be here.”

The Ephs led the Panthers, 39-37, at the break before outscoring the hosts in the second stanza, 40-38. The Ephs collaborated for 10 of 14 free throws, while tallying 15 points on second chances. Middlebury won the battle of points off the turnover, scoring 25 compared to Williams, which tallied just six points.

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Williams College celebrated an exciting four-point win over Middlebury College on Saturday in the NCAA Division III Sectional Finals. (PHOTO CREDIT: Williams College Athletics)

Williams’ Bobby Casey provided a lift for the Purple and Yellow off the bench, tallying 12 points in 20 minutes, including four trifectas. He sank four of five attempts from beyond the arc.

“It was just a hard-fought game,” said Williams men’s basketball coach Kevin App.

The Ephs will face Augustana, which secured a sectional final win over over Hanover, 77-64.

The No. 1 Amherst College women’s basketball team extended its season to the semifinal for the second-straight season, as the Purple and White defeated UMass Dartmouth, 73-33. Amherst will now face No. 10 Christopher Newport, which defeated Ohio Northern, 76-66.

Saturday’s sectional final win provided the Purple & White an opportunity to compete in the national semifinals for not just the second-straight season, but seventh time in program history.

As noted in last night’s release: “Amherst has now advanced to the national semifinals for the second time in a row, and seventh time in program history, including five straight appearances between 2009 and 2013, and highlighted by a national championship in 2011. The Purple & White enter semifinal action with a 37-11 overall record in NCAA postseason play.”

The No. 4 Tufts University women’s basketball team returned to the semifinals for the second-straight season, too, as they knocked-off No. 6Washington University (Mo.) last night, 57-43.

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Michela North recorded a double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds to lead Tufts to a sectional final win over Washington University (Mo.). (PHOTO CREDIT:

Michela North recorded her 14th career double-double in NCAA Tournament play with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Lauren Dillon led the Jumbos with a team-best seven assists.

Tufts secured an early lead, jumping out to a 14-12 advantage after the opening frame, but Washington University countered, outscoring the visitors, 6-5, in the second stanza to pull within one points (19-18) at the break.

Melissa Baptista and North helped the Jumbos push ahead for good in the second half, combining for seven points, which helped Tufts secure a 27-21 advantage. They would not look back, though, as they tallied 22 points in the frame before tacking on an additional 16 in the fourth.

Baptista finished with 14 points, while Jac Knapp added 10 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Tufts will take on No. 2 St. Thomas in the semifinals – the Tommies will enter the game riding a 31-game winning streak. They defeated No. 16 Whitman last night in their section, final by a score of 65-48.

 

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