Mass. College Hoops: NE-10 Quarterfinals Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

A few local squads competed in today’s Northeast-10 Conference Quarterfinals and below is their outcomes and summaries.

Men’s Basketball

St. A’s 79, Bentley 78: Roy Mabrey‘s jumper with 11 seconds remaining provided St. A’s with the lead for good as the Hawks edged the Falcons in Manchester. Tyler McFarland led Bentley with 20 points, as well as recorded eight rebounds, three blocks, two steals and one assist, while Alex Furness registered eight points, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block.

Women’s Basketball

Assumption 61, New Haven 58: Jamie Insel recorded three straight layups during the final four minutes, while Shannon Ray and Caitlin Ackerman combined for the final three points as the Greyhounds defeated the Chargers in Connecticut. Ray recorded a team-best 21 points, while Insel finished with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Stonehill 75, AIC 60: Tori Faieta recorded a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, along with four assists and four blocks as the Skyhawks soared past the Yellow Jackets in Easton. Stonehill’s Mary Louise Dixon led all scorers with 22 points, while Alyssa Roach paced AIC with 13 points.

Bentley 77, Le Moyne 51: Lauren Battista and Jacqui Brugliera combined for 25 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and one block as the Falcons defeated the Dolphins in Waltham.

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

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WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the Worcester area in the books, it’s time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll.

Men’s Player of the Week: Sam Longwell (WPI) – The junior guard averaged 24 points and 6.5 rebounds as the fifth-ranked Engineers won a pair of contests last week. The junior set a career-high with 31 points as WPI in a 81-69 victory over Clark before compiling 17 points, six rebounds and three assists is a come-from-behind 83-69 road win at Wheaton. For the week, Longwell shot 61.5% from the floor and 85.7 from the free throw line while playing in 71 out of 80 possible minutes.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Marcus Murray (Assumption) – The first-year guard posted a team-high 17 points in the team’s lone game of the week, shooting 6-for-13 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. He added six rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Women’s Player of the Week: Meaghan Burns (Worcester State) – The senior guard averaged 21 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3 steals in a 1-1 week for Worcester State including 21 points and nine boards in a 69-62 setback against Westfield State and 21 points, six boards and four steals in a 56-47 victory over Fitchburg State. Became 18th WSU student-athlete to reach 1,000-point milestone in their setback against the Owls, but scored a game-high to help head coach Karen Tessmer claim her 250th career coaching win against the Falcons.

Honor Roll:

Justin Burrell (Holy Cross) – The junior guard led the team in scoring in both games this week. He totaled 15 points in the victory at Lafayette, including a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left to put Holy Cross up 59-56. Burrell added 17 points in the win at Navy, as well as made all seven of his free throw attempts on the week, while committing only one turnover.

Anthony Thompson (Holy Cross) – The first-year guard had five points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in the victory at Lafayette. He totaled 10 points, four rebounds and two assists in the win at Navy and made 77.8 percent of his free throw attempts on the week.

Alex Smith (Holy Cross) – The senior guard Smith had a strong week for Holy Cross, as she helped end the Crusaders’ three-game losing streak with a win over Lafayette. Against the Leopards, Smith totaled a team-best 22 points to go along with five assists. She went 9 of 15 from the field (.600 FG%) and canned four of nine from behind the arc (.444 3P%). Against Navy, Smith tallied 11 points and a game-best six assists. During the contest versus the Mids, Smith passed the 500 assist milestone and now has 503 in her career, which ranks fifth in Holy Cross history and seventh in the Patriot League record book. Smith is one of six current division one women’s basketball players to have over 1,400 points, 500 assists and 400 rebounds during their career. She is the only Crusader ever to have totaled over 1,400 points, 500 assists and 400 rebounds in a Holy Cross uniform. She is also 32 points away from 1,500 in her career.

Jamie Insel (Assumption) – The senior forward posted her seventh double-double of the season in Assumption’s lone game of the week as she finished with 12 points and 16 rebounds in a comeback 55-47 win over American International as the Hounds improved to 8-1 at home this year. Insel was 6-for-10 from the field while adding three assists and one steal in 34 minutes.

Esther Cohn (Clark) – In a 1-1 week, the senior forward was immense on the glass and defensively. In the win over WPI, she hauled in 11 rebounds handed out two assists and blocked three shots to surpass the 100-block plateau for her career. Then, in a last second loss to Mount Holyoke, Cohn she finished with a career-high 16 points and 14 rebounds. In the two games, she shot a sizzling 64 percent from the field (7-for-11) averaged 9.5 points and 12.5 rebounds.

Brendan Rios (Worcester State) – The junior guard averaged 19 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2 assists in a 2-0 week for Worcester State, including 18 points, eight boards and three helpers in a 69-66 triumph over Westfield State and a game-best 20 points with five caroms in a 70-53 victory over Fitchburg State. Rios connected for .483 from the field (14-29) and .500 percent from beyond the arc (7-14).

Noris Cuevas-Nova (Worcester State) – The first-year guard averaged 15.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week for Worcester State including 16 points and seven boards in a 69-66 win over Westfield State and 15 points in a 70-53 triumph over Fitchburg State. He connected for .556 from the field (11-18) as 25 of his 31 points came in the second half to help spark come-from-behind wins.

Sean Doncaster (WPI) – The first-year guard recorded career-best seven assists in an 81-69 NEWMAC and WACBA victory over Clark.

Siena Mamayek (WPI) – The sophomore forward recorded a career-high 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor, along with five rebounds in a tight loss at Clark

Mass. College Hoops: Assumption’s Phayre Wins 300th Game, Hounds Top AIC

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Courtesy of the Assumption College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the women’s basketball game, which saw head coach Kerry Phayre earn her 300th win as the coach of the Hounds:

Worcester, Mass. (January 25) — Assumption College head coach Kerry Phayre won her 300th game as the Assumption College women’s basketball head coach as the Hounds defeated American International by a 55-47 final in Northeast-10 Conference play on Saturday afternoon at Laska Gym. The victory improves the Hounds to an 8-1 mark at home this season.

In an extremely slow-moving opening half to start, the Hounds opened up a 9-6 edge with 15:43 left after a fastbreak layup following a steal by sophomore Kelly Conley (Ellington, Conn./Ellington). The Hounds continued to lead at 13-12 with just 6:38 remaining before AIC eventually regained the advantage at 14-13 on a layup from Kamika Mason. After the Yellow Jackets pushed the lead up to 15-13, the Hounds embarked on an 8-1 run, capped by a turnaround jumper from junior Caitlin Ackerman (Nashua, N.H./Nashua South). The hosts seemed in control at 21-16 after Ackerman’s basket with just 48 seconds left in the period and continued to lead 23-18 with 4.1 left after a pair of free throws from senior Shannon Ray (Yonkers, N.Y./Ursuline Academy). However, AIC’s Alyssa Roach caught the ensuing inbounds pass and drain a near-halfcourt three at the buzzer to send the game into the break at just 23-21 in favor of Assumption.

The Hounds shot just 27.3 percent from the field in the half and were 1-for-7 from three, with Ray leading the first-half scoring with 11 points. The Yellow Jackets struggled as well, shooting just 31.8 percent while turning the ball over nine times over the first 20 minutes. Assumption held a 24-18 first-half edge on the boards, led by seven rebounds from senior captain Jamie Insel (Clinton, N.J./Voorhees).

In the second half, the visitors took a 27-25 lead with 16:44 left on a layup from Sydney Tepley. The Yellow Jackets extended that lead up to as many as five at 36-31 before a Hounds 5-0 rally tied the contest after an Insel layup. Another Insel layup at the 6:06 mark pushed Assumption in front at 38-36 before an AIC three from Brianna Bishop gave the Yellow Jackets their final lead of the game.

AIC pulled within 43-41 on a layup from Mason with 3:15 remaining, but the Hounds were a perfect 12-for-12 from the line over the rest of the game, including 6-for-6 from Conley.

Ackerman paced the Hounds with 15 points, including a 5-for-5 showing at the free throw line. Ray added 13 points and three assists in 34 minutes, while Insel finished with a 12-point, 16-rebound double-double. Insel’s showing was her seventh double-double of the season.

No Yellow Jackets finished in double figures in scoring or rebounding as AIC was led in scoring by Krista Ferrentino with nine points and in rebounding by Tepley with nine boards.

Assumption shot 29.8 percent from the field for the game and was 1-for-13 from three, but knocked down a season-best 20-of-22 free throw attempts. AIC shot 32.2 percent from the field in the game, but just 46.2 percent from the charity stripe.

With the win, the Hounds improve to 11-6 overall and 7-5 in Northeast-10 play, while the Yellow Jackets drop to 11-7 overall and 5-7 in the league.

Assumption is back in action on Tuesday, January 28th as the Hounds host Pace University for a 5:30 p.m. start at Laska Gym.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week 3)

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WORCESTER, Mass. – Another week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books and below is this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll.

Men’s Player of the Week: Dane Jobst (Worcester State) – The senior forward recorded his fourth double-double in as many games with 17 points and 11 boards in a 78-61 setback to nationally-ranked WPI.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Anthony Thompson (Holy Cross) – The first-year guard registered career-bests in points (17) and boards (5) in his team’s win over New Hampshire. Thompson was 3 of 8 from the field and 10 of 10 from the stripe, as well as recorded two assists.

Women’s Player of the Week: Raquel Scott (Holy Cross) – The sophomore forward, who was named this week’s Patriot League Player of the Week, recorded 36 points, 25 rebounds and nine assists in a 2-0 week for the Crusaders. Scott registered double-doubles in both contests, her second and third of her career, as well as tallied a team-high 15 points against Manhattan.

Honor Roll:

Dave Dudzinski (Holy Cross) – The senior forward registered 17 points, eight rebounds and one steal in his team’s win over New Hampshire. He finished 7 of 14 from the field and 1 of 2 from the stripe.

Jimmy Zenevitch (Assumption) – The junior forward averaged 19.5 points and nine rebounds, while shooting 56.3 percent from the field in a pair of games last week for the Hounds.

Jamie Insel (Assumption) – The senior forward averaged a double-double in a pair of games last week in points (18.5) and rebounds (12), while shooting 64 percent from the field.

Nicholas DaPrato (Clark) – The senior guard/forward was incredible, amassing 27 points, a career-high seven assists to go along with four rebounds and four steals as Clark ran past Anna Maria, 94-86. He converted on 9 of 12 shots from the field, including going perfect from behind the arc (3 of 3) and from the line (6 of 6). The NEWMAC’s leading scorer (20.2) has the Cougars off to their best start since 1992-93.

Ryan Kolb (WPI) – The senior forward poured in a game-best 21 points off an 8 of 12 effort from the field to lead the Engineers to a 78-61 triumph against city foe Worcester State. The senior was balanced with 11 first-half points and 10 after intermission. The forward also chipped in with four rebounds, a pair of steals, an assist and a block.

Sean Doncaster (WPI) – The first-year guard tallied 12 points and six caroms off the bench with three trifectas in WPI’s 78-61 victory over city rival Worcester State.

Julie Frankian (Worcester State) – The sophomore guard registered 14 points, seven rebounds and a trio of assists in a 69-50 victory over St. Joseph University (CT).

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.