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Mass. College Hoops: Holy Cross Tops UML In Fourth Annual “Get Fit with the Crusaders”

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER, Mass. – Lisa Mifsud’s (Erie, Pa.) 3-pointer with less than four and a half minutes to play ignited a 14-1 outburst to help lift Holy Cross to a 78-63 victory over visiting UMass Lowell in a non-conference women’s basketball matchup on Monday morning.

The game was part of the fourth annual “Get Fit with the Crusaders” event that saw a record crowd of 2,824, including an estimated 2,700 Worcester Public School children from 19 schools. The previous Get Fit record of 2,134 was set on January 8, 2013 against Brown. In all, the event has boasted 7,971 attendees, or approximately 1992 per game, in four years.

“As a Worcester Public school alum, this day is very special for me,” said head coach Bill Gibbons. “I want to thank everyone who helped make this day possible and would also like to thank the kids who supported us throughout the game. This was our biggest crowd yet for the ‘Get Fit Game’ and it was a great atmosphere for our team!”

Holy Cross head strength and conditioning coach Jeff Oliver, along with several Holy Cross student-athletes, gave a presentation at halftime about eating healthy foods and exercising. The official attendance number was the most for a Holy Cross home women’s basketball game since the all-time record of 4,000 was set on Feb. 11, 2006 against Bucknell.

The Crusaders, who are undefeated (4-0) in Get Fit games, pick up their third win of the season (3-8) while the River Hawks slip to 5-6 in its second season as a Division I program.

Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) opened the game with six for the Crusaders while Jasmine McRoy (Gaithersburg, Md.) canned a 3-pointer for the guests in the first four-plus minutes of action.  The River Hawks eventually took a 7-6 advantage following a triple by Shannon Samuels (Windsor, Conn.) only to have Holy Cross reclaim the lead with a pair of freebies by Emily Parker(Johnston, Iowa) moments later.

“Coach Gibbons said before the opening tip that there should be an investigation if we don’t have energy,” commented Misfud. “I think the kids brought us a lot of energy. We came out [and] we executed well.”

UMass Lowell pushed ahead twice more before the hosts went on a 15-4 run to take a 26-16 lead with 7:56 left in the frame.  Holy Cross went on to increase its margin to 16 courtesy of a Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.) layup with 4:40 showing on the scoreboard. Brianna Rudolph (Lynn, Mass.) and Lindsey Doucette (Hopkinton, Mass.) each sank a 3-pointer during an 8-3 run to whittle the River Hawks deficit to 11 twice before the break.

McRoy opened the second half with the seventh UMass Lowell triple of the contest to pull within single digits (8) for the first time since 6:15 in the opening frame. Scott answered for the hosts and bookended another personal run, this time with an 8-1 outburst, with a pair of old fashioned three-point plays to increase the lead back to 14. After a pair of free throws by Kayla Gibbs (Teaneck, N.J.), the River Hawks cut the deficit back to single digits with 14:38 remaining. UMass Lowell continued to chip away and eventually pulled within a pair following Samuel’s layup with 4:30 to play. Ten seconds later, Mifsud canned a trey and later converted a pair of freebies before Scott finished things off with a pair of layups in the final 1:16.

“I think there were points in today’s game where it felt like our shots weren’t dropping or maybe they were getting their hands on loose balls,” remarked Scott. “Being a team and coming together, we controlled the ‘controllables’ today.”

Scott led all players with 26 points and 10 boards while Kate Gillespie (Washington, D.C.) scored 19 and Mifsud added 14 to go along with a game-best seven helpers. Katie Doherty (Holbrook, N.Y.) chipped in with eight and Hourigan tacked on six while Parker scored all five of the Crusaders bench points.  Hourigan also filled the stat sheets with three blocks, two assists and two swipes.

“After the UMass game, we had to regroup a little bit and I think this game was good for us because we played well and we played together as a team,” added Gillespie.

McRoy led a quartet of River Hawk double-digit scorers with 14. Rudolph came off the bench to sink 13 while Samuels (six assists) and Doucette (eight rebounds) each tallied 11 to go along with three steals apiece.

Holy Cross held advantages in the paint (38-18), off turnovers (24-19), second chance points (17-6) and fast break points (10-8). UMass Lowell enjoyed a 27-5 bulge in bench points.

The Crusaders travel to Stony Brook to face Norfolk St. and Western Michigan at the Seawolves Holiday Classic on Sunday and Monday, respectively. Both games are slated for 12:00 p.m. The River Hawks, meanwhile, host St. Francis (NY) at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30.

Portion Courtesy Holy Cross Media Relations

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

By NoontimeSports.com

WORCESTER, Mass. – With the first week of the college basketball season (Div. I, II and III) in the books, it is now time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll, including our players and rookies of the week.

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Men’s Player of the Week: Sam Longwell (WPI, Sr.): Longwell became the 26th player in WPI history to reach the 1,000 career point milestone in the Engineers’ 66-55 season-opening victory against RPI. The senior tallied a game-best 20 points and reached the mark on a rare dunk early in the first half. Longwell is now 25th all-time on the Crimson and Gray scoring-list with 1,017 points.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Obi Obiora (WPI, Fr.): Obiora burst onto the collegiate scene with 12 points and five rebounds as WPI kicked off the 2014-15 campaign with a 66-55 home triumph over RPI.

Women’s Player of the Week: Kate Gillespie (Holy Cross, Jr.): Gillespie recorded career highs in points (23), rebounds (5), assists (5) and tied her career high in three pointers made (5) in the loss to Manhattan. She connected on a career-best 9-of-16 from the field (56.3%) and drained 5-of-9 from downtown (55.6%). Gillespie played in a career-high 35 minutes.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Ama Biney (WPI, Fr.): Biney stuffed the stat sheets with six points, seven rebounds and a pair of assists in her season debut against Worcester State on Saturday. The freshman collected a defensive rebound and took it coast-to-coast and then drew a key charge – all in the final 1:15 of WPI’s 55-48 victory over the Lancers

Honor Roll:

Justin Burrell (Holy Cross, Sr.): Burrell led the team with 16 points, four assists and three steals in the Crusaders’ victory over No. 25 Harvard. He scored eight of the Crusaders’ final 15 points in the last eight minutes, as Holy Cross rallied from a 48-43 deficit to win. Burrell hit a pair of free throws with 2:01 remaining to give the Crusaders the lead for good (56-55).

Kate Doherty (Holy Cross, Fr.): In her first collegiate game, Doherty earned the start, playing 31 minutes and recording six points, three rebounds and an assist. Her six points came on a pair of three-pointers.

Trafficia Warburton (Anna Maria, Sr.): Warburton tallied a double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds in the AMCATS’ first outing of 2014-15. The senior forward shot 47.1 percent from the floor (8-for-17) with a three-pointer and hit three free throws while also adding  three steals and a block.

Pat Bradanese (Anna Maria, Jr.): Bradanese opened the 2014-15 season with back-to-back team-leading performances, as he scored 24 points in the team’s 86-83 win against Southern Maine on Saturday and added 19 points in the Conn. College Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Tournament championship game on Sunday. Bradanese shot 61.5 percent from the floor (16-26), including an impressive 9-for-14 performance from three-point range (64.3 percent). The junior guard also added 4.0 rebounds per game and 1.5 assists per game en route to All-Tournament team honors.

Kwame Lee (Fitchburg State, Fr.): Lee averaged 18 points per game while leading Fitchburg State to a 2-0 opening weekend. The first-year Falcon led all scorers with 25 points and eight rebounds in the Green & Gold’s win over Suffolk on Saturday, while tying for a team-high 11 points with six boards on Sunday in Fitchburg State’s win over Roger Williams. Lee was named tournament MVP as the Falcons took top honors in the RWU/Courtyard by Marriott Tipoff.

Matt Langadas (Nichols College, Sr.): Langadas averaged 19 points to help the Bison open the season 1-1 at the Babson Invitational. He led the Bison with 27 points – including six triples – in a blowout win over Salve Regina on Sunday, less than 24 hours after scoring 11 against Bates.

Amber Litwinko (Nichols College, Sr.): Senior captain Amber Litwinko scored 14 of her team-high 19 points in the second half – including knocking down the tying and go-ahead free throws with two seconds remaining – and also grabbed 13 rebounds for the Bison. She scored eight of the final 11 points for the Bison. Litwinko also registered five assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes.

Brendan Rios (Worcester State, Sr.): Averaged 16 points and 6.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers and was named to the All-Tournament team at the Wesleyan Herb Kenny Tip-Off Tournament Scored 11 points and added five rebounds in a 69-51 victory over Becker College while also adding 21 points and eight rebounds in a 61-60 setback to Wesleyan College.

Julie Frankian (Worcester State, Sr.): Averaged 17.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers while earning All-Worcester City Tournament Team accolades which included 20 points and four rebounds in a 55-48 setback to WPI to go with 15 points in the 80-24 victory over Becker College.

Dani Davis (WPI, Sr.): Davis was named MVP of the Worcester City Tournament after averaging 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds as the Engineers nabbed their sixth city tournament crown, their first since 2011.  The senior poured in 18 points in a championship game – a 75-59 victory over NEWMAC rival Clark, a day after leading the way with 17 points in a 55-48 triumph against Worcester State in the first round.