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)


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: Assumption Tops AIC, Earns 20-Win Season


Courtesy of the Assumption College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release on the women’s basketball team, who defeated American International College (AIC) and earned their 20th win of the season:

Worcester, Mass. (February 26) — Assumption jumped out to an early 8-0 lead and pushed that lead up to as many 21 in the opening period as the Hounds pulled away in the second for a comfortable 64-49 victory over American International on Senior Night. Assumption is receiving votes in the USA Today Sports Division II National Poll for the 11th straight week.

Prior to the game, the women’s basketball honored seniors Courtney Donovan (Sagamore Beach, Mass./Bourne)Gabrielle Gibson (Amityville, N.Y.)Katy Howard (Medway, Mass./Medway)Sabrina Siciliano (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield-Warde) and Marissa Velez (Barre, Vt./Spaulding) for their contributions to the Assumption College women’s basketball program during their careers.

In the opening minutes, the Hounds jumped out to a 10-2 advantage and pushed that lead in double digits for the first time at 18-8 with 10:31 left in the first on a jumper from Siciliano. A 13-2 run by the Hounds, capped by a jumper from the top of the key by sophomore Caitlin Ackerman (Nashua, N.H./Nashua South), pushed the lead to 31-10 with 6:38 on the clock. Four straight AIC points, including a hoop from Krista Ferrertino, sent the game into the half at 35-19 in favor of the Greyhounds as Assumption shot 40 percent in the period. Early in the period, Gibson moved into third on the Assumption all-time scoring list, passing Katie Kerr ’00 at 1,529 career points.

In the second half, it was all Assumption as the Hounds led by as many as 23 points before a late Yellow Jacket run closed it to a 64-49 final as the Hounds ran their winning streak to six straight.

Velez scored a career-high 15 points, along with 12 from Gibson as she ended the game with 1,541 points. Ferrentino led three Yellow Jackets in double figures with an 18-point showing.

The Hounds complete the regular season at 20-6 overall and 17-5 in Northeast-10 play and earned the No. 3 seed in the Northeast-10 Tournament. The 20-win season is the sixth all-time for the Assumption women’s program, all of which have come under the direction of 17th-year head coach Kerry Phayre.

Assumption returns to action in the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament Quarterfinals as the Hounds will host No. 6 seeded University of New Haven on Sunday, March 3rd at Laska Gym beginning at 2 p.m. That will game will be available live online at with Roei Biberstain calling all the action from Worcester.

Mass. College Hoops: Assumption Earns Wire-To-Wire Win Against Le Moyne


Courtesy of our friends from the Assumption College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release pertaining toward the women’s basketball team, which earned a wire-to-wire win against Le Moyne in Syracuse, New York:

Syracuse, N.Y. (February 9) — Assumption seized the lead early and never looked back as the Hounds came away with a wire-to-wire 67-50 win over Le Moyne in women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Ted Grant Court. Assumption is receiving votes in this week’s USA Today Sports Division II National Poll.

Assumption jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead over the first five minutes of the game, capped by a layup from sophomore Caitlin Ackerman (Nashua, N.H./Nashua South). The Hounds built the lead to as many as 15 at 30-15 on a three-pointer by Gabrielle Gibson (Amityville, N.Y./Copiague) before taking a 31-19 advantage into the halftime break. The Hounds knocked down five three-pointers in the period while holding Le Moyne to just 25 percent shooting from the field.

The Hounds started the second half with a layup from Katy Howard (Medway, Mass./Medway) off a behind-the-back pass from Gibson. Assumption kept the run going and stretched the lead to 37-19 to force a Le Moyne timeout. The Hounds led by as many as 19 points and by at least 13 points the rest of the way as they swept the regular-season series from the Dolphins.

Howard led all scorers with 18 points, along with 17 from Gibson. Maggie Brown led the Dolphins with 13 points, along with 11 from Alex Marple.

With the win, Assumption improves to 15-6 overall and 12-5 in Northeast-10 play, while Le Moyne drops to 5-16 overall and 3-14 in the league.

Assumption is back in action on Wednesday night as the Hounds travel to the University of New Haven for a 7:30 p.m. start at Charger Gym. That game has been pushed back one day to Wednesday due to the snowstorm over the weekend.

Mass. College Sports: Mid-Week Check In

Assumption's Katy Howard is one point away from netting her 1,000-point in a Hounds uniform. (Photo Credit: Assumption College Athletics)

Assumption’s Katy Howard is one point away from netting her 1,000-point in a Hounds uniform. (Photo Credit: Assumption College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

It’s time for a mid-week check in on the local college basketball and hockey scene in Massachusetts.

* Assumption College’s Katy Howard is one point away from closing in on 1,000 points in a Hounds uniform. On Tuesday, the Medway native tallied 10 points in a 57-51 victory over St. Michaels.

* Bentley University’s Courtney Finn and Lauren Battista each netted 17 points in last night’s 85-51 win against Le Moyne. Bentley, which has been ranked number two in the country since the preseason, has now won 31 consecutive games against East Region opponents. Also, the Falcons are 18-0 overall and 14-0 in Northeast-10 Conference play.

* UMass’ men’s basketball team is 5-2 this month and will look to earn their 14th win of the season when they face La Salle at 7:00 p.m. Chaz Williams has recorded 10 points or more in his team’s last nine games.

* Northeastern University’s men’s basketball team will look to earn their ninth consecutive Colonial Athletic Association victory this evening when they welcome Georgia State to historic Matthews Arena. The Huskies remain the top squad in their conference, and lead James Madison by two and a half games in the standings.

* Merrimack College’s Mike Collins was recently honored as the Athletic Republic Player of the Month. The junior forward from Boston recorded a league-high 11 points in seven January games for the Warriors. Merrimack finished the month 4-2-1, and remains tied with UMass Lowell for fifth place in the Hockey East.

* Needham’s Danny O’Regan, who is a freshman forward for the Boston University Terriers, was tabbed the Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month. According to the latest Hockey East report, O’Regan led all Division I freshman with 11 points in January, (four goals, seven assists). His 11 points came during BU’s past six games.

* Reading’s Alex Carpenter was named the Athletic Republic Player of the Month on Tuesday. Carpenter recorded 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) over nine games in January for Boston College’s women’s ice hockey team. The Eagles ended the month with an 8-1 record.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Weekly Report (Jan. 21-27)


Another week of college basketball in Worcester is in the books, and below is this week’s WACBA Players of the Week and Honor Roll.

Men’s Player of the Week: Ryan Sheehan (Nichols College) Jr., Forward, North Attleboro, MA: This week’s Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Player of the Week averaged 38 points in a 2-0 week for the Bison. He tallied 38 points in 38 minutes against Curry College in a come-from-behind victory, as well as 38 points against Western New England College three days later. Sheehan started the week No. 9 in the nation in scoring at 23.6 points per game, and moved into eighth-place-all-time in scoring at Nichols with 1,417 points.

Women’s Player of the Week: Meaghan O’Keefe (Worcester State) Sr., Forward, Warren, MA: O’Keefe averaged 15 points and 14.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. She recorded a game-high 24 points and 15 caroms in a 65-58 victory against Salem State.

Honor Roll:

Alex Smith (Holy Cross) Jr., Guard, Delran, NJ: Smith finished the 1-1 week with 29 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, four steals and one block. Against Lafayette, she tallied 12 points and a game-best six assists. Smith led all scorers with 17 points against Bucknell, as well as tied for a game-high with seven rebounds. Smith has registered double digits in 18 of 20 games this season, and leads her squad and Patriot League with 14.6 points per game.

Kevin Donahue (Assumption College) Gr., Guard, Pawcatuck, CT: In two games this past week, Donahue averaged 18.5 points, two rebounds, one assists and one steal. He also shot 47.8 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the arc and 88.9 percent from the stripe.

Katy Howard (Assumption College) Sr., Guard, Medway, MA: Howard averaged 20 points, four rebounds, three assists and 1.5 steals in two games last week for the Hounds. Against Franklin Pierce, the Medway native tallied 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. She recorded 25 points against UMass Lowell on Saturday and moved within 11 points of the 1,000-point mark for her career.  

Javier Bristol (Anna Maria) Sr., Forward, Haverhill, MA: In a 3-0 week for the AMCATS, Bristol averaged 17.3 points and 8.3 rebounds. He shot 67.7 percent from the floor, too. Against Albertus Magnus, Bristol was a perfect 6 of 6 from the field (13 points, four rebounds). He recorded a double-double against Emerson College with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and netted a game-high 25 points with nine rebounds against Johnson & Wales.    

Marco Coppola (WPI) Soph., Guard, Watertown, MA: Coppola sank a career-best five triples and recorded a game-high 23 points against Springfield College in WPI’s last outing.

Kyle Ferreira (Worcester State) Sr., Guard, Westport, MA: In a 1-1 week, Ferreira averaged 21.5 points, 4.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds. He netted a career-best 27 points with five rebounds in an 81-76 triumph over Framingham State and 16 points and seven assists in a 78-74 setback against Salem State.