Three New England College Basketball Players Drafted In The 2020 WNBA Draft

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Lauren Manis, who competed for the Holy Cross women’s basketball team the past four seasons, was drafted in the third round of the 2020 WNBA Draft by the Las Vegas Aces. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mark Seliger)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

A trio of New England college basketball players heard their names called last night during the 2020 WNBA Draft, including Holy Cross‘s Lauren Manis, who was selected in the third round by the Las Vegas Aces.

Manis, who was a two-time Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Player of the Year, led the Crusaders to a 19-11 overall record this winter, along with a spot in the Patriot League semifinals for the second-straight season. She recorded a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds in her team’s final contest against Lafayette and concluded her impressive four-year career with 2,020 points and 1,188 rebounds.

A native of Franklin, Massachusetts, and alum of Bishop Feehan, Manis broke the school and conference record in rebounds while becoming the first Holy Cross basketball player in school history, including men’s basketball, to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

“It’s a dream come true,” Manis said, via Paloma Villicana of Fox 5 Lase Vegas when asked about being drafted by the Aces.

Manis, who averaged 18.6 points and 11.5 rebounds per game this past season, is currently third in program history in career points and second with 58 career double-doubles. She is also the first student-athlete in Holy Cross women’s basketball program history to be drafted by a WNBA team.

In addition to Manis, a pair of University of Connecticut women’s basketball players were drafted last night, including Megan Walker, who was taken ninth overall by the New York Liberty. Walker, who led the Huskies with 19.7 points, will join former UConn teammates, Kia Nurse and Kiah Stokes.

Crystal Dangerfield, who averaged 14.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 30 contests, was selected 16th overall in the second round by the Minnesota Lynx. Dangerfield will team up with her former teammate, Napheesa Collier, who was named the league’s Rookie of the Year last September.

Walker and Dangerfield become the 39th and 40th WNBA draft picks in UConn program history.

University of Oregon’Sabrina Ionescu was selected first overall by the New York Liberty. Ionescu’s teammate Satou Sabally was selected second by the Dallas Wings while Baylor University‘s Lauren Cox was selected third by the Indiana Fever.

To see who else was selected in the 2020 WNBA Draft – HOP HERE

All-WACBA Men’s & Women’s Basketball Teams (Tuesday, March 31st, 2020)

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With another season of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, it is time to unveil our All-Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams.

Noontime Sports is excited to share our end of season All-WACBA Teams for the seventh consecutive season after being the host site for the organization’s weekly honor rolls, which have appeared every Tuesday throughout the Worcester basketball season. 

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more.


WACBA Men’s Basketball Postseason Award

WACBA Women’s Basketball Postseason Awards 


All-WACBA Men’s Basketball (First Team)

Mike Rapoza 

Anna Maria College

Charlton, Mass.

Matthew Kelly 

Assumption College

North Potomac, Md.

Joe Pridgen

Holy Cross 

Winchendon, Mass.

DeAnte Bruton

Nichols College

New London, Conn.

Tyler Dion

Worcester State 

Barre, Mass.

Garrett Stephenson

WPI

Townsend, Mass.


All-WACBA Men’s Basketball (Second Team)

Bobby Perette

Anna Maria College

Marshfield, Mass.

Malik Brown

Assumption College

Waldorf, Md.

Mateus Ribeiro

Becker College

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Biko Gayman 

Clark University

Fort Pierce, Fla.

Matt Morrow

Nichols College

Leicester, Mass.

Chris Cardoso

Worcester State 

Jamaica Plain, Mass.

Jake Wisniewski

WPI

West Brookfield, Mass.


All-WACBA Women’s Basketball (First Team)

Amber Wilson

Anna Maria College

New York, N.Y.

Brianna Capacchione

Assumption College

Washington Township, N.J.

Hannah Favaloro

Clark University

Blackstone, Mass.

Lauren Manis

Holy Cross 

Franklin, Mass.

Avery LaBarbera

Holy Cross

Harrison, N.Y.

Mya Mosley 

Worcester State 

Worcester, Mass. 


All-WACBA Women’s Basketball (Second Team)

Sierra Johnson

Anna Maria College

Brockton, Mass.

Cassidy Harrison

Becker College

Foxborough, Mass.

Natasha Pacheco

Becker College

Fairfax, Va. 

Angelina Marazzi

Fitchburg State 

Manchester, N.H. 

Isabella Nerney 

Nichols College

Guilford, Conn.

Catherine Sweeney

Worcester State 

Lowell, Mass.

Spencer Vinson

WPI

Los Angeles, Calif. 

 


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more.

WACBA Women’s Basketball Postseason Awards (Tuesday, March 24th, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another season of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our end of season Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball awards for our coach, player, and rookie of the year.

Noontime Sports is excited to share our end of season WACBA honors for the seventh consecutive season after being the host site for the organization’s weekly honor rolls, which have appeared every Tuesday throughout the college basketball season. 

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more.


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Lauren Manis is one of just three active Division I players to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mark Seliger)

Women’s Player of the Year: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Sr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis averaged 18.6 points and 11.5 rebounds per game while shooting 46.3 percent from three-point range to posting 69 assists and 27 blocks. She led the Patriot League in scoring and three-point percentage, while also ranking fourth in Division I with 20 double-doubles and fifth in Division I with 344 total rebounds. Manis finished her impressive career with 2,020 career points and 1,188 career rebounds while becoming Holy Cross’ only player in history – men’s or women’s basketball – and one of just three active Division I players to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Additionally, she broke program and league records in career rebounding; her rebound total tied for second in single-season school history. She was named to the All-Patriot League first team, becoming one of just eight players in league history to be named to the first or second-team four times.  


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Becker College first-year Natasha Pacheco concluded her first season with the Hawks by averaging 11.7 rebounds per game with 8.3 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 steals. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Women’s Rookie of the Year: Natasha Pacheco (Becker | Fr.| Fairfax, Va.): Pacheco’s rookie season with the Hawks was extraordinary, as she was voted New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Rookie of the Year. Pacheco averaged 11.7 rebounds per game with 8.3 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 steals for the Hawks and was named WACBA Rookie of the Week three times as well as NECC Rookie of the Week on three occasions. The first-year player was further voted All-NECC, and her rebounding numbers were the most by a rookie player in Becker history. Overall, Pacheco led the Hawks in rebounding, assists, field goal percentage and assist-to-turnover ratio. Pacheco is the third Hawk ever to be recognized as NECC Rookie of the Year, joining teammate Cassidy Harrison (after the 2016-2017 season) and former Becker great Tatiana Mojica (after the 2010-2011 season).


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Coach Karen Tessmer guided the Worcester State women’s basketball team to its second-straight MASCAC Tournament Championship this winter. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)

Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year: Karen Tessmer (Worcester State): Despite graduating four elite-level seniors from one year ago, coach Karen Tessmer still managed to lead the Worcester State women’s basketball team to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) tournament finals for the second straight season. The Lancers finished one win shy of matching three former teams that won 20 contests but did score two impressive postseason wins over Fitchburg State University and Westfield State.


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

Daily Noontime: Thursday, March 5th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

It’s Thursday, which means we need to work extra hard for another weekend – it will be here tomorrow (rejoice!), so make sure to drink extra water this morning and afternoon.

The Wednesday wind has vanished it seems – I am not hearing the whistling like I did yesterday (outside my office), which is a good sign, right? There may be snow on the horizon – that would be tomorrow, to be exact – but then the warmer weather will return, which certainly makes me happy (and I hope you, as well).

Let’s have another great day by starting it with the Daily Noontime – enjoy, everyone!

Good News: The Boston Celtics snapped their two-game losing streak. Yep, the Boston Celtics returned to their winning ways last night without a good chunk of their marquee players and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 112-106.

Jayson Tatum returned to the lineup after being sidelined with an illness earlier this week and netted a team-high 32 points to go with nine rebounds and six assists.

With the win, the Celtics improve to 42-19 and will return to action tomorrow night when they host the Utah Jazz for an 8 p.m. tip-off.

Boston caps its two-game Florida trip this evening: The Boston Bruins will look to depart Florida with another win – they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, on Tuesday evening and have a chance to pick up two more points this evening against the Florida Panthers at 7 p.m.

While the Bruins were idle last night, one of their former players, Johnny Boychuk, needed 90 stitches to his “eyelid after being hit in the face with a skate.” Luckily, the current New York Islanders defensemen did not suffer any damage to his eye (sigh of relief!).

The Boston Red Sox received some good news yesterday regarding Chris Sale and that is he will not need Tommy John surgery. This is certainly good news, but it is inevitable that something will have to happen (or at least help the pitcher alleviate the pain or discomfort) going forward.

Will he need surgery in the future? Perhaps, but maybe the Red Sox should consider signing a free agent or two to sure up the pitching staff.

The Babson College men’s lacrosse team scored their first win over Endicott College yesterday since 2003. Babson erased a one-goal deficit at the break to beat the Gulls and improve to 3-1 overall.

Ethan Carpenter matched his career-high with five points on four assists and one goal while Chi Chi Price netted two goals in the win.

As for the Endicott women’s lacrosse team, they scored an impressive win against Trinity College to improve to 2-0 this season. Gabriella Prisco and Maya Feigenbaum each recorded three goals and one assist in the win.

James Santoro scored the game-winning goal for the Engineers in double-overtime yesterday as MIT outlasted UMass Dartmouth to improve to 2-1 overall. Three members of the Engineers finished Wednesday’s epic contest with two goals while Andrew Palleiko turned aside a season-high 10 shots.

Lauren Manis netted her 2,000th career point last night as the Holy Cross women’s basketball team cruised past Loyola (Md.) and secured a home date with Lafayette next Monday, March 9th in the Patriot League Tournament.

Manis is now the third player in program history to net 2,000 points or more – she joins Amy O’Brien (2,075 points) and Sherry Levin (2,253 points).

Finally, we’re one day away from the start of the 2020 NCAA D-III Basketball Tournament and one team you should certainly keep your eyes on is Smith College, which captured its first-ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown on Sunday.

And one of the players you should watch on Smith tomorrow is first-year Jessie Ruffner, who finished Sunday’s championship game with 15 points and a game-high four steals.

WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another busy week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our thirteenth and final Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to partner with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 


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Lauren Manis averaged 20.5 points and 12 rebounds in a pair of games last week for the Crusaders. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mark Seliger)

Women’s Player of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Sr.|Franklin, Mass.): Manis averaged 20.5 points and 12.0 rebounds per game in a 2-0 week for the Crusaders. In a 64-61 victory over Army last Wednesday, Manis totaled 17 points and 15 rebounds. She later added 24 points and nine rebounds in a 73-58 win at American University this past weekend. In the game against Army, Manis became the Patriot League’s all-time leader in career rebounds; she now has 1,161 boards in her career, along with 1,976 career points.


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Monica Spain averaged 9.3 points and 3.7 rebounds last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Gil Talbot)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Monica Spain (Assumption College| Fr.|Braintree, Mass.): Spain was instrumental this past week for the Hounds by averaging 9.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game while shooting 64.7 percent from the floor. Spain started in Assumption’s first-round Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10) Tournament game against Pace University and scored 15 points to go with nine rebounds before tallying just nine points in the quarterfinal setback to Stonehill College.


Women’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

Brianna Capacchione (Assumption College | Sr.|Washington Township, N.J.): Capacchione was influential in Assumption’s Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10) Tournament berth this past week by averaging 13.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. She also shot 34.1 percent from the floor and 100.0 percent from the foul line. In Assumption’s final regular-season game of the 2019-20 season, Capacchione scored 20 points with four rebounds, three assists, and four steals in a two-point setback to Franklin Pierce. In the first round of the NE-10 Tournament, she led the team with 16 points and nine rebounds against Pace University before tallying five points, five rebounds, and three steals against Stonehill College in the quarterfinals. 

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Sr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison concluded her historic collegiate career last week by averaging 24.0 points per game over two New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) playoff games, shooting 46.9 percent from the floor and 43.8 percent from behind the arc. Harrison further averaged 4.5 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 1.0 assists per game over that stretch. First, in the NECC quarterfinals against Dean College on Tuesday evening, Harrison, playing in the final home game of her career, overcame a 1-for-6 shooting start and made nine of her next 11 shots, going 10-for-17 overall and 6-for-11 from behind the arc to finish with 27 points to lead the Hawks to a 82-74 win. Harrison sparked Becker to set a school single-game record in total three-pointers made by the team with 15. Then, on Thursday in the NECC semifinals at top-seeded Eastern Nazarene College, Harrison nearly carried the Hawks to the upset, as she finished with 21 points, nine steals, and seven rebounds before Becker came up short, 54-44.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi finished with a team-best 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals for the Falcons in a 73-44 quarterfinal round setback to the Lancers of Worcester State last Tuesday evening.

Mya Mosley (Worcester State | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): Mosley closed out her career with the Lancers by averaging 25.7 points per game last week in three Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament games. Additionally, she averaged 3.3 steals, 3.0 assists, and 3.0 rebounds per game, too.  

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Sr. | Los Angeles, Calif.): Vinson closed out her standout senior campaign with 11 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season and ninth of her career in a 59-49 loss to Springfield in a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal contest.


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more.