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Mass. College Hoops: 10 Games To Watch This Weekend

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the weather getting cooler (well, not exactly today!) and basketball season in full tilt, it’s time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for this weekend.

Men’s Basketball:

No. 21 UMass vs. BYU: The Minutemen will look to earn their eight win of the season when they host the Cougars for a 1:30 p.m. tip. BYU enters the game having won two of their last three and three of their last four, while UMass junior Cady Lalanne is averaging a team-best 16.4 points per game and 11.4 rebounds.

Harvard at Boston University: The Crimson will attempt to earn their fifth straight victory, along with their ninth overall win when they travel across the Charles River for the second time this week to face the Terriers. Harvard’s Wesley Saunders is averaging a team-best 15.1 points per game, while BU’s Maurice Watson Jr. ranks first on the Terriers in assists per game (5.6). BU, which has won four straight, will look to earn their fifth consecutive victory, along with their seventh overall victory.

Bentley vs. St. Michael’s: After seeing their seven-game winning streak conclude on Wednesday, the Falcons will look to rebound against a 6-2 St. Mike’s squad, which enters the contest having won one of their last three contests. Keep an eye on Bentley’s Tyler McFarland, who ranks fourth in the Northeast-10 Conference in points per game (20.4). He’s also fifth in rebounds (8.9) and three-point percentage (52.6).

Springfield at Williams: After losing to Hampden-Sydney, the Pride has rebounded with back-to-back wins against Penn St.-New Kensington and Trinity (Conn.). They’ll look to earn their sixth win of the season against Williams, which hasn’t lost since their first game of the season. Daniel Wohl leads the Ephs with 17.7 points per game, while Michael Mayer ranks first in rebounds (10.3). Robbie Burke leads Springfield with 80 points and 45 boards, while Alex Garstka ranks second in points with 79.

Eastern Nazarene at Endicott: The Lions, winners of six straight, will look to earn their seventh victory of the season, as well as well as their second Commonwealth Coast Conference win when they travel to Beverley to face Endicott. The Gulls commenced their season with four straight wins before dropping their last two games to Gordon and Rivier. Eastern Nazarene’s Jaylen Owens ranks second in the conference in points per game (18.2), while Endicott’s Taylor Rioux is second in field goal percentage (65.5).

Women’s Basketball:

Harvard vs. Long Beach State @ Phoenix, Ariz.: The Crimson will take their 6-2 record on the road this weekend when they travel to the Grand Canyon to face Long Beach State in the first round of the Arizona State classic. Keep an eye on Christine Clark (19.4 points per game) and Melissa Mullins (9.1 rebounds per game).

Fordham at Holy Cross: The Crusaders will look to earn their seventh straight victory when they host a Rams squad that recently won the Lady Rebel Round-Up tournament against Cincinnati in Las Vegas. Holy Cross’ ‘hot start’ is their best start in over 30 years. Holy Cross has also scored 70 points in every contest this season, including 92 points against UMass Lowell. Alex Smith leads the unit with 98 points.

So. New Hampshire at Stonehill College: The Skyhawks, winners of two straight, as well as three of their last four, will look to earn their seventh win of the season when they host the Penmen in Easton. Stonehill is 3-1 in NE-10 play this season. On Wednesday, the Skyhawks defeated Assumption, 79-68, thanks to 21 points, five assists and five rebounds from Mary Louis Dixon, as well as 14 points and nine boards from Tori Faieta.

Wesleyan at Williams College: The Ephs haven’t lost a regular season contest since last season when Smith College topped Williams, 53-49. Since then, Williams has won 11 straight, including seven this season. They’ll look to extend their current streak to 12 when they host Wesleyan for an important New England Small College Athletic Conference matchup. Keep an eye on Kellie Macdonald, who’s averaging a team-best 14.0 points per game.

Wheaton College at Clark University: Can the Lyons make it seven in a row? Wheaton, which has been one of the biggest surprises of the season thus far, is coming off a 77-52 win over Emerson College on Wednesday. Wheaton has registered 70 points or more in five contests this season. Clark has won three of the last four meetings, including both games last season. Keep an eye on Wheaton’s Abbie Brickley and Kiley Shoemaker, as well as Clark’s senior trio, which includes Emily Reilly, Ashleigh Condon and Megan Grondin.

Worcester City Tournament: Clark 59, WPI 53

By Matt Noonan 

WORCESTER, MA — The Clark University women’s basketball team captured their 20th Worcester City Women’s Basketball Tournament on Saturday with a 59-53 victory against WPI.

The Cougars were led by Emily Reilly, who led all scorers with 24 points. She also had eight rebounds, one assist and one steal, while Brooke Brennan tallied 15 points and five rebounds.

Dani Davis paced the Engineers with 18 points and also recorded nine rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocks. Kelly Morgan chipped in 15 points and Siena Mamayek led all players with 12 rebounds.

Clark outscored WPI in both halves, as well as made 18-of-23 free throws. The Engineers tallied 49 rebounds, 12 assists and eight steals, while the Cougars finished the game with 46 rebounds, nine steals and three blocks.

Below are post-game interviews with Clark’s Megan Grondin and Reilly, as well as WPI’s Morgan.

Worcester City Basketball Tournament: Clark 58, Worcester State 53

By Matt Noonan 

WORCESTER, MA — The first day of the 32nd Annual Worcester City Women’s Basketball Tournament concluded with an exciting victory for Clark University, as the Cougars defeated Worcester State, 58-53 and earned a spot in tomorrow’s championship game against WPI.

Ashleigh Condon sank two free throws during the closing seconds, which secured the Cougars first win of season.

Worcester State’s Kara Rogers attempted a desperation three-pointer following the free throws despite the five-point advantage before the buzzer sounded.

Clark’s Megan Grondin paced the Cougars with a game-high 19 points. She also finished with eight rebounds (two offensive, six defensive), while Emily Reilly scored 12 points. Condon chipped in 11 points, as well as five rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

Worcester State was led by Meaghan O’Keefe, who netted 19 points and recorded five rebounds and three steals. Meaghan Burns finished the game with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Clark will face WPI tomorrow at 4:00 p.m., while Worcester State will meet Becker College in the consolation game at 2:00 p.m.

Below we’ve provided two post-game interviews with Clark head coach Pat Glispin and Condon.