D3 Hoops: The 2018-19 All-Noontime Women’s Basketball Team


By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Another exciting season of New England D3 basketball has concluded, which means it is time to unveil our end of the year All-Noontime Teams, along with our Coach, Rookie, and Player of the Year, too.

This year’s All-Noontime Team was assembled by our Noontime Basketball committee, which is made up of coaches, media members, and athletic communication directors.

As always, make sure to stay connected with our Noontime Sports basketball coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_Hoops. 


For the second-straight season, Bowdoin College women’s basketball coach Adrienne Shibles guided the Polar Bears to an NCAA “Final Four” appearance. (PHOTO COURTESY: CIPhotography.com/Bowdoin College Athletics)

Coach of the Year: Adrienne Shibles (Bowdoin College): Shibles guided the Polar Bears to the program’s second perfect regular season, along with a repeat appearance in the NCAA Division III “Final Four.” Bowdoin occupied the top spot in multiple polls this winter, including D3Hoops.com and WBCA, and matched the school record for wins (31) in a single-season. Shibles was recently named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division III Coach of the Year.


Abby Kelly guided the Polar Bears to its second perfect season in program history this winter. PHOTO COURTESY (CIPhotography.com/Bowdoin College Athletics)

Player of the Year: Abby Kelly (Bowdoin College): The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and D3Hoops.com Northeast Player of the Year guided the Polar Bears back to the NCAA “Final Four” for the second-straight season after averaging 15.4 points per game in 33 contests. Kelly connected on 76.8 percent of her free throws while averaging 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest. Kelly became the 15th player in program history this winter to reach 1,000 points when she netted a game-high 27 points in a 72-59 win over Colby College in January.


Caleigh Ryan became the second Wesleyan University women’s basketball player to earn NESCAC Rookie of the Year. PHOTO COURTESY: Steve McLaughlin/Wesleyan University Athletics)

Rookie of the Year: Caleigh Ryan (Wesleyan University): Ryan became the second Cardinal in program history to be named NESCAC Rookie of the Year after averaging 10.6 points per game in 25 contests, along with 7.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists. The New York, New York native posted double-figures in 12 contests, including 22 points in her team’s regular-season finale against Bowdoin. Ryan also helped Wesleyan qualify for the NESCASC Tournament for the second-straight winter with the Cardinals earning a trip to Amherst College.

All-Noontime Women’s Basketball First Team 

Madeline Eck  Amherst College  Rye, N.Y. 
Abby Kelly  Bowdoin College  Bombay, N.Y.
Kelsi McNamara Saint Joseph’s College West Newbury, Mass.
Jac Knapp Tufts University  Westfield, N.J.
Nakira Examond  UMass Dartmouth New Bedford, Mass.

All-Noontime Women’s Basketball Second Team 

Hannah Fox  Amherst College  Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
Maddie Hasson  Bowdoin College South Portland, Maine
Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda Emmanuel College  South Boston, Mass.
Lauren Bondi Smith College  Burnaby, BC, Can.
Erica DeCandido  Tufts University North Wales, Pa.

All-Noontime Women’s Basketball Third Team 

Payton Ouimette Babson College  Medfield, Mass.
Taylor Choate Bowdoin College  Nashua, N.H.
Emily Pratt  Endicott College  Gardner, Mass.
Kenzie Worcester Husson University  Washburn, Maine
Kennedy Guest-Pritchett Smith College  Fairburn, Ga.

All-Noontime Women’s Basketball Rookie Team 

Keagan Dunbar Colby College Middlebury, Vt.
Peyton Perine Curry College  Fairfax, Va.
Christina Antonakakis MIT Holmdel, N.J.
Amina Wiley Mitchell College New Rochelle, N.Y.
Caleigh Ryan  Wesleyan University New York, N.Y. 

Noontime Hoops Notebook: Emmanuel’s Yosinoff Becomes All-Time Winningest D3 Women’s Basketball Coach & More

Noontime Hoops Notebook

By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11 

It was an exciting day for Emmanuel College‘s Andy Yosinoff, who became the all-time winningest women’s basketball coach in NCAA Division III, thanks to a 68-58 win over Ramapo College.

Yosinoff, who has been coaching at Emmanuel since 1978, entered today’s non-conference tilt tied with the University of Scranton‘s Mike Strong, who retired in October 2014 with 815 wins.

“You can’t set a record like this without a lot of great players, coaches and support staff,” said Yosinoff via today’s release. “This win isn’t about me, it’s about the program. It’s for every player that has worn a Saints uniform and contributed to where we are today. I’m just lucky to have been along for the ride and have amazing coaches and administrators at Emmanuel who support what I do year after year.”

Yosinoff has guided the Saints to 18 NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 2001 Final Four contest, along with a trio of Sweet Sixteen and two Elite Eight contests. Additionally, he has led the Blue and Gold to 15 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) crowns.

Manny Payton became the 20th member of the Framingham State men’s basketball program to reach 1,000 points yesterday during his team’s 66-57 setback to John Jay. The senior guard from Fitchburg netted a game-high 19 points on 7 of 16 shooting.

Clark University senior Sam O’Gara also eclipsed the 1,000-point mark yesterday, as well, by netting 17 points on 6 of 18 shooting, which helped the Cougars defeat Regis College, 70-65. O’Gara, who hails from Worcester, is now the 21st student-athlete in program history to net 1,000 points or more.

After falling 94-91 earlier this month to Salem State, the Gulls of Endicott College rebounded with back-to-back wins over Colby-Sawyer and Thomas CollegeKeith Brown highlighted his team’s win earlier today against the Terriers with a team-high 25 points, while Joe Shehadi added 16 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Both of Endicott’s games took place at Salem State, which was hosting a two-day, four-team holiday tournament.

The Babson College women’s basketball team extended its current winning streak to six games as the Beavers rolled past Salve Regina, 99-58, in the opening contest of the Judy Pearson ’85 Memorial Tournament. Nicole Hiller netted a career-high 16 points in the win, while Medfield’s Payton Ouimette added 15 points and nine rebounds.

Babson will face UMass Dartmouth in tomorrow’s championship game, which is scheduled to commence at 2 p.m. The Corsairs defeated St. Lawrence, 71-50, thanks to a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds from Nakira Examond. Examond, who hails from New Bedford, currently leads the Corsairs with 18.4 points per game.

Other notes from the weekend: 

  • Coach Jim Calhoun and the University of St. Joseph’s (Conn.) men’s basketball team capped its December slate with a 92-68 win over Salve Regina on Saturday. Three players, including Delshawn Jackson Jr. finished in double-figures.
  • MIT women’s basketball capped its December slate with an impressive 56-46 win over TCNJ on Saturday. The Engineers’ fifth-straight win was highlighted by Upton’s Kylie Gallagher, who led all MIT scorers with 12 points. TCNJ was held to just 19 field goals on 57 attempts.
  • After falling to Bowdoin College yesterday, the Wheaton College women’s basketball team bounced back with a 67-36 win over Cedar Crest to move to 6-5 overall. Wheaton jumped out to a 20-5 advantage after one quarter and never looked back. Sara McLeman highlighted her team’s win with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.
  • The St. Joseph’s College (Maine) men’s basketball team extended its current winning streak to 10 games as the Monks outlasted Emmanuel College, 107-102, earlier this afternoon. Four St. Joseph players finished in double-figures, including Jack Casale, who finished with 31 points on 11 of 22 shooting. 

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D3Hoops: Saturday Highlights (LINKS)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

As usual, Saturday was a busy day in the New England NCAA D3 Hoops World with Amherst College women’s basketball headlining the actionwith a hard-fought (and important) victory against Bowdoin College.

The win by the Mammoths – now their 52nd-striaght win, dating back to March 2016 – puts them in the drivers seat in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).

Emmanuel College women’s basketball Coach Andrew Yosinoff earned his 800th win on the sidelines yesterday during his team’s 100-94 win over Albertus Magnus. As noted in the game’s release, Yosinoff became the 14th NCAA women’s basketball coach to achieve the milestone, but is just the second Division III coach to win 800 games.

UMass Dartmouth’s Nakira Examond eclipsed the 1,000-point mark this afternoon in her team’s 105-83 win against Western Connecticut.

Speaking of 1,000-point scorers, Babson College’s Bradley Jacks also accomplished the feat this afternoon, too, as the Beavers overpowered Coast Guard Academy.

Defense was the key down the stretch for the Thomas College men’s basketball team as they held off a late surge by New England College to pick-up an important North Atlantic Conference (NAC) win.

The Tufts University celebrated ‘Senior Day’ this afternoon, as well as a win over the Cardinals of Wesleyan University.

Endicott College men’s hoops returned to the win column with a 72-62 win over Curry College. The Gulls are now 13-6 overall and 8-4 in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play.

It was a fun ‘Senior Day’ Middletown, Connecticut as the Wesleyan men’s basketball team  outlasted Tufts for an important NESCAC win.

Don’t sleep on the Springfield College women’s basketball team – they won another New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game today and will continue to be the team to watch down the stretch.

The Springfield men’s basketball team won its seven-straight contest this afternoon against Clark University, thanks to 24 points from Jake Ross and 16 rebounds from Heath Post.

Chalk up another important win for the Nichols College men’s basketball team today as they topped Gordon College in CCC play.

The UMass Boston women’s basketball team continued its winning ways this afternoon by defeating Rhode Island College, 65-59. Shania Osborne came off the bench and almost recorded a double-double for the Beacons as she concluded the contest with 19 points and nine caroms.

Framingham State’s Mary Kate O’Day netted a career-high 39 points as the Rams topped Fitchburg State in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) play. With the win, the Rams improve to 12-7 overall and 6-1 in league play.

Finally, Bates College men’s basketball evened its record at 10-10 as they defeated Connecticut College, 69-56. Jeff Spellman and Max Hummel each netted 17 points in the win.

All-Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Team Of The Year

All-Noontime Team

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Noontime Sports and NoontimeSports.com is pleased to unveil our first-ever All-Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Teams!

Women’s Coach of the Year: G.P.Gromacki (Amherst College)

Women’s C0-Players of the Year: Michela North (Tufts University) & Ali Doswell (Amherst College)    

Women’s Rookie of the Year: Kyra Rose (Fitchburg State)

All-Noontime First Team 

Ali Doswell

Amherst College

Richmond, Va.

Michela North

Tufts University

Duxbury, Mass.

Giovanna Pickering

Babson College

Hull, Mass.

Meredith Doswell

Amherst College

Richmond, Va.

Melissa Baptista

Tufts University

Somerville, Mass.

All-Noontime Second Team 

Ama Biney 


Worcester, Mass.

Kate Kerrigan

Bowdoin College

Wellesley Hills, Mass.

Bridget Quilty

Roger Williams Univ.

Duxbury, Mass.

Jill Valley 

Westfield State

Orange, Mass.

Nakira Examond

UMass Dartmouth

New Bedford, Mass.

All-Noontime Third Team 

Chandler Guerrette

Husson University

Presque Isle, Maine

Kara Holinski


Livonia, Mich.

Ava Adamopoulos

Springfield College

Ludlow, Mass.

Kelsi McNamara

Saint Joseph’s (Maine)

West Newbury, Mass.

Kyra Rose

Fitchburg State

Rockland, Mass.

UMass Dartmouth Makes History, Advances To First-Ever Sweet 16


UMass Dartmouth earned an impressive second round win to advance to next weekend’s third round against SUNY New Paltz. (PHOTO CREDIT: UMass Dartmouth Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

For the first-time in program history, the UMass Dartmouth women’s basketball is headed to the ’round of 16′ – or as some call it, the ‘sweet 16.’

The Corsairs, who earned an at-large bid to this year’s NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament, earned a pair of impressive wins this weekend, defeating both La Roche and No. 11 Montclair State to advance to next weekend’s third round.

Alicia Kutil highlighted her team’s effort against the Red Hawks, concluding the contest with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Nakira Examond and Leah Douty netted 13 points, respectively, while Rachel McCarron added 12 points, four rebounds and two assists.

UMass Dartmouth secured an early lead over Montclair State, finishing the first frame with a 23-13 advantage before entering the break with a 35-24 lead.

The Red Hawks would claw back in the second half, pulling within two-points (51-49) early in the fourth quarter, but the Corsairs responded, ending the session on a 20-14 run.

Saturday’s affair between the Corsairs and Red Hawks featured four lead changes and a trio of ties. UMass Dartmouth sank 26 of 52 shots, while holding Montclair State to just 27 field goals, including six trifectas – the Red Hawks converted 27 field goals in five games this season, but this was the first time they had lost when sinking that amount of shots.

UMass Dartmouth returns to the hardwood next Friday, March 10 when they face SUNY New Paltz, which advanced to the third round with back-to-back wins over Bowdoin and Ithaca. The game will be played at Amherst College with tip-off scheduled for 5 p.m.