Tag: NCAA Division III Basketball

Noontime’s Senior Salute: Mary Kate O’Day (Framingham State)

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Mary Kate O’Day and the Framingham State women’s basketball team competed in their first-ever NCAA Tournament game last month. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin/Framingham State Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

For Mary Kate O’Day, her senior season with the Framingham State University women’s basketball team was one both she and fans will certainly remember for quite some time.

The Berlin, Massachusetts native averaged a career-bests in points per game (17.9), rebounds (8.5), and assists (3.1) while leading the Rams to their first-ever Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament Championship with a 66-51 win over Worcester State.

Framingham State would make its initial appearance in the NCAA D-III Tournament days later and conclude its 2019-20 campaign with a school-record 22 wins in a single-season.

Named the MASCAC Player of the Year for the second time in her career, O’Day netted 20 points or more in 12 contests this past season while scoring a season-high 31 points in her team’s 101-91 victory over Westfield State in January. O’Day was honored by both the New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) and D3Hoops.com (All-Northeast Region) last month, securing spots on the first and second teams, respectively.

O’Day scored 1,557 points in 102 games with the Rams to go with 621 rebounds, 234 assists, and 127 steals. She also recorded 38 blocks, including a career-best 16 this past winter.

We recently caught up with Mary Kate O’Day to discuss her final season with the Rams, as well as her future plans beyond graduation later this spring.


What will you remember most about your final season with the Rams? 

I will remember winning the MASCAC championship. We came up short twice in the past, so to finally win it my senior year was something special.

Was there a game (or two) that you will remember most from either your senior season or the past three years? If so, which game(s) are they?

I think the game that I will remember most (from this past year) was when we beat Westfield State on the road. We had only beaten them once in my four years with the Framingham State women’s basketball program, so earning a win against the Owls was (an important step toward eventually winning our conference tournament title on the final day of February).

In addition to our win over the Owls, it has been great seeing both former and current teammates reach certain milestones. I have vivid memories of watching Alycia Rackliffe, Raegan Mulherin, and Emily Velozo score their 1,000th point, respectively, to Lauren Donahue becoming the program’s all-time assists leader. Those are games (and memories) I will never forget. 

What have you enjoyed most about competing for your team (and program) these past four years? What will you miss most after graduation? 

Meeting so many amazing people. I have become so close with my teammates over the past four years. We have shared some amazing memories together, including two trips to Florida and celebrating New Years’ at Universal Studios. Those were some of my favorite memories with my teammates (and friends).

I will miss most hanging out with my teammates and being apart of a team. Whether we were hanging out in someone’s dorm room, grabbing food off-campus to shooting around before practices, the times we spent together, both on and off the court is something I will miss.

Tell me about your major. How did you choose it and what do you hope to do beyond graduation? 

I am a sociology major. I went into college undeclared but during my sophomore year, I took a sociology class and really enjoyed it. My goal is to get a job with the Special Olympics.

Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode 24 (John Cabral | Play-By-Play Broadcaster)

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By Noontime Sports (@NoontimeSports)

Just days after the NCAA Division III men’s basketball championship concluded, Noontime Sports the Podcast host Matt Noonan caught-up with Babson College play-by-play broadcaster John Cabral to discuss and highlight the Beavers’ (men’s basketball) first-ever national championship.

Cabral and Noonan recap a pair of exciting contests, and yes, slowly look ahead (at the end of the podcast) to what teams could be in the mix for a title-run next season.

Newbury Provides Dana Barros with First D3 Win

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Newbury College men’s basketball Coach Dana Barros secured his initial Division III win against Elms College on Tuesday, January 17th. (PHOTO CREDIT: Newbury College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

An exciting three-point (83-80) victory last night over Elms College provided Newbury College men’s basketball Coach Dana Barros with his initial NCAA Division III victory.

The hard-fought win snapped an 11-game losing streak and provides the Nighthawks with momentum heading into their next few New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) tilts.

Daivon Edwards highlighted his team’s effort, netting 32 points, including the game-winning trifecta as time expired.

“I knew it was going in once it left my hand,” said Edwards via last night’s game release.

The 32 points from Edwards was a career-high. He finished the contest with six three-pointers, which is the most three-pointers he has recorded in a single-game this season.

Newbury’s Jeduan Langston concluded the contest with 24 points and nine caroms, while Devin Johnson tallied nine points off the bench.

The Nighthawks will look to continue their momentum tomorrow evening when they visit Lesley University with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

Mass. College Hoops: Amherst, Williams To Host Sweet 16 Game

By Matt Noonan 

According to D3Hoops.com, Amherst College and Williams College will each host their Sweet 16 matchup next Saturday, March 16.

The Lord Jeffs and Ephs each earned second round victories yesterday, which secured them a spot in the quarterfinals. Amherst will host Randolph-Macon, a squad that defeated WPI, while Williams will entertain Virginia Wesleyan. No times have been announced as of Sunday evening.

For more information on the Amherst men’s basketball team — HOP HERE

For more information on the Williams men’s basketball team — HOP HERE

Mass. College Hoops: WPI Tops SUNY Purchase In First Round Of March Madness Tourney

By Matt Noonan 

WORCESTER, MA — WPI’s men’s basketball team earned its first win in the 2013 NCAA Division III March Madness tournament against SUNY Purchase on Saturday evening, 80-67. The win secured the Engineers a spot in the second round against Randolph-Macon, which will be played next Saturday.

Marco Coppola recorded a game-best 23 points, while Ryan Kolb added 16 points, four rebounds and three assists. Sam Longwell filled the stat sheet with 12 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals.

Purchase was led by Andre Nixon, who netted 15 points, while Joel Neri tallied 12 points and Craig Davis added 11 points.

The Engineers led the Panthers at the break, 38-26, but secured their lead for good late in the second stanza with back-to-back buckets from Coppola. Kolb secured the victory with a trifecta at 2:38, which provided the Engineers with a 19 point advantage.

Below are videos with each team discussing the outcome. Chris Bartley joined Coppola, Kolb and Longwell, while Jeff Charney accompanied Davis and Nixon.