Mass. College Hoops: Johnson & Wales Establishes New Program Record For Wins, Wednesday Evening Notebook

By NoontimeSports.com 

Quarry Greenway poured in 37 points and registered 16 rebounds, while converting 16 of 21 free throws as the Johnson & Wales men’s basketball team cruised past Albertus Magnus, 113-58, and established a new program record for consecutive victories with 13.

The Wildcats are currently first in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) with seven conference wins, along with 13 overall victories. Johnson & Wales has not lost a game since falling to Linfield at Lewis & Clark on November 13, 2015.

Lasell College picked-up their sixth consecutive conferences win by defeating Anna Maria College, 71-69. Armin Omanovic’s jumper with one second remaining lifted the Lasers to victory.

Babson College won its third New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest as the Beavers defeated 12th-ranked WPI on the road by a score of 73-71. Joey Flannery netted 33 points for the Green and White to lift Babson to 9-4 overall and 3-0 in league play.

UMass Boston’s Olivia Murphy became the third member of the women’s basketball program to reach 1,000 rebounds as the senior forward finished Wednesday’s contest with 14 points and 18 rebounds in a 57-56 win over Plymouth State.

In Northeast-10 Conference play last night, Bentley University graduate student Keegan Hyland netted 17 of his 22 points in the first half en route to reaching the 1,000-point milestone. Hyland and the Falcons established a 38-25-halftime lead before pulling away from Adelphi to claim an 81-61 victory. With the win, Bentley improves to 11-3 overall and 8-1 in league play.

Mass. College Hoops: New Haven Edges Stonehill In East Regional Finals

By NoontimeSports.com 

University of New Haven is headed to the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Quarterfinals following a dramatic 58-57 win over Stonehill College on Monday evening in the East Regional Finals in Garden City, New York.

Briana Bradford recorded the game’s most important steal with four seconds remaining before dashing down the court for a right-handed layup, which sealed the victory and punched the Chargers’ ticket to the quarterfinals in South Dakota.

Stonehill immediately called a timeout following the basket and attempted to net the game-winner, but Kelly Martin’s three-point attempt did not drop and the Chargers escaped with an exciting one-point win.

Bradford netted seven points, pulled down six rebounds and recorded one assist and one steal, while teammate Aquillin Hayes scored a game-high 21 points. Hayes also recorded 10 rebounds.

Tori Faieta paced Stonehill with a double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds; Martin chipped in 12 points, four assists and six boards, while Ashley Gendron and Amy Pelletier scored five points apiece.

Stonehill led New Haven, 33-32, at the break, but the Chargers outscored the Skyhawks during the second stanza, 26-24.

New Haven converted 26-of-69 attempts from the floor, including three trifectas. Stonehill connected on 19-of-61 attempts and finished with four triples. The Skyhawks sank 15-of-18 shots at the free throw line – Martin finished a perfect 10-for-10 at the stripe – while Hayes connected on 3-of-4 attempts, the only free throws recorded by the Chargers.

The Chargers, who trailed most of the second half, earned their initial lead of the second stanza with 5:56 remaining as Elizabeth Cruso drilled a three-pointer that provided them with a 53-52 advantage.

Cruso would extend the Blue and Gold’s advantage with another triple at 4:26 before Stonehill closed the gap at 3:18 with a layup by Paige Marshall.

Marshall converted Stonehill’s final field goal of the evening, a trifecta with 56 seconds remaining, which put the Skyhawks up, 57-56.

New Haven, which entered the East Region as the second-seed, will face the winner of Cal Poly-Pomona/California Baptist University on Tuesday, March 24.

Mass. College Hoops: AIC Basketball Advance to NE-10 Semifinal

By Matt Noonan 

The Northeast-10 Conference basketball tournaments (men and women’s basketball) is all set for this week as eight teams – four men and four women – punched their ticket to the semifinal.

As announced this evening on Twitter (@TheNortheast10), the men’s basketball semifinal will take place on Wednesday, while the women’s basketball semifinal will occur on Thursday. American International College (@aicathletics) is the only local team that will be competing for the conference crown.

Here are the tweets from the conference about this week’s semifinal pairings:

AIC’s men’s basketball team will travel to Manchester, New Hampshire to take on top-seed Southern New Hampshire University on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m., while the women’s team heads to West Haven, Connecticut on Thursday, March 5 for a 7:00 p.m. tip against second-seed University of New Haven.

Mass. College Hoops: Bentley’s Battista Earns NE-10 Woman Of The Year & NE-10 Outstanding Female Scholar-Athlete Awards

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Bentley University Sports Information Department, here’s last night’s release about Lauren Battista, who was named both the Northeast-10 Conference Woman of the Year and NE-10 Outstanding Female Scholar-Athlete:

     WALTHAM, Mass. – Lauren Battista (North Easton/Oliver Ames HS), who led the Bentley University women’s basketball team to a 35-0 season and the NCAA Division II national championship, has added both the Northeast-10 Conference Woman of the Year and NE-10 Outstanding Female Scholar-Athlete awards to her already impressive list of honors.

The recent Bentley Summa Cum Laude graduate received both awards Monday night during the conference’s annual year-end banquet at the Essex Spa and Resort in Essex, Vt.

“Congratulations to Lauren for being named the NE-10 Woman of the Year and NE-10 Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year,” said Bentley Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame coach Barbara Stevens. “To be recognized by the member institutions of the NE-10 Conference for outstanding achievement on the court and in the classroom is a tremendous honor.  In a year full of outstanding accomplishments for Lauren, these NE-10 awards cap off a storybook season and an exceptional career.  We are extremely proud of her.”

Battista distinguished herself both on and off the court during her four years at Bentley.  Her senior year, which culminated with a come-from-behind 73-65 win over West Texas A&M in the national championship game, saw her recognized as the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division II Player of the Year, the Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-America of the Year and the women’s basketball nominee for the Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards DII Woman of the Year.

The three-time WBCA All-America totaled a school-record 2,112 points while leading the Falcons to a four-year record of 124-11, including a remarkable 96-6 over the last three seasons and 93-6 in conference play (regular season and tournament). She earned All-Conference recognition four times, including three straight first-team nods, and was the conference’s Player of the Year in both 2012 and 2014. Her four straight NE-10 Championship Most Outstanding Player awards is unprecedented in conference history, in any sport.

“Since my team’s national championship victory, I have been approached by aspiring athletes, fellow students, faculty, alumni, and other fans who have showered me with praise and admiration for being a positive role model and ambassador for women’s college athletics,” said Battista.

The success carried over into the classroom with Battista graduating with a 3.96 GPA while majoring in both marketing and liberal studies. She earned Capital One Academic All-America honors three times, including first team recognition the last two years, and was the NE-10 Sport Excellence Scholar-Athlete for women’s basketball three times.

In the community, Battista has volunteered with Team IMPACT, Habitat for Humanity and Bentley’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC).

“My roles as a scholar and as an athlete have defined critical components of my character, but my experience giving back to others has had the biggest influence on the person I am today,” said Battista. “Through my work with Team IMPACT, I have been able to foster a relationship with a young girl battling leukemia and her family. Her optimism and strength inspire me daily. The experience has taught me to be grateful for everything I have been blessed with in life and that no challenge is too big to overcome.”

As the NE-10 Woman of the Year, which was selected by the conference’s Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) Council, Battista will now be considered for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Mass. College Hoops: Bentley To Host NCAA D2 Women’s Basketball East Regional

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about the Falcons’ women’s basketball team, which will host the East Regional, beginning on Friday, March 14. Assumption College and Stonehill College will also be competing in the Regional, too. Here’s the release:

WALTHAM, Mass. – Undefeated and number-one ranked Bentley University, after achieving a four-peat as Northeast-10 Conference champions Sunday afternoon, has been named the host of the 2014 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball East Regional, which will be held this coming weekend. It’ll be the fourth straight year that the eight-team regional will be held at Bentley’s Dana Center.

Bentley is the number one seed and will take on eighth-seeded Bloomfield College (20-9), a first-time NCAA entrant, in the first round on Friday.

Bentley, which ran its record to 29-0 with a 99-76 win over Adelphi University in the NE-10 championship game, is one of three automatic qualifiers with the others being the University of District of Columbia, which captured the East Coast Conference, and Bloomfield, the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference champion.

The at-large selections include four Northeast-10 teams: second-seeded Adelphi (22-7), fourth-seeded Stonehill College (18-9), sixth-seeded Assumption College (18-10) and seventh-seeded University of New Haven (18-9). Rounding out the field is third-seeded LIU Post (22-6) out of the ECC.

Play will get underway at noon Friday with LIU Post taking on Assumption and will continue with Adelphi facing New Haven for the third time at 2:30 pm.

Bentley, which will be seeking its third regional championship and Elite Eight berth in four years, and Bloomfield will launch the evening session at 6 pm. Capping the first-day action will be Stonehill taking on UDC.

The semifinals will be Saturday evening and the regional championship game will be Monday at 7 pm.

Bentley, which owns 12 regional titles since 1989, will be making its record 31st appearance in the NCAA tournament and its eighth straight.

The winner of the Regional will advance to the Elite Eight in Erie, Pa. March 25-28.

 NCAA DIVISION II WOMEN’S BASKETBALL EAST REGIONAL

At Bentley University, Waltham, Mass.

 QUARTERFINALS – FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014

#3 LIU Post (22-6) vs. #6 Assumption (18-10), 12 noon

#2 Adelphi (22-7) vs. #7 New Haven (18-9), 2:30 pm

#1 Bentley (29-0) vs. #8 Bloomfield (20-9), 6 pm

#4 Stonehill (18-9) vs. #5 District of Columbia (21-7), 8:30 pm

 SEMIFINALS – SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014

#3-#6 winner vs. #2-#7 winner, 5 pm

#1-#8 winner vs. #4-#5 winner, 7:30 pm

 CHAMPIONSHIP – MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014

7:00 pm

 Winner advances to Elite Eight in Erie, Pa. March 25-28