New England D-III Hoops Notebook: Brandeis, Emmanuel Score Impressive Mid-Week Victories

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

For the first time since 2005, the Emmanuel College women’s basketball team scored a win over the top team in Division III as the Saints beat Amherst College last night by a score of 60-55.

The Saints, who beat Bowdoin College 14 years ago when they were the top team in D-III, were led by Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda, who recorded a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. The Cambridge, Massachusetts native connected on 10 of 20 shots from the field, while sinking five of eight freebies.

Emmanuel led Amherst, 23-19, at the break – they would outscore the Mammoths, 26-19, in the final session to secure their fourth win of the season.

The setback snapped an early three-game winning streak for the Mammoths, which scored early-season wins against Babson CollegeIthaca College, and New Jersey City. Amherst is scheduled to face Eastern Connecticut on Saturday before heading to Las Vegas, Nevada three weeks later to compete in the D3Hoops.com Classic.

Emmanuel, which has won four of seven contests thus far, visits MIT on Saturday before hosting Rhode Island College next Monday, December 9th. The win over the Mammoths should provide the Blue and Gold with some momentum heading into their next two contests before heading to Nevada, as well, to compete in two days of the D3Hoops Classic at the end of the month.

Keep your eyes on Ramirez-Tejeda over the next few weeks – the senior guard is averaging 20.7 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. Additionally, she is averaging 2.9 assists per game and sinking 64.4 percent of her free throws.

Brandeis University scored an exciting 99-88 overtime win last night against Babson, thanks to a pair of impressive performances by Hannah Nicholson (19 points and 16 rebounds) and Camila Casanueva (19 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists).

The Judges outscored the Beavers, 25-14, in the extra session – Brandeis utilized an 8-2 run to begin the overtime period, which provided them enough momentum to secure their fifth win of the season.

Brandeis has enjoyed a successful start to its 2019-20 campaign – they won their Tip-Off Tournament early last month with wins against Framingham State and Nichols College while scoring non-conference wins over Roger Williams and Salem State. The Judges’ lone setback came against Tufts University late last month – the Jumbos outscored Brandeis, 41-29, in the second half to secure an 81-77 win.

The Judges will visit Clark University and Johnson & Wales later this week before hosting Becker College next Monday.

Since falling to New England College last month, the WPI men’s basketball team has looked unstoppable as they have now won seven consecutive contests, including a 72-62 win on Tuesday against Tufts.

WPI’s Garrett Stephenson stuffed the stat sheet against the Jumbos with a game-high 21 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Colin McNamara contributed 13 points, eight rebounds, and four assists, while Reid Walker added 10 points, three rebounds, and one assist.

The Engineers will attempt to stretch their winning streak to eight games on Saturday when they visit Albertus Magnus for a 5 p.m. tip-off.

WPI has scored some impressive regional victories thus far against Tufts, Salem StateFitchburg State, Eastern Connecticut, and Brandeis. After their visit to the Falcons, WPI will be off for the holidays before visiting Framingham State on Saturday, January 4th for its final non-conference clash.

As of this morning, the Engineers are the only New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) team that has won eight games thus far. Babson has won all six of its contests, while Springfield College has won five-straight.

Speaking of the Beavers, they host Amherst this evening with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. Babson has been a team to watch thus far, but Wednesday’s meeting with the Mammoths will certainly be a good test for the Green and White.

Following their non-conference clash with the Mammoths, Babson will compete in the New England Big 4 Challenge this weekend – their first game is against Salem State on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Big 4 Challenge is always a fun tournament to watch – the two day, the four-game tournament features Babson, Tufts, Brandeis, and Salem State.

Albertus Magnus Provides Coach Oliver with 200th Win

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Albertus Magnus provided Coach Mitch Oliver with his 200th win this afternoon. (PHOTO CREDIT: Albertus Magnus Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

The Albertus Magnus men’s basketball team remains unbeaten in 2017 – they have not dropped a single-contest since falling to New Jersey City last month.

Winners of seven-straight, including eight consecutive victories at home – the Falcons are a perfect 8-0 in New Haven, Connecticut – the Falcons secured their 13th win of the season  this afternoon, defeating Anna Maria, 85-82, in Paxton, Massachusetts.

The win bumped the Falcons to 13-3 overall and 9-1 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play. It also provided Coach Mitch Oliver with his 200th career victory, too.

Since his initial season (2007-08), Oliver has guided the Blue and White to 20 wins (or more) six times and 25 wins (or more) three times. Oliver has navigated the Falcons to five conference crowns (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015). In 2014, the Falcons reached the ‘Round of 16’ for the first-time in program history.

Albertus Magnus is currently the top team in the GNAC – Mount Ida is behind the Falcons with an 8-2 league ledger. Both teams will square-off twice in February.

The Falcons return to the hardwood on Wednesday, January 25th when they host Rivier at 7 p.m. Albertus Magnus captured the first meeting earlier this month, defeating the Raiders, 93-56.

New England D3 Hoops: Wheaton Set To Host Fifth Annual Cheryl Warren-Powers’ 95 Tournament

It will be a special weekend for Wheaton College as they host the fifth annual Cheryl Warren-Powers '95 Tournament. (Photo Credit: Wheaton College Women's Basketball)

It will be a special weekend for Wheaton College as they host the fifth annual Cheryl Warren-Powers ’95 Tournament. (Photo Credit: Wheaton College Women’s Basketball)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

It’s a special weekend for the Wheaton College women’s basketball program, as the Lyons will host the fifth annual Cheryl Warren-Powers ’95 Tournament, beginning this evening in Emerson Gymnasium.

The two-day event celebrates the life of Warren-Powers, who sadly passed away on May 22, 2012. A two-sport athlete (basketball and softball) at Wheaton, Warren-Powers became the second female basketball player at Bishop Feehan High School (Attleboro, Massachusetts) to score 1,000 career points.

“(This event) is for her twins (Jordan and Craig),” said Wheaton women’s basketball head coach Melissa Hodgdon. “A lot of alums will be coming back (to campus), we will be hosting an alumni game Saturday morning and a reception afterward.

“There will also be some (former classmates) from Cheryl’s class that will be here Friday and Saturday, and the twins will be speaking, along with Cheryl’s brother prior to Friday night’s game.”

As noted on the school’s athletic website, fans are encouraged to donate to the Little Angles of Warren-Powers Memorial Fund, which benefits Cheryl’s twins, Jordan and Craig, by visiting their GoFundMe page here: https://www.gofundme.com/2tv67744

Wheaton will commence the two-day tournament with a 5:30 p.m. contests against New Jersey City before Framingham State takes on Newbury College at 7:30 p.m. Both winners will advance to Saturday’s tournament final at 3 p.m. with a consolation contest scheduled for 1 p.m.