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Mass. College Hoops: Holy Cross’ Alex Smith Named Patriot League Player Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Holy Cross sports information department, here’s today’s release about Alex Smith, a member of the women’s basketball team that earned her third Patriot League Player of the Week award of her career:

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross women’s basketball senior captain Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) has been named Patriot League Anaconda Sports Player of the Week for competition from Dec. 16-22. This marks the third time in her career that she has claimed Player of the Week honors, as she also won the award on Dec. 12, 2011 and Feb 4, 2013.

Smith had a stellar week offensively for the Crusaders, as she helped lead the team to a 1-1 overall record. For the week, she averaged 21.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 2.5 assists per contest. She shot 48.3 percent from the field (14 of 29) and canned nine of her 19 shots from behind the arc (47.4 percent). Smith began the week with her best offensive performance in a Crusader uniform versus Quinnipiac, with a career-best 31 points to go along with six rebounds and five steals. She started the contest going five of five from downtown and set the Patriot League career three-pointers made mark during the game against the Bobcats. Smith also set the Holy Cross record for most points in a half, as she had 27 in the first stanza versus Quinnipiac. The 31 points scored were also the most by a Patriot League player this season. Against ACC-rival Boston College, Smith tallied 11 points and hit a trio of three-pointers.

This season, Smith is averaging 16.1 points, 5.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game. She also is shooting 46.1 percent from the field and has a 43.1 percent clip from behind the arc. Smith leads the Patriot League in steals and three-pointers made (3.4) per game, as well as assist/turnover ratio (3.8). She ranks third in the conference in assists per game and fifth in scoring. Over her career, Smith has totaled 1,353 career points, which ranks 13th in Holy Cross history. She also has accumulated 448 assists, 385 rebounds and 179 steals during her four years at Holy Cross. Smith now has 291 career three-pointers and is 27 away from entering the top 25 in the NCAA Division I record book.

Holy Cross (7-2) will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 29, when it will travel to Ames, Iowa for the first game of the Cyclone Classic versus #14/11 Iowa State at 4:30 p.m. (ET).

Mass. College Hoops: Holy Cross’ Scott Named Patriot League Player Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Holy Cross sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about women’s basketball sophomore forward Raquel Scott, who was named this week’s Patriot League Anaconda Sports Player of the Week:

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross women’s basketball sophomore forward Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) has been named Patriot League Anaconda Sports Player of the Week for competition from Nov. 25 to Dec. 1. This is the first weekly award for any Crusader this season and the first of Scott’s career.

Scott had a great week for Holy Cross and helped lead the squad to a pair of wins over Massachusetts (Nov. 26) and Manhattan (Dec. 1). For the week, she averaged a double-double with 18.0 points and 12.5 rebounds per game, to go along with 4.5 assists per contest. She connected on 56.7 percent of her shots from the floor (17 of 30) and totaled a pair of steals in two starts. Against the Minutewomen, Scott recorded her second career double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Versus Manhattan, she notched her second consecutive double-double with game-highs of 15 points and 13 caroms.

This season, Scott has averages of 16.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per contest. She ranks first in the Patriot League in rebounding, fourth in scoring and seventh in assists, while also holding the second best field-goal percentage in the conference at 60.4 percent. Over her two-year career, Scott has totaled 203 points, 207 rebounds and 53 assists.

Holy Cross (5-0) returns to action on Wednesday, December 4, when it will entertain Northeastern at the Hart Center for a 5:00 p.m. contest.

Mass. College Hoops: Holy Cross Rallies To Defeat Lehigh

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of our friends from the Holy Cross sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release pertaining toward the women’s basketball team, which rallied past Lehigh in a Patriot League contest:

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Holy Cross sophomore guard Ashley Cooper (Colts Neck, N.J.) scored a career and team-best 19 points and connected on six of seven from behind the arc to help lead the Crusaders to a come-from-behind, 72-66, triumph over Lehigh on Sunday afternoon at Stabler Arena. Holy Cross snapped a 10-game losing streak versus the Mountain Hawks and improves to 12-11 on the season and 4-4 in the Patriot League. Lehigh falls to 10-13 overall and 2-6 in the conference.

The Mountain Hawks scored four quick points over the first 47 seconds of the game, but the Crusaders answered with an 11-2 rally to gain the 11-6 lead at the 13:15 mark of the first half. However, Lehigh would counter with a 13-3 scoring surge to go on top 19-14 with 9:20 left in the half.

Holy Cross junior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) drilled a pair of threes to put the Crusaders back on top (20-19) at the 6:16 mark, but Lehigh then went ahead by five points just two minutes later (25-20). The Crusaders scored four straight to trail by one (25-24) with 1:48 on the clock, but the Mountain Hawks pushed their lead back to five and went into the locker room on top 29-24.

Lehigh kept the five point advantage over the first three-plus minutes of the second half as it led 34-29 (16:34). Holy Cross would then go on a 6-0 rally that was capped off with a Cooper three-pointer to put the Crusaders on top 35-34 at the 14:51 mark of the second half.

The two teams traded buckets over the next six minutes as there were five lead changes and three tied scores, but Lehigh held the 49-48 advantage. Holy Cross then embarked on a 16-6 run to grab its largest lead of the contest thus far (64-55) with 4:09 on the clock. Cooper drained a pair of threes as sophomore forward Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) scored five points for Holy Cross during the rally.

Lehigh put up seven quick points to trail 64-62, but Smith hit a momentum-shifting three-pointer to give the Crusaders the 67-62 lead with 1:27 left in regulation. Cooper, Parker and senior forward Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) combined to go five of six from the charity stripe over the next minute to push the lead to 10 points (72-62). Lehigh ended the contest with four points over the final 30 seconds, but that would not be enough as the Crusaders held on for the victory.

In addition to Cooper for Holy Cross, Smith finished the contest with 14 points on four treys, a season and game-high nine assists and six rebounds. Lepley scored 13 points to go along with five assists and four rebounds, while Parker posted nine points and a game-best nine rebounds. Junior forward Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) scored six points for HC, while freshman forward Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J)hauled in six boards.

The Crusaders connected on 24 of their 56 shots in the game (42.9 percent), while the Mountain Hawks hit 41.4 percent from the field (24 of 58). Holy Cross shot lights out from downtown as it drained 13 of its 23 shots from behind the arc (56.5 percent), tying a school record for three-pointers in a game. Lehigh was limited to 4 of 19 on its three-point shots (21.1 percent). Holy Cross held advantages in rebounds (42-33), assists (22-19), offensive rebounds (12-6), second-chance points (16-11) and bench points (35-12).

The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 13, when they travel to Annapolis, Md. to take on Navy at 7:00 p.m.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Weekly Report (Jan. 7-13)

By NoontimeSports.com

Another week of college basketball is in the books. And without further ado, here is this week’s WACBA Rookies of the Week, Players of the Week and Honor Roll.

NOTE: This week’s write-ups courtesy of the college’s sports information director.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Cullen Hamilton (Holy Cross) Fr., Guard, Washington, D.C.: Hamilton totaled eight points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in his team’s win against Columbia. Against Lehigh, he added six points and two rebounds. He finished the week 2 of 3 from the charity stripe.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Raquel Scott (Holy Cross) Fr., Forward, Ridgewood, New Jersey: The first-year finished the past week with 15 points. She netted 11 points in her team’s win against Brown, and recorded three rebounds, two steals and one assist against Lehigh. Her 11 points were the third most points versus Brown as she connected on 5 of 6 from the free-throw line.

Men’s Player of the Week: Kevin Donahue  (Assumption College) Gr. Student, Guard, Pawcatuck, Conn: Donahue averaged 19 points and knocked down nine three-pointers in a 2-0 week for the Hounds as Assumption improved to 11-2 overall. He began the week with a 25-point effort in a home win over Bentley, knocking down seven three-pointers in the win. In the process, Donahue became the 42nd player in Assumption history to surpass the 1,000-point mark for his career. He then ended the week with a 13-point effort, including two three-pointers, to go along with two rebounds and three steals in an overtime road win at Southern New Hampshire.

Women’s Player of the Week: Meaghan O’Keefe (Worcester State) Sr., Center, Warren, Mass: Averaged 17.3 points, 14.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in a 2-1 week for Worcester State including 21 points and 19 boards in a 49-48 triumph over Westfield State before she added 25 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in a 62-46 win over MCLA. Also connected for .500 from the field (20-40) and 46 percent from beyond the arc (6-13).

Honor Roll:

Amy Lepley (Holy Cross) Sr., Forward/Guard, Norfolk, Mass: Lepley finished the past week with 30 points and tied a game-best 17 points and four assists in a loss to Lehigh, while recording a season-best five assists against Brown. Lepley is now the 24th leading scorer in Holy Cross history with 1,033 career points. Through seven games played this season, Lepley ranks second on the team in points (11.9) and leads the squad in rebounds (5.7).

Justin Burrell (Holy Cross) Soph., Forward, Dumfries, Virginia: Burrell tallied 29 points, four assists and three rebounds in a win against Columbia. His 29 points were his second-most this season. Against Lehigh, he led the Crusaders with 16 points. In both games, he connected on 13 of 14 shots from the stripe.

Katy Howard (Assumption College) Sr., Guard, Medway, Mass: In a 1-1 week for the Hounds, Howard averaged 17 points per game while shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 60 percent from three-point land. She also added 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game. In a home loss to No. 2 ranked Bentley, Howard posted 16 points, including 4-for-5 from three-point land. She then ended her week with an 18-point effort on 6-for-11 shooting from the field in a 71-51 road win at Southern N.H.

Anthony Click (Anna Maria College) Sr., Forward, Springfield, Mass: Click averaged 29.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in leading the AMCATS to back-to-back overtime GNAC victories.  In a 4 OT thriller vs. Lasell the senior scored a career-high 39 points on 13-for-26 shooting from the field and 13-of-18 from the free-throw line as well as grabbing 11 rebounds and notching 6 blocks. Click had the game winning assist as the AMCATS connected on a last second 3-pointer for the 96-93 win. On the road at Norwich, Click was 6-for-14 from the field and a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe for 19 points. With two seconds remaining in the first overtime, Click hit the game-winning layup for the 72-70 victory.

Matt Langadas (Nichols College) Soph., Forward, Casco, Maine: Langadas averaged 17.3 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game, as the Bison won their first two Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) games of the season. He began the week by scoring 17 points to go along with four rebounds and three steals as the Bison scored a school-record 130 points in a win over defending conference champion Endicott in Beverly. Following a loss to Eastern Nazarene on Thursday in which he went for 13 points and eight boards, Langadas scored a team-high 22 points to go along with five rebounds and two assists in a road win at UNE on Saturday. He also recorded one steal in each game.

Dane Jobst (Worcester State) Jr., Forward, Athol, Mass: Averaged 15.7 points, 9.7 boards and 2.0 blocks in an 0-3 week for Worcester State including 13 points and 11 rebounds in a 75-71 loss to MCLA and 23 points and 10 caroms in an 87-71 setback against nationally-ranked WPI.

Sam Longwell (WPI) Sophomore, Guard, Acton, Mass: Longwell averaged 17 points and 6.3 points and the Engineers remained unbeaten by winning all three of their contest last week.  The guard fell a rebound short of a double-double when he tallied games-bests of 22 points and nine rebounds in a 58-41 road win at Wheaton on Saturday.  Earlier in the week the sophomore registered 18 points in a road triumph at Worcester State and added 11 points as the Crimson and Gray defeated Coast Guard.  For the week Longwell drilled 6-of-14 3-pointers and added six assists and five steals.

Theresa Logan (WPI) Sr., Forward, Southboro, Mass: Logan narrowly missed averaging a double-double last week as she posted averages of 14.3 points and 9.3 rebounds during a 2-1 week for WPI.  The senior co-captain began her week by notching 18 points and nine rebounds in a 74-53 victory against crosstown rival Clark.  The forward followed that performance by totaling a team-high 21 points and a game-best 12 boards as the Engineers defeated Mount Holyoke 67-54.  Finally, Logan corralled team-best seven rebounds in a road loss to Wellesley.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Rookies & Players Of The Week/Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com

Now that 2013 has officially begun, it is time to resume our weekly WACBA reporting. And without further ado, here is this week’s Rookies of the Week, Players of the Week and Honor Roll.

Rookies of the Week

Men’s Basketball: Zach Karalis (WPI/Fr./ Guard) – The freshman from North Andover made an impact in the Engineers past three games, as he reached double figures in all three contests. Karalis came off the bench against Colby-Sawyer and netted a game-best 14 points, while netting 11 points against St. Joe’s (Maine) and Babson College.

Women’s Basketball: Molly Hourigan (Holy Cross/Fr./Center) – The New York native scored a career-best 10 points in the Crusaders win against Dartmouth, as well as recorded career-highs in minutes played (19), steals (2) and assists (2).

Players of the Week

Men’s Basketball: Marco Coppola (WPI/Soph./Guard) – The Watertown native enjoyed a successful week with the Engineers by averaging 12.7 points per game and sinking 53.1% from the field. Against Babson, he netted a game-best 18 points.

Women’s Basketball: Hayley Zophin (Nichols College/Sr./Forward) – Against Wentworth Institute of Technology last weekend, the Framingham native recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and 14 rebounds in a win against the Leopards.

Honor Roll

Amy Lepley (Holy Cross/Sr./Forward) – The Norfolk native recorded her eighth double-double of her career, as she helped the Crusaders defeat Dartmouth by providing 10 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals. Also, Lepley became the 28th Crusader and 75th player in the Patriot League to score 1,000 points.

Ryan Sheehan (Nichols College/Jr./Forward) – Against Westfield State, the junior from North Attleboro netted 39 points in the Bison’s 88-74 victory. He drained 7-of-10 triples and tallied seven rebounds. Three days later, he recorded 13 points in a loss to Wentworth.

Shannen El-Qasem (Worcester State/Soph./Forward) – The Rutland native finished the week averaging 11.8 points per game and 5.0 rebounds. She scored 17 points and recorded seven rebounds in the Lancers win against Framingham State and 14 points in a setback to Chapman.

Robert Hunter (Worcester State/Jr./Forward) – The junior concluded the week averaging 17 points per game and 9.5 rebounds. Hunter was clearly a factor against Framingham State, as he finished the contest with 23 points and 11 boards.

Alex Lopez (Worcester State/Fr./Guard) – The Springfield native make an impact on a 1-1 week for the Lancers by averaging 13.5 points per game, 6.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds. Lopez scored a game-best 18 points against Albertus Magnus, while tallying nine points, 10 assists and five boards against Framingham State.

Theresa Logan (WPI/Sr./Forward) – Against Coast Guard last Saturday, the Southboro native recorded a team-high 18 points and recorded six boards (five on defense), while also tallying one block, one steal and one assist in the Engineers victory against the Bears.

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