D3 Basketball: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, March 17th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

TheTufts University women’s basketball team secured the top spot in our final New England D-III Top 10 Poll with an impressive 28-1 record, including a perfect 10-0 regular-season mark against New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foes.

Bowdoin College and Amherst College secured the second and third positions, respectively, while Eastern Connecticut checked-in fourth for the second time this month. The Warriors captured the Little East Conference (LEC) tournament title this season and came close to advancing to the third round of the NCAA D-III Tournament.

Williams College moved-up one spot, checking-in fifth while Smith College ended its season in the sixth position after advancing to the program’s first-ever “Sweet 16.” Prior to winning back-to-back NCAA Tournament games earlier this month, the Pioneers captured their first-ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship.

Western New England concludes its season in the seventh position followed by Babson CollegeRhode Island College, and Springfield College. 


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week 15 Poll| Monday, March 17th, 2020

1. Tufts University 28-1, 10-0 NESCAC Previously No. 1
2. Bowdoin College 27-2, 8-2 NESCAC Previously No. 2
3. Amherst College 24-4, 8-2 NESCAC Previously No. 3
4. Eastern Connecticut 24-5, 14-2 LEC Previously No. 4
5. Williams College 20-8, 6-4 NESCAC Previously No. 6
6. Smith College 26-4, 7-3 NEWMAC Previously No. 8
7. Western New England 21-6, 14-2 CCC Previously No. 5
8. Babson College 18-8, 10-0 NEWMAC Previously No. 9
9. Rhode Island College 22-5, 13-3 LEC Previously No. 7
10. Springfield College 19-8, 9-1 NEWMAC Previously No. 10

ON THE RISE: Emmanuel College, Endicott College, Framingham State, UMass Boston, and University of New England 


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week OneWeek TwoWeek Three|Week Four Week FiveWeek SixWeek Seven |Week Eight|Week Nine Week Ten |Week 11 |Week 12|Week 13|Week 14

D3 Basketball: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, March 2nd, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Heading into the first weekend of the 2020 NCAA D-III Tournament, the Tufts University women’s basketball team remained our top squad in our weekly New England Top 10 Poll despite falling to second-ranked Bowdoin College in yesterday’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship.

The Jumbos secured an at-large bid to the upcoming tournament and will face SUNY Poly in Springfield. The winner could tip-off against fifth-ranked Western New England – the Golden Bears will face SUNY Cortland in its initial postseason contest.

Amherst College is also in the NCAA Tournament – they will host Framingham State in the opening round, which is one of our three ‘on the rise’ teams.

Eastern Connecticut moved-up two spots, checking-in fourth overall while Williams College and Rhode Island College secured the sixth and seventh positions, respectively.

Smith College, which won its first-ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship on Sunday, moved up two spots to the eighth position while Babson College and Springfield College rounded out the poll, checking-in ninth and tenth, respectively.


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week 14 Poll| Monday, March 2nd, 2020

1. Tufts University 26-1, 10-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Bowdoin College 25-2, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
3. Amherst College 22-4, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
4. Eastern Connecticut 23-4, 14-2 LEC Last Week: No. 6
5. Western New England 21-5, 14-2 CCC Last Week: No. 4
6. Williams College 18-8, 6-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7
7. Rhode Island College 22-5, 13-3 LEC Last Week: No. 5
8. Smith College 24-4, 7-3 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 10
9. Babson College 18-8, 10-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8
10. Springfield College 19-8, 9-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9

ON THE RISE: Emmanuel College, Endicott College, and Framingham State


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week OneWeek TwoWeek Three|Week Four Week FiveWeek SixWeek Seven |Week Eight|Week Nine Week Ten |Week 11 |Week 12|Week 13

 

D3 Basketball: Sunday’s Conference Tournament Roundup

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It took two overtime sessions, but in the end, the Tufts University men’s basketball team was able to outlast Colby College, 102-94, to secure their first-ever New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament Championship.

With the win, the Jumbos secured the conference’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA D-III Tournament – the Powder Blue and White will find out their first-round opponent tomorrow when the pairings are released.

Eric Savage, who sent the game to overtime with a late three-pointer at the end of regulation, led all players with 27 points to go along with 11 rebounds and six assists. Luke Rogers also recorded a double-double of 25 points and 19 caroms while Brennan Morris finished with 16 points and six rebounds.

Tufts, which entered the 2020 NESCAC Tournament as the top seed, beat Colby last month, halting an 18-game winning streak that began with a 103-97 win over Ramapo in November. The Mules rebounded after their initial loss of the 2019-20 season by winning four of their final five regular-season contests before beating Bates College in triple-overtime in the NESCAC quarterfinals and Amherst College last night in the semifinals.

Dean Weiner paced the Mules with 23 points off the bench while Noah Tyson registered a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds to go with two steals and one assist. Matt Hanna concluded the game with 21 points on 7 of 13 shooting.

Despite the setback, the Mules should receive an at-large bid to the national tournament after winning 24 of 27 contests and securing the second seed in the NESCAC Tournament.

The Bowdoin College women’s basketball team captured their first NESCAC crown since 2009 earlier this afternoon by defeating Tufts, 70-60. With the win, the Polar Bears secure the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA D-III Tournament.

The setback to the Polar Bears was the first for the Jumbos, who entered the 2020 NESCAC Tournament Championship on a 26-game winning streak. Tufts will receive an at-large bid to the postseason and will learn their first-round opponent tomorrow afternoon.

Maddie Hasson helped Bowdoin win their 25th contest of the season by recording a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds to go with three assists and two steals. Sela Kay finished the game with 18 points and seven rebounds. 

Erica DeCandido led the Jumbos with 27 points and 10 rebounds while also tallying three assists, two blocks, and one steal.

Men’s Basketball

Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship: St. Joseph’s (Conn.) 88, Albertus Magnus 84: Coach Jim Calhoun is headed to the NCAA D-III Tournament, thanks to Delshawn Jackson Jr., who led the Blue Jays (and all players) with 46 points. Jackson, who recorded his 1,000th career point earlier in the title game, finished 16 of 23 from the field, including six of nine from beyond the arc.

St. Joseph’s led the Falcons, 44-25, at the break, but Albertus Magnus stormed back and closed the gap to four-points by outscoring the hosts, 59-44. Tyreek Perkins and Terry Dawkins combined for 47 points in the setback while Jahmerikah Green-Younger finished the game with 10 points.

New England Women’s and Men’s Basketball (NEWMAC) Championship: Coast Guard Academy 89, WPI 86 (OT): The Bears overcame a 25-point deficit at the break to not only force overtime but win their third NEWMAC Championship in program history. Coast Guard capped an impressive three-game, five-day tournament run that saw the Blue and Orange defeat Emerson College in the quarterfinals and Springfield College in the semifinals. Tyler Perez and Noah Baldez combined for 43 points while Packy Witkowski chipped in 19 points on 6 of 12 shooting. Garrett Stephenson paced WPI with a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds. 

Women’s Basketball

Little East Conference (LEC) Championship: Eastern Connecticut 49, Rhode Island College 44: Three members of the Warriors netted 12 points or more, including Danielle O’Brien, who finished with 15 points on five of nine shooting as Eastern Connecticut outlasted Rhode Island College and captured their seventh LEC title in program history. Maci Dorantes led Rhode Island College with 11 points off the bench.

NEWMAC (NEWMAC) Championship: Smith College 70, MIT 56: Elle Jo Whalen netted 20 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, including 12 defensive caroms while Jessie Ruffner added 15 points on 5 of 13 shooting as the Pioneers defeated the Engineers and claimed their first-ever NEWMAC Championship. Smith jumped out to a 21-4 lead and never looked back. Kylie Gallagher led MIT with 17 points while Jocelyn Luizzi added 16 points and 15 rebounds. 

 

D3 Basketball: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Feb. 24th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Our New England D-III Women’s Basketball Top 10 Poll did not see any changes from a week ago, but we did, however, highlight a few new teams on the rise, including Emmanuel College and UMass Boston.

Tufts University continues to be our top team – the Jumbos won their 25th-straight contest this past weekend and will look to continue their momentum against seventh-ranked Williams College, which earned a trip to Medford, Massachusetts by defeating Trinity College in the opening round of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) this past weekend.

Western New England enters the week as the favorite in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament – the Golden Bears have won their last six outings and will host a semifinal contest on Thursday, February 27th against either Gordon College or the University of New England.

Both fifth-ranked Rhode Island College and Eastern Connecticut will be the two teams to watch in the Little East Conference (LEC) Tournament but will be certainly challenged by UMass Boston, pending they advance to the semifinals.

Finally, Babson College secured the top spot in this week’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament – the Beavers could possibly face either ninth-ranked Springfield College or tenth-ranked Smith College in the championship game on Sunday, March 1st, pending two of the three teams advance to the final round.


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week 13 Poll| Monday, Feb. 24th, 2020

1. Tufts University 25-0, 10-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Amherst College  22-3, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Bowdoin College 23-2, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3 
4. Western New England 21-4, 14-2 CCC Last Week: No. 4
5. Rhode Island College 21-4, 13-3 LEC Last Week: No. 5
6. Eastern Connecticut 21-4, 14-2 LEC Last Week: No. 6
7. Williams College 18-7, 6-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7
8. Babson College 18-7, 10-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8
9. Springfield College 18-7, 9-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9
10. Smith College 21-4, 7-3 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Emmanuel College, Framingham State, and UMass Boston


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week OneWeek TwoWeek Three|Week Four Week FiveWeek SixWeek Seven |Week Eight|Week Nine Week Ten |Week 11 |Week 12

Tufts Secures Top Spot In Second NCAA D-III Northeast Regional Rankings

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

For the second-straight week, the Tufts University women’s basketball team secured the top spot in the NCAA D-III Northeast Regional Rankings.

The Jumbos, who have won 24 consecutive contests, will look to continue their current momentum on Saturday, February 22nd when they host Wesleyan University in the opening round of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament.

Amherst College checked-in second this week – the Mammoths will also be competing in the opening round of the NESCAC Tournament this weekend against Bates College.

Western New England, which is currently the top team in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) secured the third position followed by Bowdoin College (fourth) and Eastern Connecticut (fifth).

Williams College checked-in sixth overall. The Ephs will host Trinity College in the NESCAC Tournament this weekend – the Bantams secured the 12th position on this week’s rankings.

Springfield College checked-in seventh overall while Rhode Island CollegeBabson College, and UMass Boston placed eighth, ninth, and tenth, respectively.

Smith College secured the eleventh position – the Pioneers are currently one of the top five teams in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) heading into the final Saturday of the regular season.