D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Final Top 10 Poll (March 20th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Another season of New England D3 Basketball concluded this past weekend with Amherst College claiming its second-straight NCAA championship as they defeated Bowdoin College in the final game of the 2017-18 season.

The Mammoths concluded their season without a single blemish for the second-straight year – Amherst has not dropped a single contest since March 2016. The Purple and White concluded the year as our top team in our final Noontime Sports poll, while the Polar Bears and Tufts University rounded out the top three positions.

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Women’s Basketball Top 10 – Final 2017-18 Poll 

1. Amherst College 

33-0, 10-0 NESCAC

2. Bowdoin College 

29-3, 9-1 NESCAC

3. Tufts University

26-5, 8-2 NESCAC

4. Saint Joseph’s (Maine)

28-2, 16-0 GNAC

5. Univ. of New England 

23-6, 16-2 CCC

6. Roger Williams 

23-6, 15-3 CCC

7. UMass Dartmouth

24-4, 14-0 LEC

8. UMass Boston

25-4, 12-2 LEC 

9. MIT

18-10, 10-6 NEWMAC

10. Smith College 

20-6, 13-3 NEWMAC

ON THE RISE: Springfield College (20-9, 12-4 NEWMAC), Westfield State (19-8, 11-1 MASCAC), and WPI (22-6, 13-3 NEWMAC)

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Jan. 29th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another week of New England Division III women’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, January 29th, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past seven polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Women’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, January 29th, 2018

1. Amherst College

20-0, 6-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Bowdoin College

19-1, 5-1 NESCAC

Last Week No. 2

3. Tufts University

18-2, 6-1 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. UMass Dartmouth

15-3, 9-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Roger Williams

16-3, 10-2 CCC

Last Week: No. 6

6. Smith College

15-4, 8-2 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 9

7. Saint Joseph’s (Maine)

17-1, 9-0 GNAC

Last Week: No. 8 

8. Univ. of New England

13-5, 9-2 CCC

Last Week: 7

9. Springfield College

15-5, 9-2 NEWMAC

Last Week: 10

10. Middlebury College

14-5, 4-2 NESCAC

Last Week: 5

On The Rise: Babson College (13-6, 9-2 NEWMAC), Brandeis University (11-6, 3-4 UAA), Castleton University (15-3, 11-1 NAC), Conn. College. (12-6, 3-4 NESCAC), UMass Boston (17-2, 8-1 LEC) and Wesleyan University (13-6, 3-4 NESCAC).

Mass. College Hoops: Saturday Afternoon Notes

By NoontimeSports.com

Here are some highlights and notes from the college basketball world in Massachusetts from this afternoon.

* Bentley University women’s basketball head coach Barbara Stevens earned her 700th win with the Falcons against Southern New Hampshire, 52-42 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Stevens, who is in her 27th season with the Falcons, now has a record of 700-153 on the bench and is the 11th women’s basketball coach to reach this historic plateau at one institution.

* Northeastern University’s women’s basketball team earned their third consecutive victory against NJIT, 59-45. The Huskies are 4-2 overall, and now 2-2 away from the Matthews Arena.

* Boston University’s men’s basketball team extended its current winning streak to two, as they kicked-off their current road trip with a 74-66 victory at St. Peter’s. Next up for the Terriers is a trip to Coastal Carolina on Thursday, Dec. 6.

* Boston University’s women’s basketball team earned their first victory against a rank squad, as the Terriers defeated No. 17/15 St. John’s, 66-49. Chantell Alford led all scorers with 22 points. She also chipped in six rebounds and three assists in her team’s fifth victory of the season, too.

* Harvard evened its record at 3-3 with a 73-64 win against Fordham at home. Wesley Saunders scored 17 points, while Jonah Travis came off the bench and netted 16 points. The Crimson will travel to Chestnut Hill on Tuesday to face Boston College, a squad that is coming off a victory against Penn State.

* Stonehill College’s women’s basketball team kept its perfect mark intact with a 56-50 victory against Saint Michael’s. Wellesley’s own Mary Louise Dixon netted a game-high 17 points, while Amy Pelletier added 11 points off the bench.

* Assumption College’s women’s basketball team sustained its first setback of the season, as Adelphi defeated the visiting Hounds, 66-58.

* WPI’s men’s basketball team needed an extra session to squeak out their seventh consecutive victory, as the Engineers defeated Husson, 89-85 in overtime. Sam Longwell led all scorers with 25 points, while Marco Coppola added 24.

* Bridgewater State handed Wheaton College its first loss, as the Bears defeated the Lyons in Norton, 62-50. Michael Lofton paced Bridgewater with 20 points, while Ryan Clinesmith led Wheaton with 18 points.

* Babson College’s women’s basketball team earned its 66th straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory, 63-43 against Mount Holyoke College at Staake Gymnasium. Sarah Collins led the Beavers with her sixth consecutive double-double, finishing with 21 points and 11 rebounds in her team’s sixth win of the season.

*  WPI earned its first NEWMAC victory, as they defeated MIT, 68-56 in Worcester. Kelly Morgan sank four three-pointers in the second half en route to a career-high 18-point day. Morgan, as well as Theresa Logan, discussed their team’s third win of the season above.

* Smith College earned its second NEWMAC win, as they defeated Wheaton, 70-46. Paulina Solis led the Pioneers with 16 points, while Devon Quattrocchi added 14 points, six rebounds and five steals.

* The Tufts University women’s basketball team began the month of December with a 73-51 victory against Regis College. The Jumbos have now won six consecutive games, and remain the top squad in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).

* Finally, Emmanuel College kept its perfect mark intact with a 62-50 victory against Middlebury College in Boston. The Saints are now 6-0 overall, 4-0 at home and 2-0 on the road.

Didn’t see your team featured on our afternoon roundup? Send us an email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com or notify us on Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog).

Mass. College Hoops: Div. III Weekend Predictions

By Matt Noonan 

The college basketball season is officially in full swing and with numerous teams playing this weekend, here are some Div. III games to watch.

Men’s Basketball:

* Lesley University at MIT (Saturday) – The Engineers dropped their first game of the season last night to Rhode Island College, but can they rebound against a fast paced Lesley squad? Prediction: MIT 77, Lesley 56

* WPI at Husson (Saturday) – The Engineers are 6-0. The Eagles are 1-1. Will Chris Bartley be giving out free food at this one? Prediction: WPI 80, Husson 60

* Amherst College vs. Springfield College (Saturday) – Great matchup, two great teams and two great coaches. Charlie Brock and his Pride are off to a great start, but the Lord Jeffs maybe too much for the men sporting Springfield on their chest. Prediction: Amherst 68, Springfield 63

* Stevens at Williams College (Saturday) – Two undefeated squads walk into a gym in Williamstown and one departs with their perfect mark intact. Which one will that be? Prediction: Williams 64, Stevens 59

* Bridgewater State at Wheaton College (Saturday) – Brian Walmsley’s unit is off to a fast start, but can they keep the ball moving against the Bears? Prediction: Wheaton 68, Bridgewater 64

Women’s Basketball:

* Regis College at Tufts University (Saturday) – Both squads made it to the NCAA tournament last year, which is great. However, that won’t dictate the outcome of this contest. The Jumbos are on a roll, and I don’t know if the Pride can stop Hannah Foley or Kate Barnosky. Prediction: Tufts 70, Regis 49

* Middlebury College at Emmanuel College (Saturday) – Can a Saint beat a Panther? It’s possible, right? Prediction: Middlebury 60, Emmanuel 58 (UPSET)

* RPI at Williams College (Saturday) – The Ephs have earned some impressive early season wins against Salve Regina, Springfield College and University of New England. The Hawks enter the game having won four of their last five. Prediction: Williams 63, RPI 52

* Clark University at Coast Guard (Saturday) – The Cougars won the Worcester City Tournament against WPI. They’ve also won four games to start the season, too. Against the Bears, they’ll snag rebounds and score points. Prediction: Clark 66, Coast Guard 42

* Wheaton College at Smith College (Saturday) – The Pioneers only setback came against RPI. However, they did defeat Middlebury, 80-47, which is impressive, eh? Prediction: Smith 59, Wheaton 53