Noontime’s Senior Salute: Erica DeCandido (Tufts University)

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Erica DeCandido averaged 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game this past winter for the Tufts University women’s basketball team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Alonso Nichols / Tufts University)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

This past winter, Erica DeCandido was the player to watch on the Tufts University women’s basketball team.

The North Wales, Pennsylvania native averaged career-bests in points per game (16.7) and rebounds (8.7) in 29 contests while leading Tufts to a 28-1 overall record.

Recognized as the 2020 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Year, DeCandido scored 20 points or more seven times this past winter while netting a career-high 28 points in her team’s 78-60 win over Wesleyan University. Additionally, she pulled down 10 rebounds or more in 10 contests and recorded nine double-doubles.

DeCandido scored 1,397 points in 119 games with the Jumbos to go with 685 rebounds, 317 assists, 166 steals, and 67 blocks.

We recently spoke with Erica about her final season with the Jumbos, as well as where she is headed after graduation later this spring.


Despite the way the season concluded, what will you remember most about your senior year?

I will definitely miss the camaraderie. My teammates are my best friends, and college basketball gives you such a great opportunity to do something you love with all the people you love.

Despite all of the wins and that one loss (from this past season), I will remember how much fun we had from (competing on the road) to our bus trips, team meetings, and so much more.

Looking back on the 2019-20 season, what game (or games) will you remember most? Why these games?

I will remember our two road games against Amherst College and Bowdoin College. I think the Amherst game was one of the first games in my collegiate career where we went into overtime which was very intense. The Bowdoin game featured some amazing fans and neither team could miss (a shot). Both were such different games but against two great teams, and we won them both.

What have you enjoyed most about competing for the Tufts women’s basketball team (and program) these past four years?

I’ve certainly enjoyed the high level of competition, not only in the NESCAC but in our everyday practices, too. I was able to play in the D-III National Championship my freshman year, win a NESCAC championship while having an amazing time with my friends. As cheesy as that sounds, that’s why I love playing for this team. We are super close and were able to compete for championships. 

Once you officially graduate later this spring, do you plan to stay involved with the sport in some capacity? Any interest in coaching?

I definitely would love to stay involved with the sport. I do not think I will become a coach (at some point) but I would love to work for basketball non-profits, so I can teach this game I love so much. 

What interested you in pursuing a degree in cognitive brain science? What do you hope to do with your degree after graduation?

I find the brain and psychology very fascinating. We all have brains, but it’s so interesting to see how different things can impact one from the other. It’s fun to learn about what goes on behind people’s actions, thoughts, and decisions.

I currently have a job lined up in New York City, doing client services for a company called Guidepoint.

NCAA D3 Basketball: Championship Weekend Predictions

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s the final weekend of NCAA Division III basketball, so before today’s semifinal men’s and women’s games tip-off, let’s dish out some Noontime Sports predictions from our correspondents!

Men’s Division III Basketball Interactive Bracket 

Women’s Division III Basketball Interactive Bracket

Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

WBB Semis: Amherst vs. Christopher Newport

Amherst 

WBB Semis: Tufts vs. St. Thomas (Minn.)

Tufts 

WBB Final: Amherst vs. Tufts

Tufts 

MBB Semis: Babson vs. Whitman

Babson 

MBB Semis: Augustana vs. Williams

Williams 

MBB Final: Babson vs. Williams

Babson 


Brian Willwerth (@BriWillwerth

WBB Semis: Amherst vs. Christopher Newport

Amherst 

WBB Semis: Tufts vs. St. Thomas (Minn.)

St. Thomas (Minn.)

WBB Final: Amherst vs. St. Thomas (Minn.)

Amherst 

MBB Semis: Babson vs. Whitman

Babson 

MBB Semis: Augustana vs. Williams

Augustana

MBB Final: Babson vs. Augustana

Babson

 

Elaine Cavalieri (@ElaineCavSports)

WBB Semis: Amherst vs. Christopher Newport

Amherst 

WBB Semis: Tufts vs. St. Thomas (Minn.)

Tufts 

WBB Final: Amherst vs. Tufts

Tufts 

MBB Semis: Babson vs. Whitman

Babson 

MBB Semis: Augustana vs. Williams

Williams 

MBB Final: Babson vs. Williams

Williams 

 

Kyle Prudhomme (@Kyle_Prudhomme)

WBB Semis: Amherst vs. Christopher Newport

Amherst 

WBB Semis: Tufts vs. St. Thomas (Minn.)

St. Thomas (Minn.)

WBB Final: Amherst vs. Tufts

Amherst

MBB Semis: Babson vs. Whitman

Babson 

MBB Semis: Augustana vs. Williams

Williams 

MBB Final: Babson vs. Williams

Babson

Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode 22 (Howard Herman | Berkshire Eagle)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

In anticipation of this week’s NCAA Division III men’s and women’s basketball semifinals and finals, Noontime Sports the Podcast welcomed back Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle to preview and predict the various outcomes of this week’s contests.

Babson College and Williams College each advanced to the men’s semifinals, while Amherst College and Tufts University secured spots in the women’s semifinals.

Men’s Division III Basketball Bracket

Women’s Division III Basketball Bracket

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NCAA D3 Basketball Tournament: Sweet Sixteen Locations Announced

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Babson’s Jacqueline Jozefick netted the go-ahead layup on Saturday to lift the Beavers to a dramatic overtime second round win. (PHOTO CREDIT: Babson College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

NCAA Division III Women’s Bracket 

NCAA Division III Men’s Bracket 

Locations for the upcoming third round and quarterfinals of the 2017 NCAA Division III men’s and women’s basketball tournaments were announced earlier today.

The third round is scheduled to commence this Friday, March 10th, while the quarterfinals will take place Saturday, March 11th.

Amherst College women’s basketball will host both the ‘Sweet Sixteen’ and ‘Elite Eight’ – they’ll resume their quest for a second national title on Friday when they host Babson College, which earned a pair of impressive victories this past weekend against FDU-Florham and Messiah.

Against FDU-Florham, the Beavers needed an extra session, along with a go-ahead layup from Jacqueline Jozefick to secure a spot in this weekend’s third round.

Also headed to Amherst is UMass Dartmouth, an at-large bid squad that knocked off both Montclair State and La Roche. The Corsairs netted 71 points in each contest and will look to continue their magical run against SUNY New Paltz.

The Tufts University women’s basketball team will take on Scranton in Missouri – the game will be played at Washington University. A win for the Jumbos would set-up a quarterfinal clash between host Wash University or Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Middlebury College will host a trio of men’s games this coming weekend, beginning with a re-match of an earlier contest this season against Endicott College. The Gulls, who were an at-large bid to this year’s tournament, knocked off both Nichols and Salisbury en route to the program’s initial ‘sweet sixteen’ appearance. The Panthers, on the other hand, defeated Farmingdale State and Lycoming in Vermont.

Also making the trek to Middlebury is Williams College and Susquehanna. The Ephs earned a pair of wins this weekend, downing Becker College in the opening round before beating Scranton last night.

Babson College will also be the site for a trio of contests this weekend, too. The Beavers will face familiar foe Tufts University, while Keene State, which secured a dramatic overtime win over Ramapo, will face Christopher Newport. The winner of each contest will advance to Saturday’s Sectional Final.

Headed to Amherst College: Babson, UMass Dartmouth and SUNY New Paltz 

Headed to Washington Univ.: Tufts, Scranton and Wisconsin Oshkosh

Headed to Middlebury: Endicott, Williams and Susquehanna

Headed to Babson: Christopher Newport, Keene State and Tufts  

NCAA D3 Basketball Tournament Round-Up: Endicott, UMass Dartmouth Make History, Advance To First-Ever Sweet 16

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Endicott College men’s basketball made history on Saturday, advancing to the program’s first-ever NCAA Sweet Sixteen! (Photo Credit:

By Kyle Prudhomme (@Kyle_Prudhomme) 

The second round of the NCAA Division III men’s & women’s basketball tournaments were underway Saturday with many New England teams advancing to the Sweet Sixteen. Some had to earn it the hard way, taking on higher-seeds in hostile environments, while others continued their winning ways that have followed them throughout the year.

Below are the updates from the second round action.

UMass Dartmouth 71, No. 12 Montclair State 63A day after winning its first NCAA tournament game in program history, UMass Dartmouth passed its second test in the tourney, holding off No. 11 Montclair State and snapping its eight-game winning streak. Junior Alicia Kutil recorded her eighth double-double of the season (20 points, 10 rebounds) while three other starters surpassed ten points for the Corsairs. UMass Dartmouth matches up with SUNY New Paltz on March 10th.

No. 4 Tufts 64, Husson 44The Jumbos took a ten-point lead into the intermission, but weren’t satisfied as they came out off the break to control a 21-4 drive in the third quarter – they did not look back. Tufts controlled the glass in its victory (44-23) and senior Michaela North tallied her second highest rebound total of the season with 13 boards. Tufts University goes up against No. 17 Scranton in the Sweet Sixteen March 10th. 

Babson College 62, No. 25 FDU-Florham 61 (OT): Babson’s Jacqueline Jozefick (10 points) lifted the Beavers to victory with a go-ahead layup with five seconds to go in the overtime period. FDU-Florham’s  Kendrea Williams finished with a game-high 27 points, while Babson’s Taylor Russell poured in 18 points to go with her 12 rebounds.

No. 1 Amherst College 60, No. 22 Mary Washington 51: – The top-team in the country will continue its quest for a perfect season, but their 29th win on Saturday featured some pushback from the Eagles, who erased a 31-19 first half deficit by outscoring the Purple & White in the second session. Amherst’s Jaimie Renner (18 points) helped keep Mary Washington at bay, knocking down four shots from the charity stripe in the final 30 seconds of the game. Amherst will play Babson in the third round. 

Williams 80, Scranton 53: It took eight minutes of play for Williams College to finds its groove, but when it did they were hard to stop. The Ephs took the lead with 12:30 left in the first half and never looked back. Five Williams players finished in double-digits with Daniel Aronowitz leading the way by pouring in 22 points on 8-of-13 from the floor.

No. 3 Babson 72, Skidmore 65: A game that featured 11 lead changes swung in the Beavers direction permanently with 2:05 remaining as Babson’s 13-3 scoring drive closed out the game at Staake Gymnasium. Joey Flannery logged game-highs in rebounds (10) and points (25) – he played all forty minutes. Nick Comenale (16), Charlie Rice (12), and Isaiah Nelsen (11) all finished with 10-plus points for Babson.

Endicott 111, Nichols 75What a difference a week makes as Endicott avenged its Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title loss to Nichols by setting a new season-high for points scored in a game. The Gulls were deadly from the floor, hitting 38-of-70 and connecting on 19 three pointers. Endicott guard Max Motroni led the shooting barrage with 12-of-16 made and a new season-high of 34 points.

No. 14 Tufts 94, St. Johns Fisher 81: The Jumbos topped the Cardinals with the help of 10 three-pointers on 24 attempts. Tufts’ Vincent Pace set a career-high with 37 points to lead his team toward victory while Tarik Smith (seven assists) and  Eric Savage (nine rebounds) added 17 and 16 points, respectively. St. John Fisher’s Keegan Ryan scored 33 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Tufts will go against fellow New England foe Babson in the Sweet Sixteen – the Beavers beat the Jumbos in December. 

No. 17 Susquehanna 72, Eastern Connecticut 67:  Eastern Connecticut’s Carlos Gonzalez (12 points) knocked down a clutch triple with 11 seconds left to make the deficit just three points, but a pair of free throws from Susquehanna’s Steven Weidlich (25 points) put the game out of reach. Susquehanna made a habit of scoring points in the paint, edging the opponent, 40-28, down low – center Ryan Traub recorded a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds. Susquehanna will take on Williams College in round three.  

No. 6 Middlebury 95, No. 15 Lycoming 76:  An early first half spurt gave Middlebury all the momentum it needed to put away Lycoming. Middlebury’s Matt St. Amour fueled the outburst with nine of his game-high 30 points during the first half surge. The Warriors, however, outscored the Panthers, 44-43, in the second-half, but the lead was too large to overcome. Middlebury’s Matt Folger led all bench players with 18 points in 16 minutes of action. Middlebury will fact Endicott in the third round – the Gulls took a November 27th meeting as they beat Panthers, 93-89.  

Keene State 92, No. 5 Ramapo 91 (OT)Keene State’s Jake Collagan drained the game-winning three to put his team ahead 92-91 with just 48 seconds left in overtime and the Owls – with tough defense to close – held onto upset Ramapo. Ty Nichols (seven assists) and Matt Ozzella (12 rebounds) were the engine for Keene State’s offense, dropping 32 and 22 points, respectively. Keene State’s next challenge is No. 25 Swarthmore.