By Bob Whitney | @WhitneyBob
Bob Whitney is back from a short break for some thoughts on the New England (and national) college basketball landscape with a brand new edition of ‘Around the Rim.’
A pair of Braintree High School (Mass.) standouts are making a difference for the Southern New Hampshire women’s basketball team.
First-year Adriana Timberlake has earned a spot in the starting lineup and is averaging 12.0 points per game, along with 2.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.
Sophomore Jenna Roche has played an important role for the Penmen coming off the bench. Roche is averaging 5.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.
Southern New Hampshire has won four-straight since dropping its initial contest of the season to Georgian Court. The Penmen visit Assumption College tomorrow (Saturday, November 23rd) with tip-off scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
Manis, Holy Cross scored an exciting win against Boston College
The Holy Cross women’s basketball team scored an impressive win earlier this month by defeating Boston College in its home-opener. The win was the Crusaders first over a Power 5 school since 2014.
Holy Cross is led by senior forward Lauren Manis (Bishop Feehan). Manis, who is a three-time All-Patriot League selection, concluded the 2018-19 season second in the conference in scoring (16.8 points per game) and rebounding (11.1 per game).
Prior to her team’s initial game of the 2019-20 season, Manis checked-in fourth in program history with 844 career rebounds and 12th in career points (1,461)
Manis, who is a terrific role model for all those youngsters that aspire to play at the next level, has scored 53 points in three games and has pulled down 33 rebounds.
Holy Cross hosts Merrimack College on Saturday in Worcester with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.
Christian, Boston College off to a successful start:
Jim Christian‘s Boston College men’s squad has had a solid start marked by an important Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) win over Wake Forest University (77-70).
The Eagles hit a speed bump when they were torched at home, 100-85, by highly-regarded Belmont University team.
Christian has a slew of potential young talent that he is trying to integrate with veteran Nik Popovic.
The future looks bright at Conte Forum but this year they are likely to slug it out once again in the bottom quarter of the ACC – unless you are Duke University it is so very difficult to succeed with young talent in the country’s best college hoop conference.
While we are talking BC, why aren’t the Eagles and Ed Cooley‘s Providence College Friars playing this year?
Just Thinking 🤔:
If you get a chance, find a way to watch the University of Vermont‘s Anthony Lamb. He has the potential to be a player selected in next year’s NBA Draft. Lamb put on an offensive showcase recently scoring 30 points in a 61-55 loss to the University of Virginia.
If healthy these Catamounts will continue to dominate the America East and could be a real sleeper in March Madness.
Unfortunately, Lamb and the Catamounts will make just one trip to Massachusetts when they visit UMass Lowell in late February.
Virginia, the defending NCAA men’s champ, is off to an impressive start with Mamadi Diakite and Kihei Clark, who were the heroes of last year’s epic NCAA tournament run.
The Hoosiers, who are under the direction of coach Tony Bennett, have traditionally led all D-I programs in most of the key defensive categories. Their defense (and impressive play) will be on display tomorrow when they compete against UMass in The Hall of Fame Tip Off Tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.
UMass enters Saturday’s contest, which is scheduled to commence at 12 p.m, with an impressive 5-0 mark. The Minutemen are off to their best start since the 2013-14 season.
Have a great Thanksgiving….. Keep shooting! – Bob Whitney