D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Feb. 12th)

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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, February 12th, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past nine 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, February 12th, 2018

1. Amherst College

24-0, 10-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Bowdoin College

23-1, 9-1 NESCAC

Last Week No. 2

3. Tufts University

21-3, 8-2 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. UMass Dartmouth

20-3, 12-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Roger Williams

20-3, 14-2 CCC

Last Week: No. 5

6. St. Joseph’s (Maine)

22-1, 14-0 GNAC

Last Week: No. 6

7. Smith College 

18-5, 11-3 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 7

8. Univ. of New England

18-5, 14-2 CCC

Last Week: 8

9. Middlebury College 

17-7, 6-4 NESCAC

Last Week: 10

10. WPI 

18-5, 11-3 NEWMAC

Last Week: NR

On The Rise: Babson College (16-8, 12-3 NEWMAC), Castleton University (19-4, 15-2 NAC), Conn. College (15-8, 4-6 NESCAC), Emmanuel College (17-6, 13-1 GNAC), Springfield College (17-7, 11-4 NEWMAC), UMass Boston (20-3, 10-2 LEC) and Wesleyan University (16-7, 5-5 NESCAC).

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 10 (Tuesday, Feb. 6th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Women’s Player of the Week: Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Soph. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison continued to demonstrate her prowess at both the offensive and defensive ends of the court last week, averaging 23.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game and shooting 46.7 percent from behind the three-point arc. Harrison’s 28 points led the Hawks to a 60-42 victory at Southern Vermont on Tuesday in a key win for Becker’s playoff position. She later scored 19 points with seven steals at Regis in non-conference action on Saturday. For the season, Harrison ranks second in the NECC in scoring and third in three-point shooting. 


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Women’s Rookie of the Week: Sam Maglione (Worcester State | Fr. | Lancaster, Mass.): The freshman guard averaged 10 points and 1.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week for the Blue and Gold. She went 4-for-9 from the field and totaled 11 points in the win over Framingham State. She then posted nine points and two boards in the win over MCLA on Saturday.


WACBA Milestone: Congratulation to Worcester State women’s basketball coach Karen Tessmer, who earned her 300th win on the sidelines last Saturday with the Lancers following a 67-48 victory against MCLA.


Women’s Honor Roll

Kristina Russo (Anna Maria | Sr. | South Windsor, Conn.): In a 2-1 week for the AMCATS, Russo averaged 20 points per game – she netted 20 points in all three games – while concluding the week 20 of 57 from the field, including 14 of 39 from beyond the arc. She began the week by netting 20 points in a 79-57 win over St. Joseph’s (Conn.), while pulling down a pair of caroms. Two nights late against Suffolk, she stuffed the stat sheet with 20 points, two rebounds and one steal in a 92-57 setback. Russo concluded the week with 20 points, three rebounds, two assists and three steals in a one-point (58-57) win over Norwich.

Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Jr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell was solid for the Hounds last week, averaging 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in an 0-2 week. The junior posted 22 points and six boards in a tight 57-53 loss at Merrimack and followed it up with 11 points, two rebounds and two assists against Bentley.

Ogechi Ezemma (Clark University | Jr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): In a setback to Emerson College at home, Ezemma scored a team-high 16 points to go along with a game-high 13 rebounds to earn her fifth double-double of the season.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State |Soph. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 17 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.5 steals in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. She collected a team-best 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a 77-65 setback to Salem State on Wednesday before adding 18 points, two boards, five assists and three steals in a 96-77 victory over Pine Manor on Saturday.

Emily Carens (Worcester State | Jr. | Northborough, Mass.): The junior forward was key to the Lancers’ 73-56 win over Framingham State on Wednesday, registering a double-double of a career-high 17 points and 11 boards with three assists, two steals and a block. She then put up eight points with three steals, two assists, and a rebound in the win over MCLA. Overall, she averaged 12.5 points, going 11-for-16 (68.8%) from the field, with six rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals in a 2-0 week for the Blue and Gold.

Madison Beck (WPI | Sr. | Syracuse, N.Y.): Beck led all scorers with 18 points, on 7-of-12 shooting (58.3 percent), and added a key steal in the waning seconds as WPI collected a hard-earned 61-54 victory Saturday over visiting MIT. As a team, the Engineers secured season splits with three of the four other NEWMAC teams that are above .500 in league play and represent the top five in the standings. WPI has a chance to earn season split with league-leading Babson on Wednesday.

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Eight (Tuesday, Jan. 23rd)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Women’s Player of the Week: Adrianna Dowdy (Becker College | Jr. | East Haven, Conn.):  Dowdy demonstrated why she’s one of the best inside players in the NECC this past week, averaging 15 points and 15.3 rebounds per game over three games, while shooting 58.1 percent from the floor. Dowdy also averaged 2.3 assists. Dowdy led the way for the Hawks in their win against the Wildcats of Wheelock with a double-double including 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 assists. Then in Saturday’s home victory over Elms, the junior recorded her eighth double-double of the season and her sixth in the last seven games as she scored 15 points with a game-high 19 rebounds, shooting five of nine from the floor.


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Women’s Rookie of the Week: Isabella Nerney (Nichols College | Fr. | Guilford, Conn.): Isabella Nerney averaged 12.7 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.3 steals per game across three games this week. Nerney had nine points, two rebounds, and an assist in a 76-70 setback at Eastern Nazarene. She followed that up with 15 points, two rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a 61-48 loss to Coast Guard. She wrapped up the week with 15 points, two rebounds, an assist, and two steals in a 62-43 defeat to Roger Williams. For the week she shot 36.4% (12-of-33) from the field, 40% (8-of-20) from beyond the arc, and 85.7% (6-of-7) from the free throw line.


Women’s Honor Roll: 

Ogechi Ezemma (Clark University | Jr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): Ezemma averaged 8.5 points per game last week, while combining for 16 rebounds in two contests – she pulled down a team and game-high 13 caroms in a 57-46 setback to MIT last Saturday. Against Smith, she connected on four of nine shots from the field for 12 points and sank four of five freebies. She also added three defensive rebounds, two assists and one block in the 71-48 setback to the Pioneers. A few days later against MIT, she tallied five points, one assist and one steal.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Soph. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 18.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and one steal per game in two contests for the Falcons. She notched 16 points, three boards, and one assist in an 82-53 setback to MCLA on Thursday before adding 21 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in a 74-63 setback to Worcester State on Saturday.

Allison Cerrato (Nichols College | Sr. | Rockland, Mass.): Allison Cerrato averaged 12.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.0 assist, and 1.3 steals per game in three games this week. Cerrato scored 20 points to go with eight rebounds, two assists and a steal in a 76-70 setback to Eastern Nazarene. She followed that up with 12 points, eight rebounds, an assist, and a steal in a 61-48 defeat to Coast Guard, and wrapped up the week with five points, nine rebounds, and two steals in a 62-43 loss to Roger Williams. For the week she shot 46.7% (14-of-30) from the field and 90% (9-of-10) from the free throw line.

Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Soph. | Lowell, Mass.): Sweeney was three assists shy of a triple-double, registering 16 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, two blocks, and a steal in the Lancers’ 74-63 win over Fitchburg State last week. She shot 77.8% from the floor, making 7-of-9 shots.

Stasha Greenalch (WPI | Sr. | Newington, Conn.): Greenalch averaged 12 points, five assists, three rebounds and 1.5 steals in the Engineers 2-0 week.  The senior came off the bench to score seven points and hand out four assists at Wellesley. Greenalch then poured in 17 points on 58.3 percent shooting (7-of-12) to go with six helpers against Wheaton.

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Five (Weds., Jan. 3rd)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Women’s Co-Player of the Week: Cassidy Harrison (Becker | So. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison scored a season-high 22 points in just 16 minutes as Becker moved to 3-0 in conference play with a 66-27 victory over Southern Vermont. Harrison shot four of five from behind the arc and five of seven from inside. The sophomore was also a force at the defensive end with six steals.


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Women’s Co-Player of the Week: Ama Biney (WPI | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney averaged 14.8 points and 10 rebounds, 3.25 assists and 3.25 steals over four games. The senior scored 12 and swiped the ball seven times versus Wells. She then scored 17 and notched a career-high 14 rebounds against SUNY New Paltz after logging 17 and 10 versus Spalding nine days earlier. Biney ended the year with 13 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and a steal against Ramapo.


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Women’s Rookie of the Week: Franchesca Hammond (Anna Maria | Fr. | Worcester, Mass.): The local product produced 11 points and two rebounds in a setback to undefeated Bowdoin last week.


Honor Roll

Kristina Russo (Anna Maria | Sr. | South Windsor, Conn.): Russo netted 14 points with 6 boards against Hunter College.

Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption | Jr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell was solid for Assumption, averaging 14.7 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 blocks per game while shooting 56.0 percent as team went 1-2 over the holiday break. The junior posted 14 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks in a loss to AIC. She followed it up with 14 points, 11 rebounds and three assists in a three-point loss to LIU Post before her 16 points, 11 rebounds and four assists propelled Assumption to a 56-50 win over Molloy.

Brianna Hackett (Worcester St. | Sr. | Hollis, N.H.): The senior guard scored a team-high 13 points, going 3-for-5 (60%) from 3-point range, in the Lancers’ setback to Birmingham-Southern Thursday afternoon.

WACBA HONOR ROLL: Men’s Basketball Week Four (Tuesday, Dec. 12th)

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WORCESTER  With the fourth week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Player of the Week:
 
Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria helped the Bison win three-straight games last week, while averaging 26.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.0 steals per game. He scored 25 points, including 7-of-14 three-pointers, to go with five rebounds and five assists and a block in a 91-79 win at Roger Williams. He followed that up with 28 points, with 6-of-10 triples, four rebounds and five assists in a 90-77 win over Becker. He wrapped up the week with 25 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals in a 106-76 win at Anna Maria. For the week, Echevarria shot 46.7% (25-of-55) from the field, 50% (18-of-36) from beyond the arc, and 84.6% (11-of-13) from the free throw line.


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Rookie of the Week
: Biko Gayman (Clark University | Fr. | Port Pierce, Fla.): Clark rookie, Biko Gayman has an impressive week for the Cougars boasting 23.5 points, 5.0 assists and 4.5 steals per game as they split their two games on the week. In a tough set back to Fitchburg State the Port Pierce native scored 11 points to go with his four assists and two steals before lifting Clark to victory over Newbury with 36 points, seven steals and six assists adding six boards.


Honorable Mentions

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass): Rapoza recorded his fifth double-double of the season on Saturday against Nichols, while tallying 10 points against Amherst College and 17 against Nichols College.

Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola stepped up this week for the Hawks of Becker College, averaging 21.7 points, 9.3 rebounds 2.7 assists and one block per game. After standout performances against Worcester State and regional powerhouse Nichols, Durodola had a monster performance against Gordon on Saturday, scoring 23 points with 13 rebounds as the Hawks outlasted the Scots in overtime, 79-75. For the season, the junior ranks top six in the NECC in scoring, rebounding and blocks.

Jonathan Perez (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Perez averaged 17.7 points, six rebounds, 0.3 assists and one steal per contest over three games for the Falcons. He notched a game-best 28 points, eight boards, one assist and one steal in a 90-70 triumph over Clark on Tuesday before adding ten points, five caroms and two steals in a setback to Williams on Thursday. Perez concluded the week with 15 points and five boards in an 85-63 loss to MIT on Saturday.

Will Watkins Jr. (Worcester State | Soph. | Southbridge, Mass.): Will Watkins Jr. averaged 16 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and a block in an 0-3 week for Worcester State. He was one rebound short of a double-double in the setback to Becker as he posted 20 points, shooting 53.3% from the field and 44.4% from 3-point range, collected nine boards and two blocks. In the loss to Mount Ida he recorded 16 points and seven rebounds, and put up 12 points with six rebounds and two assists in the loss to Salve Regina. Overall this week, he shot 45.2% from the field.

Chris Rodgers (WPI | Sr. | Franklin, Mass.): Rodgers averaged 20.5 points, on 17 of 29 shooting (58.6%) and five rebounds per game in a 1-1 week for the Engineers. He began with 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting in 15 minutes as the Engineers avenged their opening weekend loss in the Coghlin tournament final, and handed No. 20 Eastern Connecticut its first loss, with a 75-70 victory in Willimantic. The local product then pumped in a career and game-high 31 points to go with eight rebounds, five assists and a steal in an OT setback to Salem State.