WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week 13

Ama Biney (WPI)
Ama Biney was tabbed this week’s WACBA Women’s Player of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops) 

WORCESTER, Mass.  Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Women’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.

Women’s Player of the Week: Ama Biney (WPI | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney wrapped up her third campaign by averaging 15.7 points and 5.7 rebound to go with 10 steals, six assists and three blocks in a 2-1 week. She totaled 18 points in each of the first two games of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament before adding 11 points in the championship against Babson. In the semifinal versus Clark, Biney amassed seven rebounds and seven steals.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Fr. | Franklin, Mass.): In a 1-1 week, the first-year forward averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, while sinking 8 of 10 freebies. Against Loyola – a 59-58 win for the Crusaders – Manis tallied a new career-best with five steals, while posting her fourth 20-point game of the season. She concluded the contest with 22 points, seven rebounds, five steals, three blocks and one assist. Against Boston University, she netted 13 points, sank a pair of free throws, while recording six caroms and two assists.

Women’s Honor Roll:

Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Fr. | Lowell, Mass.): The first-year guard tallied a career-high 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one block in the Lancers’ Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) quarterfinal setback to MCLA. Sweeney went 4-for-5 (80%) from the field and made 8-of-8 (100%) free throws to total the 16 points.

Wednesday’s Conference Tournament Scoreboard

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Aretha Sullivan and Clark University stunned Springfield College on Wednesday evening in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Quarterfinals. (PHOTO CREDIT: Clark University Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Here are the results from Wednesday’s conference tournament:

Clark 64, Springfield 54 (WBB) 

Smith 77, MIT 70 (WBB) 

WPI 68, Coast Guard Acad. 38 (WBB) 

Springfield 85, Wheaton 82 (OT) (MBB) 

 

WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week Eight

Ama Biney (WPI)
Ama Biney was tabbed this week’s WACBA Women’s Player of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops

WORCESTER, Mass.  Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Women’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.

Women’s Player of the Week: Ama Biney (WPI | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney once again paced the Engineers in a 2-0 week by narrowly averaging a double-double of 11.5 points and eight rebounds. She had a week-high of 13 points versus Springfield and posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 boards at Emerson. Biney also doled out four assists each game, while recording seven swipes against the Lions. She averaged 4.5 steals for the week.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Fr. | Franklin, Mass.): Mannis registered a pair of double-doubles – her sixth and seventh, respectively – in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders. So far this season, she has netted double-figures in 16 games – she currently is averaging 12.7 points per game with 8.3 rebounds. Against American – a one-point (61-60) win for the Crusaders – she notched a career-best 14 caroms, while netting 19 points. For the week, she tallied 34 points, pulled down 26 rebounds and registered a quartet of swipes.

Women’s Honor Roll

Ciara McKissick (Becker | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): McKissick continued her strong play this week, finishing with 11 points and eight rebounds in a tough loss at Mitchell on Saturday.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker | Fr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison, who leads Becker in scoring, finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and four steals at Mitchell on Saturday.

Kyra Rose (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Rockland, Mass.): Rose averaged 14.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.3 blocks per game in three games for the Falcons. She collected a game-best 14 points, eight boards, five assists and three steals in a 67-27 win over Green Mountain on Monday before adding seven points, eight caroms, two assists and one block in a 62-38 setback to MCLA on Wednesday. Rose ended the week with a double-double of 23 points and ten rebounds to go along with four assists, four steals and three blocks in a 76-61 win against Salem State on Saturday.

Amy Assad (Nichols | Soph. | Millis, Mass.): Assad dropped in a career-high 22 points and snared 13 rebounds in a road win at Wentworth on Saturday. She was a perfect six-of-six from the line and registered two steals.

Britt Herring (Worcester State | Soph. | W. Brookfield, Mass.): Herring averaged 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in a 0-2 week for the Lancers. She picked up a game-high 14 points in the setback to Bridgewater State before notching 12 rebounds in a loss to Framingham State.

New England D3 Notebook: Eastern Conn. State Starts New Year With Win Over Amherst

Eastern Connecticut State University kicked-off the second half of its 2016-17 campaign with an impressive win over Amherst College earlier this week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Eastern Connecticut State University Athletics)
Eastern Connecticut State University kicked-off the second half of its 2016-17 campaign with an impressive win over Amherst College earlier this week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Eastern Connecticut State University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Happy 2017, everyone!

I hope the New Year is treating you (and your family and friends) well.

It has been a while since I pumped out a New England D3Hoops notebook, so my goal for the remainder of the season to publish at least one (maybe two) per week.

Let’s kick off this notebook with a big win from Connecticut earlier this week where the Eastern Connecticut State University men’s basketball scored an impressive win over Amherst College. Senior Hugh Lindo helped the Warriors secure their eighth win of the season by tallying 21 points, while pulling down 14 rebounds.

One of Lindo’s 21 points happened to be his 1,000th point of his career.

Lindo became the program’s all-time leading rebounder last month when the Warriors defeated Southern Maine. He currently leads the unit with 159 caroms.

Eastern Connecticut has won four consecutive contests, dating back to an 89-72 win last month over Eastern at the Hoop Miami Holiday Slam. Additionally, the Warriors have captured six of their last seven games and will look to extend their current winning streak to five-straight wins when they host Plymouth State on Saturday, January 7 with tip-off scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

Could the Babson College women’s basketball team be the ‘team to beat’ in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)?

I think so!

The Beavers rebounded after a tough loss a few days ago – technically, last year (December) – by starting the New Year with a 65-47 win over WPI.

The game, which was held in Worcester, Massachusetts, was a rematch of last year’s tournament final.

Junior Brenna LeGacy led the Green and White with 18 points, while the Beavers combined for 12 of 13 free throws en route to their 10th win of the season. Babson is now 34-21 all-time against WPI and has won 16 of their last 18 meetings against the Engineers, according to yesterday’s release.

Babson will look to capture their fifth-straight NEWMAC contest on Saturday when they host Mount Holyoke.

Staying in the NEWMAC, the Springfield College men’s basketball team scored an impressive win last night, defeating WPI, 71-63. The win was the Pride’s fourth-straight victory, dating back to their initial win of their current steak over Amherst.

First-year Jake Ross helped the Pride earn their initial league win by netting 29 points (that matched his career-high point total), while adding seven rebounds, five steals and a quartet of swipes.

Ross was tabbed this week’s NEWMAC Co-Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week.

Springfield also received career-best 25 points from junior Andy McNulty – 15 of his 25 points came from beyond the arc.

Springfield is my pick to challenge Babson for the NEWMAC crown – I am expecting the Pride and Beavers to reach the league championship, but let’s not forget about MIT and WPI – both teams could also appear in the league’s finale, too.

The Endicott College men’s basketball team has yet to lose a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) tilt this season. Recently, they defeated Wentworth, 76-67, to bump their league record to 4-0.

This evening, the Gulls host Gordon College, which lost a heartbreaker to Nichols College on Tuesday. Nichols and Endicott are tied for first place in the conference, but keep an eye on the Fighting Scots over the next few weeks.

Following their contest against Gordon, Endicott will hit the road for a pair of league tilts, beginning Saturday at Western New England followed by a visit to Salve Regina next Wednesday.

Prior to their win over Wentworth, Endicott captured the Salem State Holiday Classic, defeating both Regis College and Southern Maine. The win over the Pride provided head coach Kevin Bettencourt with his 50th career victory with the Gulls.

Looking for a good game to watch online (or follow via live stats) this evening? Tune into Roger Williams versus University of New England women’s basketball with tip-off scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

A few coaches have told me the Hawks should be a ‘team to watch’ over the next few weeks – don’t be shocked if they crack our Noontime Sports Top 10 Women’s Basketball Poll.

A win over the Nor’easters would be Roger Williams’ first win since edging University of New England in overtime on February 21, 2015.

Senior Bridget Quilty and junior Anna Walther have paced the Blue and Gold’s offense, netting 151 and 128 points, respectively. Quilty also leads the team in rebounds with 67, while junior Mariah Nichols is second with 59.

Have a question or thought or opinion? Let us know by sending us either a tweet or tweet message to @NoontimeSports or @MattNoonan11

WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week Five

Ama Biney was tabbed this week's WACBA Women's Player of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin)
Ama Biney was tabbed this week’s WACBA Women’s Player of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops

Ah, a new year has arrived, which means we’re back to reporting about basketball, specifically in the Worcester area. So, to kick-off another year (2017, to be exact!), here is this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll.

Women’s Player of the Week: Ama Biney (WPI | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney capped her team’s two-day Holiday Tournament by earning her third Tournament MVP award of the season. She earned the accolade by averaging 17.5 points, nine rebounds, 4.5 blocks and 4.5 steals. In the championship contest against Wesleyan, Biney logged seven points and six rebounds, two assists and an impressive baseline swipe in just the fourth quarter. Including her team’s trip to Bates (Dec. 19th), Biney averaged 15.3 points, eight rebounds and 4.3 steals.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Kyra Rose (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Rockland, Mass.): Rose registered a double-double of 20 points (7-for-15) and 11 rebounds to go along with three assists, one steal and two blocks in a 79-64 win over Nichols College.

Women’s Honor Roll:

Teneya McLaughlin (Assumption | Jr. | Milford, Conn.): McLaughlin was dominant last Thursday, helping Assumption push its lead as high as 26 over LIU Post in the fourth quarter en route to a 67-59 victory. The win marked Assumption’s seventh straight win. McLaughlin scored 16 points on 8 of 12 shooting, to go with five rebounds, four assists and one steal.

Michaela McTomney (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Bellingham, Mass.): McTomney registered a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds as well as four assists and one steal in a 79-64 win over Nichols College.

WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week Three

Following another impressive week, Emma Thomson of Fitchburg State was tabbed this week' WACBA Rookie of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Fitchburg State)
Following another impressive week, Emma Thomson of Fitchburg State was tabbed this week’ WACBA Rookie of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Fitchburg State)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops

WORCESTER, Mass. – For the third-straight week, the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) is proud to unveil its women’s basketball honor roll, including our players and rookie of the week.

Congratulations to this week’s honor roll and remember to stay connected with Noontime Sports (@NoontimeSports) and WACBA (@WACBAHoops) on social media.

Women’s Player of the Week: Taylor Daniels (Nichols | Sr. | Dudley, Mass.): Daniels averaged 18.0 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game, 2.0 assists per game, and 10 steals per game in two contests for the Bison last week. She poured in a game-high 22 points (6-for-6 at the charity stripe) against Roger Williams on Wednesday before netting 14 points in a win over Wentworth on Saturday. Daniels – who leads the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) in scoring at 19.6 ppg – canned 58 percent of her three-point attempts (7-of-12) and was 7-of-8 from the line (88 percent).

Ama Biney (WPI | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.) Biney averaged 20 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and two steals in a 2-0 week for the Engineers. She was all over the court to deliver her first double-double (20 points and 10 rebounds) on 10-of-12 shooting with five assists and three blocks in 29 minutes at Wellesley. Biney followed it up with 18 points, seven boards and three steals in 30 minutes at Wheaton.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Emma Thomson (Fitchburg State | Fr. | York, Maine): Thomson averaged 18.0 points, 3.5 boards, 1.0 assist, 2.0 steals and 1.0 block per contest in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. She collected a game-best 33 points on 11-of-16 shooting from three point range as well as five caroms, one assist and three steals in an 80-62 win over Curry on Tuesday before adding three points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in a 71-61 victory against Curry on Thursday.

Women’s Honor Roll:

Ciara McKissick (Becker | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): McKissick has been a force inside this past week, averaging 13 rebounds and 8.6 points to lead Becker to their first 3-0 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) start in program’s history. The first place Hawks recorded wins over Wheelock, Southern Vermont and Newbury this past week.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker | Fr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Last week’s WACBA Rookie of the Week had another impressive week, averaging 16.3 points per game to lead Becker to their first 3-0 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) start in the program’s history. Harrison also averaged 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals per contest too. The first place Hawks recorded wins over Wheelock, Southern Vermont and Newbury. Facing the Nighthawks on Saturday, Harrison scored 20 points as the Hawks pulled away late, 59-50.

Katelynn Rizzuto (Fitchburg State | Soph. | West Boylston, Mass.): Rizzuto averaged a double-double of 15.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game as well as 3.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. Registered eight points, eight boards, five assists and two steals in an 80-62 win over Anna Maria on Tuesday before adding a double-double of 23 points and 14 boards to go along with two assists, three steals and three blocks in a 71-61 victory over Curry on Thursday.

Kaitlyn Berkel (Worcester State | Soph. | Waterford, Conn.): The sophomore forward averaged 9.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in a 0-3 week for the Lancers. Berkel scored a season-high 15 points while shooting 60 percent from the field, and grabbed five rebounds on Saturday, in turn, earning a spot on the Wesleyan Tournament All-Tournament team. She scored seven points for the Lancers last Friday, and then six points in the setback to Connecticut College.

WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week Two

Ama Biney was tabbed this week's WACBA Women's Player of the Week after an impressive effort in a trio of games last week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin)
Ama Biney was tabbed this week’s WACBA Women’s Player of the Week after an impressive effort in a trio of games last week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBHoops

Women’s Player of the Week: Ama Biney (WPI | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney averaged 21 points, six rebounds and 2.7 steals per game in a 3-0 week for the Engineers. She dropped a career-high 28 points on RPI Saturday and followed up with 16 points Sunday against Johnson & Wales en route to WPI Thanksgiving Classic MVP honors. Earlier in the week, Biney added 19 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in just 19 minutes against Nichols.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Cassidy Harrison (Becker | Fr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison almost led one of the most improbable comeback’s in Becker women’s basketball history, scoring 16 of her 25 points in the fourth quarter at MCLA on Tuesday night before Becker finally succumbed, 56-47. The freshman shot 55 percent from the floor and 41 percent from behind the arc. She also recorded five steals. For the season, Harrison is leading the team with 14.3 points per game.

Women’s Honor Roll:

Katelynn Rizzuto (Fitchburg St. | Soph. | West Boylston, Mass.): Rizzuto posted a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds to go along with three assists, four steals and two blocks in an 81-75 setback to UMass Boston on Tuesday.

Kyra Rose (Fitchburg St. | Fr. | Rockland, Mass.): Rose registered a game-best 32 points, nine rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in an 81-75 setback to UMass Boston on Tuesday.

Infiniti Thomas-Waheed (Holy Cross | Jr. | Newton, Mass.): Thomas-Waheed connected on 32 percent shooting and 60 percent from beyond the arc in a pair of setbacks this past week against Dartmouth and Yale. Against the Big Green, Thomas-Waheed tallied 16 points, six rebounds, a trio of steals and two blocks in a 53-49 setback to Dartmouth. A few days later against the Bulldogs, she netted 15 points, including a trio of three-pointers and snatched nine caroms.

Britt Herring (Worcester St. | Soph. | W. Brookfield, Mass.): The sophomore center led the Lancers to a 1-1 week by averaging 12.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks per game. Herring went four-for-seven from the field and registered a game-high four blocks in the Lancers’ 64-39 setback to Western New England. She then concluded the week with her first double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds, helping her team to a 61-52 non-conference victory over Wellesley.