SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – Mount Holyoke College Director of Athletics Lori Hendricks has announced the hiring of Jackie Ward as the head coach of the basketball program and lecturer in physical education. Ward joins the department after serving the last two years as the assistant basketball coach at Hartwick College.
The Lead: Marymount University outscored MIT, 21-13, in the fourth quarter to come from behind and defeat the Engineers, 58-54, in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament on Friday. Junior Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) hauled in a game-high 13 rebounds while scoring a team-high 14 points in MIT's first NCAA Tournament appearance.
WESTWOOD, Mass. – The New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) announced the Women’s Basketball All-Conference and Postseason Awards on Tuesday morning. Helping lead their squads to a share of the NEWMAC Regular Season Title, Smith’s Kennedy Guest-Pritchett and WPI’s Ama Biney have been named the Co-Athletes of the Year while Biney was also tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year. MIT’s Kylie Gallagher was named the Rookie of the Year for her efforts on the court during her first year campaign.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – After winning the first NEWMAC Championship in the history of the women's basketball program, MIT learned it will square off with nationally-ranked No. 17 Marymount University in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at the University of Rochester on Friday, March 2. This will be the first between the Engineers and the Saints.
The Lead: Four free throws during the final 24 seconds of regulation helped the No. 5 seeded MIT women's basketball team defeat No. 2 WPI, 54-40, and capture the program's first NEWMAC Championship on Sunday. Junior Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) was named the Tournament Most Outstanding Player for her play throughout the tournament.
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Senior Ama Biney recorded a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds to propel the WPI women's basketball team to a 64-56 overtime win against Babson College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament semifinal on Saturday afternoon at Ainsworth Gymnasium on the campus of Smith College.
The Lead: No. 5 seeded MIT generated 10 unanswered points during the first 5:23 of the fourth quarter to pull away and defeat top-seeded Smith College, 64-51, in the semifinals of the NEWMAC Women's Basketball Tournament on Saturday. The victory puts the Engineers in the championship game for the first time in program history.
The Lead: Behind a career and game-high 26 points from junior Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.), the No. 5 seeded MIT women's basketball team defeated No. 4 Springfield College, 66-55, in the quarterfinals of the NEWMAC Tournament on Wednesday. With the victory, the Engineers secured a spot in the semifinals for the fifth time in program history and first since 2003.
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) scored 17 of her career-high 19 points in the first half and third-seeded Babson College shot 53.1 percent on its way to defeating sixth-seeded Emerson College, 85-57, in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament quarterfinal on Wednesday night at Staake Gymnasium.
WORCESTER, Mass. - Meg Donovan (Abington, MA), Maura Buckley (Melrose, MA) and Stasha Greenalch (Newington, CT) all reached double figures to propel second-seeded WPI past seventh-seeded Coast Guard 72-42 in a NEWMAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal contest play Wednesday in Harrington Auditorium.
In her lone game this week, Restituyo, a junior forward for Springfield College, was dominant in the Pride's 73-63, come-from-behind victory over Wheaton on Saturday in its regular-season finale. In her only game of the week, Ouimette recorded her 17th double-double of the season as Babson captured a share of its third consecutive NEWMAC regular season title by defeating MIT, 56-53.
WESTWOOD, Mass. – The New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) released the 2018 Women’s Basketball Championship bracket this evening with the conclusion of the regular season. The women’s bracket consists of seven teams that will compete for the crown which will begin on Wednesday, February 21st with the quarterfinal rounds.
WESTWOOD, Mass. – The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) is pleased to announce the 2017-18 NEWMAC Women's Basketball Academic All-Conference Team. The NEWMAC women's basketball student-athletes totaled 40 honorees this year.
In a 2-0 week for Smith, Kennedy Guest-Pritchett averaged a double-double of 21.0 points and 10.0 rebounds while shooting 70.4 percent (19-of-27) from the floor. Beck averaged eight points and 5.5 rebounds, but more importantly recorded five blocks and four steals, in a 2-0 week for the Engineers.
Biney averaged 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds to go with four steals and three assists as the Engineers secured season splits with Smith and MIT. Tamulionis headlined a Babson defense that held Wheaton and Coast Guard to just 32.7 percent shooting while forcing 47 turnovers in back-to-back wins last week.
Guest-Pritchett led the Pioneers to a 3-0 week, averaging 14.7 points and 7.7 rebounds while shooting 76.0 percent (19-of-25) from the field and 100 percent (6-of-6) from the free throw line. Gracie Restituyo, a junior forward for Springfield College, helped the Pride to a pair of wins over NEWMAC opponents as she averaged 12.5 points, 14.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assists on the week.
Senior forward Samantha Alakai came off the bench to average 12.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while shooting 75% (6-for-8) from behind-the-arc. Alex Goslin, a sophomore guard for Springfield College, was phenomenal in two games for the Pride this week as she averaged 15.5 points, 4.0 assists. Gracie Restituyo, a junior forward for Springfield College, helped the Pride to a 1-1 week as she averaged 10.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists.
Biney averaged 21 points, nine rebounds and 4.7 assists per game while notching two double-doubles in a 2-1 week. Gracie Restituyo, a junior forward for Springfield College, helped the Pride to a 2-1 week as she averaged 16.3 points and 13.3 rebounds and produce three-consecutive double doubles in as many games.
Biney averaged 15 points and 6.5 rebounds with seven steals and four assists as the Engineers began their NEWMAC slate 2-0. Ouimette averaged a double-double for the second week in a row and pulled down 15 of her 21 total rebounds on the defensive end in a pair of league wins.
Ouimette produced three double-doubles and averaged 17.5 points and 15.3 rebounds while shooting 50 percent in four games over the holidays for Babson. Biney boasted three double-doubles and 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.
In a 2-0 week for MIT, Kara Holinski averaged 18 points on 66.7 percent shooting from the floor, including a 66.7 percent performance from three-point range, four rebounds, four assists, and 33 minutes. Gracie Restituyo, a junior forward at Springfield College, helped the Pride to a 72-67 win over Westfield State on Friday night, as the maroon and white is now off to a 7-2 start for the second time in the last three seasons. Fitzpatrick continued to lead the charge for the Lyons, posting her second double-double of the season (2nd straight game), while finishing just three assists shy of a triple-double.
Ouimette averaged 13.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists on 52.4 percent shooting as Babson split games against Brandeis and Wellesley. Clark's Ezemma had a solid week for the Cougars with highlights on the defensive end.
Ouimette opened conference play with back-to-back double-doubles and averaged 15.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals while shooting 64.7 percent (11-of-17) from the floor in a 2-0 week for Babson. Gracie Restituyo, a junior forward for Springfield College, helped lead the Pride to a pair of wins to begin its NEWMAC slate, as she averaged 7.0 points and 14.0 rebounds in victories over Coast Guard and Wellesley.
As Biney became the 18th WPI women's basketball player to reach the 1,000-point milestone on Saturday, the local product tallied her third career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, to go with two blocks and a swipe as the Engineers defeated Bates 60-42. On Tuesday, Biney scored a game-best 22 points for the second consecutive game against Central Mass. opponents as WPI defeated Nichols, 60-33. She also racked up nine boards, six steals and four assists while in Dudley.
In a 3-0 week, Guest-Pritchett averaged 18.0 points and 11.3 rebounds and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Tyler Tip-Off Tournament. In a 1-1 week for MIT, Kara Holinski averaged 18.5 points on .500 shooting from the floor, including a .357 performance from three-point range, five rebounds, two steals.