Binghamton's Andrea Holmes was a unanimous preseason all-conference pick in America East.
Binghamton's Holmes, Swain Sweep Weekly Women's Basketball Awards
Cambridge, Mass.-- A pair of Bearcats--junior guard Andrea Holmes (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell) and freshman guard Jasbriell Swain (Memphis, Tenn./Horn Lake)-- have swept the second America East weekly awards of the 2010-11 women's basketball season. The pair led the team to two wins last week.
Holmes averaged 23.5 points, four steals, three rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while playing in all 80 of her team's minutes. The junior guard posted a season-high 28 points against Canisius and then a game-high 19 points at Rider on Saturday. Holmes drained eight three-pointers and shot 40 percent from the field. She also shot .363 from long-distance and .733 from the free-throw line. Through three games, Holmes has led the Bearcats to a 2-1 mark with 20.7 points per game, which ranks second in America East. She also has 3.3 assists and 2.7 steals per game for the season.
Swain takes home the top rookie award for the second straight week to open the 2010-11 season. The rookie averaged a double-double in two games with 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, along with 4.5 steals and 1.0 assists per game. Swain tallied her second double-double of the season against Canisius, recording 15 points, 12 rebounds and four steals. She came just one board shy of her third against Rider, finishing with 16 points, nine rebounds and five steals. Swain is the first freshman in Binghamton's Division I era to reach double figures in scoring in each of her first three games.
Boston University sophomore guard Mo Moran (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay) tallied a triple-double of 15 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists on November 17 at home against Yale, the first Terrier to accomplish the feat since 2004. It is also the third straight season America East has had a player notch a triple-double, as former America East Player of the Year Courtnay Pilypaitis ('10) from University of Vermont picked up a triple double in each of the previous two seasons.
Grand Great Danes
University at Albany is off to one of its best starts in program history. The Great Danes are 3-0 for the first time since the 1986-87 season, and for the first time in the program's Division I era. The 1986-87 team, which competed at the Division III level, went 5-0 to open the season and finished with a 19-5 overall record.
Dead River Returns
University of Maine continues a tradition this weekend with the 18th annual Dead River Company Classic. The tournament begins this Friday, Nov. 26 and also features Florida, Navy and South Alabama.
University of Hartford, which finished last season #25 in the Associate Press Top-25 poll, entered this season with 17 votes in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Hawks are the 11th team listed under those receiving votes.
Poll Position... Mid-Major Edition
CollegeInsider.com debuted its first-ever Women's Mid-Major Top-25 poll this year. In the latest edition dated November 16, Hartford is ranked 22, and both University of Vermont and Boston U. are receiving votes. The Catamounts are receiving 53 votes, while the Terriers have 22 nods.
America East is coming off arguably its most successful season in the history of the league. Two teams represented the conference in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000, including Hartford's first-ever at-large bid. Vermont defeated Wisconsin in the first round, America East's third win in the tourney since 2006. Boston U. made it three teams in the postseason when it earned a spot in the postseason WNIT and hosted a game at Case Gym. For the year, the league finished 15th in the RPI, the league's highest finish since 2005-06. America East was the fifth-highest ranked non-FBS conference in the final 2009-10 RPI ratings.
Against The Best
To get into postseason tournaments - and then succeed in them - you must compete against the best teams. Over a third of the league's non-conference games last year (45 of 113) were against teams which qualified for the NCAA or WNIT postseason tournaments the previous season. Below is how the league fared against those teams.
America East welcomes three new head coaches this season. University at Albany hired Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, previously the associate head coach at Indiana and also a former assistant at University of Maine. University of New Hampshire brought on Maureen Magarity to head up its program. Magarity, who comes from Army where she was most recently associate head coach, is believed to be the youngest Division I coach--men's or women's--in the country. Finally, after two straight America East Championships, University of Vermont is rebuilding its team, including the coaching staff. During the offseason, the Catamounts hired Lori Gear McBride, a member of the 1994 North Carolina team which won the National Championship.
Maine head coach Cindy Blodgett signed a two-year contract extension this fall. The new deal extends her four-year contract signed in 2007 through the end of the 2012-13 season. Blodgett is a 1998 Maine graduate and Black Bear legend who enjoyed a professional career in the WNBA and Europe. She returned to Maine three years ago following a successful stint as a Brown University assistant coach.
Atop Of The Class
The Women's Basketball Coaches' Association (WBCA) recognized both the UMBC and University of Hartford women's basketball programs this summer with the release of the organization's Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. The Retrievers had the third-highest grade-point average (GPA) of all Division I programs for the 2009-10 year based on the nomination submitted by WBCA-member head coaches, while the Hawks ranked 23rd in the country. UMBC, led by Head Coach Phil Stern, finished the season with a team GPA of 3.578 and is making its first appearance on the Top 25 Honor Roll. Only Utah Valley University (3.630) and South Dakota State University (3.622) in Division I bettered the Retrievers' mark. Head Coach Jen Rizzotti’s Hawks compiled a team GPA of 3.321 for the 2009-10 campaign and made the honor roll for the second straight year. The Hawks were one of just nine 2010 postseason teams (NCAA/WNIT) honored academically this year.
Online Web Show Premieres
America East is proud to release its latest new media initiative, "America East Online". America East Online is a 20-minute web-only show which features all nine of the conference's campuses and highlights athletics, academics and leadership. The show, hosted by America East's Max Mandel, will be available on Wednesdays at least every other week throughout the academic year, including weekly during the basketball season. Fans can watch the web show at the America East Zone on AmericaEast.com, as well as on the league's social media web sites such as YouTube and Facebook.
AExtra Blog Covers It All
America East unveiled its new blog--"AExtra"--on Wednesday, September 1, just in time for the 2010-11 season. AExtra gives fans a unique perspective on the teams and student-athletes that make up the conference. In addition to the conference media relations staff, contributors to the blog include student journalists from member schools who will have inside access to the teams, the games and the storylines. AExtra features stories and recaps beyond just the boxscores, q&a's with student-athletes, coaches and beat reporters, a daily round up of web links of the conference in the news and a forum for fans to interact with each other and the conference. Photo galleries and videos will showcase the action.
Good Things Come In TV Packages
During the regular season, America East, in partnership with ESPN Regional Television, will produce seven women's basketball games, which will be distributed among regional sports networks and local carriers. Eric Frede returns as the play-by-play announcer for America East basketball. Leah Secondo, a veteran of America East television productions, will be alongside Frede as the color analyst.
Terriers Are Clearcut Favorites
With a wealth of young talent returning for the 2010-11 season, the Boston University Terriers are the team to beat for the 2011 America East Women’s Basketball Championship. The Terriers received all eight possible first-place votes in a poll of the league’s nine head coaches, with head coaches not permitted to vote for their own team. The conference office unveiled the preseason poll on October 14 at the 2010 America East Basketball Tip-Off Event at the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford, host city of the 2011 America East Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship presented by Newman’s Own.
Seven women’s basketball student-athletes earned preseason all-conference recognition as voted on by the league’s nine head coaches and announced at the America East Basketball Tip-Off Event on Thursday, October 14 at the Connecticut State Capitol Building. All seven student-athletes are first-time recipients of this distinction.
Hartford Hosts 2011 Tourney
The America East Conference has chosen the University of Hartford as host for its 2011 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. Just months removed from the first-ever combined men’s and women’s championship, the conference Athletic Directors chose to build off the momentum created from this past year and once again hold the tournament in Hartford.
Newman's Own Sgns Title Sponsorship
Newman’s Own, Inc. announced it renewed partnership with the America East Conference as title sponsor of the men’s and women’s basketball championship, March 3-6, 2011, at the University of Hartford. This marks the second sponsorship year for Newman’s Own. The Westport, CT-based company will again engage championship fans in sponsorship-related arena activities along with the promotion of Newman’s Own Thin & Crispy Crust Frozen pizzas.
Over $100,000 Up For Grabs
Newman's Own Foundation announced the continuation of its Campus Community Service Challenge in partnership with the America East Conference. Launched last year at the Conference's preseason basketball tipoff, this unique program encourages the practice of philanthropy on America East campuses and in surrounding communities. One student group, chosen from each of the America East's nine member universities, will participate on behalf of its nonprofit partner for the top grant of $25,000. In total, over $100,000 will be awarded to nominated nonprofits and other charities. Judges for the challenge will include NBA legend and well-known philanthropist Dikembe Mutombo and ESPN basketball analyst Rebecca Lobo. For more information, visit www.NewmansOwnFoundation.org/Challenge.
ALBANY GREAT DANES (3-0, 0-0 AE)
Albany is off to its best start since 1986-87 when the Great Danes went 5-0 to start the season... Behind first-year head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, Albany won two games this week, with a 49-43 defeat of St. Francis (NY) on Tuesday and a 49-48 nailbiter on Friday... Sophomore guard Ebone Henry (San Diego, Calif./Mater Dei Catholic) recorded double-doubles in both games, and has now tallied three straight to start the season... Against St. Francis, Henry totaled 16 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four assists and two steals, while she recorded 14 points and 10 boards versus Manhattan... Guard Felicia Johnson (Newport News, Va./Woodside) recorded a career-high 21 points against Manhattan, along with four assists and five steals... Sophomore forward Julie Forster (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) notched a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds against St. Francis to earn a spot in the starting line up against Manhattan... She tallied six points, eight boards, two steals, two blocks and an assist against the Jaspers... Albany will return to action at home on Tuesday, hosting St. Peter's before visiting Wagner on Saturday.
BINGHAMTON BEARCATS (2-1, 0-0 AE)
Binghamton is above .500 for the first time since the end of the 2005-06 season... Junior guard Andrea Holmes (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell) led Binghamton to a pair of victories last week, posting a season-high 28 points against Canisius on Nov. 16 and a game-high 19 points at Rider on Saturday. For the week, she averaged 23.5 points per game, drained eight three pointers and shot .400 from the field. Holmes has now reached the 20-point mark in scoring 11 times during her career, including five games with at least 28 points. For the season, she is averaging a team-high 20.7 points per game and is shooting .404 from the field... Freshman guard Jasbriell Swain (Memphis, Tenn./Horn Lake) continued her impressive start to her freshman season, finishing with 15 points and 12 rebounds against Canisius on Nov. 16 as well as 16 points and nine rebounds against Rider on Saturday. She is the first freshman in Binghamton's Division I era to reach double figures in scoring in each of her first three games. In the process, she has recorded a pair of double-dobules. For the season, Swain is already averaging 16.3 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.0 steals per contest.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY TERRIERS (1-2, 0-0 AE)
The Boston University women's basketball team went 1-1 last week to move to 1-2 on the young season. To start the week, Boston U. defeated regional rival Yale, 83-64, on Wednesday night at Case Gym. In that game, sophomore Mo Moran recorded the program's first triple-double in six years with 15 points, and career highs for rebounds (12) and assists (11). In that contest, senior Kerry Cashman (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) also had a banner night as she recorded her first career double-double with 10 rebounds and a career-high 18 points. Cashman went on to average a double-double for the week as she posted eight points and another 10 rebounds against No. 17 Texas on Sunday afternoon... Junior Alex Young (Hickory, N.C./St. Stephen's) also had a productive week as she averaged 16.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg with two blocks... Boston U. will have three games during the week of Thanksgiving as it welcomes crosstown foe Harvard to Case Gym on Tuesday night at 7 p.m., before taking part in the Long Island Turkey Classic with LIU, McNeese State, and Colgate on Nov. 26 and 27.
HARTFORD HAWKS (0-3, 0-0 AE)
The Hartford women’s basketball team dropped a pair of non-conference games at Boston College (66-93) and against Providence College (53-75) in the home opener at the Chase Family Arena… The 93 points allowed against Boston College was the most allowed by a Hawks team since Vermont scored 99 on January 4, 2000, the first season under head coach Jennifer Rizzotti… In both games the Hawks have gotten down by more than 20 points in the first half… Against the Eagles, the Hawks suffered 18 turnovers and shot just 24 percent (5-of-21) in the first half to go into the halftime break down, 40-18… Against Providence, the Hawks trailed 40-17 at half, after shooting 22.2 percent (6-of-27) in the first and allowing the Friars to open the game with a 24-4 run… The second half of both games saw a major change in the Hawks as they shot better than 40 percent in both games… The Hawks' three-point shooting was also among the highlights in both games as they finished the BC game shooting 36 percent (10-of-28) and finished the Providence game shooting 44 percent (7-of-16)… Over the two games, the Hawks were led by Jackie Smith (Westfield, Mass./Holyoke) and Ilicia Mathis (Hamden, Conn./Hill Regional Career) who both finished with 17 points on the week… Mathis saw her entire week’s point total come in one game as she finished with 17 points, on 5-of-8 shooting, against Providence, setting a season high for all players in scoring… The Hawks will play one more game in the lower 48 states on Monday against Sacred Heart (7 p.m.), before heading across the border to Cancun, Mexico for three games at the Caribbean Challenge.
MAINE BLACK BEARS (1-1, 0-0 AE)
Maine rallied from nine down at halftime to win 74-66 at Bryant... Including the exhibition games, four players have scored in double figures for the fourth-straight game... Amber Smith (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) has scored in double figures in each of those games and doubled her career high in points with 22 at Bryant... Maine trailed, 40-31, at the break but outscored the Bulldogs, 43-26, in the second half... Ashleigh Roberts (Wilmington, Del./Concord) rebounded from her scoreless appearance against Harvard with 12 points at Bryant... Samantha Wheeler (Derry, N.H./Timberlane Regional) added a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Katelyn Vanderhoff (Lititz, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) scored 12 points... The win was just the sixth road victory and just the fourth after trailing at the half under head coach Cindy Blodgett... Maine will face Central Conn. State Tuesday and will host the 18th annual Dead River Company Classic Friday and Saturday.
UMBC RETRIEVERS (1-3, 0-0 AE)
UMBC split a pair of home games last week… The Retrievers picked up their first victory of the season in their home opener, defeating Coppin State, 58-51, on Tuesday… Junior center Topé Obajolu (Randallstown, Md./Archbishop Carroll) broke the school single-game record with seven blocks. She had five rejections in the first half… The previous mark of six was achieved three times, most recently by Amanda Robinson in 2007… The seven blocks also give Obajolu 74 in her career, moving her into a tie for seventh place all-time at UMBC… Junior forward Erin Brown (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) led the Retrievers in scoring for the third straight game with 15 points and also added a team-best seven rebounds… Junior guard Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) reached double figures for the first time this season with 14 points… The Retrievers capitalized on 28 Coppin State turnovers with 24 points… UMBC fell to Saint Joseph’s, 64-50, on Saturday… The Retrievers shot just 25.8 percent from the floor and could not capitalize on 27 Hawk turnovers… UMBC made just five-of-29 attempts in the first half… Obajolu led the Retrievers with 17 points, one shy of her career high… Brown also reached double figures for the fourth straight game, tallying 10 points… UMBC recorded a season-high 13 steals in the game… The Retrievers will visit George Mason on Tuesday before traveling to New York for the Iona Thanksgiving Classic this weekend, where they will face Toledo and Brown. l UMBC vs. Coppin State Highlights l
NEW HAMPSHIRE (1-2, 0-0 AE)
The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team finished its second week of action 1-1, with a win over Dartmouth (Nov. 16) and a loss to Brown (Nov. 20)… The Wildcats tallied their first win of the season, earning a 65-52 victory over Dartmouth College at Lundholm Gymnasium. The win comes as the first of head coach Maureen Magarity's career... It also snaps Dartmouth's five-game winning streak against the 'Cats, as UNH now holds a 17-15 mark all-time against the Big Green... Senior center Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) tallied a season-high 15 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in the win... McDonald was named the America East Player of the Game for New Hampshire, earning her third career double-double, finishing the night 7-of-11 from the floor. She rounded out the contest with a pair of blocks, moving up to third all-time on UNH's career block list with 116... Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.) finished the night with 15 points and a career-high seven assists... On Saturday, UNH dropped a 66-54 decision to Brown University at Lundholm Gymnasium... Sophomore guard Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) poured in a career-high 14 points, including 11 in the second half… The Wildcats drop just their second game all-time to the Bears on their home court, as they are now 6-2 at Lundholm Gymnasium against Brown… Reed was selected as the America East Player of the Game for UNH, rounding out the afternoon with a game-high seven rebounds… Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (Gross Gerau, Germany) chipped in with 10 points, three boards and three assists… The Wildcats return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 23 (7 p.m.) when they take on the College of the Holy Cross at Hart Recreation Center. l UNH vs. Dartmouth Highlights l UNH vs. Brown Highlights l
STONY BROOK SEAWOLVES (1-2, 0-0 AE)
The Seawolves dropped their only game of the week, 84-72, to Long Island rival Hofstra... It was the Seawolves' home opener and the first of five straight home games... Stony Brook trailed by as many as 16 in the first half, but cut that deficit to three late in the half following back-to-back three pointers from senior Jodie Plikus (Waterford, Conn.). Plikus finished with four three-pointers and scored a team-high 14 points... Sophomore Amanda Corona (North Hollywood, Calif.) scored a career-best 13 points and knocked down three from beyond the arc... Sophomore Sam Landers (Springfield, Va.) added 11 points and seven assists... Stony Brook forced the Pride into 24 turnovers... The Seawolves will now host Nicholls State on Wednesday. It will be the first ever meeting between the programs.
VERMONT CATAMOUNTS (0-4, 0-0 AE)
Vermont looks to earn its first win of the year when it travels to Dartmouth in the lone game of the week for the Catamounts on Wednesday (Nov. 24, 7 p.m.)... Junior Ashley Hoyt (Arlington, Vt./Arlington) represented the Catamounts on the TD Bank Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in two games versus Marist and Boston College... Prior to UVM hosting Marist on the first day of the TD Bank Classic, the Catamounts raised a banner to recognize Vermont's 2010 America East Championship and NCAA Tournament victory... The Red Foxes were named the tournament champion after going 2-0 in the tourney and allowing the fewest total number of points in their two games... UVM will play six of the next eight games on the road to close out the first semester. l UVM vs. Boston College Highlights l UVM vs. Marist Highlights l