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Mid-Week Basketball Update 1/21/15
Category: User Showcase
Tags: CollegeBasketball Jim Larranaga HighSchoolBasketball BostonCollegeEaglesBasketball TennesseeLadyVols BostonCeltics

Here's the latest early week recaps and articles from the teams I follow at the various levels of basketball.

BOSTON CELTICS

Before their game against the L.A. Clippers, the team waived Chris Douglas-Roberts, yet another of the players they acquired via trade that they had no intention of keeping around.

In the game vs. the Clippers, the Celtics never really could do anything more than keep within striking distance on their way to a 102-93 loss.†

Brandon Bass scored 17 points to lead Boston's offense. Marcus Thornton had 15 points and Marcus Smart added 14 points and 7 boards. Jared Sullinger (pictured below)†finished with 14 points and 8 boards.

Evan Turner had a double double with 10 points and 10 boards. He added 6 assists as well. Kelly Olynyk (pic below) finished the game with 11 points.

The surprise of the game was seeing that Tayshaun Prince suited up and got into the game. He had 2 points and 2 boards plus an assist. I don't know if this means he is going to be with the team long term but considering he was ticketed for a buyout as soon as he got traded to the Celtics, it is a huge turnaround.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

I read an article in the newspaper on Monday about Miami men's basketball coach Jim Larranaga and came away with a really great impression of the man. You can check out the article via this link.

Meanwhile, SI.com had a couple of articles that were good reads. The first is on former Louisville player Kevin Ware as he rebuilds his life and career after transferring to Georgia State. You can read that one HERE.

The other story is about Preston Mattingly, the son of LA Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, and his career at Lamar after 6 years playing minor league baseball. Here's the link.

Boston College Men -†The Eagles started off the game by taking their offense right at Syracuse but after building an early 12-4 lead on them, they watched as the Orange ran off a 31-5 run to go into halftime with a 35-17 lead.

BC outscored Syracuse in the second half but it wasn't enough and they lost 69-61 and are now 8-9 on the season (0-5 in the ACC).

Aaron Brown (pictured 1st) led Boston College with 21 points and 6 boards, Dimitri Batten (pictured 2nd) added 17 points and 5 boards. Point guard Olivier Hanlan (pictured 3rd) had 13 points, 5 boards and 5 assists. Patrick Heckmann (pictured 4th) finished the game with 9 points and a team high 9 rebounds.

Missouri State -†A 15-0 run early in the second half helped lead the Bears to their 78-64 victory over Bradley. The win improves Missouri State to 6-10 with a 3-2 conference record.

Kenzie Williams led four players in double figures with 13 points. Hillary Chvatal (12), Tyonna Snow (11) and Liza Fruendt (11) were the other players. Fruendt added 6 boards. Audrey Holt (pictured below) had season highs in both points (7) and rebounds (5).

Hartford -†Despite 25 turnovers, the Hawks took down UMBC 70-63 and got above the .500 mark for the season. They are 10-9 with a 4-1 America East record.

Deanna Mayza scored 16 pointswith 6 assists (4 turnovers) and Morgan Lumb had 14 points (6 turnovers). Janelle Harrison finished with 9 points and 8 boards.

Amber Bepko (shown below) led the team with 17 points which helped her top the 1,000 point mark for her career. I've been following her since her freshman year so I was very pleased to see her hit this milestone.

You can read more about Bepko's evolution as a player HERE.

Congratulations Amber!

Tennessee LADY VOLS-†Tennessee never led in their Monday night matchup against Notre Dame. Their 88-77 loss was their 14th straight loss on the road to a Top 10 opponent. When you consider the history of the Lady Vols program, that is a rather astounding statistic. Of course, when you give up 34 points to Jewell Loyd, you probably can guess that you might not win the game.

Bashaara Graves (shown below 1st)†led the Tennessee (15-3) with 22 points and 8 boards. Cierra Burdick (shown 2nd)†added 15 points and Isabelle Harrison (shown 3rd)†scored 12 points to go with 9 boards. Ariel Massengale (shown 4th)†hit for 11 points.

Boston College Women -†BC was down just 24-22 to Syracuse at halftime of their game this past Sunday. I missed that half but did catch the second half on the computer and it was astounding just how awful the Eagles played the last 20 minutes of the game on the way to a 64-46 loss.†

The season low point total wasn't helped by their 23 turnovers in the game (Martina Mosetti had 7 of those turnovers on her own). A number of those turnovers came as the Eagles players found themselves trapped by the press defense in the backcourt and simply lost control of the ball.

The Eagles had a big edge at the half in rebounding and did actually still outrebound the Orange for the game. But in the second half, they repeatedly failed to box out on the offensive glass. This led to 2nd, 3rd and 4th chances for Syracuse.†

BC's shooting was woeful, particularly from the outside. They were forced to rely on their outside shooting because they couldn't break the 2-3 zone employed by Syracuse to get drives to the basket.

Emilee Daley (shown 1st)†and Ashley Kelsick (shown 2nd)†led the team with 11 points apiece. Kelly Hughes(shown 3rd), the leading scorer for BC, had just 3 points in the game but did have a team high 11 boards. Shayra Brown (shown 4th)†added 5 points and 4 rebounds.

Highlights of the game and the post game press conference with coach Erik Johnson can be seen below.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Bishop Stang Boys Varsity -†Jake scored 14 points as the Spartans beat Coyle-Cassidy and improved to 7-3 (2-2 in conference).

Sturgis East Girls Varsity -†The Storm got 30 points from their top player but couldn't keep up with West Bridgewater, losing 64-46. Isabella scored 4 points in the game as Sturgis East fell to 3-5.

Wareham Girls Varsity -†Tieyanna scored 21 points to lead the Vikings to a 48-32 win over Barnstable. Gabby scored 9 points as Wareham improved to 8-7 (5-4 in conference).

Upper Cape Girls Varsity -†Last night, I went to see the Upper Cape girls against Avon. The two teams had played a week ago with the Rams blowing out Avon on the road. A week later, the game was a little tighter.

After the JV won 44-18. the varsity started out slowly. The team has been dealing with the flu running through the roster. At least two of the girls played looking like they walking zombies for a while.

Upper Cape was up just 8-4 after the first quarter. But Avon took a 9-8 lead at the start of the 2nd quarter. After that, the Rams built a lead that they never relinquished. Avon kept challenging them with their leading scorer having a game high 22 points, but the Rams ended up at 12-0 with a 51-36 victory.†

Michaela was still recovering from being sick but did play in the game. She shot just 2-12 from the floor and 1-12 from the line for 5 points. She had one rebound, 1 assist and 1 steal as well as 2 fouls.

The Bourne Courier newspaper posted a photo gallery from the team's recent game against Cape Cod Tech on their website. The photos are by David Colantuono.†A few of the pics are below with Michaela and Dasia first and both Krystle and Amber second.

The Mid-Week Basketball Update 1/15/15
Category: User Showcase
Tags: NBA BostonCeltics CollegeBasketball BostonCollegeEaglesBasketball TennesseeLadyVols HighSchoolBasketball

I'm trying to clear at least a little bit of the material I have for what looks to be a very jam packed Sunday Musings this week, so here's a bevy of basketball related recaps, links, videos and photos to wile away your Thursday evening.

NBA

Boston Celtics -†The Celtics split their two games thus far this week. And while always important, it seems the action on the court was of little concern to pretty much anyone from the fans to the players to management.

Instead, the various trades the Celtics made to further lessen their chances to win games were the top rung news stories of the week.

The long gestating trade of Jeff Green ( read the details here ) brought Tayshaun Prince and Austin Rivers to be nominal members of the team. But with the contract for Prince being targeted for a buyout and Rivers, now that the trade has been finalized, off to the Clippers to play for his father, Doc Rivers,†the trade is essentially about clearing away Green with quantifiable returns not even a secondary concern. Yes I know we got Shavlik Randolph back, so I'm sure the season is saved!

The trade of unhappy veteran Jameer Nelson didn't take nearly as long to pull off. He didn't make a huge deal out of it, but he did talk about his unhappiness with his playing time when asked about it. The Celtics got Nate Robinson in return and while this would've been his second time around playing for Boston, it isn't going to happen. Why? Because the Celtics bought out his contract as well.

A former player of mine was excited enough about his return that she tweeted about it and I had all I could do not to ask her if she'd bothered to read the full story about the trade.

GM Danny Ainge has been stockpiling draft picks, trade exceptions and who knows what else in what everyone that follows the team can only hope is an executable plan to actually make the team better. I don't want to seem to pessimistic but I truly haven't an inkling about what he might actually do next.

All I know is that they'd better figure out something quick because the seeming lack of a real desire to field a team that can legitimately compete for the playoffs and/or an NBA title is wearing thin.†

At least give me a little hope Danny, stop making it seem like the Celtics are doing a variation upon the Sixers' theme of blatantly losing to get a higher draft pick.

As for the games, the Celtics knocked off the Pelicans 108-100 to start off their week. The team committed just 11 turnovers of their own while scoring 21 points off of the turnovers by the Pelicans. Meanwhile, Marcus Smart hit a big three pointer in the final minute to help ice the game.

Jared Sullinger (seen below)†led Boston with 27 points and 10 boards. Jae Crowder added 22 points and Marcus Thornton finished with 13 points. Brandon Bass (who could quite possibly be the next guy headed out via trade before the deadline) had 12 points.

On Wednesday night, the Atlanta Hawks continued their run as one of the best teams in the East with a 105-91 victory. The loss dropped Boston to 13-24. The Celtics hung in with the Hawks during the first quarter, but things fell apart for them during both the 2nd and 3rd quarters.

Avery Bradley (pictured below)†led Boston with 17 points while Sullinger had 14 points and 9 boards. Kelly Olynyk went for 12 points and 8 boards.

In other NBA notes, with the brouhaha surrounding LeBron James pushing coach David Blatt away from a confrontation with officials during a game, Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski has this column†calling for James to show the leadership that he promised to bring on his return to Cleveland.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Tennessee LADY VOLS -†Tennessee had to rally in the second half against Arkansas in order to pick up a 60-51 come from behind victory to start their week off.†

The Lady Vols (now 14-2, 4-0 SEC) shot just 21.4% from the floor in the first half and trailed by as many as 9 points in the 2nd half.

Cierra Burdick (pictured below 1st)†led Tennessee with 17 points, 6 boards and 3 blocks.

Ariel Massengale (pictured 2nd)†added 16 points and Isabelle Harrison scored 13 points to go with a season high 13 rebounds.

Boston College Women - †I can't say that I was surprised that the Eagles lost to Notre Dame this past Sunday, but I was more than a little disappointed that they were so entirely outmatched that it was like watching a youth league team play the Irish.

In the midst of their 104-58 loss, BC committed 20 turnovers in the game (Notre Dame had just 13), established their season low for points scored, shot 13-33 from three point range and got forced into three 30 second shot clock violations.

I had been hoping to find a way to watch the game on the computer, but seeing how bad the game was made me glad I didn't.†

Emilee Daley led BC (8-8, 0-3 ACC) with 12 points. Karima Gabriel scored just 3 points but led the team with 12 rebounds.†

Ashley Kelsick (pictured below)†had 11 points but turned the ball over 5 times. Kelly Hughes scored 9 points but had 7 turnovers. Nicole Boudreau added 10 points.

You can see coach Erik Johnson's weekly press conference from Monday below.

Boston College Men -†For the last 6 years, the BC men's team has been manhandled by Harvard in the annual meeting between the two schools with the Crimson winning all 6 matchups.

Last night, in the Eagles final non-conference game of the season, the team got off to a big lead and led by 11 points at halftime.

But once again, they collapsed and saw Harvard rally to send the game into overtime. However, the Eagles rallied in the extra period and took the 64-57 victory to end their losing streak to Harvard.

Boston College (8-7) got 17 points and 8 assists from Olivier Hanlan (pictured 1st).†He did turn the ball over 6 times though. Patrick Heckmann (pictured 2nd)†scored 14 points with Dennis Clifford (pictured 3rd)†going for a double-double (13 points and 10 rebounds). Aaron Brown (pictured 4th)†added 12 points and 7 boards while turning the ball over 6 times.

You can see highlights from the game below.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Before I get into writing about the latest news on the high school teams I follow, I wanted to point you towards the latest SI.com High School Athlete of the Month piece. It's about a high school basketball player from Medfield,†Massachusetts named Jack Cadigan.†I think that once you read the article, you'll be amazed at what a great kid †seems to be. Here's the link.

As for my teams of rooting interest:

Bristol-Plymouth Girls Varsity -†Savahna's team dropped to 2-9 on the season after losing to Holbrook 53-25, then dropping a heartbreaking 51-50 overtime decision to Norfolk Aggie.

Bishop Stang Boys Varsity -†Jake was a big factor for the Spartans in their 63-52 defeat of Somerset-Berkley. He helped seal the win with a big three pointer and a driving layup. Overall he finished with 14 points as Stang upped their record to 6-2 (1-1 in conference).

Wareham Boys Varsity -†The Vikings are now 8-3 (6-2 in conference) after their 53-41 victory against Apponequet. Mark had 3 points in the game.

Wareham Girls Varsity -†The girls team lost to Apponequet 40-31 in their first game of the week. Gabby had 6 points in the game. Tieyanna score 4 points, Kali scored 3 points and Erica added 2.

As disappointing as that loss was, their game on Wednesday showed just how far the team has come. In their first game of the season they lost to Bishop Stang by 27 points. But in their rematch last night, Wareham turned things around on Stang and won 50-42.†

According to the coach it was the first time the team had played a full effort for the entire game all season long. Tieyanna finished with 15 points and Kali had 4 points as Wareham raised their record to 7-6 (5-3 in conference).

The pic below is from their earlier win over Sandwich. It features the Vikings in white. Tieyanna is laying down, Erica is diving for the ball and Gabby is #10.

Upper Cape Girls Varsity -†The Rams had an excellent early part of the week. Michaela scored 12 points in their 55-35 victory against Avon.

Against Cape Tech last night, Upper Cape started out sluggishly and trailed 15-7 after the first quarter. But they got things going in the 2nd quarter, took a 28-18 lead at halftime and cruised to a 57-30 victory. Michaela had 5 points in this game. You can read more about the team's last two games HERE.

The two wins gives them a 10-0 record and makes them eligible for the state tournament! Whoo Hoo!

In other high school news, I had planned to attend the Sturgis East game tomorrow afternoon to see Isabella play but we are having some bad weather with very icy road conditions so I will most likely not be going if the roads are still that bad tomorrow.

YOUTH BASKETBALL FLASHBACK

There was an article in the local weekly town newspaper this morning about a new call firefighter to the town's department. As it turned out, it was a former player of mine.

I coached Justin back in the 97-98 season as a member of my Raptors team. Though I can't give the article link to you since the paper has yet to put it online, the photo below is of Justin on the left.

Congratulations Justin!

SEC Strength and Potential Bowls
Category: NCAA
Tags: LSU Alabama Arkansas Auburn Georgia Florida MISSISSIPPI ST. MISSOURI OLE MISS SEC SOUTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE TEXAS A&M Kentucky
SEC teams on the map and the 12 likely SEC bowl locations. The gold stars are CFP bowls. An SEC team in such a bowl could also go to Miami (off the map).

SEC teams on the map and the 12 likely SEC bowl locations. The gold stars are CFP bowls. An SEC team in such a bowl could also go to Miami (off the map).

I donít like to post something on the same day as a major game, but the Pac-12 championship doesnít really affect what Iím talking about here. I do think the Pac-12 is pretty strongly the second-best conference, and I believe a 2-loss champion (if Arizona wins) is probably good enough to be in the top four, as I mentioned in my rankings blog. Anyway, my feeling on the conference does not change based on the outcome of that game.

I donít think last weekís SEC losses (all by the East) indicated the SEC West wasnít dominant. As mentioned, Georgia should have won anyway and Georgia Tech will be playing for the ACC title, so thatís not so bad of a result. Florida, Kentucky, and South Carolina registered a combined 0 wins over the SEC West and were playing the other top 4 teams of the ACC. Given their relative position in the SEC, Georgiaís loss was the only one that I felt damaged the SEC overall.

Although it doesnít help in the overall record, I thought it was an encouraging sign that Kentucky, one of only two SEC teams who failed to make a bowl game, got close to beating a very good Louisville team on the road. Had the Wildcats won, they would have qualified for a bowl game as well.

The top three SEC West teams (Alabama, Mississippi St., and Ole Miss) did not lose any games to the SEC East this season. LSU finished tied for fourth (with Auburn) and also did not lose any. The only SEC West teams that lost games outside of the SEC West were the other three teams, and Georgia and Missouri were the only teams in college football to beat any of them.

There were a few really strong out-of-conference wins too. LSU beat Wisconsin, the top team of the Big Ten West (and it wouldnít shock me if the Badgers beat Ohio St.). Auburn, the other team who tied for fourth, beat Kansas St., which could tie for the Big XII by beating Baylor this weekend. Otherwise, they could be used as an argument to put Baylor in the top 4. West Virginia, losers to Alabama, beat Baylor and lost to TCU (another top-4 possibility) by one point. I also donít dismiss Ole Missís win over Boise St.

I still canít explain Missouriís loss to Indiana except that apparently when they play badly they really play badly. They also lost to Georgia 34-0. Thatís a very unusual result for two teams that compete with one another for a division title all year, especially being that the loser of that game won the division and lost no other conference games.

Georgia and Missouri will probably occupy the top two non-CFP Bowls for the SEC, which are the Outback and CapitalOne Bowls.

Most predictions Iíve seen place LSU against an ACC opponent in the Belk Bowl (in Charlotte), the TaxSlayer Bowl (known as the Gator Bowl), or the Music City Bowl. We could have a nice reunion with former SEC West head coaches Bobby Petrino or David Cutcliffe, for instance. Not sure if ďniceĒ and ďPetrinoĒ belong in the same sentence, except in the sense that competitive teams are nice to watch.

The Big XII or Big Ten could also provide an opponent for LSU.

Mark Schlabach of ESPN changed his prediction of the Texas Bowl from Texas vs. Texas A&M (which has been widely predicted) to Texas vs. LSU. I wouldnít have a problem with that as an LSU fan; but as a general fan of the sport, I want to see that Texas/Texas A&M game. Iíd rather have a chance to beat a slightly better team than the Longhorns though. A Longhorn site is saying the SEC wonít allow such a game, but Iíve also heard from many neutral sources over the last couple of years it was Texas putting a stop to any game against the Aggies, so Iím skeptical.

Itís also possible the Gator Bowl could have a Big Ten team. Iíve seen Maryland and Minnesota suggested as possibilities within the last couple of weeks. Notre Dame was listed for that game at one point, but that was before they dropped the last two games.

Iím thinking what makes the most sense geographically would be Arkansas for the Independence Bowl, Tennessee for the Liberty Bowl, and South Carolina for the Music City Bowl. The Birmingham Bowl or Music City Bowl would also make sense for Tennessee, but then the Liberty Bowl or Independence Bowl could have less geographically favorable teams. LSU (I hope and most expect) will be a more highly-regarded team, as will the other top four teams on the SEC West, so it makes more sense for SEC East teams to travel slightly to the West.

I also mentioned in the previous blog that there may be three SEC West teams in the six major bowls (not counting the national-championship game).

If LSU does not go to the Belk Bowl, that would also be a good one for South Carolina, and maybe one of the others could grab Florida.

Speaking of LSU, I also wanted to mention Iím excited about the basketball team, but I might go into that more when there is a lag with the football games.

Mid-Week College Basketball Round Up - 12/4/19
Category: NCAA
Tags: CollegeBasketball BostonCollegeBasketball TennesseeLadyVols HartfordHawksWomensBasketball

Here's the latest results from the various college hoops teams that I follow.

Boston College Men - The Eagles improved to 3-3 on the season with a 79-61 victory over Marist. The team was led by Aaron Brown (19 points) and Dimitri Batten (17 points). The team got 9 points and a career high 9 assists from Olivier Hanlan. Patrick Heckmann added 8 points and 7 rebounds.

Photos from the game photo gallery of all four players are below (in order of mention above).

You can see game highlights below.

Catholic University - My former player Amber didn't see any action in her team's last two games, both losses. They lost 84-59 to the #1 ranked FDU-Florham and then dropped to 3-3 with a 67-59 loss to Susquehanna.

Hartford - The Hawks troubles continued as they closed out their road trip with a 49-43 loss to Dartmouth. The team shot just 14% from the floor in the first half of the game and that helped set off coach Jennifer Rizzotti. She got ejected with 7 seconds left in the first half. While Hartford outscored Dartmouth 24-17 in the second half, the rally fell short. They shot just 25.5% for the game.

Cherelle Moore had 12 points and 11 boards to lead the team while Amber Bepko added 11 points.

The Hawks are now 3-5.

Tennessee LADY VOLS - Tennessee suffered their first two game losing streak since December 2012 when they lost to Texas 72-59 to start off their week. The team shot just 35% for the game.

Bashaara Graves had a double double to lead UT with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Andraya Carter added 13 points and 7 boards. Jasmine Jones and Jordan Reynolds finished with 10 points apiece.

The Lady Vols got back on the winning side of things last night when they whalloped St. Francis (Pa.) 111-44. One stat that demonstrated just how dominant Tennessee was in the game was the rebounding. The Lady Vols held a 71-28 edge in that category..

Jaime Nared (pictured below 1st) scored 20 points to lead the offense. Jasmin Jones added 16 points and 8 boards while Cierra Burdick had 15 points and 10 boards. Bashaara Graves (pictured below 2nd)†scored 11 points and tallied 11 rebounds. Andraya Carter hit for 12 points and Alexa Middleton (pictured below 3rd) finished with 11 points and 7 rebounds.

(PHOTOS FROM TENNESSEE GAME PHOTO GALLERY)

Boston College Women - Thanks to the wonders of Internet technology, I watched the BC women play in the final of the Maine Black Bear Thanksgiving Tournament on Sunday. Sadly, what I saw was not a team that looks ready to compete in their conference schedule.

Despite outrebounding Maine 45-38 and leading by as many as 7 points during the course of the game, the Eagles ended up losing 69-64 in overtime. A big part of the loss was BC's seeming inability to defend Maine's three point shooting. The Black Bears went 10-30 from beyond the arc and each time they hit a shot, it looked to me as if the Eagles defenders were late getting to the shooter or didn't even bother.

The team's 22 turnovers led to 25 points for Maine.

BC shot just 28.6% in the second half of the game, and they were just 5-12 from the foul line. Sloppy defense overall and terrible passing made it painful to watch the game.

Kelly Hughes scored 16 points to lead the Eagles. She and Emilee Daley (10 points) were named to the All-Tournament team. Karima Gabriel looked good in the early going and she finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Nicole Boudreau finished with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Ashley Kelsick grabbed 7 boards but led the team with 5 turnovers as well.

A brief recap on the game with coach Erik Johnson afterwards can be seen below.

On Monday, coach†Johnson had his weekly press conference and you can see that below.

Then came last night's game against Indiana in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge series. The Eagles trailed most of the game, rallied to make things close but ended up falling short 76-67. Kelly Hughes again led the team as she scored 10 points to go with 8 rebounds. Karima Gabriel also scored 10 points. Kat Cooper (pictured below 1st) had 9 points and a season high 8 rebounds while Nicole Boudreau (pictured below 2nd) scored 9 points and had 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

(Photos from BC Game Photo Gallery)

The Eagles are now 4-3 on the season.

Postgame pressers from the coach and Nicole Boudreau are below.

Mid-Week College Basketball Update 11/20/14
Category: NCAA
Tags: NCAA CollegeBasketball BostonCollegeEaglesBasketball TennesseeLadyVols MissouriStateBearsWomensBasketball HartfordHawksWomensBasketball

Because there will always be a huge amount of college basketball recaps and news to talk about in any given week, I'm going to try to post a mid-week blog entry to keep things a bit lighter in my Sunday Musings column.

Before I get into talking about the specific teams I follow, here's an in-depth look†at Michigan men's basketball coach John Beilein.

Also, Mount Saint Joseph University's Lauren Hill has now raised $324,000 for cancer research.

Catholic University - The Division 3 school in Washington, DC has one of my former players on the team this season. Her name is Amber and this is her freshman year. Here's her pic from her player profile page on the team's web page:

The team has played three games so far this year. They beat Messiah 57-46 and St. Mary's (Md.) 66-47 in games that Amber didn't play. She played in the third game, their first loss of the season (63-36 to Salisbury). She saw 3 minutes of playing time but didn't make an impact on the stat line.

Boston College Men - The Eagles led by 8 points at halftime in their game against UMass but gave up 47 2nd half points to the Minutemen and lost 71-62. The loss evened their record at 1-1.

UMass had a field day at the foul line. They hit 31 out of 46 attempts. Boston College was 17-27. Strangely enough, UMass failed to hit any of the 3 shots from three point range. BC was 5-21 from long range. The Eagles also committed 18 turnovers (Olivier Hanlan and Patrick Heckmann had 6 TOs apiece).

Hanlan (pictured below)†led the Eagles with 18 points. Aaron Brown added 12 points. Heckmann scored 7 points and led BC with 8 rebounds.

Tennessee LADY VOLS - Tennessee rolled to 2-0 with a 91-39 blowout victory over Oral Roberts.

The Lady Vols got 21 points from Ariel Massengale (pictured below)†and 20 points from Nia Moore. Moore, who added 9 rebounds, has gotten a little early season buzz thanks to her strong offensive performances in the team's first two games.

Bashaara Graves had a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards. Kortney Dunbar scored 10 points and grabbed 6 points. Jordan Reynolds (pictured below)†finished with 5 points, 7 assists and 7 steals.

(Photos from UT Game Photo Gallery)

Hartford - The Hawks improved to 2-0 with their 75-63 defeat of Central Connecticut. Amber Bepko scored 20 points (the fifth 20 point performance of her career) to lead Hartford. Deanna Mayza had 10 points and Cherelle Moore finished with 8 points and a team high 8 rebounds.

Missouri State - The Lady Bears dropped their second consecutive game to start the season. They lost to Arkansas-Little Rock 61-48 despite a 19 point performance from Kenzie Williams.

The team shot just 3-11 from the foul line and saw their 27 turnovers turned into 28 points for Arkansas-Little Rock.

Freshman Liza Fruendt had 14 points and Hillary Chvatal (2 points) grabbed a career high 11 rebounds.

Boston College Women - †Before their second game of the season, the BC women had a walkthrough session.

The women's team found themselves down by 13 points during the game but they ended up rallying back and captured their first victory of the season 82-72 over St. Mary's (Ca.). The Eagles 11-38 three point shooting was a big factor in their win.

The team's offensive attack was keyed by Kelly Hughes (see photo below of her on defense). She scored a career high 24 points and added 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Nicole Boudreau added 15 points and 9 boards.

(Photo from St. Mary's Game Photo Gallery)

Kat Cooper (pictured below) added 13 points and 6 rebounds.

Ashley Kelsick†(pic below 1st)†added 8 points and Karima Gabriel (pic below 2nd)†chipped in with 7 points and 6 boards.

(All other photos from BC Facebook Photo Gallery)

Here's a brief video of coach Erik Johnson talking about the win.

By the way, Kelly Hughes joined men's basketball player Olivier Hanlan being honored as Eagles of the Week.

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