New month, new links:
Women’s Basketball | Locked down: top-notch defense carries Jumbos into NCAA tournament (via Tufts Daily)
As Tuesday’s practice wrapped up with some scrimmaging, Berube stood on the sideline, a paper folded hot-dog style in her shorts, hands clasped behind her back. After a particularly lackluster defensive effort from her starters, Berube barked at those wearing black practice jerseys to pick up their defense. It was a verbal energy shot; the starters swarmed post entries and clogged passing lanes. They just needed a little nudge to return to the Jumbos’ way.
Three minutes into a later scrimmage littered with shot clock violations and steals, Berube ordered her players to look at the scoreboard.
It read 0-0. Continue reading
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Happy Leap Year. Here’s a batch of links, including the all-NESCAC basketball teams after the jump:
Women’s Basketball | Amherst has sights set on repeat title (via Tufts Daily)
The Amherst women’s basketball team is in the midst of a remarkable run on par with some of the best ever seen in Div. III sports. In the past few years, the Lord Jeffs have not only established themselves as the perennial team to beat in the NESCAC but have also become the top Div. III team in the nation. In defeating Tufts on Sunday, defending national champion Amherst extended its winning streak to 46 games overall and 63 straight at home while clinching their third straight NESCAC championship and further cementing their position as the class of the conference.
Despite the team’s dominance in recent years, the man behind the magic remains hungry as ever. Coach G.P. Gromacki, currently in his fifth season at the helm of the Amherst women’s basketball program, wants to avoid feeling content. Instead, he chooses to focus on building from each victory, treating each game as a steppingstone towards — as he puts it — “something bigger.” Continue reading
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Another day, another batch of links. Let’s go:
Women’s Basketball | Mules snubbed from NCAA Tournament (via Morning Sentinel)
WATERVILLE — Most of the Colby women’s basketball team was gathered in the trophy room, just a short walk from the court at Wadsworth Gymnasium.
But what happens when you’re waiting to find out where to go, and it turns out to be nowhere?
That’s what the Mules faced Monday afternoon as they watched the NCAA Division III selection show. The teams were revealed in groups of eight and, when all 64 teams had been listed, Colby — despite a 19-7 overall record and the sixth-toughest schedule in the country — was not one of them.
Colby senior Jil Vaughan nervously buried her head in her hands before the final eight teams were shown, but when it became obvious Colby’s season was over, everyone in the room was speechless.
“They were in shock,” Colby coach Julie Veilleux said a few hours later. “They might still be in shock right now, to be honest. I know they’re hurting inside. I know they’re upset.” Continue reading
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The champions have been crowned and NCAA bids are on the horizon. Check back later today once the basketball fields have been announced for full NESCAC analysis, but let’s get to the links ASAP:
NESCAC Sports | A weekend four-bagger for Amherst (via MassLive.com)
Ice Hockey | ECAC East/NESCAC wrap: Feb. 27 (via USCHO.com)
Women’s Basketball | Lord forbid: Amherst cracks down in second half to earn title (via Tufts Daily)
An upset appeared on the horizon at halftime. Minutes later, the opportunity vanished.
Coming off back-to-back dominant efforts in its first two playoff games, the women’s basketball team lost to No. 1 Amherst in the finals of the NESCAC tournament yesterday afternoon. Despite a great first-half performance, in which the Jumbos kept pace with the undefeated Lord Jeffs, the visitors collapsed in the second period, ultimately losing 65-39. The Jumbos had not allowed that many points since their second game of the season on Nov. 20. Continue reading
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Champions will be crowned this weekend, and links will be had right now.
Men’s Basketball | So long, farewell to the Jumbos’ sixth man (via Tufts Daily)
Long blames his lack of free-throw success on his running inner dialogue. He admits that with the leadership role came constant responsibility and worry for the team’s performance, and that he often found it hard to clear his head of strategizing thoughts.
“Free throws are such a mental thing,” Long said. “I just think I always have trouble getting to the line and removing myself. I struggled with that the last few seasons because so much of my game is thinking and being smart. I was never a good free-throw shooter in high school either, but it wasn’t a duck-and-cover kind of thing.”
Some people still have faith that Long’s free-throw shooting will improve in his post-college career.
“[Assistant] coach Chad Onofrio says that they’re bound to start falling … that I’m going to be the best men’s league free-throw shooter of all time.”
“His mother taught him how to shoot free throws,” Sheldon joked. “Put that in the article.” Continue reading
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