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Smooth sailing for Mariners
• Mitchell College freshman forward Caycee Williams received New England Collegiate Conference Rookie of the Week honors in women's basketball on Monday. She averaged 14.7 points, 10 rebounds, 2.3 steals and two blocks in three conference wins last week.
Williams helped the Mariners avenge their only conference loss, beating Elms College, 57-50, on Saturday. She had 16 points and 11 rebounds for her team leading sixth double-double this season. The Mariners (8-7, 8-1) have won six straight to move into second place in the conference, trailing leader Regis College (12-4, 9-0). The two teams play on Feb. 6 in New London.
• The top two men's basketball teams in the NECC meet tonight when first-place Mitchell (11-3, 7-0) hosts Southern Vermont (11-5, 5-2) at 6 p.m. at Yarnall Athletic Center. The Mariners are riding a nine-game winning streak. The game also will pit Mitchell's Joshua Ford (22.7 points per game) and Southern Vermont's DeShawn Hamlet (19.2), who rank first and second, respectively, in scoring in the conference.
Tracking the Bears
• The Coast Guard Academy men's basketball team is making progress. The Bears won consecutive games for the first time since November of 2011 when they beat Sarah Lawrence (67-53) on Sunday and Clark (63-60) Saturday. The victories snapped a seven-game losing streak. Junior David Anderson is the only player averaging in double figures, scoring 11.7 points. He also averages a team-best 5.7 rebounds for the Bears, who are 4-11 overall, 1-3 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference.
• For the second time in two months, the women's basketball team beat Babson, the four-time defending regular season champion, on Sunday. The Bears posted a 71-65 win. It is the first time that CGA has swept the season series.
The victory sets up a NEWMAC showdown at league-leading Wellesley on Wednesday night. Sophomore Torie Sutherland, whose basket with about a minute left put the Bears ahead for good in the first meeting, is the team's leading scorer at 12.7 points per game. Wellesley (12-3, 9-1) holds a slim lead over Coast Guard (13-2, 9-2) and Wheaton (13-3, 8-3).
• Senior Mason Lopez was a bright spot for the men's basketball team last week in two losses. He averaged 21 points, 3.5 rebounds and two steals and had a career-high 27 points against Middlebury on Sunday. The Camels are 7-7 overall, 1-2 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Senior Matt Vadas, who has 1,497 career points, is chasing school-record holder Kareem Tatum (1,656). He is averaging 19.9 points and 6.2 rebounds while ranking first in the conference in made 3-pointers per game with 3.2.
• The women's basketball team is looking to build on its recent success. The Camels (10-6, 2-1) have won six of their last seven games. Junior point guard Carlee Smith of Willimantic was a sparkplug in wins over Middlebury and Rivier University last week, averaging 20 points, 5.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and two steals. Senior Tara Gabelman leads the NESCAC in rebounds at 12.1 per game and ranks fourth in scoring at 15.6.
• In men's hockey, Conn (3-10-1, 2-6) hosts Trinity College (13-2, 9-2) on Saturday night in an important conference game. The Camels are tied for eighth and trying to stay in the hunt for a conference postseason berth.
• Senior Courtney Dumont continues to add her all-time scoring total for the women's hockey program. She has 45 goals and 28 assists for 73 points. The Camels are 6-6-3, 1-4-3.
• Senior All-American Michael LeDuc ran a school-record time of 8:23.56 while winning the 3,000 meters at the Tufts University Invitational Saturday. His time also ranked him first on the national performance list. Ian Rathkey, a senior from Old Lyme, finished first in the 600 dash in 1:25.10, qualifying for the New England Division III and ECAC Championships.
Around the region
• UConn senior Bria Hartley was named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week after averaging 23.5 points, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds in wins over No. 7 Baylor and No. 23 Rutgers. She had a career-high 30 points Sunday at Rutgers.
• Alexa Long, a senior from Waterford, has four points and six rebounds in the St. Michael's College women's basketball team's 71-53 loss to the University of New Haven last week.
• Eastern Connecticut State junior Shannen Barnard of Niantic and East Lyme High won all three of her individual races and swam the second leg of the winning 200 medley relay during a 148-105 win over UMass-Dartmouth on Saturday. Barnard, a transfer from Southern Connecticut, won the 50 breaststroke, 100 breastroke and 100 individual medley, setting a personal best of 1:07.95 in the 100 IM.
• Fitch graduate Christian Berg, a freshman at Southern Connecticut State University, was recently named Northeast 10 Rookie of the Week in men's swimming. In a meet against Marist on Jan. 12, Berg recorded the top times in the conference in the 100 backstroke (52.15) and 200 backstroke (1:52.28).
• UConn senior Shabazz Napier earned a spot on the AAC weekly honor roll for the sixth time this season. He scored a career-high 30 points in Saturday's 76-64 loss to No. 18 Louisville in Storrs and had 17 points and 10 assists in Thursday's 83-73 win at No. 17 Memphis. Napier leads the Huskies in scoring (16.8), rebounds (6.1), assists (5.9), steals (2.0) and minutes (34.8) per game.
• UConn will play four home games at Norwich's Dodd Stadium this spring. The Huskies will play Bryant on April 4 at 3 p.m., Stony Brook on April 5 at 4 p.m. and Bryant again on April 6 at 4 p.m. The Huskies, who won the Big East tournament in their final season a year ago to qualify for the NCAA tournament, will also face Rhode Island at Dodd on May 13 at 11 a.m.
- Gavin Keefe