GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Women’s Basketball Heads to Vermont for TD Bank Classic Saturday and Sunday

The TD Bank classic
Stonehill College travels to Burlington, Vermont to compete in the TD Bank Classic hosted by the University of Vermont this weekend. The Skyhawks open against host Vermont on Saturday afternoon before meeting either Oakland University or Siena College on Sunday afternoon. The Skyhawks are looking to build on their first NCAA Division I win with their 62-35 win over Hartford on Monday in Easton, Mass. Vermont scored a 60-37 win over Army West Point here at Patrick High School. Oakland head into the weekend after falling back against the BIG10 opposition on two consecutive occasions, including an 84-55 setback against Illinois on Monday, while Siena lost 92-73 to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

media information
This weekend’s games will be streamed live on ESPN3 Bernie Cieplicki calling the action. Saturday’s game against the University of Vermont will be broadcast on radio on WVMT 96.3 FM and 620 AM Ryan Zimmerman when calling. On Sunday, radio coverage of Siena would be broadcast on WVCR 88.3 FM in the Capitol New York area or via the iHeart Radio app Steve Amedi when calling.

Classic history of TD Bank
The TD Bank Classic has earned a reputation as one of the top tournaments of the season in women’s basketball. In recent years teams such as Tennessee, NC State, Auburn, Louisville, Vanderbilt and St. John’s have competed in the tournament, along with coaches Pat Summitt and Kay Yow. The TD Bank Classic also features 10 alumni who went on to play in the WNBA. Vermont has won the tournament title seven times, most recently in 2011. In the 2021-22 season, the Catamounts fell to Bucknell in championship play.

against the field
Stonehill will play Vermont for the first time in program history and then either Oakland or Siena. However, Stonehill and Vermont played a show prior to the 2013-14 season where the Skyhawks earned a 74-69 triumph here at Patrick High School. Stonehill played a former MAAC member (which includes Siena) and fell 77-53 at Fairfield on November 18. Stonehill is 1-1 all-time against teams from Michigan (Oakland) and earned an 84-63 win over Saginaw Valley State University at Merkert Gym in 2005 but conceded an 87-64 decision to Grand Valley State in Daytona in 2019 Beach, Florida, fall.

This is supposed to be an exhibition
While this afternoon marks the first official meeting between Stonehill and Vermont, the Skyhawks posses a 74-69 exhibition win over Vermont early in the 2013-14 season. Maria Louise Dixon led four Stonehill players in double figures with a game-high 26 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field and 9-of-13 shooting from the free-throw line to go with six rebounds, six assists and four steals. Jordan Eisler was the only Vermont player in double figures with a team-high 17 points on 6-of-13 shots from the field, including 4-for-5s from three-point range, with four rebounds and two steals.

Historic victory
Stonehill earned his first victory at the NCAA Division I level with Monday’s 62-35 win at Merkert Gym in the program’s second Division I home game over the Division I Independent University of Hartford. The Skyhawks’ first win comes in their fifth game at the Division I level after announcing they had accepted an invitation to join Northeast Conference on April 5th.

A double double
fifth year Sophie Glidden (Scarborough, Maine) scored Stonehill’s first double-double of the season Monday with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Hartford, marking the first double-double of her career (64 games). second grader Maureen Stapleton (Spring Lake Heights, NJ) had a career-best 13 rebounds in the win, marking her second double-digit rebounding performance of the season (third career).

A just reward
Junior striker after three injury-plagued years at Stonehill Cameron Ward (Bound Brook, NJ) made her first collegiate start for the Skyhawks Monday night against Hartford. She responded by totaling six points, three rebounds and two assists of her career in 19 minutes as the Skyhawks earned their first NCAA Division I win over the Hawks.

glass plus
Stonehill has overtaken three of his top five opponents this season and leads the NEC with a +5.4/g rebound margin. The Skyhawks share the NEC lead with an average of 42.6 rebounds per game this season, including a conference-best 33.0 defensive boards per game, while tied for fourth with 9.6 offensive rebounds per game.

Stonehill leads the NEC in field goal percent defense and keeps his first five opponents at 36 percent shooting. The Skyhawks rank second in the NEC when it comes to scoring defense, allowing 58.0 points per game as one of three in the conference that keep opponents under 60 points per game. Stonehill is also fourth in three-point percent defense (.226).

Glidden paints the glass
fifth year Sophie Glidden (Scarborough, Maine) leads the NEC with her team-high 8.6 rebounds per game — ranking fourth among all Division I players in New England. She tore down 12 planks in each of Stonehill’s first two games in Lehigh and Providence and earned her first career double-double with 14 points and 10 planks against Hartford on Monday. She ranks sixth in the NEC with 2.3 offensive boards per game, followed by 6.0 defensive rebounds per game to earn second place.

Keep it up Mo!
second grader Maureen Stapleton (Spring Lake Heights, NJ) ranks fourth among the NEC rebounding leaders behind his teammate Sophie Glidden (Scarborough, Maine) at 8.2 per game after their career-best 13 against Hartford on Monday. She’s hit double-digit rebounds in two games (three careers) this season.

in transition

Stonehill announced that it had accepted an invitation to join Northeast Conference and begin a four-year transition to full NCAA Division I membership on April 5. The Skyhawks began their four-year transition on July 1 and will achieve full NCAA Division I membership in 2026-27. At the NEC meetings in June, conference presidents announced a shift in the waiting time for automatic qualifying sports from competing for NEC post-season championships from four to two years, making Stonehill eligible to compete in the NEC post-season beginning in 2024-25.

proud story
Stonehill has won the Northeast-10 Presidents’ Cup six times and has finished in the top three in Final 15 for the past 17 years. Stonehill was one of only ten institutions nationwide to receive the NCAA Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Achievement, of athletic departments with an Academic Success rating of 90 percent or better in each of the first ten years of the program’s existence. The college is ranked 98th in the National Liberal Arts Schools category by US News & World Report and 94th in the Best Value category.

hoop story
Stonehill women’s basketball has received 26 bids for NCAA Division II tournaments in its history, the last of which was halted in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic. Stonehill was a founding member of the Northeast-10 Conference and is the only program to have competed in all 40 NE10 tournaments before moving to Division I this summer, whose most recent appearance culminates in a 13th finals appearance in March. Stonehill has won the NE10 tournament six times, with an additional ten championships in the regular season. Stonehill made the NCAA Division II Elite Eight three times, most recently in 2018, and reached the 1995 Division II National Semifinals.

Pre-season predictions
Stonehill was selected to place ninth in his first Northeast Conference season by the league’s head coaches. Wagner received six first-place votes to lead the preseason rankings, followed by Fairleigh Dickenson with two first-place votes. St. Francis Brooklyn is third while Saint Francis (Pa.) is fourth with the remaining vote in first place.

hard slate
Stonehill compiled a robust non-conference roster in its inaugural Division I season, with opponents from the Patriot League (2 – Lehigh, Holy Cross), Big East (1 – Providence), America East (3 – Vermont, New Hampshire, Bryant) . ), MAC (1 – Buffalo), MAAC (1 – Fairfield) and CAA (1 – Northeastern) to prepare for its opening Northeast Conference Schedule beginning just after the New Year.

Stonehill Fifth Year Forward Sophie Glidden (Scarborough, Maine) was named a finalist for the national Teammate of the Year award by Team IMPACT, a national nonprofit organization that signs children with serious illnesses and disabilities through a unique multi-year program on collegiate athletic teams across the country. Glidden was nominated by six-year-old Ariel, a child from nearby Holbrook who suffers from a genetic disorder called Rett Syndrome. Glidden was one of five finalists from across the country for the Teammate of the Year award.

get social
Stonehill Athletics fans and media have multiple social media channels to receive updates on all 21 varsity programs. that of the department Facebook Page is and you can also follow @GoStonehill on Twitter and @stonehillskyhawks over Instagram! Stonehill women’s basketball is also popular Facebook at, Twitter and Instagram by following @stonehillwbb. You can even follow the head coach Trish Brown on Twitter via @CoachTB_SC.

Stonehill meets either Oakland University or Siena College tomorrow on the final day of the TD Bank Classic hosted by Vermont. Stonehill will be next in action after this weekend next Saturday, December 3 when it visits the University of New Hampshire for an out-of-conference matchup at 1 p.m. Stonehill returns to Merkert Gym on Wednesday, December 14 for a three-game homestand to end 2022 against UAlbany at 6:00 p.m