Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Weekly Report (Feb. 4–10)
With another week of college basketball in Worcester officially in the books, here’s this week’s WACBA Rookies of the Week, Players of the Week and Honor Roll.
Quick Note: player summaries are courtesy of the college’s sports information department.
Men’s Rookie of the Week: Zack Karalis (WPI) Fr., Guard, North Andover, MA – The NEWMAC’s top 3-pointer shooter continued his strong rookie season by scoring 17 points in a NEWMAC triumph against Wheaton. The freshman drained three of his four 3-pointers as the Engineers pushed their season-opening winning streak to 22 games.
Men’s Player of the Week: Anthony Click (Anna Maria College) Sr., Forward, Springfield, MA – Click averaged 17.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.0 steals for the AMCATS as they extended their conference winning streak to 14 games with road wins at Suffolk University and Rivier University. In 38 minutes at Suffolk the senior’s stat sheet read and astounding: 17 points (6-for-13), 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 7 steals and 2 blocks. In a 60-57 win vs. Rivier, Click notched a game-high 18 points and 8 rebounds; he was a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe including the game-winning basket with 1:51 remaining.
Women’s Player of the Week: Ashley Cooper (Holy Cross) Soph., Forward, Colts Neck, N.J. – Against Lehigh, Cooper helped Holy Cross rally to earn an important conference win. She finished with 19 points, three rebounds, three steals, as well as one assists and one block. Her 19 points was a career-best off the bench, (she finished 6 of 7 from beyond the arc), while her three steals were a career-best, too. Also, her block was the first of the season. Cooper’s six trifectas was the fourth most three-pointers by a member of the Crusaders in one game.
Ronson Quick (Assumption College) Sr., Forward, Marlton, NJ – Quick averaged 17 points, seven rebounds and one assist while shooting 53.8 percent from the field. After a 15-point, seven-rebound showing at home vs. Southern Connecticut, Quick posted 19 points and seven rebounds on 8-for-10 shooting in a road win at Le Moyne.
Gabrielle Gibson (Assumption College) Sr., Guard, Amityville, NY – Gibson averaged 20.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals while shooting 38.5 percent from three-point land. After a 24-point effort at home vs. Southern Connecticut, Gibson posted 17 points, four assists and three steals in a road win at Le Moyne.
Yahmad Rountree (Becker College) Fr., Forward, Waterbury, CT – In a 1-1 week for the Hawks, the first-year averaged 19.5 points per game. He scored a team-high 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in a 75-64 win over Southern Vermont.
Marco Coppola (WPI) Soph., Guard, Watertown, MA – Coppola averaged 20.5 points as the second ranked Engineers split a pair of NEWMAC contests. The sophomore opened the week by sharing team-high honors with 17 points and the Crimson and Gray closed out the regular season home schedule with a victory over Wheaton. The co-captain led all players with 24 points, including four 3-pointers; in a road loss Sunday to regionally ranked Springfield.
Kelly Morgan (WPI) Jr., Guard, Brookline, NH – Kelly Morgan from the women’s basketball team has been honored as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 10th. Morgan helped WPI secure yet another spot in the NEWMAC Tournament by chipping in with eight points in a road win at Mount Holyoke. Later in the week, the junior sharpshooter tossed in a game-best 12 points in an overtime loss to Wellesley, including canning 4-of-6 attempts from behind the 3-point arc. For the week, Morgan connected on 6-of-9 of her 3-point attempts.
Robert Hunter (Worcester State) Jr., Forward, St. Louis, MO – Registered 18 points and five boards in a 64-58 setback against Fitchburg State.
Meaghan O’Keefe (Worcester State) Sr., Forward, Warren, MA – Posted 14th double-double of the season with a career-best 29 points to go with 12 rebounds in a 71-46 triumph over Fitchburg State. O’Keefe is currently seventh in Division III in total rebounds (296) and ninth in average rebounding (12.9 RPG) while she is one of four in New England and one of 16 nationally with 14 double-doubles to her credit this season.