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: Write-ups courtesy of the college’s sports information department.
Men’s Rookie of the Week: Zack Karalis (WPI) Fr., Guard, North Andover, MA: Karalis tossed in a career-best 25 points in WPI’s NEWMAC regular season title clinching victory over Clark. The freshman helped WPI complete the comeback over the Cougars with 14 points in the final five minutes.
Men’s Player of the Week: Tim Beinert (Assumption College) Sr., Forward, Bellerose Village, NY: Beinert averaged a double-double with 14.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game last week while shooting 54.5 percent from the field. He also added two blocks; two steals and one assist per game. Beinert began the week with a 13-point, 10-rebound showing at New Haven, including a tip-in at the buzzer to force OT. He then posted 16 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks in a home win over Adelphi.
Women’s Player of the Week: Hayley Zophin (Nichols College) Sr., Forward, Framingham, MA: The nation’s No. 8 rebounder at 13.0 rebounds per game, Zophin scored a career-high 27 points in her final collegiate game, a 76-63 win at Gordon on Saturday afternoon. She also snared 11 rebounds en route to her 16th double-double of the season.
Alex Smith (Holy Cross) Jr., Guard, Delran, NJ: Smith finished the week with 28 points, seven assists, seven caroms and one steal in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders. The New Jersey native tallied a game-high 20 points against American, won the Winter Homecoming MVP honors, and tied for a season-high eight field goals, too.
Gabrielle Gibson (Assumption College) Sr., Guard, Amityville, NY: In a 2-0 week, Gibson averaged 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game. She began the week with a career-high 32 points to go along with 11 rebounds for the double-double in a road win at New Haven. She followed that with 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals in a home win over Adelphi. She now sits in fourth place on the Assumption all-time scoring list with 1,480 points.
Katie Pryor (Anna Maria College) Soph., Guard, Whitinsville, MA: Pryor had a career week for the AMCATS. The sophomore guard averaged 21.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists en route to a 2-1 week for Anna Maria. In the AMCATS first GNAC win of the season vs. Lasell College, Pryor poured in a career-high 27 points shooting a terrific 50% (8-of-16) from the field including 3 FG’s from beyond the arc. Anna Maria picked up a second GNAC win in the season finale against Mount Ida; Pryor had a game high 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
Ryan Kolb (WPI) Jr., Forward, Southington, CT: Kolb averaged 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds as the fifth-ranked Engineers went 1-1 on the week and in the process, secured the top seed and hosting rights for next week’s NEWMAC Tournament. Kolb capped a 12-0 run with seven straight points as WPI turned around a seven point deficit to a 15 point victory against Clark.
Cindy Chelius (WPI) Sr., Center, Northfield, NJ: Chelius registered a career-high 17 points to help the Engineers clinch a home game in the NEWMAC Tournament and provide her head coach Cherise Galasso with her 200th win at WPI with a 59-49 road victory at Coast Guard.
Alex Lopez (Worcester State) Fr., Guard, Springfield, MA: Averaged 11.6 points, 6.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds in a 2-1 week for Worcester State including 11 points and eight points in 78-77 overtime loss to Bridgewater State, 14 points, four rebounds and four assists in a 73-73 overtime triumph (scored six of 12 points in OT) and 10 points and seven helpers in an 89-75 victory over Fisher.
Robert Hunter (Worcester State) Jr., Forward St. Louis, MO: Averaged 20.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals in a 2-1 week for Worcester State including 20 points and 10 caroms in a 76-73 overtime victory at Salem State to help the Blue and Gold achieve their first victory in Salem since 1984-85 season. Hunter also netted a season-best 29 points in a 78-77 extra session setback to Bridgewater State and shot .528 from the field for the week (28-53).
Meaghan Burns (Worcester State) Jr., Guard, N. Brookfield, MA: Averaged 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, three steals and 2.5 blocks in a 1-1 week for Worcester State including 14 points, eight boards and a trio of rejections in a 59-47 victory over Salem State to help Lancers secure second-seed and first-round bye in this week’s MASCAC Tournament.