Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Weekly Report (Feb. 18-24)
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: Zach Karalis (WPI) Fr., Guard, North Andover, MA: With roughly two seconds remaining in the second session, the first-year followed a shot by Aaron Davis and recorded a reverse layup to seal a 66-64 victory against Babson College in the NEWMAC semifinals on Saturday. Karalis finished the game with 10 points and four boards. On Sunday against Springfield College in the conference tournament’s championship, he added 12 points and four rebounds to help the Engineers to a 79-72-overtime victory, along with their first conference crown since 2006.
Men’s Player of the Week: Ryan Kolb (WPI) Jr., Forward, Southington, CT: Kolb netted a career-best 29 points against Springfield College in the NEWMAC championship, which helped the Engineers defeat the Pride in overtime. Excluding his point total, he also recorded six boards, three steals and two assists. Against Babson College in the semifinals on Saturday, he finished with 16 points, three rebounds, as well as one assist and one steal.
Women’s Rookie of the Week: Molly Hourigan (Holy Cross) Fr., Center, Memphis, NY: Hourigan enjoyed her best week of the season by sinking all four shots against Lafayette, while snagging six rebounds and recording three blocks in her team’s victory. Against Buckell she scored a career-high 16 points and hauled in a team-best seven rebounds. According to this week’s notes, Hourigan leads the Crusaders with 23 blocks this season.
Women’s Player of the Week: Gabrielle Gibson (Assumption College) Sr., Guard, Amityville, NY: In another 2-0 week for Assumption, Gibson averaged 24.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting 50 percent from three-point land (8-for-16) and 1.000 from the free throw line (9-for-9). She began the week with 31 points, four assists and six three-pointers in a home win over Saint Rose, followed by 18 points, six rebounds and three assists at Pace as she moved into a tie for third on the Assumption all-time scoring list at 1,529 points.
Brisje Malone (Holy Cross) Jr., Guard, Springfield, MA: Against Bucknell she registered her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 assists, which helped the Crusaders dismantle the Bison in Worcester. Malone finished 6 of 11 from the field against Lafayette with 15 points, eight assists, four rebounds and two steals. Her 10 assists against the Bison were a season-high.
Kevin Donahue (Assumption College) GS, Guard, Pawcatuck, CT: In another 2-0 week for the Hounds, Donahue averaged 17 points and two rebounds last week while shooting 44.4 percent from three-point land as he hit 8-of-18 attempts. After a 14-point effort in a home win over Saint Rose, Donahue led the Hounds with 20 points in a road win at Pace.
Theresa Logan (WPI) Sr., Forward, Southborough, MA: Logan finished the week by tallying her 1,000 point during her team’s setback to Babson College in the NEWMAC semifinals on Saturday. She finished her final game in an Engineers uniform with 11 points and now ranks 16th on WPI’s all-time scoring list with 1,010 points. Against Coast Guard in the conference tournament’s quarterfinals, she netted 11 of her 13 points in the second stanza, which lifted the Engineers past the Bears in Worcester.
Dane Jobst (Worcester State) Jr., Forward, Athol, MA: Finished with his 18th double-double of the season with 24 points and 12 rebounds in an 86-78 setback to Salem State in the MASCAC Quarterfinals. Jobst, who is top 10 in the NCAA Division III in average and total rebounding, finished their setback against the Vikings 13-for-13 from the charity stripe. Jobst is also ranked second in Division III in double doubles, fifth in average rebounding (12.1 RPG) and sixth in total rebounds (314).
Meaghan O’Keefe (Worcester State) Sr., Forward, Warren, MA: Notched game-highs of 11 points and 13 rebounds in a 45-36 setback to Westfield State in the MASCAC Quarterfinals. Finished the season with the third highest total rebounding sum (411), the sixth-most points (411) and the fourth-most boards in club history (757).