Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week Five)
WORCESTER, Mass. – Another week of college basketball in Worcester is in the books and below is this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll.
Men’s Player of the Week: Sam Longwell (WPI) – The junior guard averaged 24 points and 6.5 rebounds as the nationally-ranked Engineers won a pair of contests last week. The junior poured in a career-best 26 points and chipped in with six rebounds as WPI went on the road to defeat Colby-Sawyer 85-66. Longwell then led all players with 22 points, while sharing team-high honors with seven boards, in the Crimson and Gray’s 88-69 victory over Keene State. For the week he shot 65.5% from the floor and 54.5% from 3-point land as he totaled 48 minutes in just 50 minutes of action.
Women’s Player of the Week: Trafficia Warburton (Anna Maria) – The junior forward averaged 24 points, 11.7 rebounds, 4 steals and two assists over the seven day span. On the road at Wheelock College the forward poured in 26 points, grabbed 13 boards and made four steals in the 72-55 victory. Versus WPI, Warburton was one rebound shy of a double-double, handling 9 caroms and contributing a team-high 17 points. In the week’s final match-up vs. Elms College, Warburton posted a match-high 29 points and 13 rebounds in a 72-49 whitewashing for the AMCATs, who picked up their fifth win of the season.
Women’s Rookie of the Week: Tess Nogueira (WPI) – The first-year forward stuffed the stat sheets with eight points, seven rebounds, two assists, a pair of steals and a block in a 51-43 WACBA victory over Anna Maria.
Shannon Ray (Assumption) – In a 69-62 win over Southern New Hampshire, the senior guard led the Hounds with 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists as Assumption has now won three of its last four games.
Nick DaPrato (Clark) – The senior guard/forward was magnificent again in the Cougars’ lone contest of the week, racking up 31 points, eight rebounds and five steals as Clark dispatched city rival Worcester State, 63-58. DaPrato shot 50 percent from the field (12-for-24) and a perfect 5-for-5 from the charity stripe. During a key stretch in the contest when the Cougars’ took the lead for good midway through the first half, DaPrato scored ten straight points en route to his second game this season with 30 points or more and fifth with 20 or more.
Dani Davis (WPI) – The junior guard paced all scorers with 17 points as WPI defeated Worcester County foe Anna Maria 51-43
Brendan Rios (Worcester State) – The junior averaged 14 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in an 0-2 week for the Lancers, including 10 points, six boards and five assists in a 63-58 setback to Clark University and a game-best 18 points in the 91-49 loss to Springfield College.
Meaghan Burns (Worcester State) – The senior averaged 12.5 points in an 0-2 week for the Lancers, including a contest-best 19 points in a 54-40 loss to Springfield College.