Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week Eight)
WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the Worcester area in the books, it’s time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll.
Men’s Player of the Week: Domenick Mastascusa (WPI) – The junior forward came off the bench to spark WPI by shooting an eye-popping 84.6% from the floor in a pair of victories last week. Mastascusa tallied 15 points in both contests, a 66-62 home win against Babson and a 64-50 road victory at Emerson. For the week, Mastascusa drained 11-of-13 field goals and added five rebounds and a pair of steals.
Men’s Rookie of the Week: Marcus Murray (Assumption) – The first-year guard averaged 12.5 points, five rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in a 1-1 week. Murray posted 20 points in a 60-42-road win at Adelphi.
Women’s Player of the Week: Raquel Scott (Holy Cross) – The sophomore forward led the Crusaders last week by averaging a double-double of 19.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. She began the week with 15 points, five rebounds and three steals versus Army. Scott followed that up with her Patriot League-leading eighth double-double of the season versus Lehigh as she had game-highs of 23 points and 16 rebounds (ties a career-best). She shot 50.0 percent from the field (14 of 28) and drained 77.0 percent from the free throw line (10 of 13).
Kelly Conley (Assumption) – In a 1-1 week, the sophomore guard averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. She shot 64.3 percent from the field and 92.3 percent from the free throw line. Conley posted 12 points in a one-point home win over Le Moyne, along with 19 points and a 9-for-9 showing from the free throw line in a 95-93 road loss at No. 21 Adelphi.
Devon Spirka (Nichols) – The senior guard averaged 17.5 ppg and 6.5 rpg in a pair of games last week for the Bison. After scoring 12 points at Endicott on Wednesday, Spirka poured in a career-high 23 points in Saturday’s win over Wentworth. The senior captain knocked down four 3-pointers and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe to go along with seven rebounds, five assists and two steals in 38 minutes.
Jalen Hurst (Nichols) – The sophomore guard shot 56 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point lead as the Bison went 3-0 last week. He scored 14 points on 6-of-8 from the field to go along with three steals and two rebounds in a win at Endicott. Three days later, he knocked down three 3’s en route to 13 points in a win over Wentworth. He also had four rebounds and two assists as the Bison snapped a six-game losing streak to the Leopards. Nichols has now won seven-straight games for the first time since the 1965-66 season.
Meaghan Burns (Worcester State) – The senior guard averaged 16.7 points and nine rebounds in a 2-1 week for Worcester State and connected for .400 percent from the field (20-40). She tallied 17 points, nine boards and added a trio of assists in a 74-62 victory over Salem State before registering a double-double effort of 19 points and 14 caroms, including the game-winning basket with 15 seconds left in a 49-46 triumph over Johnson & Wales.
Brendan Rios (Worcester State) – The junior guard averaged 20.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in an 0-2 week for Worcester State, which included a contest highs of 23 points in a 71-62 setback against Salem State and 18 points in a 78-65 loss against Bridgewater State.
Amaia Gritsko (WPI) – The junior forward registered her first career double-double (10 points and 11 rebounds) in a 51-49 home win against MIT