Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week 12)
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: Jimmy Zenevitch (Assumption) – The junior forward averaged 29.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals and one block per game in a 2-0 week for the Hounds. He also shot 63.9 percent from the field, hitting 23-of-36. He began the week with a 25-point, seven-rebound effort in a home win over Stonehill. In a comeback home win over Merrimack, Zenevitch erupted for a career-high 34 points to go along with 10 rebounds as he hit 13-of-20 field goal attempts. Trailing by 10 at the half, he posted 23 points in the second half alone as he also hit 8-of-11 free throw tries.
Ryan Sheehan (Nichols) – The senior forward averaged 23.0 points per game, as the Bison went 2-0 last week and established a program-record for wins in a season with 18. He dropped in 21 points in a win over Endicott on Wednesday, then poured in 24 first-half points en route to a 25-point night against UNE on Saturday. The captain is now 20 points shy of becoming the second student-athlete in school history to reach the 2,000-point plateau and 35 shy of becoming the all-time scoring leader.
Men’s Rookie of the Week: Marcus Murray (Assumption) – In a 2-0 week for the Hounds, the freshman guard averaged 12.5 points, 4.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game. He shot 40 percent from the field and 9-of-10 at the free throw line in the two games. After a 13-point, four-assist effort vs. Stonehill, Murray capped his week with a 12-point, five-assist outing in a comeback win over Merrimack.
Women’s Player of the Week: Caitlin Ackerman (Assumption) – In a 2-0 week, the junior forward averaged 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assist and one steal per game while also shooting 57.1 percent from the field. She was also 5-for-6 at the free throw line. In a win over Stonehill, she posted 15 points, six rebounds, and four assists and was 5-for-6 at the line. In the win over Merrimack, she led the team with 14 points and seven rebounds while adding three assists and shooting 7-for-10 from the field.
Dave Dudzinski (Holy Cross) – The senior forward totaled 26 points, seven rebounds and three steals in the victory over Army. He added 10 points and six rebounds in the win at Lehigh. His 26 points against Army tied his season high, and were the most he has scored in regulation this year. Dudzinski hit three of six shots (50.0 percent) from three-point range on the week.
Anthony Thompson (Holy Cross) – The freshman guard totaled 13 points, two rebounds and two assists in the victory at Lehigh. He posted six points and four assists in the win over Army. Thomas hit 83.3 percent of his three-point attempts (five of six) on the week, and 100.0 percent of his free throws (100.0 percent).
Amber Litwinko (Nichols) – The junior guard averaged 15.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg and 3.0 apg in a pair of games for Nichols last week. The junior transfer tallied 12 points, seven boards and three dimes against Endicott on Wednesday, then recorded her seventh double-double of the season and third in four games with 19 points and 12 boards against nationally-ranked UNE on Saturday. Litwinko also handed out three assists as the Bison nearly upset the No. 24 team in the country.
Brendan Rios (Worcester State) – The junior guard averaged 22 points, 5.5 rebounds and three assists in a 1-1 week for Worcester State including a game-best 24 points and four boards in a 62-58 victory over Westfield State and 20 points, seven caroms and four helpers in a 75-70 setback against Bridgewater State. Connected on .472 percent from the field (17-36) and .353 from beyond the arc (6-17).
Meaghan Burns (Worcester State) – The senior guard averaged 16.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in an 0-2 week for Worcester State, including 19 points and eight caroms in a 79-62 setback against Bridgewater State before she added 14 points and three boards in a 62-51 loss against Westfield State. Burns shot .452 from the field on the week (14-31).
Domenick Mastascusa (WPI) –The junior forward came off the bench to share top scoring honors with his 18-point effort in a key road win at MIT. He combined with his younger brother John (career high on 4-for-4 shooting) for 27 points on the night. Mastascusa came back and tossed in 15 points in a home victory against Coast Guard. For the week, the junior forward averaged 16.5 points and four rebounds on 52.0% shooting from the floor.
John Mastascusa (WPI) – The freshman forward recorded a career-best nine points on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting performance from the floor, in a key road victory against MIT.
Siena Mamayek (WPI) – The senior forward averaged 13.5 points and 8.5 bounds and the Engineers bolstered their playoffs chances with a pair of victories. The senior forward notched her first career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds in a triumph against Wellesley on Saturday. Earlier in the week, Mamayek, who shot 55.6% from the floor and drained all seven of her free throws, amassed 13 points and five rebounds in a road win at Emerson.