Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week 13)
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: David Dudzinski (Holy Cross) – The senior forward posted double doubles in both of Holy Cross’ games last week. He totaled 17 points and 11 rebounds against Lafayette and added 22 points and 10 rebounds in the victory over Navy. He now has 10 double doubles is his collegiate career.
Domenick Mastascusa (WPI) – The junior forward posted a pair of double-doubles as he led the No.12 ranked Engineers to a pair of victories and the outright NEWMAC regular season championship. The junior forward tallies 12 points and 11 rebounds in WPI’s 58-46 home victory over Wheaton before erupting for 16 points and 10 boards in the Crimson and Gray’s 65-60 WACBA win over city rival Clark. For the week, Mastascusa averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds while shooting 55.6% from the floor and 87.5% from the line as WPI earned its ninth conference regular season championship in the last 11 years.
Men’s Rookie of the Week: Anthony Thompson (Holy Cross) – The freshman guard scored 13 points in the Lafayette game. Thompson tied his career-high with 17 points against Navy, to go along with three rebounds and three steals. He has now scored in double figures in three straight games, and 11 times overall this season. Also, he made 50.0 percent of his three-pointers and 90.9 percent of his free throws on the week.
Paul Brooks (Worcester State) – The freshman center averaged 17.0 points, 6.0 blocks and 3.0 rebounds in a 2-0 week for Worcester State to go with a .625 effort from the field (15-24). Brooks started off the week with 18 points, seven blocks and three boards in a 79-66 triumph over Fitchburg State before finished with 16 points, five blocks and a trio of boards in a 67-58 win over Framingham State to help Lancers earn a first-round home game in the upcoming MASCAC Tournament and their highest final regular-season standing since 2002-03.
Women’s Player of the Week: Shannen El-Qasem (Worcester State) – The sophomore guard averaged 13.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week for Worcester State including 19 points and 10 boards in a 54-47 victory over Fitchburg State. Logged a .476 effort from the floor on the week for the Lancers (10-21).
Marcus Murray (Assumption) – The freshman guard averaged 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and one steal in two games last week. In addition, he hit 8-of-11 free throw chances, while his week was highlighted by a 15-point outing against first-place Saint Anselm on Saturday.
Shannon Ray (Assumption) – The senior point guard averaged 12.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and one steal per game in a 2-0 week for the regionally-ranked Hounds. Highlighting her week was a 16-point, five-rebound showing in a Senior Night win over Saint Michael’s.
Gustave Koumare (Nichols) – The sophomore guard averaged a team-high 16.5 points per game as the Bison went 2-0 to secure the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament for the first time in program history. He broke an 82-all tie with a three-pointer with 52 seconds left to put Nichols ahead for good and propel it to an 88-84 win at Eastern Nazarene on Tuesday. Four days later, he poured in a career-high 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting in a win at Wentworth on Saturday. Koumare also averaged 3.5 rebounds per game and 2.0 steals per game.
Siena Mamayek (WPI) – The senior forward poured in 22 points in the week, a team-best 15 points in final career contest at MIT and added nine rebounds and a block on the week.