WORCESTER, Mass. – The fifth week of the college basketball season is officially in the books, and now it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll.
Men’s Player of the Week: Sam Longwell (WPI, Sr.): Longwell collected double-doubles in both of nationally-ranked WPI’s victories last week. The forward led all players with 17 points and 13 rebounds in the Engineers 65-53 road victory Monday at Newbury before posting game-highs of 19 points and 10 boards in a 75-61 home triumph over MCLA on Friday. Longwell, who also doled out a game-best four assists in the win versus the Trailblazers, drained all 12 of his free throw attempts on the week. The senior now has four career double-doubles and moves into 19th place on WPI’s all-time scoring list with 1,156 career points.
Nick DaPrato (Clark, Gr.): In the Cougars’ lone game of the week, DaPrato pumped in a season-best 21 points on an extremely efficient 9-for-13 from the field in Clark’s 70-53 win over city-rival Worcester State. DaPrato added four rebounds, four assists and three steals with no turnovers in his 27 minutes of action. During key game-altering stretch midway through the second half, DaPrato drained back-to-back, bumping the Scarlet and White lead from five to 11. He has scored double figures in all nine games this season and leads the team with 17.7 points per game.
Women’s Player of the Week: Raquel Scott (Holy Cross, Jr.): Scott had an excellent week for Holy Cross as she averaged a double-double with 25.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game to help the Crusaders go 1-1 on the week. Against ACC-rival Boston College, Scott recorded a double-double with game-highs of 26 points and 10 rebounds. She also sank two three-pointers and tied a career-high with four steals, which helped the Crusaders snap a 16-game losing streak versus the Eagles, which dates back to the 1998 season. At UMass, Scott totaled 25 points and 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. She has now scored 25 points (or more) in three straight games, while she has scored over 20 points five times this season. Scott ranks fourth in Holy Cross history with 24 double-doubles in her career.
Trafficia Warburton (Anna Maria, Sr.): Warburton recorded back-to-back double-doubles on the week to tally her fifth and sixth of the season. The senior forward averaged 19.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game this week following a 27-point, 12-rebound performance against Western Connecticut and a 12-point, 11-rebound effort against Framingham State. Warburton posted a 34.9 percent shooting effort from the floor on the week.
Malcolm Miller (Holy Cross, Sr.): Miller totaled 12 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots against Hartford. He also recorded 17 points, three rebounds and two blocks in the Crusaders’ victory over NJIT. Miller connected on 84.6 percent of his free throws on the week (11 of 13), including a perfect 8-for-8 performance against NJIT.
Kamali Bey (Assumption, So.): In the team’s lone game of the week, Bey posted a 25-point, 13-rebound double-double to go along with three assists and two steals. He was also 11-for-14 at the free throw line as the Hounds mounted a second-half rally at SNHU.
Caitlin Ackerman (Assumption, Sr.): In the team’s lone game of the week, Ackerman posted a 16-point, 16-rebound double-double to go along with three steals and three assists.
Andrew Musler (Clark, Gr.): In his only game of the week, Musler scored 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting, including going 2-for-3 from behind the arc and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe as Clark topped city-rival, Worcester State, 70-53.
Rebecca Fluet (Fitchburg State, Sr.): Fluet scored a game-high 14 points while shooting 50 percent (5-of-10) in the Falcons’ 51-48 victory over WPI.
Jared Thompson (Nichols, So.): Thompson came off the bench to knock down four three’s en route to a career-high 12 points against Springfield. The secondo-year guard played 14 minutes – all in the second half – and also notched two rebounds, one steal and one assist.
Alexis Wegrzynek (Nichols, Sr.): Wegrzynek notched a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds in a come-from-behind win at Mitchell on December 11.
Bianca Langford (Worcester Stat, Jr.): Registered fourth double-double of the season with 16 points and a game-best 18 boards with five blocks in a 63-57 victory over Springfield. Connected on half of her shots in the win (7-14).
Paul Brooks (Worcester State, So.): Brooks averaged 14.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in a 0-2 week for Worcester State including 15 points in a 70-53 setback against Clark and 14 points, 13 boards and three blocks in a 95-52 loss against Western Connecticut.
Haili Welton (WPI, Jr.): Welton highlighted a balanced WPI attack in the Engineers’ matchup Tuesday against fellow 6-1 team Fitchburg State with nine points, three assists, three rebounds, a pair of blocks and two steals. The junior has had a breakout season for the Crimson and Gray averaging nearly 30 minutes per contest for coach Cherise Galasso’s squad.