Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week Seven)
WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the books, it is now time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll, including our players and rookies of the week.
Men’s Player of the Week: Quantez Franklin (Anna Maria, Sr.): Franklin averaged 17.7 points per game on 79.3 percent shooting from the floor in a 3-0 week for the AMCATS. He tallied a week-best 22 points in a 10-for-13 shooting effort (76.9 percent) on Saturday against Emmanuel, but posted his best shooting percentage, 85.7 percent, by hitting six-of-seven shots from the floor in a 17-point effort against Norwich on Tuesday. The senior forward added 7.3 rebounds per game on the week alongside five steals and four blocks.
Irving Eggleston (Nichols, Jr.): Eggleston averaged 23.0 ppg, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.3 assists as the Bison went 3-0 in conference play last week and moved to a perfect 6-0 on the season. After registering 18 points, five rebounds, and four assists in a win over Curry on Tuesday, Eggleston dropped in a career-high 29 points on 12-of-20 shooting (60.0 percent) in a road win at Western New England two nights later. He closed his week with a 22-point effort against UNE on Saturday. Eggleston leads the team and ranks third in the CCC in scoring (18.2 ppg).
Men’s Rookie of the Week: Aaron Todd (WPI, Fr.): Todd headlined four Engineers in double figures in scoring with a career-best 10 points as nationally-ranked WPI opened NEWMAC conference play with a 73-53 victory over visiting Springfield Wednesday evening. The freshman, who connected on 4-of-5 shots from the field and grabbed four rebound against the Pride, also added four points in a road loss Saturday at MIT.
Women’s Player of the Week: Raquel Scott (Holy Cross, Jr.): Scott averaged a double-double last week in helping the Crusaders remain at .500 in the Patriot League. During the team’s setback to Colgate, she was one point shy of a double-double with nine points and a game-best 13 rebounds. In the 53-52 road win at Bucknell, Scott recorded her eighth double-double of the season and the 27th of her career with game-highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with a team- and season-best five assists. Scott also posted a career-high two blocks in the win over the Bison.
Women’s Rookie of the Week: Infiniti Thomas-Waheed (Holy Cross, Fr.): Thomas-Waheed played in both games last week and averaged 25.5 minutes per game off the bench. She totaled two points and three assists versus Colgate. Thomas-Waheed’s best game of the week came in the 53-52 win at Bucknell when she scored 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting, with two three-pointers and a pair of rebounds. She also connected on 5-of-5 from the charity stripe, including three free throws midway through the second half to give the Crusaders a 46-40 lead. She was one point shy of her career-high (16) in points scored versus Bucknell. Thomas-Waheed has averaged 5.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.8 blocks per game in 22.1 minutes per contest. She is 13th in the Patriot League in blocks per game.
Malcolm Miller (Holy Cross, Sr.): Miller led the team in scoring in both games last week as he totaled 14 points and three rebounds at Colgate and finished with 14 points and four rebounds in the Crusaders’ win over Bucknell. He connected on 9 of 10 free throws against the Bison, including 7 of 8 in overtime. Two of his free throws came with 5.8 seconds left in overtime, to put Holy Cross up 65-62. Miller made 14 of 15 free throws on the week.
Mitchell Hahn (Holy Cross, Fr.): Hahn scored nine points in the victory over Bucknell, including a key layup with 2:27 left in regulation to trim the Bison’s lead to two points (52-50). With 24.0 seconds left in overtime, he was fouled while driving to the basket and made both free throws to give Holy Cross the lead for good (63-62).
Karl Ziegler (Assumption, Jr.): In a 1-1 week for the Hounds, Ziegler led the team with 16.5 points per game. Highlighted by a 20-point effort in a win over Saint Rose, he also added 4.5 rebounds per game and shot 59.1 percent from the field.
Kelly Conley (Assumption, Jr.): Conley averaged 15 points and 2.5 assists per game in two contests for the Hounds. She also added 1.5 rebounds per contest and shot 45.8 percent from the field.
Trafficia Warburton (Anna Maria, Sr.): Warburton tallied a game-high 20 points on a 53.8 percent effort from the floor to lead Anna Maria to a 61-59 win against Norwich in the AMCATS’ lone outing of the week. She hit seven-of-13 field goal attempts with a three-pointer and added five foul shots in 32 minutes of action. Her most important basket of the day was the deciding one, scored as time expired in the second half. In addition to her efforts on offense, Warburton added 11 rebounds, posting her league-leading eighth double-double, and tallied five steals.
Andrew Musler (Clark, Gr.): In two games last week, Musler averaged 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals as the Cougars went 1-1. He shot 10-for-18 from the field (56 percent), with six of his eight misses coming from behind the three-point line. In a much needed win over Wheaton on Saturday, Musler finished with 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals as the Scarlet and White won their first conference contest of the year.
Keyon Armstrong (Fitchburg State, Jr.): Armstrong averaged 15.3 points per game over three contests this past week for Fitchburg State. The junior guard shot 60% (6-10) from beyond the arc and 50% (16-32) from the field over the three games, while contributing with nine steals, ten assists, and nine rebounds over the span.
Laura Cote (Fitchburg State, Sr.): Cote averaged 14.7 points per game over three contests for Fitchburg State on the week. The senior guard netted double figured in all three games, including 16 points in the Falcons 58-44 setback against Keene State on Tuesday. Cote also contributed with nine steals, nine assists, and seven rebounds over the week span.
Matt Langadas (Nichols, Sr.): Langadas became the 25th student-athlete in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career with a 17-point effort Thursday night at Western New England. He ranks second on the Bison in scoring and fifth in the CCC at 16.7 ppg.
Paul Brooks (Worcester State, So.): Brooks averaged 15.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in a 0-2 week for Worcester State with a .684 field goal percentage including 18 rebounds, 13 caroms and six blocks in an 81-73 setback to Fisher.
Julie Frankian (Worcester State, Sr.): Frankian averaged 14.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists to go with a .400 shooting percentage in a 3-0 week for Worcester State. Her efforts included 20 points in a 60-55 victory over Johnson and Wales and a game-best 16 points in a 60-37 MASCAC triumph over MCLA.
Nani Perez (Worceste State, Fr.): Perez averaged 7.7 points, 4.0 assists and 3.3 rebounds in a 3-0 week for Worcester State including 10 points and four boards in a 60-38 victory over MCLA to go with 10 points and five helpers in a 72-63 win over Suffolk.
Ama Biney (WPI, Fr.): Biney led all players with 11 points off the bench in WPI’s 38-35 NEWMAC road loss Saturday at Wellesley. Earlier in the week the guard registered four points in a loss at league-leading Springfield.