Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week Eight)
WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the books, it is now time to reveal 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: Gustave Koumare (Nichols, Jr.): Koumare sparked the Bison to a pair of wins this week, keeping the Bison unbeaten in conference play (8-0). He poured in a career-high 28 points in a win over Endicott on Thursday, scoring nine unanswered points on three 3-pointers in the second half. He finished the contest shooting 50 percent both from the floor (10-of-20) and three-point land (6-of-12) while recording five assists and four steals. Two days later, Koumare filled the stat sheet with 11 points, seven rebounds, five steals, and three assists in a road win at Wentworth.
Men’s Rookie of the Week: Mitchell Hahn (Holy Cross, Fr.): Hahn led the Crusaders in scoring in an 0-2 week, including an outstanding game against Army. The forward dropped 18 points to go with career highs of seven rebounds, five blocks and three assists in the OT setback to the Black Knights. With 2:59 left in regulation, Hahn canned a pair of free throws to give Holy Cross a 59-56 lead. He later hit a 3-pointer with 25.3 seconds remaining in overtime to pull the Crusaders within one. On Saturday, he paced the club with 12 points at Lehigh.
Women’s Player of the Week: Kelly Conley (Assumpton, Jr.): In a 1-1 week, Conley averaged 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, one assist and one steal while shooting 52.6 percent from the field and connected on 16-of-21 free throws. Highlighting her week was a career-high 35-point effort, the third-highest single-game scoring total in Assumption history.
Women’s Rookie of the Week: Ama Biney (WPI, Fr.): Biney shot a sizzling 67.9% from the field to help WPI to a pair of victories in a three-game week. The freshman guard began her week by draining 6-of-7 shots from the floor and registering 14 points in a home victory over Mount Holyoke. After stuffing the stat sheets with 15 points, eight rebounds, three steals and a block in a loss at Babson, Biney led all scorers with 15 points and pitched in with three steals as the Engineers improved to 3-0 at home in 2015 with a win against city rival Clark.
Katie Doherty (Holy Cross, Fr.): Doherty started in both games last week and played well for the Crusaders. On Wednesday at Army she totaled two points, four rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals. Later in the week versus Lehigh, Doherty tallied eight points, six rebounds and a career-best four steals. Doherty ranks 11th in the Patriot League and second on Holy Cross with a 32.2 three-point field goal percentage this season (19-59). Through 19 games, she is averaging 5.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per contest and is tied for third on the team with 16 steals this season.
Karl Ziegler (Assumption, Jr.): Ziegler averaged 18 points, four rebounds and one assist while shooting 59.1 percent from the field (13-for-22). He also connected on 10 of 11 free throw attempts.
Kamali Bey (Assumption, So.): In a 1-1 week, Bey averaged 17 points, 2.5 rebounds and one steal per game while shooting 59.1 percent from the field and hitting 7-of-9 free throws.
Trafficia Warburton (Anna Maria, Sr.): Warburton averaged a double-double of 12.5 points and 15.0 rebounds in a two-game win for Anna Maria. Warburton tallied 14 points and 22 rebounds in Monday’s win against Pine Manor, and added 11 points and eight rebounds against St. Joseph’s on Saturday. She also added 12 steals and nine assists on the week.
Patrick Bradanese (Anna Maria, Jr.): Bradanese was the AMCATS’ leading scorers in both games in a 2-0 week, scoring 17 points against Mount Ida and 23 points against St. Joseph’s. The junior guard shot 51.9 percent from the floor, including a 53.8 percent effort (7-13) from three-point range. On the week, Bradanese averaged 20 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game.
Paul Brooks (Worcester State, So.): Brooks averaged 18 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in an 0-2 week for Worcester State with a .667 effort from the field (18-27) which included 22 points, 14 boards and two rejections in a 71-65 setback to Bridgewater State and 14 points and 11 caroms in a 62-54 loss against Salem State.
Julie Frankian (Worcester State, Sr.): Frankian averaged 12.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in a 1-2 week for Worcester State including 11 points, five boards and two helpers in a 63-48 win over Salem State and 16 points in a 70-48 setback to Bridgewater State . Connected for.519 percent from the floor (13-25) and .462 percent from long-range (6-13).
Domenick Mastascusa (WPI, Sr.): Mastascusa shot a blistering 61.9% from the floor while leading the Engineers to a 2-0 week. On Wednesday the senior posted teams-bests of 16 points, six rebounds and two blocks as WPI defeated host Babson 67-57 in a matchup of nationally-ranked squads. Mastascusa followed that performance up by canning 6-of-8 shots from the floor en route to notching a game-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds in the Crimson and Gray’s 73-58 triumph over Emerson at Harrington Auditorium.
Obi Obiora (WPI, Fr.): Obiora poured in 12 points and six rebounds in WPI’s 73-58 victory over Emerson on Saturday. Earlier in the week the freshman pitched in with six points as the 13th ranked Engineers went on the road and defeated No. 15 Babson 67-57. For the week Obiora connected on 58.3% of his shots from the field.