Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week 14)
WORCESTER, Mass. – With the regular season and some conference tournaments in the books for most teams, it is time to unveil our final Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll for the 2014-15 season.
Men’s Player of the Week: Malcolm Miller (Holy Cross, Sr./Laytonsville, Md.): Miller led the Crusaders in scoring in both games this week. He had 17 points in the victory over Loyola and followed that up with a career-high 30 points at Boston University. In the Loyola game, Miller hit two free throws with 24.8 seconds remaining to put Holy Cross up 61-60. After Loyola missed a shot on its next possession, he grabbed the rebound and hit two more free throws to conclude the scoring. In the Boston University game, with Holy Cross up 53-51 with 8:34 left to go, Miller hit three-pointers on three of Holy Cross’ next four possessions, one of which he converted into a four-point play, to put the Crusaders up 64-53.
Men’s Rookie of the Week: Chris Rodgers (WPI, Fr./Franklin, Mass.): Rodgers was easily WPI’s most dynamic player in the Engineers’ NEWMAC Tournament semifinal tilt against Springfield. The rookie came off the bench and tallied 11 of his 12 points in the second half. Rodgers, who missed his career-high in points by one, also had two of the Crimson and Gray’s four steals on the day.
Women’s Player of the Week: Raquel Scott (Holy Cross, Jr./Ridgewood, N.J.): Scott played well in helping the Crusaders pick up two Patriot League wins and secure the No. 3 seed in the upcoming conference tournament. She averaged 10.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game last week. During Wednesday’s win at Loyola, Scott recorded her 12th double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds in 20 minutes of action. In Saturday’s win over Boston University, Scott filled the stat sheet with seven points, seven rebounds, four steals and a career-high nine assists. Scott ranks second in the Patriot League with 9.7 rebounds per game and fourth in the conference with 16.6 points per contest. Scott moved into 22nd place on the Holy Cross all-time scoring list with 1,105 career points. She now has 31 double-doubles in her career and ranks sixth in school history with 742 career rebounds.
Women’s Rookie of the Week: Infiniti Thomas (Holy Cross, Fr./Newton, Mass.): Thomas-Waheed averaged 8.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game last week in helping Holy Cross earn two Patriot League wins. At Loyola, she totaled eight points and tied a career-high with eight rebounds. Thomas also recorded two steals and two blocked shots against the Greyhounds. In Saturday’s victory over Boston University, Thomas-Waheed posted eight points, six rebounds and three assists. Thomas-Waheed is averaging 5.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game this season.
Kelli McPherson (Worcester State, Sr./Mansfield, Mass.): Averaged 12.0 points and 2.0 steals with eight three-pointers in a 1-1 week for Worcester State which included 15 points on five trifectas in a 78-63 MASCAC Quarterfinal win over Salem State.
Charles Gunter (Worcester State, Sr./Boston, Mass.): Registered a double-double effort with 15 points and 11 rebounds in a 74-63 overtime setback to Fitchburg State in the MASCAC Tournament quarterfinals.