WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll, including our Players and Rookies of the Week, too.
Men’s Player of the Week: Clyde Niba (Sr.), WPI (Atlanta, GA): Niba continued the strong start to his senior season by averaging 20.7 points and six rebounds in a 2-1 week for the nationally-ranked Engineers. He poured in 30 points and grabbed six boards as WPI defeated Tufts 85-70 on Tuesday. The forward then registered nine points in a 59-50 victory over Thursday before tallying a team-best 23 points Saturday in a 57-56 last second loss to Fitchburg State. Niba connected on 52.6% of this shots from the field, including 53.3% of his 3-point attempts.
Jaleel Bell (Jr.), Fitchburg State (Dorchester, Mass.): Averaged 20.5 points per contest and 5.5 rebounds per game in two games for the Falcons. Posted nine points, seven caroms, two assists, two steals and a pair of blocks in a 76-75 setback to Wheaton College on Thursday before adding a season-best 32 points, four boards and three steals in a 57-56 win over #13 WPI on Saturday.
Women’s Player of the Week: Deja Taitt (Jr.), Anna Maria (Cambia Heights, N.Y.): Taitt averaged 15.0 points per game on the week, shooting 35.7 percent from the floor including a 50 percent effort (4-for-8) from three-point range. She scored a team-high 20 points in the team’s loss to Wesleyan on Friday and scored 15 points in the team’s 72-48 win against Fitchburg State. Additionally, Taitt averaged 4.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game in the week.
Women’s Rookie of the Week: Adrianna Dowdy (Fr.), Becker College (East Haven, Conn.): Dowdy was named the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Rookie of the Week. Dowdy led the Hawks with 14 points per game this past week. After scoring nine points in a loss to Wheelock on Tuesday, Dowdy led the Hawks with a season best 23 points in a loss to Southern Vermont on Thursday. She finished the week with ten points in a loss to Newbury on Saturday. Dowdy averaged 9.6 board per game this past week too.
Infiniti Thomas-Waheed (Soph.), Holy Cross (Newton, Mass.): Thomas-Waheed played well last week, helping the Crusaders post a 1-1 record, as she averaged 14.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game. In the victory over Vermont on Wednesday, she totaled 16 points, six rebounds, three steals, two blocks and a pair of assists. She also went a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line, including an 8-of-8 clip in the fourth quarter. Against Pittsburgh, Thomas-Waheed posted 13 points, four rebounds and a career-high four steals. She also hit a pair of big free throws to put Holy Cross up by four points with 5:41 left in the fourth quarter, before Pitt ended the game on a 13-3 run.
Tre Owens (Sr.), Assumption (Rota, Spain): In a pair of games, Owens averaged 15 points, 3.5 rebounds and two blocks per game while shooting 59.1 percent from the field (13-for-22). After a 16-point effort at Southern New Hampshire, Owens posted 14 points and five rebounds at home vs. Franklin Pierce.
Kelly Carey (Jr.), Assumption (Long Beach, N.Y.): In a 1-1 week, Carey averaged 12.5 points, three rebounds, 1.5 assists and one steal per game while shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 41.7 from three. Highlighting her week was a 17-point effort as the No. 16 Hounds rallied for a home win over Franklin Pierce.
David Jean-Louis (Jr.), Anna Maria (Miramar, Fla.): Jean-Louis had an impressive week for Anna Maria, averaging 14 points per game on a 56.3 percent shooting effort (18-32). He netted a career-best 15 points in the AMCATS’ 84-73 win against Norwich, hitting seven-of-12 from the floor (58.3 percent), before following that up with a 13-point effort against Rivier and a 14-point game against St. Joseph’s. The junior guard also added six assists on the week.
Samuel Durodola (Soph.), Becker College (Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola averaged a double-double this past week with 19.7 points per game and 11 boards per game. Durodola also had three blocks and a pair of steals. The Hawks went 2-1 this week with wins over Clark and Newbury.
Michaela McTomney (Soph.), Fitchburg State (Bellingham, Mass.): Averaged eight points per contest and 15.7 rebounds per game in three contests for the Falcons. Notched a double-double of 12 points and 22 boards as well as one steal and one block in a 73-48 setback to Anna Maria on Tuesday before adding four points, nine caroms, on steal, one assist and a pair of blocks in a 66-30 loss to Suffolk on Thursday. McTomney concluding the week, totaling eight points, 16 rebounds, four blocks, two assists and a steal in a 45-41 setback to Lasell.
Kaitlyn Berkel (Fr.), Worcester State (Waterford, Conn.): Berkel scored seven points and registered eight rebounds (two offensive) in the 65-50 loss to UMass Dartmouth. Berkel went 50 percent from the field, while recording two assists, two steals, and a game-high three blocks.
Paul Brooks (Jr.), Worcester State (Arlington, Mass.): Brooks averaged 13.3 points and 9.7 rebounds in a 2-1 week for the Lancers. Brooks marked 12 points and six rebounds in the 108-69 loss to UMass Dartmouth, and scored nine points and had five rebounds in the 82-60 win over Rivier in the opening round of the Hockenbury Classic on Saturday. In the Hockenbury Classic championship game, Brooks recorded a double-double, adding in 19 points and a stunning 18 rebounds (nine offensive) to help pull the Lancers to a 71-50 victory over Norwich University to claim Worcester State the Hockenbury Classic Champions. Brooks was named to the All-tournament team.
Ama Biney (Soph.), WPI (Worcester, Mass.): Biney helped the Engineers stay perfect in NEWMAC play this season by averaging 14.5 points and totaling eight rebounds, seven assists and six steals as WPI won a pair of conference contests last week. The sophomore began the week by notching 14 points, swiping five steals and doling out three assists in a 47-34 victory over visiting Wellesley. Biney then tossed in 14 more points and handed out four assists as the Crimson and Gray went on the road and defeated MIT 56-53 in a battle of conference unbeaten teams.