Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week 11)
WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball officially in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll, including players and rookies of the week.
Men’s Player of the Week: Samuel Durodola (Soph.) Becker (Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola led the Hawks to a 2-1 record in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action last week. Durodola averaged 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. He started his week with a 17-point performance in a 63-57 win over Regis before earning back to back double-doubles to close out the week in a loss to Elms (23 points and 11 rebounds) and hard fought victory against Lesley University (16 points and 11 rebounds).
Men’s Rookie of the Week: Jashanti Allen (Fr.) WPI (New York, N.Y.): Allen made his first career start a memorable one last Saturday, tallying a career-high 16 points and seven assists, while canning two free throws and adding one steal. He netted four trifectas and did not commit a turnover in a team-high 47 minutes of action.
Women’s Player of the Week: Infiniti Thomas-Waheed (Soph.), Holy Cross (Newton, Mass.): Thomas-Waheed led the Crusader offense last week in helping Holy Cross go 1-1. She posted team-highs of 18 points and four steals in the victory over Colgate on Wednesday. At Bucknell on Saturday, she recorded her first career double-double with 17 points and a personal-best 11 rebounds, to go along with a trio of steals. On the season, Thomas-Waheed is averaging 12.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. In Patriot League action, she is posting 14.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per contests. Thomas-Waheed ranks second in the conference in steals and is eighth in points per game.
Women’s Rookie of the Week: Amy Assad (Fr.) Nichols (Millis, Mass.): Assad averaged 17 points and nine rebounds off the bench for the Bison last week. After registering 18 points and seven rebounds against Roger Williams on Wednesday, she registered her first collegiate double-double with 17 points and 11 boards against UNE on Saturday.
Julian Aiken (Sr.) Assumption (Randolph, N.J.): Aiken led the Hounds with 15 points per game last week as he also posted two rebounds, 1.5 assists and one steal per game. In addition, Aiken was 11-for-18 from the field (61.1 percent) and 6-for-7 from three-point land.
Jaclyn Storey (Jr.) Assumption (Cumberland, Maine): In a 1-1 week, Storey averaged 15.5 points per game to go along with two rebounds, 1.5 steals and one assist and block per game. In addition, she shot 92.3 percent from the field (12-for-13) and was 2-for-2 from three-point land. Highlighting her week was a career-high 21-point effort in a home wins over Southern New Hampshire.
Corey Pryor (Sr.) Anna Maria (Whitinsville, Mass.): Pryor averaged 18.0 points per game in a 1-1 week for Anna Maria. He scored 22 points to aid the AMCATS to an 81-70 win against Suffolk on Wednesday and added 14 points against Johnson & Wales on Saturday. Pryor finished with a team-best 44.4 percent efficiency on the week and averaged three three-pointers per game, shooting 35.3 percent from long range. Pryor also added 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
Nicole Mareiro (Jr.) Anna Maria (Acushnet, Mass.): Mareiro led all AMCAT scorers with 14.0 point per game, including a team-high 18 points against Albertus Magnus on Tuesday. She added a 15-point performance in Anna Maria’s 69-56 win against Simmons on Saturday. Mareiro shot at 38.5 percent on the week and averaged three three-pointers per game, shooting 36.0 percent from long-range.
Sam O’Gara (Soph.) Clark (Worcester, Mass.): In the Cougars’ lone game of the week, O’Gara racked up 16 points, four assists and a pair of steals as the Scarlet and White were tripped up by Springfield, 77-65.Aretha
Sullivan (Jr.) Clark (Worcester, Mass.): Sullivan recorded a season-best 18 points on 5-for-9 shooting to go along with six rebounds and two assists as the Cougars dropped their lone game of the week to Springfield, 77-65.
Ogechi Ezemma (Fr.) Clark (Hope Valley, R.I.): Ezemma continued her stellar play as of late, recording her second career double-double, finishing with 11 points, ten rebounds and a pair of rejections as the Cougars lost their lone game of the week to Springfield College, 77-65.
Tyler Huffman (Sr.) Clark (West Hartford, Conn.): In a 1-1 week for the Scarlet and White, Huffman averaged 21.5 points connecting on seven three-pointers in the two contests, including the 100th of his career. In an 81-74 overtime win against Coast Guard, Huffman pumped in 23 points and then in the last second 67-65 loss to Emerson, Huffman dropped 20 points on 7-for-15 shooting.
David Mercier (Jr.) Clark (Milford, Mass.): Mercier averaged 17 points and 6.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Cougars. In an 81-74 overtime win over Coast Guard, Mercier just missed out on a double-double with 20 points, nine boards and three steals, and then racked up 14 points and four boards in a last second, 67-65 loss at Emerson.
Christian Horton (Sr.), Nichols (Rutland, Mass.): Horton averaged 17.5 points per game, 4.5 assists per game, and 3.5 rebounds per game as the Bison won a pair of games to remain atop the CCC standings. After tallying 10 points, four boards, and four dimes against Roger Williams on Wednesday, Horton poured in a career-high 25 points on 8-of-10 shooting to go with five assists and three rebounds in a road win at WNE. Horton played 73 of a possible 80 minutes – including all 40 against the Golden Bears – and finished the week shooting 67 percent from the field and 83 percent from downtown (5-of-6).
Marcos Echevarria (Fr.) Nichols (Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria led the Bison in scoring last week, averaging 17.5 points per game in a pair of wins. He scored 21 points in 37 minutes of action against Roger Williams and then dropped in 16 in 39 minutes against Western New England on Saturday. Echevarria also averaged 2.5 assists per game and .0 steals per game, and he was a perfect 12-of-12 from the charity stripe.
Paul Brooks (Jr.) Worcester State (Arlington, Mass.): Brooks collected 16 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double in the 88-83 win over Salem State. He went 7-for-10 from the field and also added in five blocks and one assist on the evening.
Alex Santos (Fr.) Worcester State (Lawrence, Mass.): Santos netted 19 points in the 88-83 victory over Salem State. He shot 35.7 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from beyond the arc, and 87.5 (7-for-8) at the free throw line. Santos also added in five rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes played.
Britt Herring (Fr.) Worcester State (W. Brookfield, Mass.): Herring averaged 21.5 points and eight rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. She scored 15 points in the setback to Johnson & Wales earlier in the week, and then registered a career-high 28 points in the win over Salem State on Wednesday. She posted double-double figures in the Salem State game, while adding in 10 rebounds (five offensive). Overall this week, she shot 72% from the field.
Sean Doncaster (Jr.) WPI (Medford, Mass.): Doncaster had a magnificent week for the Engineers, totaling 36 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists and five steals in a pair of New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contests.
Haili Welton (Sr.) WPI (Southbury, Conn.): Welton registered a career-high 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting with two three-pointers and a pair of free throws to lead league-frontrunner WPI past visiting Springfield, 59-50, last Saturday in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action