Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week 12)
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.
Men’s Co-Player of the Week: Patrick Bradanese (Sr.) Anna Maria (Billerica, Mass.): Bradanese averaged 19.5 points, 6.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week. He scored a game-high 22 points in Anna Maria’s one-point loss to Emmanuel on Saturday to become the second AMCAT 1,000-point scorer this season. He also had 17 points in the team’s key win over Albertus Magnus.
Men’s Co-Player of the Week: Irving Eggleston (Sr.) Nichols (East Lyme, Conn.): Eggleston averaged 21.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 3.5 spg, and 2.5 apg as the Bison extended their win streak to 12 and secured the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament for the third-straight season. he filled the stat sheet with 22 points, eight rebounds, and four assists in a road win at Salve Regina on Wednesday. Three days later, he went for 20 points, seven rebounds, four steals, and three assists in just 20 minutes as the Bison secured home-court advantage throughout the playoffs with a win over Curry. Nichols also ran its win streak to 12 games last week, equaling the program-record, established last season.
Men’s Rookie of the Week: Marcos Echevarria (Fr.) Nichols (Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged a team-leading 23.5 ppg as the Bison secured the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament with a pair of wins last week. He opened the week by dropping 25 points in a road win at Salve Regina, then netted 22 in a home win over Curry that locked up the No. 1 seed. He also averaged 4.0 apg and 3.0 rpg while playing nearly 37 minutes a game.
Women’s Player of the Week: Allison Stoddard (Jr.) Assumption (East Lyme, Conn.): In a 1-1 week, Stoddard averaged 20 points per game while shooting 51.6 percent from the field and 61.5 percent from three-point land (8-for-13). After a 21-point effort at Saint Anselm, Stoddard posted a game-high 19 points on 5-for-8 shooting from three in a road win at Stonehill. She also added 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.
Women’s Rookie of the Week: Britt Herring (Fr.) Worcester St. (W. Brookfield, Mass.): Herring averaged 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Blue and Gold. She marked a game-high 19 points and nine rebounds in the 47-29 win over Fitchburg State, and then registered a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds in the setback to Bridgewater State.
Christina Gauvin (Jr.) Anna Maria (Dudley, Mass.): In her lone game of the week, a 73-65 victory over Rivier, Gauvin tallied 24 points (6-15 FG, 3-6 3PT, 9-10 FT), three boards and six steals.
Allison Stoddard (Jr.) Assumption (East Lyme, Conn.): In a 1-1 week, Stoddard averaged 20 points per game while shooting 51.6 percent from the field and 61.5 percent from three-point land (8-for-13). After a 21-point effort at Saint Anselm, Stoddard posted a game-high 19 points on 5-for-8 shooting from three in a road win at Stonehill. She also added 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.
Kwame Lee (Sr.) Fitchburg St. (Brockton, Mass.): Lee Averaged 17.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and three blocks in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. Had 16 points, four blocks and three rebounds in the 85-68 win over MCLA and added 19 points, 16 rebounds, two blocks and two steals in the 73-71 setback to Worcester State.
Malachi Alexander (Jr.) Holy Cross (Bowie, Md.): In the Crusaders only game last week, Alexander led the team with 14 points, nine rebounds and three assists during the victory over Lafayette. Alexander hit four of five shots from three-point range against the Leopards, and posted the best three-point field goal percentage by a Holy Cross player in a single game this season (minimum five attempts).
Karl Charles (Fr.) Holy Cross (Piscataway, N.J.): In the Crusaders’ only game last week, Charles totaled 10 points, six rebounds and two assists during the victory over Lafayette. He has now scored in double-figures 14 times this season.
Molly Hourigan (Sr.) Holy Cross (Memphis, N.Y.): Hourigan posted a solid all-around week in helping the Crusaders claim two important Patriot League victories. At Lafayette on Wednesday, she filled the stat sheet with nine points, eight rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots. In the overtime victory against Lehigh on Saturday, Hourigan notched her sixth double-double of the season with 11 points and 13 rebounds, while also recording three blocked shots.
Ama Biney (So.) WPI (Worcester, Mass.): Biney totaled 31 points to go along with eight rebounds in a pair of games last week for the Engineers.
Sean Doncaster (Jr.) WPI (Medford, Mass.): Doncaster continued his recent strong play by averaging 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds during a 2-0 week for the Engineers. The junior guard posted his second straight double-double with a 17 point, 10 rebound performance in WPI’s 58-50 road win at MIT in a match-up of regionally-ranked teams receiving votes in the D3hoops.com Top 25. Doncaster then poured in a game-best 18 points to go along with five rebounds and three steals as the Crimson and Gray returned home and defeated Coast Guard 69-60.
Jamani Spencer (Fr.) WPI (Closter, N.J.): Spencer registered a career-best 14 points, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line, in WPI’s 69-60 home victory versus Coast Guard on Saturday.
Paul Brooks (Jr.) Worcester St. (Arlington, Mass.): Brooks averaged 18 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. He netted 14 points and a game-high 17 rebounds in the 73-71 victory over Fitchburg State. Brooks, once again, registered a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds in the 67-65 setback to Bridgewater State later in the week. Overall, Brooks shot 60.7 percent from the field on the week.