By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)
WORCESTER, Mass. – For the fourth-staight week, the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) and Noontime Sports is proud to unveil our WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Week Four), including our player and rookie of the week.
Women’s Player of the Week: Ogechi Ezemma (Clark | Soph. | Hope Valley, R.I.): Ezemma averaged 11.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.5 blocks as the Scarlet and White improved to 6-2. In her team’s win over Coast Guard last Wednesday, Ezemma racked up 11 points, nine rebounds, three steals and one rejection. Then, in a non-league win at Nichols on Saturday, she had quite possibly her best career contest, finishing with 12 points, a career-best 17 rebounds, four steals and four blocks. In Clark’s first eight games, Ezemma ranks fifth in the conference in rebounding (8.6), fourth in steals (2.8) and second in blocks (1.5) while averaging 11.6 points per game.
Women’s Rookie of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Fr. | Franklin, Mass.): This past week, Manis tallied 33 points in a pair of games, including a career-high 22 points during her team’s 62-47 win. For the week, she converted 12 of 20 field goals, connected on 9 of 17 free throw attempts, while registering 13 rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block.
Women’s Honor Roll:
Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption | Soph. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell put up a pair of impressive performances last week in helping Assumption extend its winning streak to five games. The sophomore averaged 14.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game, while shooting 54.5 percent from the floor. In 17 minutes off the bench against Saint Anselm, she had nine points, three steals and two rebounds in a 62-52 win. Two days later she scored 20 points in just 21 minutes of action, with six rebounds and three assists as the Hounds held off Merrimack 63-47.
Aretha Sullivan (Clark | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): In a 2-0 week for the Cougars, Sullivan was excellent, averaging 21.0 points and 9.0 rebounds, while shooting 53 percent from the field. On Wednesday in a 64-52 win at Coast Guard, she registered a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds – scoring 17 points in the third quarter when the Cougars broke the game open. In the victory, Sullivan shot 9-for-17 from the field, including 3-for-5 from behind the arc. Then, in a 61-46 win at Nichols on Saturday, Sullivan was again effective, totaling 18 points and seven rebounds and two assists on 6-for-11 shooting in 35 minutes of action. So far in her senior campaign, Sullivan is averaging 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists as the Cougars sit at 6-2.
Kyra Rose (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Rockland, Mass.): Registered a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds as well as seven assists and one steal in the Falcons 74-43 win over Mount Ida College on Tuesday in Fitchburg State’s lone contest of the week.
Katelynn Rizzuto (Fitchburg State | Soph. | West Boylston, Mass.): Collected a double-double of 15 points and 11 boards to go along with two assists, five steals and a pair of blocks in a 74-43 win over Mount Ida College on Tuesday in the Falcons lone contest of the week.
Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Fr. | Lowell, Mass.): Sweeney averaged 6.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in a 1-2 week for the Lancers. She racked up eight points, seven rebounds, and three assists in a setback to Keene State. She then tallied five points, seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and a block in the win over Nichols. In the Lancers’ final game of the week, she registered seven points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in an overtime loss to Springfield. Overall, she shot 53.3 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the stripe.
Priscilla Dunphy (WPI | Sr. | Barrington, R.I.): Dunphy equaled her career-high of 19 points as the Engineers reeled off their eighth consecutive win, and third in NEWMAC action, at Smith. The co-captain was a perfect four-for-four from the line and three-for- four from three-point land, while totaling five rebounds, two assists and a steal.