By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)
WORCESTER, Mass. – Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Women’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.
Player of the Week: Ogechi Ezemma (Clark | Soph. | Hope Valley, R.I.): In a 1-1 week, Ezemma averaged 14 points and 12 rebounds, while adding two blocks and two steals per game as well. In a narrow loss to Springfield, Ezemma totaled seven points, seven rebounds and three steals before fouling out. However, in a 60-56 win over Wheaton, she racked up game-highs of 21 points and 17 rebounds while adding three more blocks – her fifth double-double of the year.
Rookie of the Week: Kyra Rose (Fitchburg St. | Fr. | Rockland, Mass.): Rose averaged 33.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game in a pair of contests for the Falcons last week. She netted a game-best 27 points (8-for-16), eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block in a 102-74 setback to Westfield State on Wednesday before tying a Fitchburg State single-game points record with 39 points to go along with four boards and two steals in a 71-58 setback to Colby-Sawyer on Saturday afternoon.
Kelly Carey (Assumption | Sr. | Long Beach, N.Y.): Carey paced the offense in a 1-1 week as the Hounds as they saw their eight-game win streak come to an end. The senior posted 16 points and three assist as the Hounds took down AIC 66-56, and followed it up with 15 points three rebounds and two assists in a six-point road loss to Le Moyne.
Adrianna Dowdy (Becker | Soph. | East Haven, Conn.): Dowdy averaged 19 points and 10.5 rebounds this past week for the Hawks, to go along with 3.0 steals. In Becker’s 63-51 victory over Lesley University, Dowdy finished with a career-high 25 points shooting 11-of-19 from the floor with eight rebounds, four steals and two blocks as the first-place Hawks ran their conference record to 4-0 in the NECC.
Laura Manis (Holy Cross | Fr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis combined for 27 points in a pair of games this past week, including 10 rebounds – seven caroms in a 54-62 setback to Colgate – while tallying a quartet of assists and three swipes. For the week, she converted 60 percent of his free throws (three-for-five), while sinking 12 of 22 shots from the field.
Brooke Packard (Nichols | Jr.| Dudley, Mass.): Packard averaged 15.7 ppg and made nine 3-pointers for Nichols last week. She scored 22 points at Gordon on Tuesday, including the game-tying three to force overtime. On Saturday, she netted 17 points and shot 50 percent from behind the arc at UNE. Packard also averaged 3.0 spg and 2.7 rpg.
Kaitlyn Berkel (Worcester St. | Soph. | Waterford, Conn.): The sophomore forward averaged 18.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, and 2.5 steals in a 2-0 week for the Lancers. Berkel racked up 17 points and 10 rebounds with three blocks in the 63-54 win over MCLA, and then scored a team-best 20 points and 10 rebounds in the second conference win of the week over Salem State. Berkel shot 55.2 percent from the field throughout the week.
Catherine Sweeney (Worcester St. | Fr. | Lowell, Mass.): The freshman guard posted nine points and five assists in the Lancers’ 63-54 win over MCLA, and then made two field goals and registered six boards and five assists in the 63-56 win over Salem State.
Maura Buckley (WPI | Jr. | Melrose, Mass.): Buckley averaged 10 points and five rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Engineers. She concluded the week by tying her career and season high of 12 points to go along with a career-best three steals versus Coast Guard. Buckley also filled the stat sheet with seven rebounds, three assists, and one block.