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.
Women’s Player of the Week: Adrianna Dowdy (Becker | Soph. | East Haven, Conn.): Dowdy had another great week for the Hawks, averaging 14 points, 10 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.7 steals per game. First, in Becker’s 68-59 win over Daniel Webster, Dowdy finished with eight points and 12 rebounds. Then, in Becker’s 58-57 come from behind win against Wheelock, Dowdy scored 19 of her 27 points in the second half with 13 rebounds while dishing out four assists and collecting two steals, and hitting a free throw at then end for the win. Finally, hosting Newbury on Saturday, Dowdy contributed seven points, five rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks. The three wins keep Becker in second place in the NECC standings, as they enjoy their best season since joining the conference. For her performances, Dowdy was named New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Player of the Week.
Women’s Rookie of the Week: Cassidy Harrison (Becker | Fr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison continues to lead the Hawks in scoring, as she averaged 18.3 points and 2.7 steals this past week in three Becker victories. Harrison posted 21 points and three steals in Becker’s 68-59 win over Daniel Webster on Tuesday. On Thursday, she came up with 12 points in a 58-57 victory over Wheelock. Finally, in Becker’s 61-51 win over Newbury, Harrison finished with 22 points, shooting 50 percent from the floor and making all eight of her free throw attempts. For her performances, Harrison was named New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Rookie of the Week.
Women’s Honor Roll:
Ogechi Ezemma (Clark | So. | Hope Valley, R.I.): In a 1-1 week, Ezemma averaged 14 points, nine rebounds and 3.5 blocks. Her best effort of the week came in a 72-54 win over Wellesley where she totaled 23 points and 12 rebounds and went 7-for-7 from the free throw line.
Kyra Rose (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Rockland, Mass.): Rose averaged 20.7 points, nine rebounds, three assists, 2.7 steals and 1.7 blocks per contest in three games for the Falcons last week. She posted a double-double of 36 points and 13 rebounds as well as five assists, three steals and two blocks in a 94-89 overtime win over Dean College on Monday before adding nine points, four caroms, two assists and one steal in a 99-44 setback to Framingham State on Wednesday. Rose concluded the week by registering a double-double of 17 points and 10 caroms to go along with two assists, four steals and three blocks in a 108-55 setback to Westfield State on Saturday.
Tricia Byrne (Holy Cross | Jr. | Dunmore, Pa.): Against Navy this past week, the Dunmore, Pennsylvania native connected on 7 of 11 shots, including one trifecta, while draining a pair of free throws. She also tallied six assists, four rebounds and two blocks en route to finishing the two-point setback (73-31) with 17 points. Her 17 points were a career-best and so were the six assists, too.
Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Fr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis notched a new career-high of 25 points despite her team’s two-point setback to Navy. The Franklin, Massachusetts’s native drained 10 of 19 shots from the field, while connecting on four of five free throw attempts. She concluded the contest with seven caroms, two assists and two steals.
Kaitlyn Berkel (Worcester State | Soph. | Waterford , Conn.): The sophomore forward averaged 21 points and 7.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. Berkel picked up a career-high 26 points as she went 12-for-19 (63.2%) from the field, while registering eight boards, four assists, and one block in the setback to Westfield State last Wednesday. She then scored 16 points and collected seven boards and a steal in the 55-51 win over MCLA on Saturday.
Ama Biney (WPI | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney narrowly missed a double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds in a win over city and conference rival Clark last Saturday. She also recorded four steals and an assist in 34 minutes. The triumph was the sixth in-a-row for the 17-2 Engineers.