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: Aretha Sullivan (Clark | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): In a 1-1 week, Sullivan averaged an impressive 22.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. In a loss to MIT, she finished with a team-best 20 points and five boards while shooting 10-for-18 from the field. Then in a must-win over Emerson on Saturday, she pumped in a season-best 24 points on 7-for-15 shooting, including a 4-for-6 effort from three-point land. For the week, she shot a sizzling 51.5 percent from the field (17-for-33).
Women’s Rookie of the Week: Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Fr. | Lowell, Mass.): Sweeney averaged 10 points, eight rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocks in a 2-0 week for the Lancers. She picked up six points and six rebounds in the win over Fitchburg State and then marked a career-high 14 points and 10 rebounds for her first collegiate double-double in the 70-62 win over Bridgewater State.
Women’s Honor Roll:
Cassidy Harrison (Becker | Fr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison produced a tremendous week for the Hawks, averaging 21 points, four rebounds and 1.7 steals per game over three games while shooting 40 percent from behind the arc. Harrison capped off her week scoring a career-high 30 points in Becker’s 71-59 victory over Bay Path on Saturday. In just her first season, Harrison has consistently been Becker’s leading scorer.
Shabeli Villa (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Lawrence, Mass.): Villa averaged 16 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 1.5 steals per contests in two games for the Falcons. She registered a new career-high of 21 points, four rebounds and two steals in a 68-52 setback to Worcester State on Wednesday before adding 11 points, three caroms, one assist and one steal in a 64-51 setback to MCLA on Saturday.
Kyra Rose (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Rockland, Mass.): Rose averaged 12.5 points, six rebounds, four assists one steal and one block in two games for the Green and Gold. She collected ten points, five boards, five assists and two steals in a 68-52 setback to Worcester State on Wednesday before adding 15 points, seven caroms, three assists and two blocks in a 64-51 setback to MCLA on Saturday.
Tricia Byrne (Holy Cross | Jr. | Dunmore, Pa.): Byrne posted a career-high 18 points in both games this past week, while notching a new career-best in assists with nine against Lafayette. She netted a career-high four three-pointers in an 80-64 setback to Lehigh.
Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Fr. | Franklin, Mass.): The first-year forward canned 13 of 27 baskets this past week, netting 17 points against Lafayette and 16 versus Lehigh. Against Lafayette, she pulled down nine rebounds, while finishing the contest with a pair of blocks and one swipe. She concluded the week with a trio of steals and two blocks in an 80-64 setback to Lehigh.
Ama Biney (WPI | Jr | Worcester, Mass.): Biney posted 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, six assists and five blocks in a 1-1 week. After being held to 12 points and four rebounds in the midweek loss to Springfield, Biney put up 19 points and five caroms against Wellesley Saturday.
Britt Herring (Worcester State | Soph. | W. Brookfield, Mass.): Averaged 17.5 points and nine rebounds while shooting 6-of-25 (64%) in a 2-0 week for the Lancers. Scored 12 points and picked up seven rebounds in the 68-52 win over Fitchburg State and then registered a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds in the 70-62 win over Bridgewater State.