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: Ciara McKissick (Becker | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): McKissick averaged 15 points, 13 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game this past week, all while shooting 71.4 percent from the floor as the Hawks of Becker went 2-1. First, in Monday’s 73-69 win over Fitchburg State, McKissick led the Hawks with 21 points, nine rebounds, a career-high seven steals and four assists. McKissick shot 10 of 13 from the floor, which was good for 77 percent. Then, in Thursday’s 63-55 win at Daniel Webster, the sophomore scored 16 points with 16 rebounds as Becker clinched the third seed in the upcoming NECC playoffs. Finally, against Mitchell on Saturday, McKissick pulled down 14 rebounds (team-best) with eight points in a narrow 60-56 setback.
Women’s Rookie of the Week: Kyra Rose (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Rockland, Mass.): Rose averaged 16 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, two steals and 2.3 blocks in a trio of games last week. She registered 14 points, seven boards, four assists, two steals and one block in a 73-69 setback at Becker before adding a game-best 20 points, seven caroms, three assists, three steals and three blocks in a 71-67 setback to Salem State on Wednesday. Rose concluded the week with a team-best 14 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks in a 77-52 loss to Framingham State on Saturday.
Women’s Honor Roll:
Allison Stoddard (Assumption | Sr. | East Lyme, Conn.): Stoddard came through in the clutch in a pair of Assumption wins last week, averaging 15.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game while making 11 of 12 free throws. She recorded 13 points, five rebounds and three assists in a 14-point win over Merrimack. Stoddard followed it up with 18 points, five rebounds and three assists, and was part of a 24-4 run in the fourth quarter to grab the lead from St. Michael’s on the way to victory.
Cassidy Harrison (Becker | Fr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison averaged 15 points and 2.1 steals this past week, while shooting 35 percent from behind the three-point arc. First, in her team’s 73-69 win over Fitchburg State, Harrison posted a game-high 23 points with four rebounds and three steals. Then, facing Mitchell on Saturday, Harrison put the Hawks on her back, scoring a game-high 22 points with four steals and shooting 11 of 13 from the foul line.
Madalyn Smith (Holy Cross | Fr. | Sussex, N.J.): Smith posted a career-high 16 points, while playing a crucial role in the Crusaders’ fourth quarter comeback win over American. The first-year helped the Crusaders secure a 51-46 win over American by converting a quartet of three-pointers and two freebies, while pulling down a trio of caroms. Prior to her team’s win over American, she registered two points and two rebounds in a 60-41 setback to Army.
Kaitlyn Berkel (Worcester State | Soph. | Waterford, Conn.): The sophomore forward averaged 18.5 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. She scored a team-high 16 points, collected eight rebounds and three blocks in the Blue and Gold’s 62-55 win over Framingham State – helping the Lancers snap the Rams’ eight-game winning streak. She then registered a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds in the setback to Westfield State in the regular season finale. She shot 60% from the field against the Owls.
Ama Biney (WPI | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney averaged 16.5 points in an important 2-0 week for the Engineers. She also averaged six rebounds to go with five steals and a block. Biney helped key a victory over regular season champion Babson with a dozen points, five boards, three steals and a pair of assists. On Saturday the junior led all players with 21 points and seven rebounds against MIT. As a result, the Engineers secured the third seed in the upcoming NEWMAC tournament.