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With the first week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.
Women’s Player of the Week: Ogechi Ezemma (Clark | Jr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): In a 2-1 week for the Cougars, Ezemma averaged a double-double of 18.0 points and 10.7 rebounds, while connecting on 71.4 percent of her free throws. She opened the season with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds in her team’s 79-62 win over Fitchburg State before recording her second double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds on the second day of the Worcester City Tournament against Becker. She netted a season-high 21 points by connecting on 10 of 12 shots from the field during her team’s 82-75 setback to Worcester State last Friday. Additionally, she recorded two blocks, one steal and one assist against the Lancers, too.
Women’s Rookie of the Week: Sam Maglione (Worcester State | Fr. | Lancaster, Mass.): Maglione averaged 10.3 points and one steal per game in a 2-1 opening week for the Blue and Gold. Overall, she shot 45.5% from the field, 41.2% from 3-point range, and a perfect 100% from the charity stripe. In the season opener, she posted 11 points on three triples and a bucket along with three swipes. In the Worcester City Tournament’s first round against Clark, Maglione logged 14 points, three rebounds, and two assists to help the Lancers secure their second win of the season. In the Championship game against WPI, she notched six points with a rebound and a steal.
Women’s Honor Roll
Maritza Gustave (Anna Maria | Sr. | Fall River, Mass.): Gustave averaged 10 points and 9.5 rebounds in a pair of games last week. She grabbed herself a double-double against Becker of 14 points and 13 caroms, while concluding the week with six points, six caroms and one steal against Ave Maria.
Idalis Miranda (Clark | Fr. | Naugatuck, Conn.): In a 2-1 week for the Cougars, Miranda averaged 14.3 points, 6.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals, while connecting on 70 percent of her free throws. In her initial collegiate contest, she recorded a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, which helped Clark top Fitchburg State. She would net double-figures twice more in the week, tallying 15 against Worcester State before netting 11 against Becker. She converted her first trifecta of her college career in an 82-75 setback to Worcester State on the opening night of the Worcester City Tournament.
Kate Surprenant (Worcester State | Jr. |Pelham, N.H.): The junior guard averaged 12 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in a 2-1 week for the Blue and Gold. She logged six points, six rebounds and two assists in the Lancers’ opening night win at Mount Holyoke. She then recorded a career-high 20 points, going 8-for-13 from the field, in the Lancers’ 82-75 win over Clark with two rebounds, two assists and one steal. In the Worcester City Tournament Championship game against WPI, she tallied 10 points, three rebounds, and three assists. Overall this week, she shot 66.7% from the field, and 75% from the free throw line.
Ama Biney (WPI | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney averaged 15 points to go with eight rebounds, four steals and two assists en route to repeat Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors and the program’s fourth consecutive title at the annual Worcester City Tournament. In Saturday’s title game versus Worcester State, Biney scored 22 points, six rebounds and three steals. The fourth quarter saw the local product personally tie the Lancers with eight points.