Fitchburg State’s Kyra Rose was tabbed this week’s WACBA Rookie of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / Ashley Green)
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 has emerged as a dominant inside player in her second season for the Hawks, as she averaged 19.3 points and 9.0 rebounds for the week while shooting 51 percent from the floor. Dowdy posted a career-high 30 points with 13 rebounds last Tuesday in Becker’s 63-56 victory at Elms. She followed that up on Saturday at Bay Path, scoring 24 points (off a mere 12 shots) with 11 rebounds in a 61-41 victory. Picked to finish eighth in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) preseason poll, the Hawks of Becker are now in second place and off to their best start in conference play in program history.
Infiniti Thomas-Waheed (Holy Cross | Jr. | Newton, Mass.): In a 2-0 week for the Crusaders, Thomas-Waheed notched her second double-double of the season – third of her career – with 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 65-47 win over Lehigh. She finished the contest 5 of 15 from the field, while converting three of four free throws. Prior to her team’s win over Lehigh, she netted 20 points and pulled down nine caroms in a 67-61 win over Lafayette. For the week, she totaled 36 points, 19 rebounds, six blocks, three steals and two assists.
Women’s Rookie of the Week: Kyra Rose (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Rockland, Mass.): Rose averaged 22.5 points, ten rebounds, 4.5 assists and one steal in two games for the Green and Gold this past week. She netted a game-best 31 points, 16 rebounds and three assists in an 85-60 setback to Bridgewater State on Wednesday before adding 14 points, four caroms, six assists and two steals in a 74-62 setback to Worcester State on Saturday.
Women’s Milestone of the Week: WPI provided Coach Cherise Galasso with her 300th career win on the sidelines last Thursday as the Engineers defeated Mount Holyoke, 74-42. As noted in the game’s release, Galasso sports a 300-217 record (.580) and is 265-179 (.597) in 17 seasons on Boynton Hill.
Women’s Honor Roll:
Jo Impellizeri (Assumption | Sr. | Seaford, N.Y.): Impellizeri was dominant inside this past week, averaging 16.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while shooting 55.0 percent from the floor in leading Assumption to a pair of victories. The senior scored 13 points with five rebounds and five assists in a 69-46 win over Saint Rose before finishing the week with 20 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in a 62-51 victory against New Haven.
Cassidy Harrison (Becker | Fr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison averaged 16.7 points and 4.0 rebounds this past week while shooting 43 percent from behind the arc. Harrison totaled 14 points in the victory at Elms on Tuesday before scoring 20 points against top-seeded Regis College on Thursday. Against the Pride, she converted five-of-six attempts from beyond the arc. In Saturday’s 61-41 win at Bay Path, Harrison finished with 16 points. Harrison has emerged as Becker’s leading scorer in her rookie season and as the top scoring first-year in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC).
Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Fr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis netted 22 points in her team’s 65-47 win over Lehigh, which matched a career-best from earlier this season. Additionally, she poured in 12 points, while recording four rebounds, two blocks and one assist in a six-point victory over Lafayette. For the week, she converted 7 of 11 free throws, netted 34 points and registered 11 caroms.
Taylor Daniels (Nichols | Sr. | Dudley, Mass.): Daniels averaged a double-double with 11.5 points per game and 11.0 rebounds per game in two games last week. She scored 11 points and pulled down 15 boards against Eastern Nazarene on Wednesday before tallying 12 points and seven boards at Endicott on Saturday. She also averaged 3.5 steals per game and 2.5 assists per game.
Kaitlyn Berkel (Worcester State | Soph. | Waterford, Conn.): The sophomore forward averaged 11 points and seven rebounds per game in a 1-2 week for the Lancers. She scored five points in the setback to UMass Dartmouth, and then midway through the week registered her third double-double of the season against the No. 1 Tufts with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Berkel concluded the week with 14 points and eight rebounds in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) win over Fitchburg State. Berkel shot 40.7% from the field, and 50% from beyond the arc in the week.
Priscilla Dunphy (WPI | Sr. | Barrington, R.I.): Dunphy shot 61.1 percent from the field in a 2-0 week for WPI. She led the Engineers with 16 points against Emerson and added 12 points in Coach Galasso’s 300th career win Thursday at Mount Holyoke.