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WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week Seven


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.

Upperclassmen Leadership, Depth Paying Off For WPI Women’s Basketball

WPI sophomore Ama Biney currently leads the Engineers with 69 points, including nine trifectas. (Photo Credit: WPI Athletics)

WPI sophomore Ama Biney currently leads the Engineers with 69 points, including nine trifectas. (Photo Credit: WPI Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

Following their second New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory of the season on Wednesday, WPI women’s basketball head coach Cherise Galasso admitted she was content with her squad’s victory, but knows her team’s season is far from over.

The Engineers are off to an impressive start, winning six of seven games, including four straight, dating back to last month. WPI begins a six-game road trip tomorrow when they travel to MIT, which has won three of five contests thus far.

“The key for us has been our preparation and focusing on getting better every day,” said Galasso.

“Staying in the moment, not getting too high or too low, and we try to focus on process versus the outcome. I think if we can buy into that mentality, the system and each other then we have a chance to truly compete at a higher level.”

WPI has clearly ‘bought into the system,’ relying on every player to contribute, both on offense and defense. Sophomore Ama Biney, who also competes for the Engineers’ softball team, leads WPI with 69 points, including nine trifectas. Classmate Stasha Greenalch and senior Lisa Mendez have proven they can connect from beyond the arc, netting six triples, respectively.

On defense, junior Tess Nogueira leads the unit with six blocks, while Biney has snatched 31 defensive rebounds. Junior Priscilla Dunphy has recorded the most rebounds – 41 boards to be exact – while Nogueira has helped the team set-up second or third opportunities with a team-high 19 offensive caroms.

“It’s been pretty exciting for us to see different players stepping up each night whether it’s on the boards or with steals or assists and scoring,” said Galasso.

“We thought coming into the season we had the potential to be pretty deep and be able to utilize various lineups in each game. I think that is still a work in progress for us with so many players stepping into new roles, but our upperclassmen have done a terrific job of setting the tone and being consistent with the little things we value in our system, especially on defense.”

WPI’s upperclassmen will be counted on over the next few weeks as the Engineers look to continue their early season momentum.

Following their visit to MIT, the Engineers will make a short trek to Fitchburg State next Tuesday, December 8 before competing in the Daytona Shootout on Sunday, December 20 and Monday, December 21 against King’s (Pennsylvania) and Alvenia (Pennsylvania) in Dayton, Florida.

The Engineers conclude their six-game trip with visits to Simmons College on Saturday, January 2 and Wellesley College on Wednesday, January 6 before returning home to face Wheaton College on Saturday, January 9.

“This group has done a great job of not looking ahead and not looking back. They are a very motivated team who really care about each other, so I don’t think it will be hard to keep them focused (during this six-game stretch),” said Galasso. “I think getting positive results has helped, but this next stretch will be a good challenge.

“Overcoming adversity is what it’s all about, so we will focus on what we can control and keep working on staying positive mentally. If we give energy to each other consistently then we will be able to withstand the tough moments that come up in games whether they are home or on the road.”

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Weekly Report (Feb. 11-17)

By NoontimeSports.com 

With another week of college basketball in Worcester officially in the books, here’s this week’s WACBA Rookies of the Week, Players of the Week and Honor Roll.

QUICK NOTE: Write-ups courtesy of the college’s sports information department. 

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Zack Karalis (WPI) Fr., Guard, North Andover, MA: Karalis tossed in a career-best 25 points in WPI’s NEWMAC regular season title clinching victory over Clark.  The freshman helped WPI complete the comeback over the Cougars with 14 points in the final five minutes.

Men’s Player of the Week: Tim Beinert (Assumption College) Sr., Forward, Bellerose Village, NY:Beinert averaged a double-double with 14.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game last week while shooting 54.5 percent from the field. He also added two blocks; two steals and one assist per game. Beinert began the week with a 13-point, 10-rebound showing at New Haven, including a tip-in at the buzzer to force OT. He then posted 16 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks in a home win over Adelphi.

Women’s Player of the Week: Hayley Zophin (Nichols College) Sr., Forward, Framingham, MA: The nation’s No. 8 rebounder at 13.0 rebounds per game, Zophin scored a career-high 27 points in her final collegiate game, a 76-63 win at Gordon on Saturday afternoon. She also snared 11 rebounds en route to her 16th double-double of the season.  

Honor Roll:

Alex Smith (Holy Cross) Jr., Guard, Delran, NJ: Smith finished the week with 28 points, seven assists, seven caroms and one steal in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders. The New Jersey native tallied a game-high 20 points against American, won the Winter Homecoming MVP honors, and tied for a season-high eight field goals, too.

Gabrielle Gibson (Assumption College) Sr., Guard, Amityville, NY: In a 2-0 week, Gibson averaged 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game. She began the week with a career-high 32 points to go along with 11 rebounds for the double-double in a road win at New Haven. She followed that with 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals in a home win over Adelphi. She now sits in fourth place on the Assumption all-time scoring list with 1,480 points.

Katie Pryor (Anna Maria College) Soph., Guard, Whitinsville, MA: Pryor had a career week for the AMCATS. The sophomore guard averaged 21.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists en route to a 2-1 week for Anna Maria. In the AMCATS first GNAC win of the season vs. Lasell College, Pryor poured in a career-high 27 points shooting a terrific 50% (8-of-16) from the field including 3 FG’s from beyond the arc. Anna Maria picked up a second GNAC win in the season finale against Mount Ida; Pryor had a game high 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

Ryan Kolb (WPI) Jr., Forward, Southington, CT: Kolb averaged 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds as the fifth-ranked Engineers went 1-1 on the week and in the process, secured the top seed and hosting rights for next week’s NEWMAC Tournament.  Kolb capped a 12-0 run with seven straight points as WPI turned around a seven point deficit to a 15 point victory against Clark.

Cindy Chelius (WPI) Sr., Center, Northfield, NJ:  Chelius registered a career-high 17 points to help the Engineers clinch a home game in the NEWMAC Tournament and provide her head coach Cherise Galasso with her 200th win at WPI with a 59-49 road victory at Coast Guard.

Alex Lopez (Worcester State) Fr., Guard, Springfield, MA: Averaged 11.6 points, 6.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds in a 2-1 week for Worcester State including 11 points and eight points in 78-77 overtime loss to Bridgewater State, 14 points, four rebounds and four assists in a 73-73 overtime triumph (scored six of 12 points in OT) and 10 points and seven helpers in an 89-75 victory over Fisher.

Robert Hunter (Worcester State) Jr., Forward St. Louis, MO: Averaged 20.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals in a 2-1 week for Worcester State including 20 points and 10 caroms in a 76-73 overtime victory at Salem State to help the Blue and Gold achieve their first victory in Salem since 1984-85 season. Hunter also netted a season-best 29 points in a 78-77 extra session setback to Bridgewater State and shot .528 from the field for the week (28-53).

Meaghan Burns (Worcester State) Jr., Guard, N. Brookfield, MA: Averaged 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, three steals and 2.5 blocks in a 1-1 week for Worcester State including 14 points, eight boards and a trio of rejections in a 59-47 victory over Salem State to help Lancers secure second-seed and first-round bye in this week’s MASCAC Tournament.

Worcester City Basketball Tournament: WPI 86, Becker College 25

By Matt Noonan 

WORCESTER, MA — The college basketball season officially kicked-off in Worcester on Friday with the 32nd Annual Worcester City Women’s Basketball Tournament.

WPI commenced the tournament with a convincing 86-25 victory against Becker College. Dani Davis and Kelly Morgan each netted 13 points, while Haili Welton chipped in 12 points. Theresa Logan recorded eight points and 10 rebounds in the win, too.

Below are post-game reactions from WPI’s head coach Cherise Galasso, along with Davis and Logan.

Babson College Earn 21st Victory, Beavers Knock off WPI, 69-37

BABSON PARK, MA – There is a reason why the Babson College Beavers women’s basketball team is ranked fifth in the Division III NCAA national poll. Some of the reasons are due to their tremendous on target passing, shot selections and players that can outrebound opponents for multiple points in the paint.

Against Worcester Poly Tech on Saturday, the Beavers had absolutely no problem defending and scoring against the Engineers, as they not only earned their 21st victory of the season, but also, the top spot in the NEWMAC conference tournament, which will begin later this month.

“I think Babson’s a great team. They’re playing very well and I think they’re going to go far into the [NCAA] playoffs, so I hope they represent [the NEWMAC Conference] well,” said WPI head coach Cherise Galasso.

The Engineers jumped out to an early 10-9 lead in the first half, but the Beavers didn’t fall apart, yet instead, rebounded and finished the first 20-minutes with 37-points. A majority of those first half points were provided by junior forwards Kathleen King and Nicole Wurderman. In fact, both players combined for 43 of the 69-points recorded.

“It wasn’t really a team effort, but we decided to let Kathleen [King] be our point guard for a while there and she did a good job at it. She’s not afraid of anything. She stepped up to the plate, did a good job handling the ball. [Nicole] just rises to the occasion, ” said Babson head coach Judy Blinstrub.

In the second half, Babson denied any chances of a WPI comeback and held the Engineers to 13-points. The Beavers tallied 32-points during the final period and were perfect from the free throw line, connecting on all 10-shots.

“I thought Sarah Collins did a great a job [defending Elle Fontaine], she’s [a] phenomenal shooter [and] we had to put height on her. [Overall] I thought [WPI] really fought back and kept battling us. I thought [Siean Mamayek] did a really good job inside on us, so they’re a tough team and well coached and they do a good job,” said Blinstrub.

With the win, Babson not only remains undefeated, but also, they are [14-0] against conference opponents. While the Engineers may have had the opportunity to hand the Beavers their first loss of the season back in December of 2010, clearly, they looked like a different team that couldn’t contain Babson’s fast paced offense.

Babson appears to be the true frontrunner in this particular division, as well as team that could make a lot of “noise” in the NCAA Division III March Madness tournament.

“Every game I think [about losing our winning streak],” said Blinstrub. “I know we have a target on our back, but we’re just focusing game by game. We don’t try to think about the overall thing that way we come to play every time we walk in the gym.”

Babson has never had a women’s basketball team finish a regular season undefeated, but with only four games remaining the Beavers could certainly make history and finish [25-0].

“I don’t know [if we can finish the season undefeated]. We’ll see [and] take it day by day,” said Blinstrub.

(This article was written by Matt Noonan. Follow him and Noontime Sports on Twitter @NoontimeSports)