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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Nine (Jan. 15th)

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WORCESTER – With another week of Worcester basketball in the books, it’s now time to unveil our latest Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, which includes women’s player and rookie of the week.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.

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Ogechi Ezemma became the 22nd player in Clark University women’s basketball program history to net 1,000 points. (PHOTO COURTESY: Clark University Athletics)

Women’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week: Ogechi Ezemma (Clark University | Sr.| Hope Valley, R.I.): Ezemma led Clark to a 3-0 week in three NEWMAC victories over Wellesley, WPI, and Wheaton. She posted 46 total points and two double-doubles with 19 points and 15 rebounds in against WPI and 16 points and 21 rebounds in the victory over Wheaton on Saturday. Ezemma notched her 1,000th career point at home on Saturday to become the 22nd player in program history to reach the milestone.

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Becker College’s Ciara McKissick recorded a triple-double last week against Dean College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Becker College Athletics)

Women’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week: Ciara McKissick (Becker College | Sr. | Charlton, Mass.): McKissick led Becker to a 3-0 week, highlighted by her second career triple-double during Thursday night’s victory over Dean. The senior team captain finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, two blocks and two steals. This came a mere two nights after McKissick assisted on a game-winning three from Cassidy Harrison in the Hawk’s 45-43 win at Eastern Nazarene. For the week, McKissick averaged 10.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game. As of earlier this week, the senior team captain leads the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) in assists per game (5.3).

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Avery LaBarbera continues to be a first-year player to watch in the Patriot League with Holy Cross. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week: Avery LaBarbera (Holy Cross | Fr. | Harrison, N.Y.): LaBarbera reached double figures in both of her contests this past week, posting 10 points with three rebounds, one block and one assist against Lehigh on Wednesday. In the Crusaders’ first Patriot League win on Saturday over Loyola, LaBarbera had 10 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Catherine Coppinger (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Boston, Mass.): Coppinger posted a double-double of 20 points and 20 rebounds along with two assists, three steals and one block in a 61-54 triumph over Salem State University on Wednesday in the Falcons lone contest of the week.

Brittany Herring (Worcester State | Sr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): In a 1-1 week for the Lancers, Herring averaged 17 points and 7.5 rebounds. She connected on 8 of 9 field goals in a three-point setback to Framingham State, while adding nine rebounds, three assists and three blocks. In her team’s win over MCLA, Herring netted 18 points on 8 of 11 shooting, while tallying nine rebounds (three offensive caroms), two assists and two blocks.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis helped guide the Crusaders to their first Patriot League victory with a 20-point, 14-rebound performance against Loyola (Md.) on Saturday for her 12th double-double of the season. She also chipped in three blocked shots and four assists, as well. Earlier in the week, she recorded 15 points and eight rebounds against Lehigh.

Alyssa Paul (WPI | Sr. | Schaghticoke, N.Y.): Bolstered by consecutive career-highs, Paul averaged 16.5 points and five rebounds last week. After establishing a new career-best of 16 points versus Smith on Tuesday the senior totaled 17 at Clark on Thursday.

Amber Wilson (Anna Maria College | So. | New York, NY): In a 1-2 week for the AMCATS, Wilson averaged 15.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists, including a week-high 25 points and eight caroms in an exciting 76-74 win over Rivier University, which provided Anna Maria with its initial conference win of the 2018-19 season. Wilson posted 10 points or more in all three contests, while sinking a combined 17 of 22 freebies, including 11 of 15 against Rivier.

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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Eight (Jan. 8th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER – With another week of Worcester basketball in the books, it’s now time to unveil our latest Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, which includes our women’s player and rookie of the week.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.


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Lauren Manis was tabbed this week’s WACBA Women’s Player of the Week after a pair of solid performances last month. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis had back-to-back double-doubles — her 10th and 11th of the year in 13 games — to open Patriot League play. Against Colgate on Thursday, she recorded 11 points and 12 rebounds; at Lafayette on Sunday, she recorded 12 points and 13 rebounds, including four offensive boards. She has recorded double-digit points in every contest this year

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Avery LaBarbera continues to be a first-year player to watch as she turned in two impressive performances at the end of last month. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Avery LaBarbera (Holy Cross | Fr. | Harrison, N.Y.): LaBarbera reached double figures in both contests this past week, recording 17 points, four rebounds and four assists against Colgate on Thursday before posting 10 points, six rebounds and three assists at Lafayette on Sunday. She has been in double figures nine times this year.


Kaitlyn Berkel (Worcester State | Sr. | Waterford, Conn.): Just days after netting 1,000th point in her team’s 60-56 win over UC Santa Cruz, Berkel posted 12 rebounds, four points, two blocks, one steal and one assist in her team’s 54-44 win over Salem State.

Caitlin Boermeester (WPI | So. | Billerica, Mass.): The sophomore notched a game and career-best five steals to go with six points on 3-4 shooting inside the arc, two assists and two rebounds in Saturday’s 49-26 win over Mount Holyoke. The team leader with 1.3 swipes per game played a game-high 33 minutes, the most for an Engineer since her 37 minutes versus UMass Boston during the WPI Holiday Tournament.

Brianna Capacchione (Assumption | So. | Washington Township, N.J. ): Capacchione came up clutch for the Hounds last weekend in helping them taking down AIC 75-65. The junior scored a team-high 16 points, with six rebounds, four assists and one block in a complete performance.

Sierra Johnson (Anna Maria| Jr. | Brockton, Mass.): Against Northern Vermont-Johnson this past weekend, Johnson netted 20 points on 10 of 20 shooting, while adding five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Johnson has netted 20 points or more four times this season.

Ciara McKissick (Becker College | Sr. | Charlton, Mass.): McKissick continued to fill up the stat line with seven points, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals against Regis on Saturday in a 49-37 loss. The Hawks will be back in action on Tuesday night when they travel to Eastern Nazarene College for a 5:30 p.m. game in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) play.


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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Five (Dec. 11th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER  Another busy week of Worcester area basketball has been recorded, which means it is time to unveil our fifth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.


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WACBA Women’sPlayer of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis registered a pair of double-doubles – her seventh and eighth of the season – in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders. She led Holy Cross to an overtime victory over Hofstra University last Wednesday, posting 26 points, 18 rebounds and two blocks, including the go-ahead basket in overtime. She additionally had a 22-point, 10-rebound performance against the University of New Hampshire on Sunday to lead the Crusaders in both categories. She is tied for the Division 1 lead with eight double-doubles this year.

LaBarbera WACBA WEB NS WACBA Women’s Rookie of the Week: Avery LaBarbera (Holy Cross | Fr. | Harrison, N.Y.): LaBarbera was a factor all over the floor last week in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders. In an overtime win against Hofstra University last Wednesday, she posted a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds to become one of three Holy Cross players to post a double-doubles in that particular outing. Against the University of New Hampshire on Sunday, she recorded six points and four assists.

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Jordan Hawkins (Assumption | Sr. | Glen Burnie, Md.): Hawkins was an influential player in Assumption’s 55-49 victory over No. 19 Stonehill College last week. Hawkins recorded 11 points and 12 rebounds, including six offensive boards, in her first career double-double, while also earning one block and one steal in her 34 minutes of play. Hawkins shot 55.6 percent from the floor and scored five points of the team’s last nine points with one steal in the final 3:00 of the game to help Assumption hold off the Skyhawks.

Ciara McKissick (Becker College | Sr. | Charlton, Mass.): McKissick had a great all-around week for the Hawks, averaging 17.5 points per game on 68.4 percent shooting with 7.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. The senior captain scored 20 points to lead Becker to a 62-56 win at Newbury on Friday night in a rematch of last season’s NECC Finals.

Catherine Coppinger (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Dorchester, Mass): Averaged a double-double of 16 points and 17.5 rebounds per contest as well as 1.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game in two contests for the Falcons last week. She poosted a double-double of 22 points and 19 boards to go along with one assist and three steals in a 74-71 setback to Suffolk University on Thursday before adding a double-double of ten points and 16 caroms as well as two assists and four steals in a 64-47 victory against Southern Vermont on Saturday.

Bailey Savage (WPI | Fr.| Charlton, Mass.): Savage averaged 14 points and 4.5 rebounds, and totaled four assists and two steals in the Engineers 1-1 week. After tying her career-high of 11 points at the half versus Clark, the freshman went on to share game-high honors with 15 on the day.

WACBA Milestone/Highlight: Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Jr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison became the seventh Hawk in the history of the program to reach 1000 career points on Monday night in Becker’s at the University of Saint Joseph (Conn.). Harrison led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting. She hit a three-point jumper with 2:17 to go in the game to give her 1,001 points for her career. Harrison becomes the first Hawk to make the list since former Becker great Haley Ooms did it on February 4th, 2014.


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WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week 12

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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: 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.

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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.

WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week Eight

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Ama Biney was tabbed this week’s WACBA Women’s Player of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin)

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: Ama Biney (WPI | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney once again paced the Engineers in a 2-0 week by narrowly averaging a double-double of 11.5 points and eight rebounds. She had a week-high of 13 points versus Springfield and posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 boards at Emerson. Biney also doled out four assists each game, while recording seven swipes against the Lions. She averaged 4.5 steals for the week.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Fr. | Franklin, Mass.): Mannis registered a pair of double-doubles – her sixth and seventh, respectively – in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders. So far this season, she has netted double-figures in 16 games – she currently is averaging 12.7 points per game with 8.3 rebounds. Against American – a one-point (61-60) win for the Crusaders – she notched a career-best 14 caroms, while netting 19 points. For the week, she tallied 34 points, pulled down 26 rebounds and registered a quartet of swipes.

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Ciara McKissick (Becker | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): McKissick continued her strong play this week, finishing with 11 points and eight rebounds in a tough loss at Mitchell on Saturday.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker | Fr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison, who leads Becker in scoring, finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and four steals at Mitchell on Saturday.

Kyra Rose (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Rockland, Mass.): Rose averaged 14.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.3 blocks per game in three games for the Falcons. She collected a game-best 14 points, eight boards, five assists and three steals in a 67-27 win over Green Mountain on Monday before adding seven points, eight caroms, two assists and one block in a 62-38 setback to MCLA on Wednesday. Rose ended the week with a double-double of 23 points and ten rebounds to go along with four assists, four steals and three blocks in a 76-61 win against Salem State on Saturday.

Amy Assad (Nichols | Soph. | Millis, Mass.): Assad dropped in a career-high 22 points and snared 13 rebounds in a road win at Wentworth on Saturday. She was a perfect six-of-six from the line and registered two steals.

Britt Herring (Worcester State | Soph. | W. Brookfield, Mass.): Herring averaged 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in a 0-2 week for the Lancers. She picked up a game-high 14 points in the setback to Bridgewater State before notching 12 rebounds in a loss to Framingham State.

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