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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.
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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.
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).
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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