Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week 12)

By NoontimeSports.com

WORCESTER, Mass. – With yet another week of college basketball in Worcester County in the books, it is time to dole out this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll, including players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the WeekAndrew Musler (Clark, Gr./Belmont, Mass.): In a 1-1 week for the Cougars, Musler averaged 21.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks while shooting 61.5 percent from the field (13-for-21) and 85 percent from the free throw line (12-for-14). First, in a 70-55 win over Wheaton, Musler just missed out a double-double, finishing with 18 points, nine rebounds and four blocks on 7-for-12 shooting. Then in a narrow 77-73 overtime loss to No. 8 Babson, Musler played 40 of the possible 45 minutes, totaling a season-best 25 points, to go along with four rebounds and three blocks. He was extremely efficient against the Beavers, going 6-for-9 from the field, including 4-for-6 from the three-point line and 9-for-11 from the charity stripe.

Women’s Co-Player of the WeekLaura Cote (Fitchburg State, Sr./Ashby, Mass.): Cote averaged 15.5 points per game and 7.5 steals per game over two contests for Fitchburg State. The senior guard registered 16 points in a 63-58 victory over Anna Maria, while becoming the 10th member of the program’s exclusive 1,000 point club. In the Falcons 66-62 loss to Bridgewater, Cote tallied 15 points with 11 steals.

Women’s Co-Player of the WeekDani Davis (WPI, Sr./East Granby, Conn.): Davis averaged 18.5 points and five rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Engineers.  The senior became the 17th member of the program’s 1,000 point club during WPI’s 62-57 victory Wednesday over Emerson. Davis,  who reached the milestone with a jumper with 2:32 remaining before halftime, ended the triumph with 12 points. The forward did not slow down from there, pouring in a career-best 25 points Saturday in a loss to Wheaton. Davis drained 9-of-17 attempts from the field, including connecting on 3-of-4 3-point attempts.

Women’s Rookie of the WeekSam O’Gara (Clark, Fr./Worcester, Mass.): In a 2-0 week, the first-year lead guard averaged 10.5 points and 5.0 assists as the Cougars won back-to-back games for the first time this season. In a 41-36 win over Wellesley, she finished with 12 points, two rebounds and two assists helping the Scarlet and White snap a 12-game losing streak. Then the next night in a 72-66 win over Pine Manor, she just missed a double-double with nine points and eight assists.

Honor Roll:

Justin Burrell (Holy Cross, Sr./Dumfries, Va.): Burrell led the Crusaders with a season-high 26 points and five rebounds in the victory at Army and was limited to seven points and four assists in the win over Lehigh. The senior hit 14 of 16 free throws on the week, including seven of eight in the last minute of the Army game, and four of four in the last minute of the Lehigh game.

Jimmy Zenevitch (Assumption, Sr./Methuen, Mass.): Zenevitch averaged 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last week, highlighted by an 18-point, seven-rebound showing at Stonehill as he was 8-for-10 from the field in that game.

Patrick Bradanese (Anna Maria, Jr./ Billerica, Mass.): Bradanese averaged 17.7 points per game in a 1-2 week for the AMCATS. In the team’s lone win, an 85-84 win against Emmanuel, Bradanese scored a game-high 28 points and hit a team-best six three-pointers. On the week, Bradanese shot at 44.7 percent from the floor (17-38) and 43.5 percent from long-distance (10-23) while adding a 9-10 effort at the free-throw line. The junior guard added five assists and five steals on the week.

Nick DaPrato (Clark, Gr./Marshfield, Mass.): In a 1-1 week for the Cougars, DaPrato averaged 19.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals, while eclipsing the 100 made three-pointers mark for his career. In a 70-55 win over Wheaton, DaPrato totaled 15 points and three rebounds. Then in a narrow overtime loss to No. 8 Babson, he racked up 23 points, six rebounds four assists and four steals, connecting on four three-pointers and he now sits at 101 made triples.

Charles Gunter (Worcester State, Sr./Boston, Mass.): Gunter averaged 18.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and connected for 81.3 percent of his free throws (13-16) in an 0-2 week for Worcester State which included 19 points, six boards and three helpers in a 93-82 overtime setback to Bridgewater State and 18 points with six caroms in a 101-81 loss against Westfield State.

Sam Longwell (WPI, Sr./Acton, Mass.): Longwell continued to produce double-doubles notching one in each of WPI’s two victories last week.  The senior registered a team-high 20 points and a game-best 14 rebounds in an important 69-58 home triumph over MIT before tallying 19 points and 10 boards in a 65-47 road win at Coast Guard.  Longwell shot an impressive 58.3 percent from the field and canned 55.6 percent of his 3-point attempts as he averaged 19.5 points, 12 rebounds and three assists while posting his fifth and sixth double-doubles of the season and eighth and ninth of his career.

Allison Stoddard (Assumption, So./East Lyme, Conn.): In two games, Stoddard averaged 16 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.5 assists in a 1-1 week. Highlighting her week was a career-high 21-point effort in the win at Merrimack as she added four rebounds, two steals and two assists in the victory.

Trafficia Warburton (Anna Maria, Sr./ Worcester, Mass.): Warburton averaged 17.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 7.0 steals on the week for Anna Maria. in a non-conference game against Fitchburg, she scored a team-high 22 points and added 16 rebounds and six steals. Against Lasell on Saturday, she netted 12 points and eight steals.

Aretha Sullivan (Clark, So./Worcester, Mass.): In a 2-0 week, Sullivan had the best stretch of her sophomore campaign, averaging 11.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists as the Cougars won back-to-back games for the first time this season. In a 41-36 win over Wellesley, she had eight points and three rebounds, but then in a 72-66 win over Pine Manor, Sullivan was at her best registering 15 points and a game-best 12 rebounds, while handing out five assists. For the week she also went 10-for-10 from the free throw line.

Shannen El-Qasem (Worcester State, Sr./Rutland, Mass.): El-Qasem averaged 10.5 points and 4.0 rebounds and shot 56.3 percent from the floor (9-16) in a 1-1 week for Worcester State which included 12 points and four boards in a 50-44 victory over Bridgewater State.

Ama Biney (WPI, Fr./Worcester, Mass.): Biney continued her strong freshman season by shooting at a 60 percent clip en route to averaging 14 points as WPI split a pair of NEWMAC contests last week.  The rookie netted a team-best 17 points and secured the game with a steal in the waning seconds as the Engineers defeated Emerson 62-57 on Wednesday evening.  Biney came back and tossed 11 points Saturday versus Wheaton and ended the week with 12 rebounds and seven steals.

Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) will once again be the home to WACBA this winter, and will post the weekly awards every Tuesday morning. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@NoontimeSports and @NoonSportsBlog), while also keeping up with WACBA (@WACBAHoops) for up-to-date news, notes, scores and more.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Week 10 Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, Mass. – With yet another week of college basketball in Worcester in the books, it is time to dish this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll, including players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Karl Ziegler (Assumption, Jr./Annandale, Va.): 
In a 1-1 week, Ziegler averaged 21.5 points and 6.5 rebounds to go along with 1.5 assists and steals per game, as well as shooting 48.5 percent from the field. Highlighting his week was a career-high 25 points vs. Southern Connecticut on Saturday.

Patrick Bradanese (Anna Maria, Jr./ Billerica, Mass.): Bradanese averaged 23.0 points per game in a 2-0 week for the AMCATS. He scored a team-best 24 points and hit five three-pointers in Anna Maria’s come-from-behind 77-74 win against Johnson & Wales before adding 22 points on a 69.2 percent effort from the floor in the AMCATS’ 105-104 overtime win against St. Joseph’s. On the week, Bradanese hit 18-of-30 (60.0 percent) from the floor, including a 7-for-14 (50 percent) effort from three-point range. He also averaged 5.0 assists per game.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Youssef Fodaile (Anna Maria, Fr./ Worcester, Mass.): Fodaile was one of six AMCATS to reach double-figures in Anna Maria’s 105-104 overtime win against St. Joseph’s on Saturday, scoring 19 points off the bench on a 60 percent effort (six-for-10) from the floor. He also hit four crucial free throws late in the second half. On the week, Fodalie averaged 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game and posted a 53.8 percent effort from the floor.

Women’s Player of the Week: Raquel Scott (Holy Cross, Jr./Ridgewood, N.J.): Scott had another solid week for the Crusaders, as she averaged 19.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. Against Loyola, she totaled seven points and a team-high nine rebounds. In the win over first-place American on Saturday, Scott scored a career-high 31 points on 12-of-20 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and four steals. She also connected on a career-high three trifectas versus the Eagles. Scott ranks fourth in the Patriot League in points per game (16.8) and second in rebounding (9.4) and is 25 points shy of 1,000 for her career.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Nani Perez (Worcester State, Fr./Worcester, Mass.): Dealt a season-best 10 assists while finishing with seven points, two boards and one swipe in a 64-52 victory over Framingham State.

Honor Roll:

Katie Doherty (Holy Cross, Fr./Holbrook, N.Y.): Doherty averaged 7.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game last week. Against Loyola, she posted team-highs of 13 points and four assists. Doherty also went 3-of-7 from behind the arc versus the Greyhounds. In the win over American, she totaled two points, two rebounds and two assists. Doherty ranks fourth on the team with 6.3 points per game.

Caitlin Ackerman (Assumption, Sr./ Nashua, N.H.): 
Ackerman averaged 13.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in two games last week while shooting 48 percent from the

Katie Pryor (Anna Maria, Sr. / Whitinsville, Mass.): Pryor tallied 22 points in the AMCATS’ 70-50 win against Mount Ida on Saturday. In 33 minutes of action, she hit seven-of-11 from the floor, including an impressive six-for-eight from three-point range. She also dished out an assist and tallied two steals in the win.

Sam Longwell (WPI, Sr./Acton, MA): Longwell averaged 18 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two steals as the No. 6 Engineers split a pair of contests for the Engineers last week.  The senior is now 12th on the all-time scoring list with 1,288 career points.

Dani Davis (WPI, Sr./ East Granby, CT): Davis paced the Crimson and Gray with a team-best 11 points as WPI downed NEWMAC tri-leader Springfield 56-55 in overtime on Saturday.  The senior canned two free throws with 12.7 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Engineers the lead for good.

Obi Obiora (WPI, Fr./Boston, MA): Obiora continued his strong play by totaling 17 points and seven rebounds in a 1-1 week for WPI.  The freshman connected on eight of 10 field goal attempts on the week.

Ama Biney (WPI, Fr./Worcester, MA): Biney amassed 10 points as WPI defeated Springfield 56-56 in overtime in its only contest of the week.

Paul Brooks (Worcester State, So. /Arlington, Mass.): Brooks finished with nine points, nine caroms and a duo of blocks while shooting .500 (4-8) from the field in a 41-37 victory over Framingham State.

Julie Frankian (Worcester State, Sr./Millbury, Mass.): Frankian tallied 15 points with a trio of three-pointers and eight rebounds in a 64-52 triumph over Framingham State. She entered the weekend ranked third in Division III in three-point percentage (.495-47-95).

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week Nine)

By NoontimeSports.com

WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in Worcester in the books, it is now time to unveil this week’s – the ninth week – Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll, including our players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Sam Longwell (WPI, Sr./Acton, MA): Longewell averaged 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds as the eighth-ranked Engineers won a pair of contests last week. The senior erupted for a game-best 24 points, 12 rebounds and career-high 10 assists without a turnover in WPI’s 92-68 victory Saturday versus Wheaton. Saturday’s performance – his first triple-double in a Crimson and Gray uniform – was the first by an Engineer player since Scott Misiaszek accomplished the feat a decade ago. Longwell, who had a first half for the ages against the Lyons with 22 points and eight assists, also tossed in 11 points and added five rebounds and three assists during Wednesday’s 63-42 triumph over Clark.

Paul Brooks (Worcester State, Soph./Arlington, Mass.): Brooks averaged 13.0 points, 14.5 rebounds and 5.5 blocks in a 1-1 week for Worcester State which included 11 points, 14 boards and a school record tying 8 blocks in a 79-72 victory over Fitchburg State to go with 15 points, 15 caroms and a 3 rejections in a 68-62 setback against Westfield State. Also connected on .667 percent of his field goal attempts (12-18).

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Obi Obiora (WPI, Fr./Boston, Mass.): Obiora shot a blistering 71.4% from the floor while totaling 11 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks in wins against Clark and Wheaton.

Women’s Player of the Week: Raquel Scott (Holy Cross, Jr./Ridgewood, N.J.): Scott had another solid week in helping the Crusaders earn two Patriot League wins over Lafayette and Navy. Against Lafayette on Wednesday, she posted her ninth double-double of the season and the 28th of her career with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Scott also recorded a season-best six assists versus the Leopards, too. In the win over Navy, she tallied a game-high 16 points to go along with seven boards and four assists. Scott ranks fourth in the Patriot League with 16.5 points per game, while she stands second in the conference with 9.5 rebounds per contest … she is 63 points shy of 1,000 in her career, as she has scored 937 collegiate points.

Trafficia Warburton (Anna Maria, Sr./Worcester Mass.): Warburton averaged a double-double of 16.5 points and 13.0 rebounds per game in two outings this week. She tallied a game-high 20 points and 11 rebounds on Monday at Johnson & Wales, and added 13 points and 15 rebounds on Sunday against Suffolk. Warburton averaged a 55.6 field goal percentage on the week, sparked by a 4-for-5 effort (80 percent) on Sunday. The double-doubles were the 10th and 11th of the season for Warburton.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Katie Doherty (Holy Cross, Fr./Holbrook, N.Y.): Doherty played a pivotal role in helping Holy Cross pick up two wins over Lafayette and Navy. In the win over Lafayette, she scored a career- and game-high 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while canning 3-of-4 from behind the arc. On Saturday against Navy, Doherty totaled seven points, four rebounds and a pair of steals. Doherty is averaging 6.2 points and 3.1 rebounds per game this season, while shooting at a 36.8 percent clip from the floor and a 34.3 percent clip from behind the arc. Her three-point percentage ranks eighth in the Patriot League. In Patriot League games, Doherty is averaging 6.8 points per game.

Honor Roll:

Malachi Alexander (Holy Cross, Soph./Bowie, Md.): Alexander led Holy Cross in scoring in both of its victories last week. The sophomore recorded 17 points and four rebounds in their win over Lafayette. He added 17 points and three rebounds in the victory over Navy. Overall, he connected on 52.9 percent of his field goal attempts and 82.4 percent of his free throws on the week.

Mitchell Hahn (Holy Cross, Fr./Fremont, Neb.): Hahn posted six points and four rebounds in the victory over Lafayette. The freshman converted a three-point play with 50.3 seconds remaining against Lafayette, which gave Holy Cross a 72-71 lead. He added eight points, three rebounds and a career-high eight assists in the win over Navy.

Karl Ziegler (Assumption, Jr./ Annandale, Va.): In the team’s lone game last week, Ziegler finished with a team-leading 21 points to go along with eight rebounds and 8-for-13 shooting from the field in a road loss at first-place AIC.

Quantez Franklin (Anna Maria, Sr./ South Yarmouth, Mass.): Quantez Franklin, Anna Maria (Sr., G, South Yarmouth, Mass.) – Franklin averaged 18.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists and shot 73.7 percent (14-19 FG) in a 2-0 week for Anna Maria. He hit 8-of-11 attempts in a 93-82 win against Lasell before going 6-for-8 in a 78-63 win against Rivier.

Laura Cote (Fitchburg State, Sr./Ashby, Mass.): Cote averaged 12.7 points over three games for Fitchburg State last week, while contributing with 12 steals, seven assists, and 13 rebounds. In the Terriers victory over Worcester State the senior guard chipped in 22 points and a season-high eight points.

Julie Frankian (Worcester State, Sr./ Millbury, Mass.): Frankian averaged 17.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in an 0-2 week for Worcester State, including 18 points and nine rebounds in a 67-65 overtime loss against Westfield State, and 16 points with four caroms in a 73-67 loss to Fitchburg State.

Dani Davis (WPI, Sr./East Granby, Conn.): Davis led all scorers with 19 points and grabbed five rebounds as WPI went on the road and registered a key 62-49 victory against MIT.  The senior also posted a team-best 14 points to go along with six rebounds earlier in the week in a tough 58-57 road loss at Coast Guard.  Davis is the Engineers leading scorer this season with 12.7 points per game and is second in rebounding with 4.8 boards per game,

Ama Biney (WPI, Fr./Worcester, Mass.): Biney averaged 10 points and seven rebounds during a 1-1 week for the Engineers.  The freshman connected on 5-of-9 shots for the floor and registered 11 points and eight rebounds in a 62-49 triumph at MIT after amassing nine points and six rebounds in a narrow one point loss at Coast Guard.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week Four)

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, Mass. – The fourth week of the college basketball season is officially in the books, and now it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll.

Men’s Player of the Week: Matt Langadas (Nichols, Sr.): Langadas led a pair of second-half comebacks for the Bison last week. He scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half as the Bison rallied from a 15-point deficit to defeat Roger Williams on Wednesday. Three days later, he scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half as Nichols rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to defeat Salve Regina and move to 2-0 in the conference. Langadas is averaging a career-high 16.0 points per game this season.

Sam Longwell (WPI, Sr.): Longwell averaged 21 points and 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists as the 13th-ranked Engineers won a pair of road games last week to improve to 6-1 on the season. The senior poured in 19 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists in a 68-65 victory at Tufts. Later in the week he tallied 23 points, including 4-of-5 from 3-point land and pitched in with eight rebounds in a 75-61 win at 7-2 Fitchburg State. Longwell shot well for the week, connecting on 57.1% (12-21) of his shots from the field.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Mitchell Hahn (Holy Cross, Fr.): Hahn scored a career-high 22 points in the victory at Albany. He added nine points in the Sacred Heart game and made 83.3 percent of his field goal attempts and 85.7 percent of his three-pointers on the week.

Women’s Player of the Week: Raquel Scott (Holy Cross, Jr.): Scott recorded her third double-double of the season and the 22nd of her career with game-highs of 24 points and 14 rebounds at Bryant. She shot 50.0 percent from the field on 11-of-22 shooting and canned 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. Scott also dished out a team-high four assists, and her points, rebounds and assists totals all were season highs. It was Scott’s third 20-point game this season and the 11th of her career.

Gabrielle Gibson (Assumption, Sr.): In a 2-0 week for the Hounds, Gibson averaged 16.5 points, four rebounds, three assists and 2.5 steals while shooting 44 percent from the field. After a 12-point, three-steal, two-assist showing on ‘Senior Night’ vs. AIC, Gibson posted a game-high 21 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists in a league semifinal win over New Haven. Gibson, who lifted the Hounds into their eighth all-time league semifinal, is third on the Assumption scoring list with 1,562 points and 50 points behind second-place Kelly Meredith ’12.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Katie Doherty (Holy Cross, Fr.): Doherty was the only other Crusader besides Scott to record double-digit points against Bryant, as she tallied 10 points and three assists in 33 minutes versus the Bulldogs. She connected on 4-of-5 from the field and went 1-of-2 from behind the arc, and it was her third double-digit scoring game of the season and the second in a row for the freshman.

Honor Roll:

Anthony Thompson (Holy Cross, So.): Thomas scored 15 points in the victory at Albany, while hitting all five of his three-point field goal attempts. He is tied for the team lead with 16 points in the Sacred Heart game.

Jessy Michaud (Becker, Jr.): Michaud helped lift the Hawks to a 3-0 record this past week with wins over Brandeis, Clark and Newbury. Michaud averaged 16.3 points per game, while earning nine steals and nine assists.  Michaud was 20 of 32 from the field, while pulling down 3.7 boards per game. Michaud scored 24 points in an 81-62 victory over Newbury in the Hawks NECC opener.

Givaughn Jones (Fitchburg State, Jr.): Averaged 12.3 points to go along with six assists, ten rebounds, 11 steals and three blocks in a 2-1 week for the Falcons. He registered nine points, two assists and three steals in a 78-45 win over NEC on Tuesday before adding a game best 20 points, eight boards and five steal in a 91-74 triumph against Wheaton College on Thursday. Jones capped the week with an eight point, three steal and one block effort in a 75-61 setback to WPI on Saturday.

Maurice Greene (Fitchburg State, Fr.): Averaged seven points and 7.7 rebounds per game with three assists, six steals and three block shots in a 2-1 week for the Green and Gold. Posted eight points, 12 caroms and three steals in a 78-45 win over NEC on Tuesday, while adding ten points and seven boards in a 91-74 victory against Wheaton College on Thursday.

Kristen Enright (Fitchburg State, Sr.): Averaged 13.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per game as well as two steals and three blocks in a 2-1 week for Fitchburg State. Collected a career high 18 points, seven caroms and one block in a 63-60 win over Lasell College on Tuesday evening before posting a double-double of 16 points and a career best 18 caroms to go along with a pair of blocks in a 85-60 triumph against Suffolk University on Thursday.

Alexis Wegrzynek (Nichols, Sr.): Wegrzynek recorded a double-double with 16 points and 13 boards at Roger Williams on Wednesday; they dropped in a career-high 24 points to go along with eight rebounds against Salve Regina Saturday. She also recorded four blocks and four steals last week.

Shannen El-Qasem (Worcester State, Sr.): El-Qasem averaged 16.3 points and 6.0 points in a 2-1 week for Worcester State which included 23 points in a 76-66 victory over Mount Saint Vincent, 14 points and five boards in a 76-67 triumph over St Joseph (CT) and 12 points and 10 caroms in a 70-50 setback against UMass Dartmouth. Connected on .576 from the floor (19-33) and .917 of her free throws  (11-12) for the week.

Charles Gunter (Worcester State, Sr.): Gunter averaged 10.3 points and 8.0 rebounds in a 1-2 week for Worcester State, including 14 points and 11 boards in a 58-51 victory over Coast Guard. He sank .810 of his attempts from the charity stripe (17-21) while also earning a spot on the Conn College/Coast Guard Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Dani Davis (WPI, Sr.): Davis averaged 17.5 points and 5.0 rebounds as the Crimson and Gray won its first two NEWMAC contests this past week.  The senior registered 16 of her game-best 21 points in the first half and pitched in with six rebounds, three assists and three steals as WPI knocked off visiting Coast Guard 59-50 on Wednesday.  Davis tallied 14 points, including the game-winning free throw with 0.2 seconds remaining, in the Engineers’ thrilling 63-62 victory Saturday over Babson.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week One)

By NoontimeSports.com

WORCESTER, Mass. – With the first week of the college basketball season (Div. I, II and III) in the books, it is now time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll, including our players and rookies of the week.

EDITORS NOTE: Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) will once again be the home to WACBA this winter, and will post the weekly awards every Tuesday morning. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@NoontimeSports and @NoonSportsBlog), while also keeping up with WACBA (@WACBAHoops), too.

Men’s Player of the Week: Sam Longwell (WPI, Sr.): Longwell became the 26th player in WPI history to reach the 1,000 career point milestone in the Engineers’ 66-55 season-opening victory against RPI. The senior tallied a game-best 20 points and reached the mark on a rare dunk early in the first half. Longwell is now 25th all-time on the Crimson and Gray scoring-list with 1,017 points.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Obi Obiora (WPI, Fr.): Obiora burst onto the collegiate scene with 12 points and five rebounds as WPI kicked off the 2014-15 campaign with a 66-55 home triumph over RPI.

Women’s Player of the Week: Kate Gillespie (Holy Cross, Jr.): Gillespie recorded career highs in points (23), rebounds (5), assists (5) and tied her career high in three pointers made (5) in the loss to Manhattan. She connected on a career-best 9-of-16 from the field (56.3%) and drained 5-of-9 from downtown (55.6%). Gillespie played in a career-high 35 minutes.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Ama Biney (WPI, Fr.): Biney stuffed the stat sheets with six points, seven rebounds and a pair of assists in her season debut against Worcester State on Saturday. The freshman collected a defensive rebound and took it coast-to-coast and then drew a key charge – all in the final 1:15 of WPI’s 55-48 victory over the Lancers

Honor Roll:

Justin Burrell (Holy Cross, Sr.): Burrell led the team with 16 points, four assists and three steals in the Crusaders’ victory over No. 25 Harvard. He scored eight of the Crusaders’ final 15 points in the last eight minutes, as Holy Cross rallied from a 48-43 deficit to win. Burrell hit a pair of free throws with 2:01 remaining to give the Crusaders the lead for good (56-55).

Kate Doherty (Holy Cross, Fr.): In her first collegiate game, Doherty earned the start, playing 31 minutes and recording six points, three rebounds and an assist. Her six points came on a pair of three-pointers.

Trafficia Warburton (Anna Maria, Sr.): Warburton tallied a double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds in the AMCATS’ first outing of 2014-15. The senior forward shot 47.1 percent from the floor (8-for-17) with a three-pointer and hit three free throws while also adding  three steals and a block.

Pat Bradanese (Anna Maria, Jr.): Bradanese opened the 2014-15 season with back-to-back team-leading performances, as he scored 24 points in the team’s 86-83 win against Southern Maine on Saturday and added 19 points in the Conn. College Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Tournament championship game on Sunday. Bradanese shot 61.5 percent from the floor (16-26), including an impressive 9-for-14 performance from three-point range (64.3 percent). The junior guard also added 4.0 rebounds per game and 1.5 assists per game en route to All-Tournament team honors.

Kwame Lee (Fitchburg State, Fr.): Lee averaged 18 points per game while leading Fitchburg State to a 2-0 opening weekend. The first-year Falcon led all scorers with 25 points and eight rebounds in the Green & Gold’s win over Suffolk on Saturday, while tying for a team-high 11 points with six boards on Sunday in Fitchburg State’s win over Roger Williams. Lee was named tournament MVP as the Falcons took top honors in the RWU/Courtyard by Marriott Tipoff.

Matt Langadas (Nichols College, Sr.): Langadas averaged 19 points to help the Bison open the season 1-1 at the Babson Invitational. He led the Bison with 27 points – including six triples – in a blowout win over Salve Regina on Sunday, less than 24 hours after scoring 11 against Bates.

Amber Litwinko (Nichols College, Sr.): Senior captain Amber Litwinko scored 14 of her team-high 19 points in the second half – including knocking down the tying and go-ahead free throws with two seconds remaining – and also grabbed 13 rebounds for the Bison. She scored eight of the final 11 points for the Bison. Litwinko also registered five assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes.

Brendan Rios (Worcester State, Sr.): Averaged 16 points and 6.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers and was named to the All-Tournament team at the Wesleyan Herb Kenny Tip-Off Tournament Scored 11 points and added five rebounds in a 69-51 victory over Becker College while also adding 21 points and eight rebounds in a 61-60 setback to Wesleyan College.

Julie Frankian (Worcester State, Sr.): Averaged 17.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers while earning All-Worcester City Tournament Team accolades which included 20 points and four rebounds in a 55-48 setback to WPI to go with 15 points in the 80-24 victory over Becker College.

Dani Davis (WPI, Sr.): Davis was named MVP of the Worcester City Tournament after averaging 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds as the Engineers nabbed their sixth city tournament crown, their first since 2011.  The senior poured in 18 points in a championship game – a 75-59 victory over NEWMAC rival Clark, a day after leading the way with 17 points in a 55-48 triumph against Worcester State in the first round.