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WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week Five

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

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

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops

Ah, a new year has arrived, which means we’re back to reporting about basketball, specifically in the Worcester area. So, to kick-off another year (2017, to be exact!), here is this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll.

Women’s Player of the Week: Ama Biney (WPI | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney capped her team’s two-day Holiday Tournament by earning her third Tournament MVP award of the season. She earned the accolade by averaging 17.5 points, nine rebounds, 4.5 blocks and 4.5 steals. In the championship contest against Wesleyan, Biney logged seven points and six rebounds, two assists and an impressive baseline swipe in just the fourth quarter. Including her team’s trip to Bates (Dec. 19th), Biney averaged 15.3 points, eight rebounds and 4.3 steals.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Kyra Rose (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Rockland, Mass.): Rose registered a double-double of 20 points (7-for-15) and 11 rebounds to go along with three assists, one steal and two blocks in a 79-64 win over Nichols College.

Women’s Honor Roll:

Teneya McLaughlin (Assumption | Jr. | Milford, Conn.): McLaughlin was dominant last Thursday, helping Assumption push its lead as high as 26 over LIU Post in the fourth quarter en route to a 67-59 victory. The win marked Assumption’s seventh straight win. McLaughlin scored 16 points on 8 of 12 shooting, to go with five rebounds, four assists and one steal.

Michaela McTomney (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Bellingham, Mass.): McTomney registered a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds as well as four assists and one steal in a 79-64 win over Nichols College.

WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week Two

Ama Biney was tabbed this week's WACBA Women's Player of the Week after an impressive effort in a trio of games last week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin)

Ama Biney was tabbed this week’s WACBA Women’s Player of the Week after an impressive effort in a trio of games last week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBHoops

Women’s Player of the Week: Ama Biney (WPI | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney averaged 21 points, six rebounds and 2.7 steals per game in a 3-0 week for the Engineers. She dropped a career-high 28 points on RPI Saturday and followed up with 16 points Sunday against Johnson & Wales en route to WPI Thanksgiving Classic MVP honors. Earlier in the week, Biney added 19 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in just 19 minutes against Nichols.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Cassidy Harrison (Becker | Fr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison almost led one of the most improbable comeback’s in Becker women’s basketball history, scoring 16 of her 25 points in the fourth quarter at MCLA on Tuesday night before Becker finally succumbed, 56-47. The freshman shot 55 percent from the floor and 41 percent from behind the arc. She also recorded five steals. For the season, Harrison is leading the team with 14.3 points per game.

Women’s Honor Roll:

Katelynn Rizzuto (Fitchburg St. | Soph. | West Boylston, Mass.): Rizzuto posted a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds to go along with three assists, four steals and two blocks in an 81-75 setback to UMass Boston on Tuesday.

Kyra Rose (Fitchburg St. | Fr. | Rockland, Mass.): Rose registered a game-best 32 points, nine rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in an 81-75 setback to UMass Boston on Tuesday.

Infiniti Thomas-Waheed (Holy Cross | Jr. | Newton, Mass.): Thomas-Waheed connected on 32 percent shooting and 60 percent from beyond the arc in a pair of setbacks this past week against Dartmouth and Yale. Against the Big Green, Thomas-Waheed tallied 16 points, six rebounds, a trio of steals and two blocks in a 53-49 setback to Dartmouth. A few days later against the Bulldogs, she netted 15 points, including a trio of three-pointers and snatched nine caroms.

Britt Herring (Worcester St. | Soph. | W. Brookfield, Mass.): The sophomore center led the Lancers to a 1-1 week by averaging 12.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks per game. Herring went four-for-seven from the field and registered a game-high four blocks in the Lancers’ 64-39 setback to Western New England. She then concluded the week with her first double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds, helping her team to a 61-52 non-conference victory over Wellesley.

WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week One

Lauren Manis of Holy Cross was named this week's Co-WACBA Women's Player of the Week after tallying a pair of double-doubles in three games. (PHOTO CREDIT: Holy Cross Athletics/Brian Foley Photography)

Lauren Manis of Holy Cross was named this week’s Co-WACBA Women’s Rookies of the Week after tallying a pair of double-doubles in three games. (PHOTO CREDIT: Holy Cross Athletics/Brian Foley Photography)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER, MASS. – With the first week of the NCAA College Basketball season in the book, it is time to unveil our first Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll of the 2016-17 season, featuring our Women’s Player and Rookie of the Week.

Women’s Player of the Week: Katelynn Rizzuto (Fitchburg State | Soph. | West Boylston, Mass.): Rizzuoto averaged a double-double of 13.0 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest as well as 1.3 assists and 2.0 steals per game in three games for the Green and Gold. She tallied a double-double of 12 points and 15 caroms to go along with two assists and five steals in a 76-62 setback to Clark, while adding eight points, five boards, one assist and one block in an 89-81 win over St. Joseph (Conn.). Rizzuoto concluded the week with a double-double of 19 points and 11 caroms as well as one assist and one steal in a 58-57 setback to Wellesley on Saturday.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Fr. | Franklin, Mass.): In a span of three games, Manis recorded a pair of double-doubles, beginning with 15 points and 10 rebounds against Bryant. Two games later against Marist – the Crusaders’ initial win of their season – she netted 12 points and recorded 10 rebounds. In a span of three games, she has recorded 34 points, 29 rebounds, five swipes, three assists and two blocks.

Kyra Rose (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Rockland, Mass.): Rose averaged 22.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 3.0 assists per game in three contests for the Falcons. She collected 22 points, five caroms, four assists and three steals in a 76-62 setback to Clark on Tuesday before adding 31 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals in an 89-81 win over St. Joseph (CT) on Friday. Rose concluded the week with 13 points, three caroms, one assist and three steals in a 58-57 setback to Wellesley on Saturday.

Honor Roll:

Jo Impellizeri (Assumption | Sr. | Seaford, New York) – Impellizeri averaged 19.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in a 0-2 week for the Hounds, while shooting 54.2 percent from the floor. The senior scored 16 points to go with 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals in a tough 56-48 loss to Stonehill. She then put up a career-high 23 points, eight rebounds and two assists in an 81-78 overtime loss to St. Michael’s.

Sam O’Gara (Clark University | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): In a 2-1 week, O’Gara averaged 20 points and 5.7 assists and was named to the Worcester City All-Tournament team. In the Cougars’ season opening win over Fitchburg State, O’Gara pumped in 25 points on 9-for-15 shooting to go along with five assists and five steals. Then in a win over Becker, she racked up a 20 points, seven assists and five more steals as the Cougars rolled to victory. In the Scarlet and White’s 70-61 loss to Worcester State, O’Gara totaled 15 points, four assists and two steals.

Infiniti Thomas-Waheed (Holy Cross | Jr. | Newton, Mass.): Thomas-Waheed netted a career-high 23 points against Bryant and a career-best 14 rebounds against Marist. During her team’s three-game span, Thomas-Waheed converted 17 of 33 field goals for 46 points – she netted 12 of 20 free throws, pulled down 25 rebounds and tallied six assists, six steals and a pair of blocks.

Brianna Hackett (Worcester State | Jr. | Hollis, N.H.): The junior guard totaled 37 points, four assists and three steals in a 2-1 week for the Lancers. Hackett was a game-changer in the Lancers’ 70-61 win over Clark as she drained six of 11 three-pointers – two of which were at the buzzer (one at the end of second period and another at the end of the third period) to give the Lancers extra momentum heading into the final session. She then tallied 14 points in the 50-36 setback to WPI. Hackett was named to the Worcester City Tournament All-tournament team as she netted a total of 10 trifectas with a 47.8 three-point field goal percentage throughout tournament play.

Ama Biney (WPI | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney averaged 14.3 points per game in a 2-1 week for the Engineers. She was named the Worcester City Tournament Most Outstanding Player, too. The junior added 12 rebounds, 16 steals and five blocks in just 71 minutes. She bookended her week with a 16 and 18-point performances against UMass Dartmouth and Worcester State, respectively, while averaging 13.5 points and totaling six steals in tournament play.

Massachusetts College Basketball: D3Hoops Notebook

By NoontimeSports.com 

Catching up on some of the local Massachusetts Division III hoops squads.

* Browsing the NEWMAC website, I noticed that the MIT Engineers men’s basketball team is currently undefeated. Larry Anderson must be doing something right, especially since his team has figured out various ways to defeat quality opponents like Tufts University, Salem State, and Springfield College this year. This weekend, (Saturday, Jan. 21), they’ll host Worcester Polytechnic Institute, (WPI for short), which could decide an eventual conference winner.

* Besides MIT and WPI, Springfield, Wheaton College, Babson College, Clark University and the U.S. Coast Guard all remain in contention to earn the third, fourth, fifth and sixth seeds for the February tournament.

* As for the women’s squads in the NEWMAC – they’re all looking up to Judy Blinstrub’s Babson College Beavers, who’re a perfect 8-0 in conference play, and 12-2 overall. The Beavers struggled earlier this season, especially against Tufts and Williams College, but have seemed to recover quite well over the past few weeks.

*The Beavers will face the Cougars of Clark on Wednesday, which could determine the eventual conference winner, yet let’s not count out those Smith College Pioneers, who according to one source, “knows how to pick your pocket” on defense.

* In the NESCAC – Middlebury continues to be the dominant force, as they’re currently ranked the top team in the men’s conference. They’re 4-0 in conference play, as well as 14-0 overall, and yes, I know they’re not a Massachusetts school, but they’re currently the top team in the country, so show some respect to our neighbors up in Vermont.

* Amherst College’s men’s basketball team has only lost once this season, which was against the Brandeis University Judges, but since then, they’ve earned five significant wins against Wesleyan University, Connecticuit College, and Hamilton College. The Lord Jeffs begin a five-game road trip on Friday when they travel to Wesleyan College.

* Tufts University’s men’s and women’s teams have been fun to watch this season, too. Yes, they’re young, but also very talented. The Jumbos men’s team finally earned their first home victory last weekend against Bowdoin College, while the women’s squad picked up two important wins recently against Wheaton and Colby College.

* The Williams College men’s basketball team has been hot and cold as of recently, as well as won three of their last five contests. Junior James Klemm led the Ephs with 19 points, while sophomore Michael Mayer scored 14 against Connecticuit College.

* Similar to the men’s team, the Williams women’s basketball team recently picked up their second conference loss of the season, despite tallying 72 points against Connecticuit College. The Ephs will look to close out their three-game road swing on Thursday, Jan. 19, at Easter Connecticuit with a win before returning home to face Hamilton and Amherst.

* Speaking of the women’s basketball team at Amherst, they still remain d3hoops.com’s number one team in the nation. The Lord Jeffs haven’t lost a game all season, and are certainly a lock to win the NESCAC. Seniors Lem Atanga McCormick and Caroline Stedman have combined for 336 points in 14 games, while freshman Megan Robertson leads the team with 100 rebounds, (51 offense, 49 defense).

* The Fitchburg State women’s basketball team ended their 11-game winning streak on Jan. 7, when Bridgewater State defeated the Falcons, 78-59. The Green and Yellow have bounced back, and will look to earn their second conference win on Tuesday, Jan. 17, when they host Worcester State.

* Finally, the Westfield State Owls remain the top squad in the MASCAC. The Owls have won 10 games this season, and one of the biggest came on Saturday, Jan. 7, when they defeated Salem State, 85-54.

Catching Up With Head Coach Walter Paschal (Fitchburg State Women’s Basketball)

Coach Paschal and the Falcons picked up their 10th consecutive victory on Tuesday against Mount Ida! (Photo Credit: Fitchburg State University Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Fitchburg State University women’s basketball team earned their best start in school history on Tuesday, as the Falcons defeated the Mustangs of Mount Ida to win their 10th consecutive game of the season.

The Falcons currently sit atop the MASCAC, (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference) with a 10-0 record, and will look to keep their winning ways going when they return to the hardwood after winter break on Tuesday, Jan. 3, when they travel to Anna Maria College.

Noontime Sports caught up with head coach Walter Paschal on Wednesday to talk about the season thus far. Here’s our conversation, enjoy.

On starting the season 10-0: “It’s the best start we’ve ever had. We’ve been [9-1] before, but never [10-0]. So that’s never a landmark trying to get to 10 wins right away.  [I] never really thought about it until I told the kids about it after Saturday’s win [against Western New England College], and it’s something where you put this feather in your cap, and we’ve had some success in the past with a few teams [we’ve played], and I think it’s a pretty good benchmark to get to [10-0] for the first time in school history.”

On facing non-conference foes: “We always played U-Mass Boston, Nichols, [Western New England College], and teams like that for the last eight-nine years, and each year, some teams drop us [due to] schedule changes, so there’s a couple new ones here and there. [For instance, Tuesday was the first time we played] Mount Ida. We’re young, and we have 14 kids on the team and we play 10 [of them], and seven of them have no college basketball experience, so it’s really helped us to get acclimated to the college game, [and] they learn how to win. Our first game was at home and then we played six on the road. Winning all six of them was a great test. No matter what team you are, but for a team that we play, six-seven kids [that have] never played college basketball before, [so] I thought it was an eye opener to me. [We] then came home, and took care of business at home with three home games, and now we just have to get better. League play starts as soon as we get back [from winter break], and that’s going to be a real test.”

On keeping the momentum from the first half of the season: “I don’t know about momentum, [but] we just have to get better… We were picked last [in our conference, but] now, they’re [10-0], so they got the leagues attention, [and] we just have to get better because we’re not going to hit anybody by surprise like we did I think first semester, so it’s not so much momentum, we just have to get better in all areas of the game.”

On winning close games against teams like U-Mass Boston, Emerson College, Lasell and Mount Ida: “We’ve won close ones, we won a couple blowouts, we’ve won coming from behind, [such as] 10 points against Emerson, [and] we’ve won [games on the road]. The kids are just resilient. It doesn’t really matter what the score is at the time, they just have figured out a way to get back into the ballgame. Lasell, [who’s] better than their record [indicates], we were down four with [roughly three minutes] to go, [but] we got a three-point play, missed a free throw, got the basket and all of a sudden in one possession we tied it up, and I think that was huge and the kids are just finding a way to seek out wins, and I think what it does is it builds trust between them and they know down the line that anyone on the floor can score, and it’s [going to make our team] really hard to defend come January and February.”

On the play of sophomore forward Amy Fahey: “I always felt that she was going to be one of the best players in New England at one time, [but] I didn’t know it would come this early. We had six seniors on the team last year, and she kind of just waited her turn, and she had some breakout games where she had 18 [points] against Worcester State, and she showed glimpses of it, but she kind of just sat back and waited her turn, but we wanted her to do a little bit more last year. This year with only two seniors on the team, her role has changed dramatically and she’s just taken it upon herself. When she gets that ball, she puts it in the basket. She’s helped out with the rebounding, [and] she’s just flourished from one year to the next immensely, but there’s a lot of areas in the game where she can get better, and she knows that and we’ve talked about that extensively, and she needs to work on those things.”

On three goals for the remainder of the season: “One is we just have to get better every day, and if we can do that then we’ll [most likely] make the conference tournament. Six out of the seven teams make it in our conference, and right now, I wouldn’t be able to pick one team that [won’t] make it because I think it’s going to be a dogfight looking at all the scores, and knowing all the teams and their coaches, [so] I think there’s going to be one team left out, which that’s going to be a shame. And then, third, once we get [into the tournament], our goal is to win it, so that’s our three goals — to get better, make the tournament, and once we’re in, win it. I think they can all be accomplished if we catch some breaks.”