WACBA Women’s Basketball Postseason Awards (Tuesday, March 24th, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another season of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our end of season Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball awards for our coach, player, and rookie of the year.

Noontime Sports is excited to share our end of season WACBA honors for the seventh consecutive season after being the host site for the organization’s weekly honor rolls, which have appeared every Tuesday throughout the college basketball season. 

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more.


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Lauren Manis is one of just three active Division I players to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mark Seliger)

Women’s Player of the Year: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Sr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis averaged 18.6 points and 11.5 rebounds per game while shooting 46.3 percent from three-point range to posting 69 assists and 27 blocks. She led the Patriot League in scoring and three-point percentage, while also ranking fourth in Division I with 20 double-doubles and fifth in Division I with 344 total rebounds. Manis finished her impressive career with 2,020 career points and 1,188 career rebounds while becoming Holy Cross’ only player in history – men’s or women’s basketball – and one of just three active Division I players to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Additionally, she broke program and league records in career rebounding; her rebound total tied for second in single-season school history. She was named to the All-Patriot League first team, becoming one of just eight players in league history to be named to the first or second-team four times.  


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Becker College first-year Natasha Pacheco concluded her first season with the Hawks by averaging 11.7 rebounds per game with 8.3 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 steals. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Women’s Rookie of the Year: Natasha Pacheco (Becker | Fr.| Fairfax, Va.): Pacheco’s rookie season with the Hawks was extraordinary, as she was voted New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Rookie of the Year. Pacheco averaged 11.7 rebounds per game with 8.3 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 steals for the Hawks and was named WACBA Rookie of the Week three times as well as NECC Rookie of the Week on three occasions. The first-year player was further voted All-NECC, and her rebounding numbers were the most by a rookie player in Becker history. Overall, Pacheco led the Hawks in rebounding, assists, field goal percentage and assist-to-turnover ratio. Pacheco is the third Hawk ever to be recognized as NECC Rookie of the Year, joining teammate Cassidy Harrison (after the 2016-2017 season) and former Becker great Tatiana Mojica (after the 2010-2011 season).


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Coach Karen Tessmer guided the Worcester State women’s basketball team to its second-straight MASCAC Tournament Championship this winter. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)

Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year: Karen Tessmer (Worcester State): Despite graduating four elite-level seniors from one year ago, coach Karen Tessmer still managed to lead the Worcester State women’s basketball team to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) tournament finals for the second straight season. The Lancers finished one win shy of matching three former teams that won 20 contests but did score two impressive postseason wins over Fitchburg State University and Westfield State.


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week 13

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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 wrapped up her third campaign by averaging 15.7 points and 5.7 rebound to go with 10 steals, six assists and three blocks in a 2-1 week. She totaled 18 points in each of the first two games of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament before adding 11 points in the championship against Babson. In the semifinal versus Clark, Biney amassed seven rebounds and seven steals.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Fr. | Franklin, Mass.): In a 1-1 week, the first-year forward averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, while sinking 8 of 10 freebies. Against Loyola – a 59-58 win for the Crusaders – Manis tallied a new career-best with five steals, while posting her fourth 20-point game of the season. She concluded the contest with 22 points, seven rebounds, five steals, three blocks and one assist. Against Boston University, she netted 13 points, sank a pair of free throws, while recording six caroms and two assists.

Women’s Honor Roll:

Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Fr. | Lowell, Mass.): The first-year guard tallied a career-high 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one block in the Lancers’ Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) quarterfinal setback to MCLA. Sweeney went 4-for-5 (80%) from the field and made 8-of-8 (100%) free throws to total the 16 points.

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Holy Cross’s Infiniti Thomas-Waheed was tabbed this week’s WACBA Women’s Player of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Holy Cross Athletics)

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 WeekInfiniti Thomas-Waheed (Holy Cross | Jr. | Newton, Mass.): Thomas-Waheed posted a career-high 26 points to lead the Crusaders to a 63-51 win over Bucknell. She sank 9 of 17 field goals, converted all six of her freebies, while finishing the contest with a pair of rebounds, blocks and swipes.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Emma Thomson (Fitchburg State | Fr. | York, Maine): Thomson averaged 12 points, two rebounds and one assist per game in two contests for the Falcons last week. She registered a team-leading 15 points (five-of-seven shooting), two rebounds and two assists in a 69-63 win over Lasell before adding nine points and two caroms in a 77-65 setback to Bridgewater State on Saturday afternoon.

Women’s Honor Roll:

Adrianna Dowdy (Becker | Soph. | East Haven, Conn.): Dowdy averaged 17.5 points, 12 rebounds and four assists this past week. Against the Lynx on Saturday, the sophomore posted 23 points and 12 rebounds in a 56-40 victory, while shooting 66 percent from the floor. Picked to finish eighth in the preseason poll, Dowdy has the Hawks contending for second place in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC)

Amy Connolly (Fitchburg State | Soph. | Dedham, Mass.): Connolly averaged 13.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, one assist, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks per game in two contests for the Green and Gold. She netted 12 points, three boards, one assist and one block in a 69-63 win over Lasell on before adding 15 points, eight caroms, one assist and one steal in a 77-65 setback to Bridgewater State on Saturday.

Taylor Daniels (Nichols | Sr. | Dudley, Mas.): Daniels averaged 16.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.0 steals in a trio of outings last week for the Bison. She highlighted her team’s week by netting 22 points last Saturday against Curry. She also notched a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Western New England on Tuesday.

Britt Herring (Worcester State | Soph. | W. Brookfield, Mass.): The sophomore center scored a game-high 18 points as she went 8-for-11 (72.7%) from the field in the Lancers’ 61-54 win over Salem State. Herring also picked up six rebounds, two blocks, a steal and an assist in the game.

Madison Beck (WPI | Jr. | Syracuse, N.Y.): Beck led the Engineers with 11 points on 10-of-18 shooting, along with a pair of freebies and 7.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week. She came off the bench Saturday to pace the team with 14 points and shared team-high honors of eight rebounds in a road upset at the hands of Coast Guard. Earlier in the week, Beck scored nine points and again shared team-high honors in rebounds with seven as the Engineers raced past Mount Holyoke.

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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.

Mass. College Hoops: Holy Cross Announces Play 4Kay Charity Basketball Game

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Holy Cross women’s basketball team will play their annual Play 4Kay Game on Saturday, February 21 when they host Navy at the Hart Center. Tip off is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

Below is the release about the game, courtesy of the Holy Cross Athletic Department’s Media Relations Office:

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross women’s basketball program will host its first annual Play 4Kay game on Saturday, Feb. 21, during its 1:05 p.m. contest against Navy at the Hart Recreation Center.

The Worcester community is invited to attend the game, with proceeds directly supporting women’s cancer research through the Kay Yow Cancer Fund®. The community can also donate on behalf of Holy Cross at www.Play4Kay.org/HCWBB

As part of the celebration, tickets in the bleacher section of the Hart Center will be reduced to $4.00 when using the promo code “HCPINK.” Tickets for the game can be purchased online at GoHolyCross.com/Tickets or by calling the ticket office at (508) 793-2573.

The annual Play 4Kay initiative provides coaches and student-athletes around the country the opportunity to “come together as one” to raise awareness for breast cancer research on the court, in their communities and beyond.

Throughout February, high schools, universities and local organizations are dedicated to raise funds and awareness to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund’s (KYCF), mission of  supporting scientific research focused on women’s cancers, as well as projects assisting the underserved community.

In her 34-year tenure at North Carolina State University, the late Kay Yow became the first coach to win two Olympic gold medals, guided her teams to 20 NCAA Tournaments and was inducted into 11 Halls of Fame. However, Coach Yow’s legacy in the community extends far beyond the basketball court. Yow founded the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in 2007 before passing away in 2009 after her 22-year battle with breast cancer.

Coach Yow’s passion and leadership served as the catalyst for Play 4Kay, the KYCF’s flagship fundraising initiative. Since its inception, the Play 4Kay program has raised more than $3.93 million to support women’s cancer research.

For more information or to make a donation, visit www.Play4Kay.org.

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause. www.KayYow.com.