WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week 13

Ama Biney (WPI)
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.

Mass. College Hoops: Holy Cross Tops UML In Fourth Annual “Get Fit with the Crusaders”

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER, Mass. – Lisa Mifsud’s (Erie, Pa.) 3-pointer with less than four and a half minutes to play ignited a 14-1 outburst to help lift Holy Cross to a 78-63 victory over visiting UMass Lowell in a non-conference women’s basketball matchup on Monday morning.

The game was part of the fourth annual “Get Fit with the Crusaders” event that saw a record crowd of 2,824, including an estimated 2,700 Worcester Public School children from 19 schools. The previous Get Fit record of 2,134 was set on January 8, 2013 against Brown. In all, the event has boasted 7,971 attendees, or approximately 1992 per game, in four years.

“As a Worcester Public school alum, this day is very special for me,” said head coach Bill Gibbons. “I want to thank everyone who helped make this day possible and would also like to thank the kids who supported us throughout the game. This was our biggest crowd yet for the ‘Get Fit Game’ and it was a great atmosphere for our team!”

Holy Cross head strength and conditioning coach Jeff Oliver, along with several Holy Cross student-athletes, gave a presentation at halftime about eating healthy foods and exercising. The official attendance number was the most for a Holy Cross home women’s basketball game since the all-time record of 4,000 was set on Feb. 11, 2006 against Bucknell.

The Crusaders, who are undefeated (4-0) in Get Fit games, pick up their third win of the season (3-8) while the River Hawks slip to 5-6 in its second season as a Division I program.

Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) opened the game with six for the Crusaders while Jasmine McRoy (Gaithersburg, Md.) canned a 3-pointer for the guests in the first four-plus minutes of action.  The River Hawks eventually took a 7-6 advantage following a triple by Shannon Samuels (Windsor, Conn.) only to have Holy Cross reclaim the lead with a pair of freebies by Emily Parker(Johnston, Iowa) moments later.

“Coach Gibbons said before the opening tip that there should be an investigation if we don’t have energy,” commented Misfud. “I think the kids brought us a lot of energy. We came out [and] we executed well.”

UMass Lowell pushed ahead twice more before the hosts went on a 15-4 run to take a 26-16 lead with 7:56 left in the frame.  Holy Cross went on to increase its margin to 16 courtesy of a Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.) layup with 4:40 showing on the scoreboard. Brianna Rudolph (Lynn, Mass.) and Lindsey Doucette (Hopkinton, Mass.) each sank a 3-pointer during an 8-3 run to whittle the River Hawks deficit to 11 twice before the break.

McRoy opened the second half with the seventh UMass Lowell triple of the contest to pull within single digits (8) for the first time since 6:15 in the opening frame. Scott answered for the hosts and bookended another personal run, this time with an 8-1 outburst, with a pair of old fashioned three-point plays to increase the lead back to 14. After a pair of free throws by Kayla Gibbs (Teaneck, N.J.), the River Hawks cut the deficit back to single digits with 14:38 remaining. UMass Lowell continued to chip away and eventually pulled within a pair following Samuel’s layup with 4:30 to play. Ten seconds later, Mifsud canned a trey and later converted a pair of freebies before Scott finished things off with a pair of layups in the final 1:16.

“I think there were points in today’s game where it felt like our shots weren’t dropping or maybe they were getting their hands on loose balls,” remarked Scott. “Being a team and coming together, we controlled the ‘controllables’ today.”

Scott led all players with 26 points and 10 boards while Kate Gillespie (Washington, D.C.) scored 19 and Mifsud added 14 to go along with a game-best seven helpers. Katie Doherty (Holbrook, N.Y.) chipped in with eight and Hourigan tacked on six while Parker scored all five of the Crusaders bench points.  Hourigan also filled the stat sheets with three blocks, two assists and two swipes.

“After the UMass game, we had to regroup a little bit and I think this game was good for us because we played well and we played together as a team,” added Gillespie.

McRoy led a quartet of River Hawk double-digit scorers with 14. Rudolph came off the bench to sink 13 while Samuels (six assists) and Doucette (eight rebounds) each tallied 11 to go along with three steals apiece.

Holy Cross held advantages in the paint (38-18), off turnovers (24-19), second chance points (17-6) and fast break points (10-8). UMass Lowell enjoyed a 27-5 bulge in bench points.

The Crusaders travel to Stony Brook to face Norfolk St. and Western Michigan at the Seawolves Holiday Classic on Sunday and Monday, respectively. Both games are slated for 12:00 p.m. The River Hawks, meanwhile, host St. Francis (NY) at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30.

Portion Courtesy Holy Cross Media Relations

Mass. College Hoops: Holy Cross Women’s Basketball To Host Fourth Annual “Get Fit with the Crusaders”

By NoontimeSports.com 

For the fourth straight year, the Holy Cross women’s basketball team will host “Get Fit with the Crusaders.”

Courtesy of the Holy Cross Athletics of Media Relations Office, here is today’s release:

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross women’s basketball program will host its fourth annual “Get Fit with the Crusaders” game on Monday, December 22 versus UMass Lowell at 11:15 a.m. in the Hart Center.

Over 2,300 students representing 16 Worcester-area schools will be in attendance to cheer on the Crusaders and learn about nutrition and physical activity.

“We are very excited about our fourth annual game,” said Holy Cross women’s basketball head coach Bill Gibbons. I would like to thanks Mark Berthiaume and Phil Giarusso from the Worcester Public Schools for all of their help with this event. This will be out biggest crowd ever and I’m looking forward to seeing the energy and enthusiasm from the students on Monday morning!”

The students will watch the Crusaders take on the River Hawks, and then at halftime Holy Cross head strength and conditioning coach Jeff Oliver and dietitian Kathy Egan will give a presentation about eating right and exercising.

Mass. College Hoops: Holy Cross’ Alex Smith Named Patriot League Player Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Holy Cross sports information department, here’s today’s release about Alex Smith, a member of the women’s basketball team that earned her third Patriot League Player of the Week award of her career:

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross women’s basketball senior captain Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) has been named Patriot League Anaconda Sports Player of the Week for competition from Dec. 16-22. This marks the third time in her career that she has claimed Player of the Week honors, as she also won the award on Dec. 12, 2011 and Feb 4, 2013.

Smith had a stellar week offensively for the Crusaders, as she helped lead the team to a 1-1 overall record. For the week, she averaged 21.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 2.5 assists per contest. She shot 48.3 percent from the field (14 of 29) and canned nine of her 19 shots from behind the arc (47.4 percent). Smith began the week with her best offensive performance in a Crusader uniform versus Quinnipiac, with a career-best 31 points to go along with six rebounds and five steals. She started the contest going five of five from downtown and set the Patriot League career three-pointers made mark during the game against the Bobcats. Smith also set the Holy Cross record for most points in a half, as she had 27 in the first stanza versus Quinnipiac. The 31 points scored were also the most by a Patriot League player this season. Against ACC-rival Boston College, Smith tallied 11 points and hit a trio of three-pointers.

This season, Smith is averaging 16.1 points, 5.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game. She also is shooting 46.1 percent from the field and has a 43.1 percent clip from behind the arc. Smith leads the Patriot League in steals and three-pointers made (3.4) per game, as well as assist/turnover ratio (3.8). She ranks third in the conference in assists per game and fifth in scoring. Over her career, Smith has totaled 1,353 career points, which ranks 13th in Holy Cross history. She also has accumulated 448 assists, 385 rebounds and 179 steals during her four years at Holy Cross. Smith now has 291 career three-pointers and is 27 away from entering the top 25 in the NCAA Division I record book.

Holy Cross (7-2) will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 29, when it will travel to Ames, Iowa for the first game of the Cyclone Classic versus #14/11 Iowa State at 4:30 p.m. (ET).