Mass. College Hoops: WPI Men’s & Women’s Basketball Discuss The Upcoming Season (VIDEO)


The WPI men’s and women’s basketball teams held their media day earlier this week and below are video interviews with both teams from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute YouTube channel.

Men’s Basketball: Seniors Ryan Kolb and Chad LaBove, and junior Sam Longwell talk about the Engineers past season and look ahead to this season.


Women’s Basketball:  Seniors Siena MamayekIsabel Pagliaccio and Kelly Morgan talk about last year and look ahead to this season.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Weekly Report (Feb. 4–10)


With another week of college basketball in Worcester officially in the books, here’s this week’s WACBA Rookies of the Week, Players of the Week and Honor Roll.

Quick Note: player summaries are courtesy of the college’s sports information department.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Zack Karalis (WPI) Fr., Guard, North Andover, MA –  The NEWMAC’s top 3-pointer shooter continued his strong rookie season by scoring 17 points in a NEWMAC triumph against Wheaton. The freshman drained three of his four 3-pointers as the Engineers pushed their season-opening winning streak to 22 games.

Men’s Player of the Week: Anthony Click (Anna Maria College) Sr., Forward, Springfield, MA – Click averaged 17.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.0 steals for the AMCATS as they extended their conference winning streak to 14 games with road wins at Suffolk University and Rivier University. In 38 minutes at Suffolk the senior’s stat sheet read and astounding: 17 points (6-for-13), 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 7 steals and 2 blocks. In a 60-57 win vs. Rivier, Click notched a game-high 18 points and 8 rebounds; he was a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe including the game-winning basket with 1:51 remaining.

Women’s Player of the Week: Ashley Cooper (Holy Cross) Soph., Forward, Colts Neck, N.J. – Against Lehigh, Cooper helped Holy Cross rally to earn an important conference win. She finished with 19 points, three rebounds, three steals, as well as one assists and one block. Her 19 points was a career-best off the bench, (she finished 6 of 7 from beyond the arc), while her three steals were a career-best, too. Also, her block was the first of the season. Cooper’s six trifectas was the fourth most three-pointers by a member of the Crusaders in one game.

Honor Roll:

Ronson Quick  (Assumption College) Sr., Forward, Marlton, NJ – Quick averaged 17 points, seven rebounds and one assist while shooting 53.8 percent from the field. After a 15-point, seven-rebound showing at home vs. Southern Connecticut, Quick posted 19 points and seven rebounds on 8-for-10 shooting in a road win at Le Moyne.

Gabrielle Gibson (Assumption College) Sr., Guard, Amityville, NY – Gibson averaged 20.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals while shooting 38.5 percent from three-point land. After a 24-point effort at home vs. Southern Connecticut, Gibson posted 17 points, four assists and three steals in a road win at Le Moyne.

Yahmad Rountree (Becker College) Fr., Forward, Waterbury, CT – In a 1-1 week for the Hawks, the first-year averaged 19.5 points per game. He scored a team-high 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in a 75-64 win over Southern Vermont.

Marco Coppola (WPI) Soph., Guard, Watertown, MA Coppola averaged 20.5 points as the second ranked Engineers split a pair of NEWMAC contests.  The sophomore opened the week by sharing team-high honors with 17 points and the Crimson and Gray closed out the regular season home schedule with a victory over Wheaton.  The co-captain led all players with 24 points, including four 3-pointers; in a road loss Sunday to regionally ranked Springfield.

Kelly Morgan (WPI) Jr., Guard, Brookline, NH – Kelly Morgan from the women’s basketball team has been honored as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 10th.  Morgan helped WPI secure yet another spot in the NEWMAC Tournament by chipping in with eight points in a road win at Mount Holyoke.  Later in the week, the junior sharpshooter tossed in a game-best 12 points in an overtime loss to Wellesley, including canning 4-of-6 attempts from behind the 3-point arc.  For the week, Morgan connected on 6-of-9 of her 3-point attempts.

Robert Hunter (Worcester State) Jr., Forward, St. Louis, MO – Registered 18 points and five boards in a 64-58 setback against Fitchburg State.

Meaghan O’Keefe (Worcester State) Sr., Forward, Warren, MA – Posted 14th double-double of the season with a career-best 29 points to go with 12 rebounds in a 71-46 triumph over Fitchburg State. O’Keefe is currently seventh in Division III in total rebounds (296) and ninth in average rebounding (12.9 RPG) while she is one of four in New England and one of 16 nationally with 14 double-doubles to her credit this season.

Mass. College Hoops: Wellesley Tops WPI In OT, Earns Season Sweep


Courtesy of our friends from WPI’s sports information department, here’s today’s release from the women’s basketball game. The Engineers lead vanished during the second half, as Wellesley rallied during the final minutes to force overtime. The Blue managed to earn their first lead of the contest and never look back, as Wellesley defeated WPI and earned a season sweep. Here’s the release:

Worcester, MA — Leslie Leong (Sacramento, CA) connected on Wellesley’s only 3-pointer of the game to forge a tie late in regulation and the Blue, who never led in the opening 40 minutes, held the advantage throughout overtime in a thrilling 52-51 victory over host WPI in a NEWMAC women’s basketball contest played on Sunday afternoon.    

Wellesley, who has won 10 of its last 11 games, is now 13-7 on the season and 12-4 in conference play while WPI slips to 13-9 overall and 9-7 in NEWMAC action.

The Blue were down eight at 44-36 but held WPI without a point for the final 6:45 to force overtime.  After’s Leong’s heroics tied the game at 44-44 with 1:09, Wellesley forced a shot clock violation then missed a layup on the ensuing possession.

It appeared WPI would have a chance to win but following a timeout, the Engineers turned the ball over with seven seconds to go.  Wellesley thinking there was less time on the clock, barely missed on a heave from just inside half court and then missed two subsequent short jumpers before the final buzzer of regulation.

The Blue led by four in the extra session before Theresa Logan (Southbury, MA) drained a 3-pointer with 1:30 left to slice the deficit to one at 50-49. Ashleigh Sargent (Bedford, NH) drained two free throws for the visitor but Yasmeen Luna (North Providence, RI) answered right back for WPI with a jumper with 44 seconds remaining.  The Engineers forced one last turnover and had a chance to win the game in the waning seconds but Dani Davis’ (East Granby, CT) 3-pointer bounced out and Wellesley inbounded and ran out the clock to secure the win.

WPI never trailed in regulation and used a trio of 3-pointers from Kelly Morgan (Brookline, NH), Davis and Cindy Chelius (Northfield, NJ) midway through the opening half to highlight an 11-0 run that helped give the Engineers a 27-17 lead at the half.

Courtney Jackson (Baldwin, MA) paced all players with 13 points for the Blue to go along with five rebounds and a pair of steals. Morgyne Weaver (Oklahoma City, OK) added 11 points while Malia Maier (Torrance, CA) stuffed the stat sheets with seven steals and six assists. Chelsi Scott (Portland, MI) gave the visitors a boost off the bench with nine points, five rebounds and four steals.

Morgan tossed in a game-best 12 points for WPI, including canning 4-of-6 attempts from behind the 3-point arc.  Logan chipped in with nine points and six rebounds while Rachel Pineda (Shrewsbury, MA) contributed eight points and six assists.  Davis tallied six points to go along with a career-high six blocks, five of which were in the first half.

For the game, Wellesley held a 22-8 bulge in point in the paint while WPI drained 53.3% (8-of-15) 3-pointers as compared to 1-of-9 by the Blue.

WPI closes out its regular season home slate on Wednesday at 7pm, hosting Smith in its annual Play 4Kay Pink game.  Wellesley heads home and entertains Coast Guard at the same time on Wednesday evening.

Mass. College Hoops: Wheaton 53, WPI 39 (Postgame Reactions)

By Matt Noonan 

WORCESTER, MA — The Wheaton College women’s basketball team earned a lead late in the first half and never looked back, as the Lyons defeated the WPI Engineers, 53-39.

With the win, the Lyons improve to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the NEWMAC, while the Engineers fall to 3-3 and 1-2.

Melissa McLaughlin paced Wheaton with 17 points, while Abbie Brickley netted 10 points and recorded seven rebounds.

WPI was led by Dani Davis , who netted 10 points, while Rachel Pineda scored nine and Kelly Morgan added eight.

Wheaton connected on 18-of-56 shots, sank six three-pointers, and converted 11-of-16 free throws. The Lyons secured 19 offensive rebonds, but totaled 48. WPI completed 15-of-47 shots from the field and went 6-of-8 from the stripe.

Both teams will return to the hardwood on Friday when Wheaton hosts Babson College and WPI travels to Springfield College. Both contests are slated for 7:00 p.m. tip-offs.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Players Of The Week (Week Three)

Worcester State's Dane Jobst powered the Lancers to two back-to-back victories last week! (Photo Credit: Worcester State Athletics)

Worcester State’s Dane Jobst powered the Lancers to two back-to-back victories last week! (Photo Credit: Worcester State Athletics)


The third week of the college basketball season in Worcester is in the books. And as usual, here is this week’s WACBA Players of the Week:

Men’s Basketball: Dane Jobst (Worcester State/Junior Forward) – In his team’s last two contests, the Athol native averaged 24.5 points and 15.5 boards, which helped the Lancers improve their mark to 3-1. Jobst recorded a double-double against Clark, as he netted 22 points and 20 rebounds in a 85-68 triumph. Against Regis he tallied 27 points and 11 boards. Finally, he connected on 17-of-30 shots from the field and 13-of-16 from the stripe.

Women’s Basketball: Kelly Morgan (WPI/Junior Guard) – Against MIT, the junior from New Hampshire sank all four of her three-point attempts and tallied 16 of her career-high 18 points in the second half, as WPI defeated the visiting Engineers, 68-56. Morgan finished the contest 7-of-10 from the field, and also recorded one rebound and one assist.