WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, Nov. 26th, 2019)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our second Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

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


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Avery LaBarbera averaged 22 points and eight rebounds per game in a 2-0 week for the Holy Cross women’s basketball team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Avery LaBarbera (Holy Cross | Soph. | Harrison, N.Y.): LaBarbera led the Crusaders in a 2-0 week by averaging 22 points and eight rebounds per game while also totaling 11 assists and seven steals and committing only one foul and one turnover. She went 7-for-12 (.583) from three-point range and shot .552 from the field. In the team’s 87-75 win against Bryant University last Wednesday, she netted 25 points — the second-highest total of her career — on 9-for-12 shooting with five assists, no turnovers, and three steals. In a 68-42 victory over Merrimack College this past Saturday, LaBarbera had the second double-double of her career with a 19-point, 10-rebound showing, along with six assists and four steals. LaBarbera currently ranks seventh in the nation with a 6.0 assist-to-turnover ratio.


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Assumption College’s Monica Spain was instrumental in helping the Greyhounds win their home-opener this past weekend against Southern New Hampshire. (PHOTO COURTESY: Gil Talbot)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Monica Spain (Assumption College | Freshman | Braintree, Mass.): Spain guided the Hounds to an exciting home-opening win this past Saturday against Southern New Hampshire by netting 14 points on five of seven shooting, while sinking all four free throws. She ended the game with six rebounds (three offensive boards), four assists, and four steals. 


WACBA Women’s Basketball Milestone: Congratulations to Kerry Phayre, the coach of Assumption College women’s basketball, who earned her 400th win this past Saturday when the Greyhounds defeated Southern New Hampshire, 61-51.


Women’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Sienna Johnson (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Brockton, Mass.): Johnson tallied 37 points, five rebounds, five steals, and four assists in a 2-1 week for the AMCATs. She began the week with 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting in a 66-25 win over Lesley University before netting eight points in a 78-42 victory against Bay Path. She ended the week with 11 points, two rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a 68-59 setback to Eastern Nazarene. 

Brianna Capacchione (Assumption College | Sr. | Washington Township, N.J.): Capacchione averaged 16.0 points this week while shooting 46.2 percent from the floor and 60.0 percent from beyond the arc. Capacchione recorded seven rebounds and two assists to go along with two steals and one block in her team’s home-opener win against Southern New Hampshire

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Senior | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison scored 11 points with four rebounds and three steals at Emmanuel College on Friday, against one of the top teams in the country.

Samantha Maglione (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Bolton, Mass.): Maglion posted 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field as well as shooting 5-for-9 from beyond the arc with one rebound and one assist in an 87-71 setback to Albertus Magnus on Saturday afternoon.

Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Sr. | Lowell, Mass.): Sweeney was nearly perfect last week with a field goal percentage of 92.3 in the 1-1 week for Worcester State. Sweeney shot 6-for-6 for 13 points in a narrow loss to Western New England on Tuesday evening, before going 6-for-7 for 13 points in a come-from-behind victory over Keene State on Saturday.

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Sr. | Los Angeles, CA): Vinson posted a pair of double-doubles in two of three contests last week. The center erupted for 14 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in WPI’s 60-41 road win at Fitchburg State last Thursday before completing her week with a 13-point, 10-rebound performance in a road loss at Regis College on Saturday.  The senior shot 50% from the field in both games.


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

WACBAHoops Reveals First Wave of Postseason Accolades

wacba-logoBy WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops) 

WORCESTER – Nichols swept the men’s major awards while Assumption, Becker, Fitchburg State and WPI took top billing for the women as the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) resumed its postseason awards program. Additionally, 12 student-athletes from each gender were tabbed All-WACBA. Voters included sports information directors or primary contacts from each of the nine NCAA schools in Worcester County, as well as three members representing the local media.

Nichols’ Marcos Echevarria was named Player of the Year while teammate DeAnte Bruton was tabbed the Rookie of the Year and head coach Tom Glynn was recognized as the Coach of the Year. WPI’s Ama Biney was unanimously selected as the Women’s Player of the Year as Fitchburg State’s Kyra Rose took home another Rookie of the Year nod. Assumption’s Kerry Phayre and Becker’s David Bostick were chosen as Co-Coaches of the Year.

Echevarria and Becker’s Samuel Durodola earned first team votes on all 12 ballots. Fitchburg State’s Jaleel Bell, Becker’s Kyle Credle, Bruton and Anna Maria’s Mike Rapoza also earned high praise from the voters. WPI bookended the second team with Ian Converse and Sean Doncaster. Joining the Engineer duo was Worcester State’s Paul Brooks, Becker’s Kareem Davis, and Holy Cross’ Malachi Alexander and Robert Champion.

Biney was the lone consensus first teamer on the women’s ballot.  She was followed by Rose, Worcester State’s Britt Herring, Clark’s Ogechi Ezemma, Holy Cross’ Lauren Manis and Becker’s Cassidy Harrison. The women’s second team was the only one to feature student from each NCAA division. DII Assumption’s Jo Impellizeri led the way as WPI’s Priscilla Dunphy, Worcester State’s Kaitlin Berkel, Becker’s Adrianna Dowdy, DI Holy Cross’ Infinti Thomas-Waheed and Anna Maria’s Deja Taitt comprised the rest of the list.

The coaches group is in the midst of voting for the next Paul N. Johnson Award winner and the inaugural Pat Oroszko Courage Award recipient.

WACBA (Worcester Area College Basketball Association) is an organization billed as “one of its kind in the country” featuring 10 colleges, 20 programs plus sports information directors and media members to foster friendships and camaraderie along with promoting the GREAT GAME OF BASKETBALL throughout the TRADITION RICH Worcester Country Area.

MAJOR AWARD WINNERS

Men’s Player of the Year

Nichols sophomore Marcos Echevarria (Lynn, Mass.)

Women’s Player of the Year

WPI junior Ama Biney (Worcester, Mass,)

Men’s Rookie of the Year

Nichols freshman DeAnte Bruton (New London, Conn.)

Women’s Rookie of the Year

Fitchburg State freshman Kyra Rose (Rockland, Mass.)

Men’s Coach of the Year

Tom Glynn, Nichols

Women’s Co-Coaches of the Year

Kerry Phayre, Assumption and David Bostick, Becker

ALL-WACBA TEAMS 

MEN’S FIRST

 

Name

School

Class

Hometown

1stPl

Marcos Echevarria

Nichols

So

Lynn, Mass.

7

Samuel Durodola

Becker

Jr

Rosedale, N.Y.

1

Jaleel Bell

Fitchburg St.

Sr

Dorchester, Mass.

1

Kyle Credle

Becker

Sr

Queens, N.Y.

1

DeAnte Bruton

Nichols

Fr

New London, Conn.

Mike Rapoza

Anna Maria

Fr

Charlton, Mass.

2

 

 

 

 

 

MEN’S SECOND

 

Ian Converse

WPI

Sr

Woodstock, Conn.

Paul Brooks

Worcester St.

Sr

Arlington, Mass.

Kareem Davis

Becker

So

Lowell, Mass.

Malachi Alexander

Holy Cross

Sr

Bowie, Md.

Robert Champion

Holy Cross

Sr

Charlotte, N.C.

Sean Doncaster

WPI

Sr

Medford, Mass.

 

WOMEN’S FIRST

 

Name

School

Class

Hometown

1stPl

Ama Biney

WPI

Jr

Worcester, Mass.

        9

Kyra Rose

Fitchburg St.

Fr

Rockland, Mass.

        1

Britt Herring

Worcester St.

So

W. Brookfield, Mass.

         

Ogechi Ezemma

Clark

So

Hope Valley, R.I.

        2

Lauren Manis

Holy Cross

Fr

Franklin, Mass.

       

Cassidy Harrison

Becker

Fr

Foxborough, Mass.

         

 

 

 

 

 

WOMEN’S SECOND

 

Jo Impellizeri

Assumption

Sr

Seaford, N.Y.

          

Priscilla Dunphy

WPI

Sr

Barrington, R.I.

          

Kaitlyn Berkel

Worcester St.

So

Waterford, Conn.

          

Adriana Dowdy

Becker

So

East Haven, Conn.

          

I. Thomas-Waheed

Holy Cross

Jr

Newton, Mass.

          

Deja Taitt

Anna Maria

Sr

Cambia Heights, N.Y.

          

 

Mass. College Hoops: Assumption’s Phayre Wins 300th Game, Hounds Top AIC

By NoontimeSports.com

Courtesy of the Assumption College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the women’s basketball game, which saw head coach Kerry Phayre earn her 300th win as the coach of the Hounds:

Worcester, Mass. (January 25) — Assumption College head coach Kerry Phayre won her 300th game as the Assumption College women’s basketball head coach as the Hounds defeated American International by a 55-47 final in Northeast-10 Conference play on Saturday afternoon at Laska Gym. The victory improves the Hounds to an 8-1 mark at home this season.

In an extremely slow-moving opening half to start, the Hounds opened up a 9-6 edge with 15:43 left after a fastbreak layup following a steal by sophomore Kelly Conley (Ellington, Conn./Ellington). The Hounds continued to lead at 13-12 with just 6:38 remaining before AIC eventually regained the advantage at 14-13 on a layup from Kamika Mason. After the Yellow Jackets pushed the lead up to 15-13, the Hounds embarked on an 8-1 run, capped by a turnaround jumper from junior Caitlin Ackerman (Nashua, N.H./Nashua South). The hosts seemed in control at 21-16 after Ackerman’s basket with just 48 seconds left in the period and continued to lead 23-18 with 4.1 left after a pair of free throws from senior Shannon Ray (Yonkers, N.Y./Ursuline Academy). However, AIC’s Alyssa Roach caught the ensuing inbounds pass and drain a near-halfcourt three at the buzzer to send the game into the break at just 23-21 in favor of Assumption.

The Hounds shot just 27.3 percent from the field in the half and were 1-for-7 from three, with Ray leading the first-half scoring with 11 points. The Yellow Jackets struggled as well, shooting just 31.8 percent while turning the ball over nine times over the first 20 minutes. Assumption held a 24-18 first-half edge on the boards, led by seven rebounds from senior captain Jamie Insel (Clinton, N.J./Voorhees).

In the second half, the visitors took a 27-25 lead with 16:44 left on a layup from Sydney Tepley. The Yellow Jackets extended that lead up to as many as five at 36-31 before a Hounds 5-0 rally tied the contest after an Insel layup. Another Insel layup at the 6:06 mark pushed Assumption in front at 38-36 before an AIC three from Brianna Bishop gave the Yellow Jackets their final lead of the game.

AIC pulled within 43-41 on a layup from Mason with 3:15 remaining, but the Hounds were a perfect 12-for-12 from the line over the rest of the game, including 6-for-6 from Conley.

Ackerman paced the Hounds with 15 points, including a 5-for-5 showing at the free throw line. Ray added 13 points and three assists in 34 minutes, while Insel finished with a 12-point, 16-rebound double-double. Insel’s showing was her seventh double-double of the season.

No Yellow Jackets finished in double figures in scoring or rebounding as AIC was led in scoring by Krista Ferrentino with nine points and in rebounding by Tepley with nine boards.

Assumption shot 29.8 percent from the field for the game and was 1-for-13 from three, but knocked down a season-best 20-of-22 free throw attempts. AIC shot 32.2 percent from the field in the game, but just 46.2 percent from the charity stripe.

With the win, the Hounds improve to 11-6 overall and 7-5 in Northeast-10 play, while the Yellow Jackets drop to 11-7 overall and 5-7 in the league.

Assumption is back in action on Tuesday, January 28th as the Hounds host Pace University for a 5:30 p.m. start at Laska Gym.

Mass. College Hoops: Assumption Tops AIC, Earns 20-Win Season

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Assumption College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release on the women’s basketball team, who defeated American International College (AIC) and earned their 20th win of the season:

Worcester, Mass. (February 26) — Assumption jumped out to an early 8-0 lead and pushed that lead up to as many 21 in the opening period as the Hounds pulled away in the second for a comfortable 64-49 victory over American International on Senior Night. Assumption is receiving votes in the USA Today Sports Division II National Poll for the 11th straight week.

Prior to the game, the women’s basketball honored seniors Courtney Donovan (Sagamore Beach, Mass./Bourne)Gabrielle Gibson (Amityville, N.Y.)Katy Howard (Medway, Mass./Medway)Sabrina Siciliano (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield-Warde) and Marissa Velez (Barre, Vt./Spaulding) for their contributions to the Assumption College women’s basketball program during their careers.

In the opening minutes, the Hounds jumped out to a 10-2 advantage and pushed that lead in double digits for the first time at 18-8 with 10:31 left in the first on a jumper from Siciliano. A 13-2 run by the Hounds, capped by a jumper from the top of the key by sophomore Caitlin Ackerman (Nashua, N.H./Nashua South), pushed the lead to 31-10 with 6:38 on the clock. Four straight AIC points, including a hoop from Krista Ferrertino, sent the game into the half at 35-19 in favor of the Greyhounds as Assumption shot 40 percent in the period. Early in the period, Gibson moved into third on the Assumption all-time scoring list, passing Katie Kerr ’00 at 1,529 career points.

In the second half, it was all Assumption as the Hounds led by as many as 23 points before a late Yellow Jacket run closed it to a 64-49 final as the Hounds ran their winning streak to six straight.

Velez scored a career-high 15 points, along with 12 from Gibson as she ended the game with 1,541 points. Ferrentino led three Yellow Jackets in double figures with an 18-point showing.

The Hounds complete the regular season at 20-6 overall and 17-5 in Northeast-10 play and earned the No. 3 seed in the Northeast-10 Tournament. The 20-win season is the sixth all-time for the Assumption women’s program, all of which have come under the direction of 17th-year head coach Kerry Phayre.

Assumption returns to action in the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament Quarterfinals as the Hounds will host No. 6 seeded University of New Haven on Sunday, March 3rd at Laska Gym beginning at 2 p.m. That will game will be available live online at www.assumptiongreyhounds.tv with Roei Biberstain calling all the action from Worcester.