WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, January 14th, 2020)

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 sixth 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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Fitchburg State’s Emma Thomson averaged 20 points, six rebounds, and one assist in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. (PHOTO COURTESY: Fitchburg State Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Emma Thomson (Fitchburg State | Sr. | York, Maine): Thomson averaged 20 points, six boards and one assist in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. She posted 20 points, six rebounds, and two assists in a 70-54 triumph over Pine Manor on Wednesday before adding 20 points, six boards and one steal in a 67-56 victory against Salem State on Saturday.


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Worcester State’s Erin Gallella averaged 8.5 points in two games last week for the Lancers. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Erin Gallella (Worcester State | Fr. | Tewksbury, Mass.): Gallella averaged 8.5 points per game in a pair of contests for Worcester State last week. In the Lancers’ win over Saint Joseph’s (Me.) last Tuesday, Gallella recorded eight points with five assists and two rebounds before recording nine points, two rebounds, and one assist in a victory over Anna Maria on Thursday.


Women’s Basketball Milestone: Cherise Galasso (WPI): With a 64-58 win last Tuesday against Williams, WPI coach Cherise Galasso earned her 350th win on the sidelines, including her 315th with the Engineers. Prior to arriving at the Worcester campus, Gallaso won 35 contests during a three-year stint at Regis in Weston, Massachusetts. Two days after their exciting win over the Ephs, WPI provided Galasso with her 351st win with a 70-40 victory against Western New England.


Women’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Amber Wilson (Anna Maria College | Sr. | New York, N.Y.): Wilson poured in a career and game-high 36 points on 10 of 22 shooting against Worcester State last Thursday. Wilson, who is averaging 20.5 points per game, concluded the non-conference tilt with 14 made freebies (out of 17 attempts), five rebounds (four defensive caroms), and five blocks. 

Brianna Capacchione (Assumption College | Sr. | Washington Township, N.J.): Capacchione averaged 14.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game this past week while shooting 34.5 percent from the floor and 100.0 percent from the free-throw line. Against Saint Anselm, Capacchione put up 20 points with five rebounds, one assist, and one block to keep Assumption in the game.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Sr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison continued to lead the Hawks this past week, averaging 20.5 points and 4.5 steals per game over two games. The senior guard poured in 23 points on Tuesday in Becker’s setback at Mitchell before adding 18 at Eastern Nazarene on Saturday.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Sr. | Franklin, Mass.): In a pair of games for the Crusaders this past week, Manis kicked off the week with a 25-point, 12-rebound, two-steal showing against Lafayette on Wednesday; with 8.6 seconds left, she hit the game-tying layup, was fouled and hit the go-ahead free throw in a 57-56 win over the Leopards. Against Bucknell, she added in a 15-point, five-rebound performance.

Gigi LeMay (Worcester State | Jr. | Grafton, Mass.): LeMay had a breakout week for the Lancers, leading her team to pair of wins off the bench. The junior guard opened the week with a career-high 26 points in a win over Saint Joseph’s (Me.), which included eight rebounds and four steals, before scoring 11 points with eight boards, four assists, and four steals in a win over Anna Maria on Thursday.

Alana Keating (WPI | Sr.| Leominster, Mass.): Keating netted 10 of her game-high 17 points during a game-opening 18-0 run as host WPI defeated Western New England last  Thursday at Harrington Auditorium. The senior guard connected on all four attempts from beyond the arc en route to a career-best point total. She has now reached double digits in five straight games, which has coincided with a five-game winning streak for the Engineers, who improved to 10-4 overall with the victory over the Golden Bears.  Earlier in the week, Keating tallied 10 points, including a trio of three-pointers as the Crimson and Gray knocked off undefeated Williams to deliver head coach Cherise Galasso her 350th career victory.  


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

WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, January 7th, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Happy New Year!

A few weeks of college basketball in the Worcester area are in the books, which means it is time to unveil our fifth 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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Lauren Manis averaged 18.8 points and 12.0 rebounds in six contests for Holy Cross over the holiday break. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mark Seliger)

Women’s Player of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Sr. | Franklin, Mass.): In six games between Saturday, December 14th, 2019 and Saturday, January 4, 2020, Lauren Manis averaged 18.8 points and 12.0 rebounds as the Crusaders went 5-1. During that six-game stretch, the senior forward chipped in 14 assists, nine steals, and six blocks while shooting .519 from the field and .600 from 3-point range. She had five games with double-doubles, including a 28-point, 11-rebound showing against New Hampshire on Dec. 22; she had four straight games with 20 or more points. She opened conference play at Loyola on Jan. 2 with a 16-rebound, 13-point performance, and with 12 rebounds at Navy on Jan. 4, she became the third player in program history to surpass the 1,000-rebound mark for her career.


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Becker College first-year Natasha Pacheco averaged 5.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game over three games for the Hawks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Natasha Pacheco (Becker College | Freshman | Fairfax, Va.): Pacheco continued to show why she was one of the best rookies in the region during the holiday break by averaging 5.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game over three games. In Becker’s win at Lesley this past Saturday, the first-year was a dominant force in the paint, pulling down a career-high 19 rebounds while scoring ten points with five assists and a steal. Pacheco’s 19 boards matched the total for the entire Lesley team.


Women’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

Riley Berry (Becker | Sophomore | Margate, Fla.): Berry averaged 10.3 points per game with 3.3 steals and 3.0 rebounds.  In Becker’s win at Lesley this past Saturday, the sophomore finished with 10 points on the day, including a career-high seven steals.

Brianna Capacchione (Assumption College | Senior | Washington Township, N.J.):  Capacchione has been instrumental to Assumption’s success over the past few weeks, averaging 15.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists in five contests while being the leading scorer in three of them. In the Hounds’ win over Caldwell, Capacchione put up eight points while adding four rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Against Saint Michael’s she led the team with 19 points while adding six rebounds, four assists, and one block. She continued her success against District of Columbia where she led the Blue and White with 16 points and added seven rebounds. Capacchione also led the team with 21 points with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in the Hounds’ victory over Dominican. This past Sunday, Capacchione helped her team to their fifth consecutive victory by stuffing the stat sheet with 13 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one block.

Sierra Johnson (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Brockton, Mass.): Johnson concluded the holiday break by averaging 20.25 points in four contests with her best performance occurring this past weekend against Dean College. Johnson converted 12 of 18 shots against the Bulldogs, including three trifectas for a career-high 37 points. She finished one point shy of matching Meghan DePatsy‘s single-game record of 38 points.

Emily Sifferlen (Clark University | Sophomore | North Andover, Mass.): Since the last WACBA report, Sifferlen has been a player to watch – she averaged 24.75 points in four contests while netting a new career-high of 30 points in a late December setback to Drew. The second-year guard netted 26 points or more in three contests to bump her points per game average to 16.2 through 13 contests this season. Additionally, Sifferlen pulled down 12 rebounds, including a season-best eight caroms against Suffolk on Tuesday, December 10th, while tallying seven assists in all four contests. She is currently averaging 4.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Sr. | Los Angeles, CA): Vinson, a Southern California native, had a strong showing in front of family and friends as the Engineers won both games on during their holiday trip.  The senior shared team-high honors with 14 points as the Crimson and Gray began their west coast swing with an 80-61 victory over Occidental.  Vinson then scored the first six points of the game and ended up with a double-double (career-high equaling 20 points and 10 rebounds) in a wire-to-wire in a 60-45 triumph over host Caltech.  Over the four games during break, the center averaged 13.8 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 64.1% from the floor.


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

 

WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, Dec. 3rd, 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 third 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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Assumption College’s Brianna Capacchion averaged 14.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game last week for the Greyhounds. (PHOTO COURTESY: Gil Talbot)

Women’s Player of the Week: Brianna Capacchione (Assumption College | Senior | Washington Township, N.J.): Capacchione was influential for Assumption College this past week, averaging 14.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while shooting 30.8 percent from the floor, 31.6 percent from three and 87.5 percent from the foul line. Against Franklin Pierce, Capacchione led her team with 20 points while adding six rebounds, two assists, and one steal. She then recorded 13 rebounds and nine points against Stonehill College. Capacchione concluded her team’s contest against the Skyhawks as the second-leading scorer. 


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Angelina Marazzi became the 12th player in Fitchburg State women’s basketball program history to net 1,000 points last week against Regis College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Jamie Rogers/Fitchburg State Athletics)

Women’s Milestone of the Week: Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 16.5 points, three rebounds and 1.5 steals per game over two contests for the Green and Gold last week. She notched 14 points, three rebounds and two steals, including her 1,000th career point in a 67-43 setback to Regis College on Tuesday before adding a game-best 19 points, three caroms and one steal in a 71-46 loss to Keene State on Saturday.


Women’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Amber Wilson (Anna Maria College | Jr. | New York, N.Y.): Against Clark University last week, Wilson stuffed the stat sheet with a team-high 18 points to go along with eight rebounds (six defensive caroms), six blocks, three assists, and three steals. 

Ginny Benbow (Clark University | Soph. | Durham, Conn): In a victory over Anna Maria College, Benbow tallied a career-high 24 points in 28 minutes on 69.2% shooting, including going three-for-four from the three-point line. The sophomore led all players in scoring while adding one assist, two rebounds, and one steal.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Sr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis led the Crusaders to an 83-71 win over Brown University on Sunday, recording 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting, which was the most points by any Holy Cross player in a single game this season. With 12 rebounds, Manis also had her third double-double of the season, too, and moved into second place in program history with 41 career double-doubles. She currently ranks second in Division I with 13.0 rebounds per game and leads the nation in defensive rebounds with 10.2 per game.

Victoria Mirecki (WPI, So, Rock Tavern, NY): Mirecki exploded for a career-best 17 points as the Engineers overwhelmed Nichols College, 63-36, last Tuesday evening. The second and third quarters were Mirecki’s to shine as the sophomore more than tripled her season scoring total in the middle 20 minutes, shooting a perfect 7-for-7 from the floor, including a pair of three-pointers and a conventional 3-point play.


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

 

Around The Rim With Bob Whitney (Nov. 22, 2019)

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By Bob Whitney | @WhitneyBob

Bob Whitney is back from a short break for some thoughts on the New England (and national) college basketball landscape with a brand new edition of ‘Around the Rim.’ 

Opening Tap: 

A pair of Braintree High School (Mass.) standouts are making a difference for the Southern New Hampshire women’s basketball team.

First-year Adriana Timberlake has earned a spot in the starting lineup and is averaging 12.0 points per game, along with 2.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.

Sophomore Jenna Roche has played an important role for the Penmen coming off the bench. Roche is averaging 5.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.

Southern New Hampshire has won four-straight since dropping its initial contest of the season to Georgian Court. The Penmen visit Assumption College tomorrow (Saturday, November 23rd) with tip-off scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Manis, Holy Cross scored an exciting win against Boston College 

The Holy Cross women’s basketball team scored an impressive win earlier this month by defeating Boston College in its home-opener. The win was the Crusaders first over a Power 5 school since 2014.

Holy Cross is led by senior forward Lauren Manis (Bishop Feehan). Manis, who is a three-time All-Patriot League selection, concluded the 2018-19 season second in the conference in scoring (16.8 points per game) and rebounding (11.1 per game).

Prior to her team’s initial game of the 2019-20 season, Manis checked-in fourth in program history with 844 career rebounds and 12th in career points (1,461)

Manis, who is a terrific role model for all those youngsters that aspire to play at the next level, has scored 53 points in three games and has pulled down 33 rebounds.

Holy Cross hosts Merrimack College on Saturday in Worcester with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

Christian, Boston College off to a successful start: 

Jim Christian‘s Boston College men’s squad has had a solid start marked by an important Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) win over Wake Forest University (77-70).

The Eagles hit a speed bump when they were torched at home, 100-85, by highly-regarded Belmont University team.

Christian has a slew of potential young talent that he is trying to integrate with veteran Nik Popovic.

The future looks bright at Conte Forum but this year they are likely to slug it out once again in the bottom quarter of the ACC – unless you are Duke University it is so very difficult to succeed with young talent in the country’s best college hoop conference.

While we are talking BC, why aren’t the Eagles and Ed Cooley‘s Providence College Friars playing this year?

Just Thinking 🤔: 

If you get a chance, find a way to watch the University of Vermont‘s Anthony Lamb. He has the potential to be a player selected in next year’s NBA DraftLamb put on an offensive showcase recently scoring 30 points in a 61-55 loss to the University of Virginia

If healthy these Catamounts will continue to dominate the America East and could be a real sleeper in March Madness.

Unfortunately, Lamb and the Catamounts will make just one trip to Massachusetts when they visit UMass Lowell in late February.

National Thoughts: 

Virginia, the defending NCAA men’s champ, is off to an impressive start with Mamadi Diakite and Kihei Clark,  who were the heroes of last year’s epic NCAA tournament run.

The Hoosiers, who are under the direction of coach Tony Bennett, have traditionally led all D-I programs in most of the key defensive categories. Their defense (and impressive play) will be on display tomorrow when they compete against UMass in The Hall of Fame Tip Off Tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.

UMass enters Saturday’s contest, which is scheduled to commence at 12 p.m, with an impressive 5-0 mark. The Minutemen are off to their best start since the 2013-14 season.

Have a great Thanksgiving….. Keep shooting! – Bob Whitney 

WACBA Reveals 2018-19 All-Star Selections

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By WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER, Mass. – Nichols College senior Marcos Echevarria and Holy Cross junior Lauren Manis have repeated as the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Players of the Year, as revealed on Wednesday in Jen Toland’s weekly college column.

The announcement also features the annual All-Stars, Rookies of the Year and Coaches of the Year as voted upon by sports information directors or primary contacts from each of the nine NCAA schools in Worcester County, including Division I Holy Cross and Division II Assumption College, as well as members of the local media.

Echevarria claimed the hardware for the third consecutive year while it was also a threepeat for the Bison with first-year head coach Scott Faucher earning Coach of the Year accolades. Assumption’s Cal Connelly, meanwhile, became the second Greyhound in as many years to secure Rookie of the Year honors. For the women, Manis narrowly missed out on a perfect ballot while fellow Crusader Avery LaBarbera was named as the Rookie of the Year, and Worcester State’s Karen Tessmer was selected as the Coach of the Year.

Nichols’ DeAnte Bruton and Matt Morrow joined Echevarria on the first team, as did Anna Maria’s Mike Rapoza, Becker’s Kareem Davis, and Holy Cross’ Jehyve Floyd. The second team was comprised of Fitchburg State’s Nicholas Tracy, Worcester State’s Tyler Dion, Assumption’s Matthew Kelley, Clark’s Tyler Davern, and WPI’s Jake Wisniewski and Reid Walker.

Manis and LaBarbera along with Worcester State’s Brittany Herring, Assumption’s Morgan O’Donnell, Fitchburg State’s Angelina Marazzi, and Becker’s Adrianna Dowdy were named to the first team. Clark’s Ogechi Ezemma, Anna Maria’s Amber Wilson, Becker’s Cassidy Harrison, Fitchburg State’s Catherine Coppinger, as well as, Worcester State’s Catherine Sweeney and Kaitlyn Berkel landed on the second team.

This year’s Paul N. Johnson and Pat Oroszko Courage Award recipients will be announced at a later date.

WACBA (Worcester Area College Basketball Association) is an organization billed as “one of its kind in the country” featuring nine colleges, 18 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 County Area.

Follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter | Regular Season Stats and Standings

 MEN‘S ALL-STARS

Player of the Year: Marcos Echevarria (Lynn, Mass.), Nichols (third consecutive)
Rookie of the Year: Cal Connelly (Rochester, N.H.), Assumption (back-to-back for Greyhounds)
Coach of the Year: Scott Faucher, Nichols (third consecutive for a Bison head coach)

First Team
Nichols College Marcos Echevarria*# Lynn, Mass. Sr.
Nichols College DeAnte Bruton*# New London, Conn. Jr.
Anna Maria Mike Rapoza*# Charlton, Mass Jr.
Becker College Kareem Davis^# Lowell, Mass. Sr.
Holy Cross Jehyve Floyd# Sayreville, N.J. Sr.
Nichols College Matt Morrow Leicester, Mass. So.
Second Team
Fitchburg State Nicholas Tracy Indianapolis, Ind. Jr.
Worcester State Tyler Dion Barre, Mass. Jr.
WPI Jake Wisniewski West Brookfield, Mass. Jr.
WPI Reid Walker Lithia, Fla. So.
Assumption College Matthew Kelly& No. Potomac, Md. So.
Clark University Tyler Davern Webster, Mass. So.

 WOMEN‘S ALL-STARS

Player of the Year: Lauren Manis (Franklin, Mass.), Holy Cross (back-to-back)
Rookie of the Year:
 Avery LaBarbera, Holy Cross
Coach of the Year: 
Karen Tessmer, Worcester State

First Team
Holy Cross Lauren Manis*# Franklin, Mass. Jr.
Worcester State Brittany Herring*# West Brookfield, Mass. Sr.
Assumption College Morgan O’Donnell# Easton, Mass. Sr.
Fitchburg State Angelina Marazzi& Manchester, N.H. Jr.
Holy Cross Avery LaBarbera Harrison, N.Y. Fr.
Becker College Adrianna Dowdy& East Haven, Conn. Sr.
Second Team
Clark University Ogechi Ezemma*& Hope Valley, R.I. Sr.
Anna Maria Amber Wilson New York, N.Y. So.
Becker College Cassidy Harrison*# Foxborough, Mass. Jr.
Worcester State Catherine Sweeney& Lowell, Mass. Jr.
Worcester State Kaitlyn Berkel Waterford, Conn. Sr.
Fitchburg State Catherine Coppinger Boston, Mass. Jr.

* 2017 First Team
^ 2017 Second Team
# 2018 First Team
& 2018 Second Team