WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week One (Nov. 13th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER  A brand new season of college basketball in Worcester has officially begun, which means its time to unveil our very first Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors, of the season.

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WACBA PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Kaitlyn Berkel (Worcester State | Sr. | Waterford, Conn.): Berkel helped the Lancers advance to the Worcester City Tournament championship by averaging 12.5 points, 16 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in a 1-1 week. She began her team’s 2018-19 campaign with a double-double of 13 points and 22 rebounds, while adding three blocks and two assists in a 58-49 win over Clark University. She would produce her second double-double of the season one day later with 12 points and 10 boards, while shooting 62.5 percent from the field in the 51-45 setback to WPI on Saturday. She was named to the All-Tournament Team for her impressive performances this past weekend.

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WACBA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Avery LaBarbera (Holy Cross | Fr. | Harrison, New York): LaBarbera scored 18 points and dished out three assists in her collegiate debut, helping guide the Holy Cross women’s basketball team to a 71-61 season-opening victory over Rider University on Sunday, November 11.


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Ogechi Ezemma (Clark University | Sr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): Despite an 0-2 week for the Cougars, Ezemma collected 29 rebounds (14.5 rebounds per game). She also recorded a block in Clark’s non-conference matchup versus Worcester State on Friday and three steals in the Worcester City Tournament consolation game versus Becker on Saturday. On top of her impressive defensive performance, the All-Tournament selection led the Cougars with 34 points to cap off her first week of the season with two double-doubles.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Jr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison opened the season with a red-hot shooting performance at the Worcester City Tournament, leading Becker to a third-place finish. The junior averaged 24 points over two games, shooting 60 percent from the floor, 60 percent from behind the arc and 100 from the free throw line. Facing Clark University on Saturday, Harrison poured in 32 points with three steals to carry the Hawks to a 70-66 win, their first-ever victory over the Cougars. Harrison further opened the season going a perfect 18-of-18 from the free throw line. She was named to the Worcester City All-Tournament Team for the third consecutive year.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis notched 26 points and 10 rebounds, including hitting 14 of her 16 free-throw chances to guide the Holy Cross women’s basketball team to a 71-61 season-opening victory over Rider University. It was the 19th double-double of her career.


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WACBA Hoops: Holy Cross’ Manis and Nichols’ Echevarria Headline 2018 All-WACBA Awards

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WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross sophomore Lauren Manis and Nichols junior Marcos Echevarria headline the All-WACBA scrolls as the Worcester Area College Basketball Association revealed its 2017-18 awards Wednesday in Jen Toland’s weekly college column. Voters included 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, as well as members of the local media.

In a close vote, Manis was named the WACBA Women’s Player of the Year. Fitchburg State’s Mikaela Mitchell claimed Rookie of the Year honors while Becker head coach David Bostick, who shared last year’s accolades, repeated as Coach of the Year. Nichols earned two of the three men’s major awards as Echevarria and head coach Tom Glynn, the recipient of 10 first place votes, repeated as Player and Coach of the Year, respectively. Assumption’s Matthew Kelly was selected as the men’s Rookie of the Year.

Manis also made the All-WACBA First Team for the second consecutive year, as did Becker sophomore Cassidy Harrison, Worcester State junior Britt Herring and WPI senior Ama Biney. Fellow Crusader, senior Infiniti Thomas-Waheed was upgraded from last year’s second team while Assumption junior Morgan O’Donnell made her debut on the scroll. Clark junior Ogechi Ezemma and Becker junior Adrianna Dowdy headlined the second team. They were joined by Anna Maria senior Kristina Russo, Fitchburg State sophomore Angelina Marazzi, Worcester State sophomore Catherine Sweeney and WPI senior Madison Beck.

Echevarria, who was on the top half of all 12 ballots, and sophomore teammate DeAnte Bruton, as well as Anna Maria sophomore Mike Rapoza and Becker senior Samuel Durodola were all named to the All-WACBA First Team for the second year in-a-row. Becker junior Kareem Davis moved up to the first team while Holy Cross junior Jehyve Floyd also earned top billing. WPI senior Chris Rodgers led the second team that also featured Kelly, Clark junior Luca McCormick, Fitchburg State junior Jonathan Perez, Nichols sophomore Jerome Cunningham and Worcester State sophomore Shaun McCarthy.

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 Country Area.


WACBA Women’s Basketball End of The Year Awards

Player of the Year: Lauren Manis (Franklin, Mass.), Holy Cross

Rookie of the Year: Mikaela Mitchell (Millbury, Mass.), Fitchburg State

Coach of the Year: David Bostick, Becker

First Team

Assumption

Morgan O’DonnellEaston, Mass.Jr.

Becker

Cassidy HarrisonFoxborough, Mass.So.
Holy CrossInfiniti Thomas-WaheedNewton, Mass.Sr.
Holy CrossLauren ManisFranklin, Mass.So.
Worcester StateBritt HerringWest Brookfield, Mass.Jr.
WPIAma BineyWorcester, Mass.Sr.

Second Team

Anna MariaKristina RussoSouth Windsor, Conn.Sr.
BeckerAdrianna DowdyEast Haven Conn.Jr.
ClarkOgechi EzemmaHope Valley, R.I.Jr.
Fitchburg StateAngelina MarazziManchester, N.H.So.
Worcester StateCatherine SweeneyLowell, Mass.So.
WPIMadison BeckSyracuse, N.Y.Sr.

WACBA Men’s Basketball End of The Year Awards

Player of the Year: Marcos Echevarria (Lynn, Mass.), Nichols

Rookie of the Year: Matthew Kelly (North Potomac, Md.), Assumption

Coach of the Year:
Tom Glynn, Nichols

First Team

Anna MariaMike RapozaCharlton, Mass.So.
BeckerKareem DavisLowell, MassJr.
BeckerSamuel DurodolaRosedale, N.Y.Sr.
Holy CrossJehyve FloydSayreville, N.J.Jr.
NicholsDeAnte BrutonNew London, Conn.So.
NicholsMarcos EchevarriaLynn, Mass.Jr.

Second Team

AssumptionMatthew KellyNorth Potomac, Md.Fr.
ClarkLuca McCormickFort Lauderdale, Fla.Jr.
Fitchburg StateJonathan PerezLowell, Mass.Jr.
NicholsJerome CunninghamWestbury, N.Y.So.
Worcester StateShaun McCarthyOxford, Mass.So.
WPIChris RodgersFranklin, Mass.Sr.

 

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 12 (Wednesday, Feb. 21st)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Women’s Player of the Week: Britt Herring (Worcester State | Jr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): Britt Herring averaged double-double figures of 21.5 points and 10.5 rebounds with an 83.3% shooting percentage (20-of-24) in a 0-2 week for the Blue and Gold. In the setback to Bridgewater State she put up 18 points with 12 boards, three blocks, two assists and two steals. She then wrapped up the regular season with a game-high 25 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks in the loss to Westfield State.


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Women’s Rookie of the Week: Shannon St. Lawrence (Nichols College | Fr. | Milton, N.H.): Shannon St. Lawrence had another strong week for the Bison, averaging 15.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.5 steals per game. St. Lawrence had 12 points, six rebounds, an assist, and two steals in a 71-46 setback to Eastern Nazarene. She wrapped up the season with a double-double of 18 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, and three steals in a 79-48 win over Wentworth.


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Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Soph. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison came up strong for the Hawks in their final two games of the regular season, averaging 25.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 steals in victories over Wheelock and Mitchell. She was also a perfect 15 of 15 from the free throw line. First at home against the Wildcats on Tuesday, Harrison finished with 27 points and four steals as the Hawks won 53-45. Then at the Mariners on Saturday, the sophomore capped off a 24 point performance with a game-winning basket as Becker took with win, 58-56.

Michaela McTomney (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Bellingham, Mass.): McTomney averaged 10.5 points, nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. She netted 14 points four rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in a setback to Westfield State on Wednesday before adding seven points, 14 boards, one assist, one steal and one block in a 62-59 triumph over Bridgewater State on Saturday.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Soph. | Franklin, Mass.): In a pair of games last week, Manis averaged 19.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. She began the week with 19 points and five rebounds in a setback to Army – she was an impressive 11 for 15 from the line. Three days later against Bucknell, she tallied 19 points again, while pulling down seven caroms, including five on defense. She connected on seven of 17 shots, including one of two attempts from beyond the arc, while sinking four of five freebies.

Brooke Packard (Nichols College | Sr. | Dudley, Mass.): Brooke Packard averaged 16.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 1.5 steals per game in a 1-1 week for the Bison. Packard scored five points to go with five rebounds and an assist in a 71-46 setback to Eastern Nazarene. She wrapped up the week on Senior Day with a career-best 28 points and 12 rebounds to go with an assist and three steals.

Madison Beck (WPI | Sr. | Syracuse, N.Y.): Beck averaged 17 points on 14-of-20 shooting (70%) and 6.5 rebounds as WPI claimed a share of the NEWMAC regular season title with wins over Wellesley and Emerson. The senior began the week with 18 points, four rebounds, a steal and a block versus the Blue before a 16-point, nine rebound performance against the Lions. The Engineers (20-5, 13-3) split the title with Babson and Smith for the programs fifth regular season title. It marks the third consecutive 20-plus win season for head coach Cherise Galasso, who owns six of the nine in program history, and the first time it has been done in three straight seasons. The six-game winning streak is the longest of the campaign and the Crimson and Gray head into the NEWMAC tournament having beat all 10 teams for the second consecutive regular season.

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Nine (Tuesday, Jan. 30th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Women’s Player of the Week
: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Soph. | Franklin, Mass.):
This week’s Patriot League Player of the Week averaged a double-double of 22.50 points and 10.00 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders. In an overtime loss to American, the sophomore forward recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds. She also had a big impact in the Crusaders’ victory against Lafayette on Saturday as she netted 27 points, while pulling down nine rebounds. Per Monday’s release, Manis ranks first in the conference in scoring with an average of 18.5 points per game and fifth in rebounding with 8.4 boards per game. In her career, Manis has tallied 788 points (15.5 per game) and totaled 402 rebounds (7.9 per game).


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Hailey Moore (Anna Maria College | Soph. |Worcester, Mass.): Moore averaged 9.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and four blocks in a pair of games last week. Against Lasell College, she scored a career-high 12 points, while pulling down a career-best 14 caroms. She also recorded a career-best six blocks en route to her first-ever double-double. Later against Albertus Magnus, she tallied seven points, while pulling down nine rebounds.

Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College |Jr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell averaged 19.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting 56.5 percent from the floor in an 0-2 week. The junior tied her career high with 23 points, four rebounds and two steals in a tight loss to Southern Connecticut. O’Donnell finished the week with 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals as Assumption was edged by Le Moyne.

Adrianna Dowdy (Becker College | Jr. | East Haven, Conn.): Dowdy led Becker to a 2-0 week, averaging 11 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, and shooting 75 percent from the floor.

Ogechi Ezemma (Clark University | Jr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): In a 1-1 week for Clark, Ezemma posted 20 points including 15 in a conference win over Mount Holyoke on January 24th. She collected 25 rebounds to go along with four steals and a block.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Soph. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 17.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.7 steals per contest in three games for the Green and Gold. She posted 12 points, seven boards and three steals in a setback to Westfield State on Tuesday before adding ten points, three rebounds and one steal in a 75-55 setback to Bridgewater State on Thursday. She finished off the week with 31 points, four caroms, four assists and one steal in an 88-78 setback to Framingham State on Saturday.

Britt Herring (Worcester State | Jr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): The junior center averaged 14 points, nine rebounds, 2.3 blocks and two assists in a 2-1 week for the Blue and Gold. She recorded 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists, a steal and three blocks in the early-week win over Bridgewater State before putting-up 18 points with eight boards and three blocks in her team’s setback to Westfield State. She wrapped up the week with double-double figures of 12 points and 12 rebounds with three assists and a block in the win over Salem State. Overall, she shot 59.4% (19-32) from the field.

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Three (Tuesday, Dec. 5th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With the third week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Women’s Player of the Week: Michaela McTomney (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Bellingham, Mass.): Averaged a double-double of 11.0 points and ten rebounds per contest as well as one block per game in three games for the Green and Gold. Collected 14 points, eight rebounds, one steal and three blocks in an 86-77 victory over Elms on Tuesday before adding six points, eight caroms and one steal in an 81-67 setback to UMass Boston on Thursday. Concluded the week with a double-double of 13 points and 14 boards to go along with two assists in a 77-76 setback to Dean on Saturday.


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Women’s Rookie of the Week: Mikaela Mitchell (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Millbury, Mass.): Averaged 15.3 points, seven rebounds, two assists and 1.3 steals per game over three contests for the Falcons. Netted 16 points, seven boards, three assists and one steal in an 86-77 win over Elms on Tuesday before adding eight points, six caroms, one assist and one steal in an 81-67 setback to UMass Boston on Thursday. Polished off the week with a game-best 22 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in a 77-76 setback to Dean on Saturday.


Honorable Mentions

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Soph. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis recorded her third double-double of the season – 11th of her career – against Albany, while netting 20 points against Brown. Against the Bears, she connected on seven of 11 attempts, including both three-pointers, while recording six rebounds and two assists. On Sunday against Albany, she tallied 18 points and 12 rebounds, including 10 defensive caroms. For the week, she was 12 of 22 from the field, a perfect three-from-three beyond the arc and 11 of 15 from the charity stripe.

Amy Assad (Nichols | Jr. | Millis, Mass.): Amy Assad helped lead the Bison to a 2-1 mark this week, averaging 14.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. In a non-conference 78-44 win over Anna Maria, Assad scored 12 points and pulled in five rebounds to go with three assists and two steals in only 16 minutes of action. She followed that up with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds in a 66-54 setback to Endicott. She wrapped up the week with her second-straight double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds in a 59-51 win over Gordon.

Britt Herring (Worcester State | Jr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): The junior center averaged 12.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, and one assist per game in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. She put up a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds with three blocks in the Lancers’ setback to Connecticut College earlier in the week. On Sunday, Herring recorded 11 points with nine rebounds and four blocks in the road win over Gallaudet. Overall this week, she went 11-for-16 (68.8%) from the field.