WORCESTER, Mass. – With yet another week of college basketball in Worcester in the books, it is time to dish this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll, including players and rookies of the week.
Men’s Player of the Week: Irving Eggleston (Nichols, Jr./East Lyme, Conn.): Eggleston averaged 25.0 ppg on 58 percent shooting as the Bison extended their conference-record start to 14-0. After scoring 21 points in a win at Curry on Tuesday, Eggleston dropped in a career-high 33 points in a win over defending conference champion Gordon on Thursday. Two days later, he scored 21 points in 25 minutes of action in a win over Western New England. He also made 13-of-14 from the line (93 percent) and 6-of-11 from behind the arc (55 percent). Eggleston also averaged 3.7 steals and 2.7 assists.
Women’s Player of the Week: Raquel Scott (Holy Cross, Jr./Ridgewood, N.J.): Scott had an excellent week for Holy Cross as she averaged 27.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game to help the Crusaders pick up two wins over Colgate and Bucknell. In the win at Colgate, she posted game-highs of 31 points, 17 rebounds and five assists. She connected on 10-of-19 from the field and hauled in a career-high 17 rebounds. Scott tied a career-high with 31 points scored and recorded her 10th double-double of the season and 29th of her career. Shee also scored her 1000th career point in the win over the Raiders. On Saturday against Bucknell she scored a game-high 24 points and hauled in a team-best eight rebounds, which helped the Crusaders earn the win. Scott canned 3-of-5 from behind the arc during the week (60.0%), and drained 16-of-21 from the free-throw line (76.2%). She currently ranks second in the Patriot League in both points per game (17.7) and rebounds per game (9.7). Scott also became the 31st Holy Cross women’s basketball player to score 1,000 career points and the 12th Crusader to cross the milestone during or before their junior year.
Women’s Rookie of the Week: Nani Perez (Worcester State, Fr./Worcester, Mass.): Perez averaged 5.5 points, 7.5 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals in a 1-1 week which included nine points, nine rebounds and five swipes in a 54-51 setback against Salem State and 10 assists and six steals in a 50-41 triumph against MCLA.
Ama Biney (WPI, Fr./Worcester, Mass.): Biney drained 9-of-15 shots from field as the Crimson and Gray went 1-1 last week in conference play. The freshman posted identical totals of 13 points and six rebounds in both contests (at Clark and vs. Smith) while totaling four assists and two steals for the 14-7 Engineers.
Katie Doherty (Holy Cross, Fr./Holbrook, N.Y.): Doherty had another solid week in helping the Crusaders earn two wins over Colgate and Bucknell. In the Crusaders’ win over the Raiders, she posted 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting, to go with three assists and two steals. Against Bucknell, she dished out five assists – a career-best – along with three rebounds and two steals. Doherty ranks fourth on the team with 6.3 points per game and is second with 2.2 assists per contest. In Patriot League games, Doherty is averaging 6.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.
Malcolm Miller (Holy Cross, Sr./Laytonsville, Md.): Miller led the team with 19 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks against American. He scored 12 points in the victory over Colgate. He totaled 12 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and two assists at Bucknell. Miller Hit 50.0 percent of his shots, 40.0 percent of his three-pointers and 86.7 percent of his free throws on the week.
Caitlin Ackerman (Assumption, Sr./Nashua, N.H.):
In a 1-1 week for the Hounds, Ackerman averaged 18.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and four steals while shooting 57.7 percent from the field. Highlighting her week was a 21-point, eight-rebound, eight-steal outing at Bentley as the Hounds swept the Falcons for the first time since the 2007-2008 season.
Terrance Bobb-Jones (Assumption, Jr./Wilmington, Del.):
Bobb-Jones averaged 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a pair of games last week. Highlighting his week was a 20-point effort at home vs. Franklin Pierce, along with a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double at Bentley.
Laura Cote (Fitchburg State, Sr./Ashby, Mass.): Cote averaged 14 points over three games for Fitchburg State last week. In the Falcons setback to Framingham State, the senior guard scored a game-high 21 points along with 11 rebounds for a double-double, while going 50% (6-12) from the field. Over the three game span, Cote also averaged 6.3 rebounds per game and 4.3 steals per game.
Anthony Muccioli (Fitchburg State, Jr./Nashua, N.H.): Muccioli averaged 15.5 points per game for Fitchburg State over three games last week. The junior guard had a season-high 27 points in the Falcons’ 81-69 victory over Salem State on Thursday. In the win, Muccioli went 8-13 (62%) from the field, while shooting 75% (3-4) from beyond the arc. Over the three games the Nashua native averaged a 56% (14-25) field goal percentage and shot 54% (6-11) from the perimeter.
David Mercier (Clark, Soph./Milford, Mass.): Mercier averaged 17.0 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 12-for-18 from the field (66.7 percent) in a 1-1 week for the Cougars who got a much needed win on Saturday courtesy of Mercier’s career afternoon. First, in a tight 67-66 loss at Coast Guard on Wednesday, Mercier finished with seven points, six rebounds and five assists. Then in the win over Emerson, he pumped in a career-high 27 points on an extremely efficient 9-for-14 shooting, including a 3-for-6 effort from behind the arc. In addition to his scoring outburst, Mercier hauled in six boards and rejected a pair of shots.
Nick DaPrato (Clark, Gr./Marshfield, Mass.): In a 1-1 week, DaPrato averaged 21 points on 47 percent shooting as the Cougars dropped a heartbreaker to Coast Guard, 67-66, and then pushed past Emerson, 79-70. In the loss to CGA, he finished with 23 points on 8-for-16 shooting while going 7-for-11 from behind the arc. Then in their huge win over the Lions, DaPrato scored 19 points, going 6-for-14 from the field. In the two games he shot 8-for-15 from three-point land and went 6-for-7 from the charity stripe.
Paul Brooks (Worcester State, Soph./Arlington, Mass.): Averaged 10.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 blocks in an 0-2 week for Worcester State which included 14 points, nine rebounds and a trio of blocks in a 54-49 setback against Salem State and seven points, eight boards and five rejections in a 55-54 loss against MCLA. Connected for .476 from the field (10-21) and established a new program standard for blocks in a single season as he now has 66 to his credit.
Julie Frankian (Worcester State, Sr./Millbury, Mass.): Averaged 11.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in a 1-1 week for Worcester State including 10 points and nine boards in a 50-41 victory over MCLA and a team-high 13 points in a 54-51 setback against Salem State.
Sam Longwell (WPI, Sr./Acton, Mass.): Longwell shot over 60% on the week, averaging 21.5 points and 6.5 rebounds as WPI split a pair of contests. The senior notched his fourth double-double of the season when he amassed 21 points and 10 boards in a 81-73 overtime victory at Emerson. Longwell added 22 points in a 59-55 loss to Babson in a matchup of nationally-ranked squads.
Obi Obiora (WPI, Fr./Boston, Mass.): Obiora registered 10 points and 10 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Engineers.