Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Weekly Report (Feb. 18-24)

WPI's Zach Karalis recorded a layup with two seconds remaining on Saturday, which lifted the Engineers past Babson in the NEWMAC semifinals! (Photo Credit: WPI Athletics)

WPI’s Zach Karalis recorded a layup with two seconds remaining on Saturday, which lifted the Engineers past Babson in the NEWMAC semifinals! (Photo Credit: WPI Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

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: Write-ups courtesy of the college’s sports information department. 

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Zach Karalis (WPI) Fr., Guard, North Andover, MA: With roughly two seconds remaining in the second session, the first-year followed a shot by Aaron Davis and recorded a reverse layup to seal a 66-64 victory against Babson College in the NEWMAC semifinals on Saturday. Karalis finished the game with 10 points and four boards. On Sunday against Springfield College in the conference tournament’s championship, he added 12 points and four rebounds to help the Engineers to a 79-72-overtime victory, along with their first conference crown since 2006.

Men’s Player of the Week: Ryan Kolb (WPI) Jr., Forward, Southington, CT: Kolb netted a career-best 29 points against Springfield College in the NEWMAC championship, which helped the Engineers defeat the Pride in overtime. Excluding his point total, he also recorded six boards, three steals and two assists. Against Babson College in the semifinals on Saturday, he finished with 16 points, three rebounds, as well as one assist and one steal.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Molly Hourigan (Holy Cross) Fr., Center, Memphis, NY: Hourigan enjoyed her best week of the season by sinking all four shots against Lafayette, while snagging six rebounds and recording three blocks in her team’s victory. Against Buckell she scored a career-high 16 points and hauled in a team-best seven rebounds. According to this week’s notes, Hourigan leads the Crusaders with 23 blocks this season.

Women’s Player of the Week: Gabrielle Gibson (Assumption College) Sr., Guard, Amityville, NY: In another 2-0 week for Assumption, Gibson averaged 24.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting 50 percent from three-point land (8-for-16) and 1.000 from the free throw line (9-for-9). She began the week with 31 points, four assists and six three-pointers in a home win over Saint Rose, followed by 18 points, six rebounds and three assists at Pace as she moved into a tie for third on the Assumption all-time scoring list at 1,529 points.

Honor Roll

Brisje Malone (Holy Cross) Jr., Guard, Springfield, MA: Against Bucknell she registered her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 assists, which helped the Crusaders dismantle the Bison in Worcester. Malone finished 6 of 11 from the field against Lafayette with 15 points, eight assists, four rebounds and two steals. Her 10 assists against the Bison were a season-high.

Kevin Donahue (Assumption College) GS, Guard, Pawcatuck, CT: In another 2-0 week for the Hounds, Donahue averaged 17 points and two rebounds last week while shooting 44.4 percent from three-point land as he hit 8-of-18 attempts. After a 14-point effort in a home win over Saint Rose, Donahue led the Hounds with 20 points in a road win at Pace.

Theresa Logan (WPI) Sr., Forward, Southborough, MA: Logan finished the week by tallying her 1,000 point during her team’s setback to Babson College in the NEWMAC semifinals on Saturday. She finished her final game in an Engineers uniform with 11 points and now ranks 16th on WPI’s all-time scoring list with 1,010 points. Against Coast Guard in the conference tournament’s quarterfinals, she netted 11 of her 13 points in the second stanza, which lifted the Engineers past the Bears in Worcester.

Dane Jobst (Worcester State) Jr., Forward, Athol, MA: Finished with his 18th double-double of the season with 24 points and 12 rebounds in an 86-78 setback to Salem State in the MASCAC Quarterfinals. Jobst, who is top 10 in the NCAA Division III in average and total rebounding, finished their setback against the Vikings 13-for-13 from the charity stripe. Jobst is also ranked second in Division III in double doubles, fifth in average rebounding (12.1 RPG) and sixth in total rebounds (314).

Meaghan O’Keefe (Worcester State) Sr., Forward, Warren, MA: Notched game-highs of 11 points and 13 rebounds in a 45-36 setback to Westfield State in the MASCAC Quarterfinals. Finished the season with the third highest total rebounding sum (411), the sixth-most points (411) and the fourth-most boards in club history (757).

Mass. College Hoops: Westfield State Upsets Worcester States, 45-36

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Worcester State University sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the women’s basketball game. The Lancers lost to Westfield State in the semifinals of the MASCAC tournament, and here’s the recap:

Worcester, MA — Westfield State sophomore Jen Ashton (Beverly, MA) turned in a solid all-around performance with nine points, four boards, four assists, and three steals to help propel third-seeded Westfield State past #2 Worcester State, 45-36, in the semifinals of the MASCAC Women’s Basketball Tournament this evening at Lancer Gymnasium.

The Owls (18-9) move on to the title game to take on top-seeded Bridgewater State on Saturday afternoon at the Tinsley Center. The Lancers (13-13) await word on a possible ECAC bid on selection Monday.

The meeting marked the 16th matchup between the two squads in the MASCAC Tournament since it started in 1989-90 and the 10th time in the semifinals. Westfield State is now 11-5 all-time in the tournament versus the Blue and Gold.

The Owls were also paced by senior Briana Kelly (Hamden, MA) who netted a team-best 10 points while senior Jenny Bell (Northampton, MA) chipped in with a season-best seven swipes.

The Lancers were led by senior Meaghan O’Keefe (Warren, MA) who recorded a game best 11 points to go along with 13 rebounds for her 16th double-double of the campaign. Classmate Kara Rogers (Lowell, MA) collected nine points and grabbed five boards in the defeat.

Worcester State came out of the gates early going on a 7-0 spurt to open the game after O’Keefe was able dial one in from long range at the 17:03 mark.

Westfield State then battled back with strong defense causing 15 first-half turnovers led by Bell who had five swipes of her own in the opening frame.

The Owls grabbed their first lead of the contest after an 11-2 run was concluded with a lay-up from third-year Tania Ortiz (Holyoke, MA) with just under nine minutes left in the stanza (11-9).

The Blue and Gold then tied up the contest at 11-11 after a pair of free throws by Rogers before Westfield State used an 11-4 spurt to close out the half after a trey by first-year Tayler Travis (Somerset, MA) made it 22-15 at the intermission.

To start off the second period, Westfield State opened up a 14-point edge after Kelly tickled the twine from behind the line with five minutes gone in the final period (30-16).

The Lancers then cut the deficit to ten after consecutive layups from Rogers and O’Keefe just 40 ticks later.

The Owls jumped back out to a 14-point margin with back-to-back buckets by Kelly and Ortiz to make the score 34-20 with 11:47 remaining.

Worcester State sliced the deficit to single digits after a Rogers layup and an O’Keefe which made it a 34-25 game with just over nine minutes left in regulation.

After a Westfield bucket, Rogers converted a traditional three-point play to help the hosts trail 36-38 at the 7:15 mark to get the standing-room only crowd back into the contest.

Kelly then converted a layup for the Owls stretching the lead back to 10 before junior Meaghan Burns (W. Brookfield, MA) hit consecutive jumpers to make the score 38-32 with 5:22 left to play.

But that was as close as the Lancers got as Westfield State utilized a layup by Ashton and a Travis jumper in a two-minute span to get the lead back to double-digits (42-32).

Worcester State cut the lead to eight on a pair of occasions in the waning minutes of the contest, but the Owls ran out the rest of the clock for the final score.

Westfield State played a tenacious man-to-man defense to hold the Lancers to just 29 percent from the field (14-for-50) while the Blue and Gold equaled the effort on the other end of the floor limiting the visitors to just a 31 percent clip for the contest (17-for-54).

The Blue and Gold were dominant on the glass turning in a convincing 45-30 margin in rebounds and used a 13-8 edge in offensive caroms to hold a 9-4 lead in second chance buckets.

However, the Owls had their hands in the passing lanes all night and used 13 steals to cause 26 miscues and parlay a 19-12 edge in points off turnovers.

Westfield State also lead in fast break points (11-0), points in the paint (22-20) and bench scoring (20-6).

The two squads combined for 13 blocks in the contest as the visitors had eight rejections as a team.

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

By NoontimeSpprts.com 

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: WACBA Weekly Report (Jan. 28 – Feb. 3)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Another week of Worcester college basketball is in the books and below is 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: Zach Karalis (WPI) Fr., Guard, North Andover, MA: Karalis continues to be a spark off the bench for the nationally ranked Engineers.  Against Coast Guard, the freshman guard tallied 14 points, including 4-of-5 attempts from the 3-points as WPI defeated remained unbeaten with a victory over the Bears.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Molly Hourigan (Holy Cross) Fr., Center, Memphis, NY: Against Army and Colgate, the freshman started in both games this week with six points in 22 minutes in each contest. Hourigan was the team’s second leading rebounder versus Colgate, as well as tied a season-high with a game-best three blocks. She currently leads the team with 17 blocks.

Men’s Player of the Week: Ronson Quick (Assumption College) Sr., Forward, Marlton, NJ: Quick averaged a double-double in a 2-0 week as he posted 11 points, 14.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per contests as Assumption improved to 15-4 overall and remained in first place in the Northeast-10. He began the week with 11 points and 15 rebounds and six assists in a 57-41 win at Saint Michaels. Quick wrapped up the week with an 11-point, 14 rebounds, three-assist effort in a 70-50 home win over Merrimack. Quick was also named this week’s co-conference player of the week.

Women’s Player of the Week: Alex Smith (Holy Cross) Jr., Guard, Delran, NJ: Smith had her best week of the season offensively as she paced the Crusaders with 21 points against Army (game and season-high) and 17 points (team-high) against Colgate. She connected on 13 of 29 shots from the field and 8 of 17 from beyond the arc. Besides ending the week with a total of 38 points, she also amassed six rebounds, seven assists and one steal.

Honor Roll:

Gabrielle Gibson (Assumption College) Sr., Guard, Amityville, NY: In a 2-0 week for Assumption, Gibson averaged 17.5 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals while shooting 54.5 percent from the field. She began the week with a 14-point, eight-rebound, two-assist, two-steal showing in a win at Saint Michael’s. Gibson followed that with a 21-point, six-rebound, two-assist, two-steal performance in an 86-62 home win over Merrimack.

Robert Hunter (Worcester State) Jr., Forward, St. Louis, MO: Averaged 16 points and nine rebounds in an 0-3 week for Worcester State including 22 points and nine boards in an 86-70 setback against Westfield State and 13 points and 13 caroms in a 78-75 loss versus MCLA.

Ryan Kolb (WPI) Jr., Forward, Southington, CT: Kolb averaged 17 points and 7.5 rebounds to help fourth-ranked WPI remained undefeated by winning a pair of conference contests last week.  The sophomore posted a game-best 17 points in victories over Babson and Coast Guard as WPI is now the only Division III team without a loss on the season and sports a 23-game winning streak dating back to last season.  Kolb shot an impressive 61.9% (13-of-21) from the field in the wins.

Theresa Logan (WPI) Sr., Forward, Southborough, MA: Logan collected her third double-double of the season and eighth of her career to lift WPI to a 57-42 victory over Springfield.  The senior co-captain ended with 12 points and a season-best 14 rebounds in the win.  Earlier in the week the forward hauled in a game-high nine rebounds, tossed in six points and swatted three blocks in a 34-32 road lost at Wheaton.  For the week Logan averaged 9 points and 11.5 rebounds for the Engineers.

Meaghan O’Keefe (Worcester State) Sr., Center, Warren, MA: Averaged 15 points, 14.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in a 1-1 week for Worcester State including 23 points, a career-best 23 boards and three blocks in a 54-51 triumph over MLCA. Connected for .375 for the week.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Weekly Report (Jan. 21-27)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Another week of college basketball in Worcester is in the books, and below is this week’s WACBA Players of the Week and Honor Roll.

Men’s Player of the Week: Ryan Sheehan (Nichols College) Jr., Forward, North Attleboro, MA: This week’s Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Player of the Week averaged 38 points in a 2-0 week for the Bison. He tallied 38 points in 38 minutes against Curry College in a come-from-behind victory, as well as 38 points against Western New England College three days later. Sheehan started the week No. 9 in the nation in scoring at 23.6 points per game, and moved into eighth-place-all-time in scoring at Nichols with 1,417 points.

Women’s Player of the Week: Meaghan O’Keefe (Worcester State) Sr., Forward, Warren, MA: O’Keefe averaged 15 points and 14.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. She recorded a game-high 24 points and 15 caroms in a 65-58 victory against Salem State.

Honor Roll:

Alex Smith (Holy Cross) Jr., Guard, Delran, NJ: Smith finished the 1-1 week with 29 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, four steals and one block. Against Lafayette, she tallied 12 points and a game-best six assists. Smith led all scorers with 17 points against Bucknell, as well as tied for a game-high with seven rebounds. Smith has registered double digits in 18 of 20 games this season, and leads her squad and Patriot League with 14.6 points per game.

Kevin Donahue (Assumption College) Gr., Guard, Pawcatuck, CT: In two games this past week, Donahue averaged 18.5 points, two rebounds, one assists and one steal. He also shot 47.8 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the arc and 88.9 percent from the stripe.

Katy Howard (Assumption College) Sr., Guard, Medway, MA: Howard averaged 20 points, four rebounds, three assists and 1.5 steals in two games last week for the Hounds. Against Franklin Pierce, the Medway native tallied 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. She recorded 25 points against UMass Lowell on Saturday and moved within 11 points of the 1,000-point mark for her career.  

Javier Bristol (Anna Maria) Sr., Forward, Haverhill, MA: In a 3-0 week for the AMCATS, Bristol averaged 17.3 points and 8.3 rebounds. He shot 67.7 percent from the floor, too. Against Albertus Magnus, Bristol was a perfect 6 of 6 from the field (13 points, four rebounds). He recorded a double-double against Emerson College with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and netted a game-high 25 points with nine rebounds against Johnson & Wales.    

Marco Coppola (WPI) Soph., Guard, Watertown, MA: Coppola sank a career-best five triples and recorded a game-high 23 points against Springfield College in WPI’s last outing.

Kyle Ferreira (Worcester State) Sr., Guard, Westport, MA: In a 1-1 week, Ferreira averaged 21.5 points, 4.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds. He netted a career-best 27 points with five rebounds in an 81-76 triumph over Framingham State and 16 points and seven assists in a 78-74 setback against Salem State.