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. 14-20)

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the long weekend in the rearview mirror and another chapter of Worcester basketball in the books, here is 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 director.  

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Alex Lopez (Worcester State) Fr., Guard, Springfield, MA: Averaged 19.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists in a 2-0 week for Worcester State including a contest-high 20 points and six boards (sank the game-winning lay-up with nine seconds left) in a 71-68 victory over Fitchburg State. Also had 18 points, four rebounds, four assists in a 98-92 win over Bridgewater State, shot .465 for the week (13-28) and was a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Molly Hourigan (Holy Cross) Fr., Center, Mephis, NY: The first-year earned her first start against American and hauled in a game-best eight rebounds in 23 minutes. She blocked two shots in each contest and shot 83.3 percent from the field.

Men’s Player of the Week: Ryan Kolb (WPI) Jr., F, Southington, CT: Kolb posted a team-best 18 points as the Engineers remained undefeated with a 65-59 home victory against MIT.  The junior also grabbed five rebounds and added an assist, a block and a steal as WPI improved to 18-0 on the season.  Earlier in the week, Kolb registered 13 points in a hard-earned win over cross-town rival Clark.

Women’s Player of the Week: Alex Smith (Holy Cross) Jr., G, Delran, NJ: Smith scored team-highs in both games this past week, as well as tallied her 1,000th career point with a three-pointer versus American. She finished the week with 15 points per game, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and one block.

Honor Roll:

Terrance Bobb-Jones (Assumption College) Soph., Guard, Wilmington, DE: Bobb-Jones averaged 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, 1.5 steals and one block per game while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field for the No. 23 ranked Hounds. In a comeback road win at Stonehill, Bobb-Jones had the game-winning basket with 21.5 seconds left as he ended the game with 15 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block. He ended the week with a 13-point, six-rebound, five-assist, one-block, one-steal outing in a home win over Saint Anselm as the Hounds now hold a two-game lead in the Northeast-10 standings.

Cindy Chelius (WPI) Sr., C, Northfield, NJ: Chelius posted a career-high 15 points in WPI’s 59-39 road win at Clark.  The senior narrowly missed her first double-double of the season and third of her career when she hauled in season-equaling nine rebounds.  Chelius, who shot 6-of-10 from the field against the Cougars, also tosses in a team-high eight points in a road loss earlier in the week at Smith.

Meaghan Burns (Worcester State) Jr., Guard, Brookfield, MA: Averaged 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.5 assists in a 2-0 week for Worcester State including 15 points and three helpers in a 76-64 win over Fitchburg State and 16 second-half points and five boards to help spark a 76-71 comeback win over Bridgewater State. She finished the week shooting .608 from the field (14-23).

Robert Hunter (Worcester State) Sr., Forward, St. Louis, MO: Averaged 21.5 points, 9 rebounds and 2.5 steals in a 2-0 week for Worcester State including 18 points, eight boards and 3 swipes in a 71-68 triumph over Fitchburg State and 25 points, 10 caroms and three blocks in a 98-92 win over Bridgewater State. Connected for a .667 percent for the week (20-30).

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Rookies & Players Of The Week/Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com

Now that 2013 has officially begun, it is time to resume our weekly WACBA reporting. And without further ado, here is this week’s Rookies of the Week, Players of the Week and Honor Roll.

Rookies of the Week

Men’s Basketball: Zach Karalis (WPI/Fr./ Guard) – The freshman from North Andover made an impact in the Engineers past three games, as he reached double figures in all three contests. Karalis came off the bench against Colby-Sawyer and netted a game-best 14 points, while netting 11 points against St. Joe’s (Maine) and Babson College.

Women’s Basketball: Molly Hourigan (Holy Cross/Fr./Center) – The New York native scored a career-best 10 points in the Crusaders win against Dartmouth, as well as recorded career-highs in minutes played (19), steals (2) and assists (2).

Players of the Week

Men’s Basketball: Marco Coppola (WPI/Soph./Guard) – The Watertown native enjoyed a successful week with the Engineers by averaging 12.7 points per game and sinking 53.1% from the field. Against Babson, he netted a game-best 18 points.

Women’s Basketball: Hayley Zophin (Nichols College/Sr./Forward) – Against Wentworth Institute of Technology last weekend, the Framingham native recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and 14 rebounds in a win against the Leopards.

Honor Roll

Amy Lepley (Holy Cross/Sr./Forward) – The Norfolk native recorded her eighth double-double of her career, as she helped the Crusaders defeat Dartmouth by providing 10 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals. Also, Lepley became the 28th Crusader and 75th player in the Patriot League to score 1,000 points.

Ryan Sheehan (Nichols College/Jr./Forward) – Against Westfield State, the junior from North Attleboro netted 39 points in the Bison’s 88-74 victory. He drained 7-of-10 triples and tallied seven rebounds. Three days later, he recorded 13 points in a loss to Wentworth.

Shannen El-Qasem (Worcester State/Soph./Forward) – The Rutland native finished the week averaging 11.8 points per game and 5.0 rebounds. She scored 17 points and recorded seven rebounds in the Lancers win against Framingham State and 14 points in a setback to Chapman.

Robert Hunter (Worcester State/Jr./Forward) – The junior concluded the week averaging 17 points per game and 9.5 rebounds. Hunter was clearly a factor against Framingham State, as he finished the contest with 23 points and 11 boards.

Alex Lopez (Worcester State/Fr./Guard) – The Springfield native make an impact on a 1-1 week for the Lancers by averaging 13.5 points per game, 6.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds. Lopez scored a game-best 18 points against Albertus Magnus, while tallying nine points, 10 assists and five boards against Framingham State.

Theresa Logan (WPI/Sr./Forward) – Against Coast Guard last Saturday, the Southboro native recorded a team-high 18 points and recorded six boards (five on defense), while also tallying one block, one steal and one assist in the Engineers victory against the Bears.