WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 11 (Tuesday, Feb. 13th)

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) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


Mrgan ODonnellWomen’s Player of the Week: Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Jr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell did a bit of everything in a 1-1 week for Assumption, averaging 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 73.3 percent from the floor. The junior opened the week with 10 points, six rebounds and three assists in a tight loss to Saint Anselm. O’Donnell rebounded with a career-high 24 points, ten rebounds, three assists and two blocks in an 11-point win over Saint Michael’s.


MIKAELA MITCHELL ROW1205Women’s Rookie of the WeekMikaela Mitchell (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Millbury, Mass.): Mitchell averaged 13 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block per game in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. Netted 21 points, seven boards, one steal and one block in an 81-76 win over MCLA on Thursday before adding five points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in a 61-54 triumph against Worcester State on Saturday.


In The News

Clark University recently dedicated a bench outside the Kneller Center in honor of Pat Oroszko ’03 on Saturday – more information from last year’s fundraising kickoff

Kathy Cushing, a Worcester State University grad, as well as the wife of Don Cushing (WSU ’66), the former Nichols Coach, sadly passed away.


Women’s Honor Roll

Kristina Russo (Anna Maria College | Sr. | South Windsor, Conn.): Russo averaged 16.5 points and six rebounds in a pair of games last week, while tallying three assists, two steals and one block. She began the week with 19 points in a 79-57 setback to Johnson & Wales – she connected on seven of 23 shots from the field, including three of 11 attempts from beyond the arc. A few days later against Rivier, she tallied 14 points, while pulling down seven caroms.

Adrianna Dowdy (Becker College | Jr. | East Haven, Conn.): Dowdy had another strong week for the Hawks, averaging 13.7 points and 11.0 rebounds over three games. This performance included a 22-point outburst in Becker’s 50-38 victory over Lesley on Monday.

Ogechi Ezemma (Clark University | Jr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): Ezemma put up 30 points in a 1-1 week for the Cougars. She had 11 points to go along with nine rebounds in an overtime win over Springfield on Thursday. She posted 19 points, nine rebounds, and two steals in a setback to WPI on Saturday.

Michaela McTomney (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Bellingham, Mass.): McTomney averaged a double-double of 13 points and 11.5 rebounds as well as 2.5 assists, three steals and 0.5 blocks per game in a 2-0 week for the Green and Gold. She posted a double-double of 13 points and 17 boards to go along with four assists, two steals and a block in an 81-76 win over MCLA on Thursday before adding eight points, six boards, one assist and four steals in a 61-54 triumph against Worcester State on Saturday.

Kaitlyn Berkel (Worcester State | Jr. | Waterford, Conn.): Berkel averaged a double-double in the week for the Lancers.  The junior posted a 17 point, 10 rebound effort against regional power UMass Dartmouth in a non-conference action.  In MASCAC play, Berkel paced the Lancers with a 10 point, 13 rebound game against Fitchburg.

Madison Beck (WPI | Sr. | Syracuse, N.Y.): Beck averaged eight points and 5.5 rebounds, but more importantly recorded five blocks and four steals, in a 2-0 week for the Engineers. One of the steals preceded a pair of successful free throws to seal a key 52-43 triumph at Babson. The senior finished with 10 points against the Beavers before notching nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals at Clark.

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 10 (Tuesday, Feb. 6th)

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: Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Soph. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison continued to demonstrate her prowess at both the offensive and defensive ends of the court last week, averaging 23.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game and shooting 46.7 percent from behind the three-point arc. Harrison’s 28 points led the Hawks to a 60-42 victory at Southern Vermont on Tuesday in a key win for Becker’s playoff position. She later scored 19 points with seven steals at Regis in non-conference action on Saturday. For the season, Harrison ranks second in the NECC in scoring and third in three-point shooting. 


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Women’s Rookie of the Week: Sam Maglione (Worcester State | Fr. | Lancaster, Mass.): The freshman guard averaged 10 points and 1.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week for the Blue and Gold. She went 4-for-9 from the field and totaled 11 points in the win over Framingham State. She then posted nine points and two boards in the win over MCLA on Saturday.


WACBA Milestone: Congratulation to Worcester State women’s basketball coach Karen Tessmer, who earned her 300th win on the sidelines last Saturday with the Lancers following a 67-48 victory against MCLA.


Women’s Honor Roll

Kristina Russo (Anna Maria | Sr. | South Windsor, Conn.): In a 2-1 week for the AMCATS, Russo averaged 20 points per game – she netted 20 points in all three games – while concluding the week 20 of 57 from the field, including 14 of 39 from beyond the arc. She began the week by netting 20 points in a 79-57 win over St. Joseph’s (Conn.), while pulling down a pair of caroms. Two nights late against Suffolk, she stuffed the stat sheet with 20 points, two rebounds and one steal in a 92-57 setback. Russo concluded the week with 20 points, three rebounds, two assists and three steals in a one-point (58-57) win over Norwich.

Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Jr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell was solid for the Hounds last week, averaging 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in an 0-2 week. The junior posted 22 points and six boards in a tight 57-53 loss at Merrimack and followed it up with 11 points, two rebounds and two assists against Bentley.

Ogechi Ezemma (Clark University | Jr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): In a setback to Emerson College at home, Ezemma scored a team-high 16 points to go along with a game-high 13 rebounds to earn her fifth double-double of the season.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State |Soph. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 17 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.5 steals in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. She collected a team-best 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a 77-65 setback to Salem State on Wednesday before adding 18 points, two boards, five assists and three steals in a 96-77 victory over Pine Manor on Saturday.

Emily Carens (Worcester State | Jr. | Northborough, Mass.): The junior forward was key to the Lancers’ 73-56 win over Framingham State on Wednesday, registering a double-double of a career-high 17 points and 11 boards with three assists, two steals and a block. She then put up eight points with three steals, two assists, and a rebound in the win over MCLA. Overall, she averaged 12.5 points, going 11-for-16 (68.8%) from the field, with six rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals in a 2-0 week for the Blue and Gold.

Madison Beck (WPI | Sr. | Syracuse, N.Y.): Beck led all scorers with 18 points, on 7-of-12 shooting (58.3 percent), and added a key steal in the waning seconds as WPI collected a hard-earned 61-54 victory Saturday over visiting MIT. As a team, the Engineers secured season splits with three of the four other NEWMAC teams that are above .500 in league play and represent the top five in the standings. WPI has a chance to earn season split with league-leading Babson on Wednesday.

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).


MReen ROWWomen’s Rookie of the Week: Meghan Reen (Assumption College | Fr. | Norwood, Mass.): Reen was impressive in an 0-2 week, averaging 15.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game while shooting 54.5 percent from the floor. She had nine points and four assists in a loss to Southern Conn. but followed it up with a career-high 21 points with four rebounds and two assists as the Hounds were edged by Le Moyne.


Women’s Honor Roll

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 Five (Weds., Jan. 3rd)

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 Co-Player of the Week: Cassidy Harrison (Becker | So. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison scored a season-high 22 points in just 16 minutes as Becker moved to 3-0 in conference play with a 66-27 victory over Southern Vermont. Harrison shot four of five from behind the arc and five of seven from inside. The sophomore was also a force at the defensive end with six steals.


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Women’s Co-Player of the Week: Ama Biney (WPI | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney averaged 14.8 points and 10 rebounds, 3.25 assists and 3.25 steals over four games. The senior scored 12 and swiped the ball seven times versus Wells. She then scored 17 and notched a career-high 14 rebounds against SUNY New Paltz after logging 17 and 10 versus Spalding nine days earlier. Biney ended the year with 13 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and a steal against Ramapo.


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Women’s Rookie of the Week: Franchesca Hammond (Anna Maria | Fr. | Worcester, Mass.): The local product produced 11 points and two rebounds in a setback to undefeated Bowdoin last week.


Honor Roll

Kristina Russo (Anna Maria | Sr. | South Windsor, Conn.): Russo netted 14 points with 6 boards against Hunter College.

Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption | Jr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell was solid for Assumption, averaging 14.7 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 blocks per game while shooting 56.0 percent as team went 1-2 over the holiday break. The junior posted 14 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks in a loss to AIC. She followed it up with 14 points, 11 rebounds and three assists in a three-point loss to LIU Post before her 16 points, 11 rebounds and four assists propelled Assumption to a 56-50 win over Molloy.

Brianna Hackett (Worcester St. | Sr. | Hollis, N.H.): The senior guard scored a team-high 13 points, going 3-for-5 (60%) from 3-point range, in the Lancers’ setback to Birmingham-Southern Thursday afternoon.

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Four (Tuesday, Dec. 12th)

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

WORCESTER  With the fourth 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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Player of the Week: Infiniti Thomas-Waheed (Holy Cross | Sr. | Newton, Mass.): Thomas notched her 1,000th career point in her team’s 64-53 win over Vermont this past weekend, while also recording her second double-double of the season with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Additionally, she has now scored 20 points or more three times this season. Prior to her team’s victory against Vermont, she tallied 15 points, three caroms, two assists and one assist in 70-61 setback to Boston College. For the week, Thomas-Waheed recorded 39 points, including four trifectas, 13 rebounds, two steals and one assist.


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Rookie of the Week:
Mikaela Mitchell (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Millbury, Mass.): Mitchell averaged 7.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 1.3 steals per contest over three games for the Green and Gold. Registered a double-double of ten points and 11 boards to go along with two assists in a 94-80 setback to Mount Ida on Tuesday before adding four points, five caroms and one steal in a 69-61 loss to Suffolk on Thursday. Finished the week with eight points, three rebounds and three steals in a 63-57 setback to Curry on Saturday.


Honorable Mentions

Kayla Odegaard (Anna Maria | Sr. | Milton, Mass): Odegaard scored a career high, 27 points, against Framingham State last week. She also added 8 rebounds for the AMCATS.

Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Jr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell came up big for Assumption in a 1-1 week, averaging 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 57.9 percent from the floor. The junior opened the week with 10 points, ten rebounds and two assists in a loss to Stonehill but followed it up with a career-high 24 points on 8 of 11 shooting in a 20-point win over Franklin Pierce. She added five rebounds and two blocks in the contest as well.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Soph. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison averaged 10.5 points with 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals, while shooting 33 percent from behind the arc during a 1-1 week for the Hawks.

Ogechi Ezemma (Clark University | Jr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): Ezemma had a solid week for the Cougars with highlights on the defensive end. She averaged 14.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 2.0 steals per game. In a setback to conference foe Wheaton, Ezemma notched 16 pints while adding 10 boards and four steals. In a non-conference victory over Nichols, she tallied 13 points, nine boards and seven steals.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Soph. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 17.3 points, four rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game over three contests for the Green and Gold last week. She posted 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists and one steal in a 94-80 setback to Mount Ida on Tuesday before adding 19 points, three caroms, one assist and one steal in a 69-61 loss to Suffolk on Thursday. She concluded the week with 11 points, two boards, two assists and two steals in a 63-57 setback to Curry on Saturday.

Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Soph. | Lowell, Mass.): The sophomore guard put up double-double averages of 11.5 rebounds and 10 assists with 8.5 points per game in a 1-1 week for the Blue and Gold. She was one assist shy of a triple-double in the Lancers’ win over Nichols as she recorded 13 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and six steals, while shooting 50% from the field. In the setback to Springfield, she managed to register her second double-double of the week with 12 rebounds and 11 assists.