Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week Six)


WORCESTER, Mass. – With the holidays officially in the book, we return to our weekly Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll, which includes highlights from the past few weeks.

Men’s Player of the Week: Paul Brooks (Worcester State, So.): Brooks averaged 11.7 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.7 blocks in a 1-2 week for Worcester State, which included 12 points and 18 boards in a 70-62 setback against Hood, 12 points, 14 caroms and four blocks in a 64-52 victory over Otterbein before finishing week with 11 points, five rebounds and five blocks in a 67-55 loss against Gordon. He also earned a spot on the Christopher Newport Captains Shootout Tournament team for grabbing 32 boards (a record) over two contests.

Zach Karalis (WPI, Jr.): Karalis was tabbed Most Valuable Player as the Engineers won a pair of contests at the Salem State Classic. The junior drained a three-pointer with 5.8 seconds remaining in the second half to provide WPI with a dramatic 73-71 triumph over the 2014 NCAA Tournament finalist Williams College Ephs in the tournament’s opening game. Karalis finished with a team-best 21 points, including 5-of-9 shooting (triples) versus the Ephs, while pitching in with four points and four rebounds in limited action in the Crimson and Gray’s second game victory against FDU-Florham.

Women’s Player of the Week: Kelly Carey (Assumption, So.): In a 3-0 stretch for the No. 22 ranked Greyhounds, Carey averaged 16.7 points while shooting 64 percent from the field and a blistering 70 percent from three-point land (14-for-20). Adding 3.7 rebounds per game and shooting 1.000 from the free throw line, Carey’s performance was highlighted by a career-high 27 points in a road win at Bloomfield.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Ama Biney (WPI, Fr.): Biney – the Tournament MVP – scored 11 of her 17 points in a decisive second half to lead WPI to a 72-48 win over host Westfield State in the championship game Tuesday.  The rookie finished 6-10 from the floor, 3-3 from three point range, and garnered two steals and an assist without a turnover in just 18 minutes of play.  Later in the week, Biney netted nine points in just 11 minutes of action in WPI’s 82-40 home victory over Simmons.

Honor Roll:

Karl Ziegler (Assumption, Jr.): In a 1-2 stretch for the Hounds, Ziegler averaged 14.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, while also shooting 51.4 percent from the field and 72.7 percent from the free throw line.

Trafficia Warburton (Anna Maria, Sr.): Warburton averaged 13.0 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 5.0 steals per game in a 1-2 week for the AMCATS. She had her best performance, a 16-point, 10-rebound, eight-steal game in Anna Maria’s 43-42 win against Regis on Dec. 31, and followed that up with 14 points, nine rebounds and seven steals in the AMCATS’ overtime defeat to Middlebury on Saturday. She opened the week with nine points and 10 boards against Keene State. The senior forward shot 34.1 percent from the floor on the week.

Rachel Pineda (WPI, Sr.): Pineda was a model of consistency as the Engineers went a perfect 3-0 over the break, including taking home the Westfield State Holiday Tournament. The senior point guard netted nine points each in victories over Southern Maine and host Westfield State in the tourney and then registered 10 points as the Crimson and Gray opened 2015 with a home triumph over Simmons. Pineda stuffed the stat sheets by pitching in with team highs of seven assists and six steals in the three games to go along with seven rebounds.

Bianca Langford (Worcester State, Jr.): Langford netted a season-best 25 points to go with 16 rebounds and three blocks in a 70-65 victory over Salem College.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week Seven)


WORCESTER, Mass. – Another week of college basketball in Worcester is in the books and below is this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Players and Rookies of the Week, as well as the honor roll.

Men’s Player of the Week: Dane Jobst (Worcester State) – The senior forward averaged 21.5 points and 17 rebounds in a 1-1 week for Worcester State as he connected for .515 percent from the floor (17-33). Jobst logged game-highs in both games, which included 19 points and 18 boards in a 72-70 victory over Fisher and 24 points and 16 caroms in an 83-77 setback against MCLA.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Anthony Thompson (Holy Cross) – The first-year guard scored 10 points in the victory over Colgate. Thompson also added 10 more points at Bucknell, to go along with career highs of six rebounds and four steals.

Women’s Player of the Week: Julie Frankian (Worcester State) – The sophomore guard averaged 17.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for Worcester State including game-best 22 points and 13 boards in a 70-57 victory over MCLA and 13 points and eight caroms in a 77-54 loss against MCLA. Also connected for .571 percent from the field (12-21) and .833 percent from the line (10-12). As of this past Thursday, Frankian was 10th in the NCAA Division III in free throw percentage and second in New England (.914 – 32-35).

Honor Roll:

Raquel Scott (Holy Cross) – The sophomore forward had another great week for the Crusaders and averaged a double-double with 16.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. She began the week with her Patriot League leading seventh double-double of the season with 16 points and a career-best 16 rebounds in the win over Colgate. Scott was one assist shy (4) of tying her career-high versus the Raiders. She followed that up with 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds versus Bucknell where Scott accumulated those totals in only 23 minutes of action against the Bison.

Malcolm Miller (Holy Cross) – The junior forward scored 11 points in the victory over Colgate, while tying for the team lead with eight rebounds. Miller led the team with game highs of 19 points and nine rebounds at Bucknell. His 19 points at Bucknell set a new career high, while his nine rebounds tied his season high.

Jimmy Zenevitch (Assumption) – In two games, the junior forward averaged a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds to go along with 1.5 assists per game while shooting 44.8 percent from the field. After a nine-point, 11-rebound effort in a road loss at Saint Rose, Zenevitch recorded a 19-point, nine-rebound game at home vs. New Haven.

Marcus Murray (Assumption) – The first-year guard averaged 17.5 points, five rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in two games last week. Highlighting his week was a 26-point, four-rebound, five-assist game at Saint Rose. In a home loss to New Haven, Murray had nine points with six rebounds and four assists.

Shannon Ray (Assumption) – The senior guard averaged 15 points, two rebounds, 4.5 assists and one block per game in a 2-0 week. After a 20-point, three-rebound, five-assist game in a road win at Saint Rose, Ray posted 10 points and four assists in a home win over New Haven.

Paul Brooks (Worcester State) – The first-year center averaged 11 points and 8.5 boards in a 1-1 week for Worcester State, including 14 points, 10 caroms and two blocks in an 83-77 loss against MCLA. He scored eight points and registered seven rebounds in a 72-70 win over Fisher.

Sam Longwell (WPI) – The junior guard averaged 19 points and 5.5 rebounds as the sixth-ranked Engineers opened up NEWMAC play with a pair of victories over teams that entered with 9-2 records. He paced all players with 23 points in WPI’s 81-61 road win over Springfield and then stuffed the stat sheets with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists in a triumph against MIT. Longwell continued his strong shooting, connecting on 55.6% of his shots from the field.

Rachel Pineda (WPI) – The junior guard tallied a career-best 16 points in a 64-46 home victory over Emerson.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week One)


Noontime Sports is proud to announce that for the second straight year we’ve partnered with the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) to produce the weekly Honor Roll.

Similar to last year, these weekly posts, which will appear every Monday, will feature Players of the Week and Rookies of the Week, as well as honorable mentions.

So, without further ado, here’s our first WACBA Honor Roll of the 2013-14 season.

Players of the Week

Dave Dudzinski (Holy Cross) – The senior forward posted his fifth career double-double with 26 points and 15 rebounds against Sacred Heart. Dudzinski also recorded a trifecta in that particular game off an offensive rebound with three second remaining in regulation, which forced overtime. Against North Carolina, Dudzinski turned in 11 points and five rebounds.

Tatiana Mojica (Becker College) – The senior forward became the fifth women’s basketball player at Becker to reach the millennium mark by netting 19 points against Worcester State. Through two games this season, she’s averaging 16 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.

Rookies of the Week

Malachi Alexander (Holy Cross) – The first-year forward led the Crusaders with 13 points against North Carolina on Friday, as well as registered his first double-double against Sacred Heart with 23 points and 13 rebounds.

Tess Nogueira (WPI) – The first-year forward totaled 16 points and 11 rebounds in a pair of games at the 2013 Worcester City Tournament

Honor Roll

Brisje Malone (Holy Cross) – The senior guard recorded her third career double-double with 16 points and 12 boards (career-best) against UMass Lowell.

Jenn Dynis (Holy Cross) – The first-year guard/forward recorded career-bests in points (11) and minutes (28) against the River Hawks. Dynis finished 5-of-8 from the field with five rebounds and one assist.

Terrance Bobb-Jones (Assumption) – The junior guard led the Hounds in two contests by averaging 19.5 points and 12 rebounds per game.

Tafanie Roye (Assumption) – The senior guard averaged 14.7 points per game while shooting 54.2 percent from the field in a 3-0 week. She also earned a spot on the Assumption Tip-Off Classic All-Tournament Team.

Andrew Musler (Clark University) – The senior forward, who was named MVP of the Courtyard By Marriott Tip-Off Tournament, averaged 19 points and 8.5 rebounds in the two games, setting career-highs in nearly every statistical category. In the 65-62 win over Vassar, he came off the bench and totaled 14 points and five rebounds in 28 minutes of action. Then, in the championship game, Musler posted his first career double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds. In the two games, he shot a sizzling 59 percent from the floor (13-for-22), including a 44 percent clip from behind the arc.

Ryan Sheehan (Nichols College) – The senior captain, who was named this week’s Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, tallied a game-high 37 points in the Bison’s 91-83 win over Lasell. Sheehan connected on 15-of-26 shots from the field, as well as recorded eight rebounds, three steals and one block.

Tyler Roberson (Becker College) – The senior guard scored 28 points in a 66-64 double-overtime victory against Worcester State. In Roberson’s first two games this season, he’s averaging 16 points and eight rebounds.

Dane Jobst (Worcester State) – The senior averaged 23 points and 15.5 rebounds in a 0-2 week for Worcester State, as well as all-tournament honors at the Eastern Connecticut Tip-Off Tournament. Jobst registered 19 points and 17 boards in a 90-79 setback against Eastern Connecticut before he poured in 27 points and 14 caroms in a 66-64 double overtime loss against Becker.

Meaghan Burns (Worcester State) – The senior averaged 13.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in a 1-1 week for Worcester State. Burns tallied a game-bests of 15 points and nine caroms in a 57-45 setback against WPI and 12 points, four boards and five helpers in a 75-55 victory over Becker to earn All-Tournament accolades at the Worcester City Tournament.

Zach Karalis (WPI) – The sophomore equaled his career-high with 25 points to lead the ninth-ranked Engineers to a 100-84 victory over host RPI in the season-opener for both squads. Karalis connected on 9-of-14 shots from the field, including 4-of-8 from 3-point land. He also recorded six rebounds, all on the defensive glass, to three assists and a steal.

Sean Doncaster (WPI) – The first-year guard sparked nationally-ranked WPI with 14 points off the bench in the Engineers’ 100-84 season-opening road win at RPI.  Doncaster drained 4-of-5 shots, including both of his 3-pointers and all four of his free throws, while adding a pair of rebounds and an assist.

Rachel Pineda (WPI) – The juniorpoint guard averaged a team-best 10.5 points while earning All-Worcester City Tournament team accolades

Mass. College Hoops: Wellesley Tops WPI In OT, Earns Season Sweep


Courtesy of our friends from WPI’s sports information department, here’s today’s release from the women’s basketball game. The Engineers lead vanished during the second half, as Wellesley rallied during the final minutes to force overtime. The Blue managed to earn their first lead of the contest and never look back, as Wellesley defeated WPI and earned a season sweep. Here’s the release:

Worcester, MA — Leslie Leong (Sacramento, CA) connected on Wellesley’s only 3-pointer of the game to forge a tie late in regulation and the Blue, who never led in the opening 40 minutes, held the advantage throughout overtime in a thrilling 52-51 victory over host WPI in a NEWMAC women’s basketball contest played on Sunday afternoon.    

Wellesley, who has won 10 of its last 11 games, is now 13-7 on the season and 12-4 in conference play while WPI slips to 13-9 overall and 9-7 in NEWMAC action.

The Blue were down eight at 44-36 but held WPI without a point for the final 6:45 to force overtime.  After’s Leong’s heroics tied the game at 44-44 with 1:09, Wellesley forced a shot clock violation then missed a layup on the ensuing possession.

It appeared WPI would have a chance to win but following a timeout, the Engineers turned the ball over with seven seconds to go.  Wellesley thinking there was less time on the clock, barely missed on a heave from just inside half court and then missed two subsequent short jumpers before the final buzzer of regulation.

The Blue led by four in the extra session before Theresa Logan (Southbury, MA) drained a 3-pointer with 1:30 left to slice the deficit to one at 50-49. Ashleigh Sargent (Bedford, NH) drained two free throws for the visitor but Yasmeen Luna (North Providence, RI) answered right back for WPI with a jumper with 44 seconds remaining.  The Engineers forced one last turnover and had a chance to win the game in the waning seconds but Dani Davis’ (East Granby, CT) 3-pointer bounced out and Wellesley inbounded and ran out the clock to secure the win.

WPI never trailed in regulation and used a trio of 3-pointers from Kelly Morgan (Brookline, NH), Davis and Cindy Chelius (Northfield, NJ) midway through the opening half to highlight an 11-0 run that helped give the Engineers a 27-17 lead at the half.

Courtney Jackson (Baldwin, MA) paced all players with 13 points for the Blue to go along with five rebounds and a pair of steals. Morgyne Weaver (Oklahoma City, OK) added 11 points while Malia Maier (Torrance, CA) stuffed the stat sheets with seven steals and six assists. Chelsi Scott (Portland, MI) gave the visitors a boost off the bench with nine points, five rebounds and four steals.

Morgan tossed in a game-best 12 points for WPI, including canning 4-of-6 attempts from behind the 3-point arc.  Logan chipped in with nine points and six rebounds while Rachel Pineda (Shrewsbury, MA) contributed eight points and six assists.  Davis tallied six points to go along with a career-high six blocks, five of which were in the first half.

For the game, Wellesley held a 22-8 bulge in point in the paint while WPI drained 53.3% (8-of-15) 3-pointers as compared to 1-of-9 by the Blue.

WPI closes out its regular season home slate on Wednesday at 7pm, hosting Smith in its annual Play 4Kay Pink game.  Wellesley heads home and entertains Coast Guard at the same time on Wednesday evening.

Mass. College Hoops: Wheaton 53, WPI 39 (Postgame Reactions)

By Matt Noonan 

WORCESTER, MA — The Wheaton College women’s basketball team earned a lead late in the first half and never looked back, as the Lyons defeated the WPI Engineers, 53-39.

With the win, the Lyons improve to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the NEWMAC, while the Engineers fall to 3-3 and 1-2.

Melissa McLaughlin paced Wheaton with 17 points, while Abbie Brickley netted 10 points and recorded seven rebounds.

WPI was led by Dani Davis , who netted 10 points, while Rachel Pineda scored nine and Kelly Morgan added eight.

Wheaton connected on 18-of-56 shots, sank six three-pointers, and converted 11-of-16 free throws. The Lyons secured 19 offensive rebonds, but totaled 48. WPI completed 15-of-47 shots from the field and went 6-of-8 from the stripe.

Both teams will return to the hardwood on Friday when Wheaton hosts Babson College and WPI travels to Springfield College. Both contests are slated for 7:00 p.m. tip-offs.