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

By NoontimeSports.com

With another week of college basketball in Worcester in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll, including players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Reilly Reid (Jr.), Assumption (Mississauga, Ontario): In a 1-1 week for the Hounds, Reid averaged 16.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game while shooting 61.9 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from three (5-for-7). Highlighting his week was a career-high 24-point effort in a road win at Molloy on Sunday.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Marco Echevarria (Fr.), Nichols College (Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria, who was named Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Rookie of the Week for the third-consecutive week on Monday, scored 19 points and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line in an 89-85 win at Westfield State on Tuesday, November 24. He also canned a trio of three-point field goals, snared three rebounds, and dished out three assists in 38 minutes of action. Echevarria leads the Bison and ranks second in the conference in scoring at 22.6 points per game.

Women’s Player of the Week: Raquel Scott (Sr.), Holy Cross (Ridgewood, N.J.): Scott had a strong week in the paint for Holy Cross, averaging a double-double with 18.0 points and 14.0 rebounds per game as the Crusaders went 1-1 last week. Against Yale, Scott poured in game-highs of 26 points and 15 rebounds (season-high), while shooting 60.0 percent from the field (12-20). In her team’s win over Bryant, Scott recorded 10 points and 13 rebounds, and hit two critical free throws late in the game to put Holy Cross ahead 65-61 (Bryant hit a three-pointer as time expired). Scott currently ranks fourth in the Patriot League with 9.3 rebounds per game and eighth with 15.3 points per contest. She is now tied for 16th on the Holy Cross all-time scoring list with 1,217 career points. Scott also recorded her 800th career rebound this past week and now has 812 as a Crusader, which stands fourth in Holy Cross history. The double-double for Scott was her third of the season and the 35th of her career, which ties her for third place in program history.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Britt Herring (Fr.), Worcester State (W. Brookfield, Mass.): Herring registered a double-double this past week in the Lancers’ 70-63 win over the University of St. Joseph (Conn.). She scored 17 points and added 11 rebounds for Worcester State. She went 7-for-8 from the field (87.5%) and 3-for-4 (75%) from the free-throw line. Herring also had a game-high five blocks, two assists, and one steal against the Blue Jays.

Honor Roll:

Malachi Alexander (Jr.), Holy Cross (Bowie, Md.): Led the team with a season-high 17 points and five rebounds in the victory over Harvard. Alexander added 11 points, five rebounds and three assists in the win over Sacred Heart.

Karl Charles (Fr.), Holy Cross (Piscataway, N.J.): Led the team with career highs of 15 points and seven rebounds in the victory over Sacred Heart. Charles matched his career high with seven rebounds in the win over Harvard, while also handing out a career-best four assists.

Morgan O’Brien (Jr.), Assumption (Reading, Mass.): In a 1-1 week vs. two nationally-ranked teams, O’Brien averaged 13 points and 2.5 rebounds while shooting 45.5 percent from the field. Highlighting her week was an 18-point effort in a home win over No. 19 Bentley University that included a 3-for-6 performance from three-point land.

Kwame Lee (Sr.), Fitchburg State (Brockton, Mass.): Averaged 13.5 points per contest on 52.4% shooting from the field, while adding 6.5 rebounds per game for the Falcons. Lee posted 14 points, five caroms, one assist and three blocks in an 88-83 setback to UMass Boston on Tuesday before adding 13 points, eight boards and one assist in a 49-47 loss to MIT on Saturday.

Jamal Mustapha (Jr.), Worcester State (Worcester, Mass.): recorded 16 points for the Lancers in the 57-51 loss against cross-town rivals, WPI. Mustapha went 6-for-12 from the field, while going 4-for-8 from 3-point range. On the defensive end, Mustapha totaled three rebounds and three steals against the Engineers.

Obi Obiora (Soph.), WPI (Boston, Mass.): Obiora paced all players with 22 points and 13 rebounds as WPI rallied from a nine-point second half deficit to defeat city rival Worcester State 57-51 on Tuesday. The returning NEWMAC Rookie of the Year connected on 9-of-17 field goal attempts and gobbled up eight offensive rebounds en route to posting his first career double-double.

Staasha Greenalch (Soph.), WPI, (Newington, Conn.): Greenalch and her teammates are 5-1 and 1-0 in the NEWMAC after victories last week over Nichols and Emerson.  The sophomore guard came off the bench to lead all players with 12 points as the Engineers opened up conference play with a hard-earned 54-48 triumph over the Lions on Saturday. Greenalch also added six points Tuesday in the win over Nichols.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week 14)

By NoontimeSports.com

WORCESTER, Mass. – With the regular season and some conference tournaments in the books for most teams, it is time to unveil our final Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll for the 2014-15 season.

Men’s Player of the Week: Malcolm Miller (Holy Cross, Sr./Laytonsville, Md.): Miller led the Crusaders in scoring in both games this week. He had 17 points in the victory over Loyola and followed that up with a career-high 30 points at Boston University. In the Loyola game, Miller hit two free throws with 24.8 seconds remaining to put Holy Cross up 61-60. After Loyola missed a shot on its next possession, he grabbed the rebound and hit two more free throws to conclude the scoring. In the Boston University game, with Holy Cross up 53-51 with 8:34 left to go, Miller hit three-pointers on three of Holy Cross’ next four possessions, one of which he converted into a four-point play, to put the Crusaders up 64-53.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Chris Rodgers (WPI, Fr./Franklin, Mass.): Rodgers was easily WPI’s most dynamic player in the Engineers’ NEWMAC Tournament semifinal tilt against Springfield. The rookie came off the bench and tallied 11 of his 12 points in the second half. Rodgers, who missed his career-high in points by one, also had two of the Crimson and Gray’s four steals on the day.

Women’s Player of the Week: Raquel Scott (Holy Cross, Jr./Ridgewood, N.J.): Scott played well in helping the Crusaders pick up two Patriot League wins and secure the No. 3 seed in the upcoming conference tournament. She averaged 10.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game last week. During Wednesday’s win at Loyola, Scott recorded her 12th double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds in 20 minutes of action. In Saturday’s win over Boston University, Scott filled the stat sheet with seven points, seven rebounds, four steals and a career-high nine assists. Scott ranks second in the Patriot League with 9.7 rebounds per game and fourth in the conference with 16.6 points per contest. Scott moved into 22nd place on the Holy Cross all-time scoring list with 1,105 career points. She now has 31 double-doubles in her career and ranks sixth in school history with 742 career rebounds.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Infiniti Thomas (Holy Cross, Fr./Newton, Mass.): Thomas-Waheed averaged 8.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game last week in helping Holy Cross earn two Patriot League wins. At Loyola, she totaled eight points and tied a career-high with eight rebounds. Thomas also recorded two steals and two blocked shots against the Greyhounds. In Saturday’s victory over Boston University, Thomas-Waheed posted eight points, six rebounds and three assists. Thomas-Waheed is averaging 5.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game this season.

Honor Roll:

Kelli McPherson (Worcester State, Sr./Mansfield, Mass.): Averaged 12.0 points and 2.0 steals with eight three-pointers in a 1-1 week for Worcester State which included 15 points on five trifectas in a 78-63 MASCAC Quarterfinal win over Salem State.

Charles Gunter (Worcester State, Sr./Boston, Mass.): Registered a double-double effort with 15 points and 11 rebounds in a 74-63 overtime setback to Fitchburg State in the MASCAC Tournament quarterfinals.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week 11)

By NoontimeSports.com 

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.

Honor Roll:

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.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Week 10 Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

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: Karl Ziegler (Assumption, Jr./Annandale, Va.): 
In a 1-1 week, Ziegler averaged 21.5 points and 6.5 rebounds to go along with 1.5 assists and steals per game, as well as shooting 48.5 percent from the field. Highlighting his week was a career-high 25 points vs. Southern Connecticut on Saturday.

Patrick Bradanese (Anna Maria, Jr./ Billerica, Mass.): Bradanese averaged 23.0 points per game in a 2-0 week for the AMCATS. He scored a team-best 24 points and hit five three-pointers in Anna Maria’s come-from-behind 77-74 win against Johnson & Wales before adding 22 points on a 69.2 percent effort from the floor in the AMCATS’ 105-104 overtime win against St. Joseph’s. On the week, Bradanese hit 18-of-30 (60.0 percent) from the floor, including a 7-for-14 (50 percent) effort from three-point range. He also averaged 5.0 assists per game.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Youssef Fodaile (Anna Maria, Fr./ Worcester, Mass.): Fodaile was one of six AMCATS to reach double-figures in Anna Maria’s 105-104 overtime win against St. Joseph’s on Saturday, scoring 19 points off the bench on a 60 percent effort (six-for-10) from the floor. He also hit four crucial free throws late in the second half. On the week, Fodalie averaged 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game and posted a 53.8 percent effort from the floor.

Women’s Player of the Week: Raquel Scott (Holy Cross, Jr./Ridgewood, N.J.): Scott had another solid week for the Crusaders, as she averaged 19.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. Against Loyola, she totaled seven points and a team-high nine rebounds. In the win over first-place American on Saturday, Scott scored a career-high 31 points on 12-of-20 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and four steals. She also connected on a career-high three trifectas versus the Eagles. Scott ranks fourth in the Patriot League in points per game (16.8) and second in rebounding (9.4) and is 25 points shy of 1,000 for her career.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Nani Perez (Worcester State, Fr./Worcester, Mass.): Dealt a season-best 10 assists while finishing with seven points, two boards and one swipe in a 64-52 victory over Framingham State.

Honor Roll:

Katie Doherty (Holy Cross, Fr./Holbrook, N.Y.): Doherty averaged 7.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game last week. Against Loyola, she posted team-highs of 13 points and four assists. Doherty also went 3-of-7 from behind the arc versus the Greyhounds. In the win over American, she totaled two points, two rebounds and two assists. Doherty ranks fourth on the team with 6.3 points per game.

Caitlin Ackerman (Assumption, Sr./ Nashua, N.H.): 
Ackerman averaged 13.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in two games last week while shooting 48 percent from the

Katie Pryor (Anna Maria, Sr. / Whitinsville, Mass.): Pryor tallied 22 points in the AMCATS’ 70-50 win against Mount Ida on Saturday. In 33 minutes of action, she hit seven-of-11 from the floor, including an impressive six-for-eight from three-point range. She also dished out an assist and tallied two steals in the win.

Sam Longwell (WPI, Sr./Acton, MA): Longwell averaged 18 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two steals as the No. 6 Engineers split a pair of contests for the Engineers last week.  The senior is now 12th on the all-time scoring list with 1,288 career points.

Dani Davis (WPI, Sr./ East Granby, CT): Davis paced the Crimson and Gray with a team-best 11 points as WPI downed NEWMAC tri-leader Springfield 56-55 in overtime on Saturday.  The senior canned two free throws with 12.7 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Engineers the lead for good.

Obi Obiora (WPI, Fr./Boston, MA): Obiora continued his strong play by totaling 17 points and seven rebounds in a 1-1 week for WPI.  The freshman connected on eight of 10 field goal attempts on the week.

Ama Biney (WPI, Fr./Worcester, MA): Biney amassed 10 points as WPI defeated Springfield 56-56 in overtime in its only contest of the week.

Paul Brooks (Worcester State, So. /Arlington, Mass.): Brooks finished with nine points, nine caroms and a duo of blocks while shooting .500 (4-8) from the field in a 41-37 victory over Framingham State.

Julie Frankian (Worcester State, Sr./Millbury, Mass.): Frankian tallied 15 points with a trio of three-pointers and eight rebounds in a 64-52 triumph over Framingham State. She entered the weekend ranked third in Division III in three-point percentage (.495-47-95).

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

By NoontimeSports.com

WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in Worcester in the books, it is now time to unveil this week’s – the ninth week – Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll, including our players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Sam Longwell (WPI, Sr./Acton, MA): Longewell averaged 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds as the eighth-ranked Engineers won a pair of contests last week. The senior erupted for a game-best 24 points, 12 rebounds and career-high 10 assists without a turnover in WPI’s 92-68 victory Saturday versus Wheaton. Saturday’s performance – his first triple-double in a Crimson and Gray uniform – was the first by an Engineer player since Scott Misiaszek accomplished the feat a decade ago. Longwell, who had a first half for the ages against the Lyons with 22 points and eight assists, also tossed in 11 points and added five rebounds and three assists during Wednesday’s 63-42 triumph over Clark.

Paul Brooks (Worcester State, Soph./Arlington, Mass.): Brooks averaged 13.0 points, 14.5 rebounds and 5.5 blocks in a 1-1 week for Worcester State which included 11 points, 14 boards and a school record tying 8 blocks in a 79-72 victory over Fitchburg State to go with 15 points, 15 caroms and a 3 rejections in a 68-62 setback against Westfield State. Also connected on .667 percent of his field goal attempts (12-18).

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Obi Obiora (WPI, Fr./Boston, Mass.): Obiora shot a blistering 71.4% from the floor while totaling 11 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks in wins against Clark and Wheaton.

Women’s Player of the Week: Raquel Scott (Holy Cross, Jr./Ridgewood, N.J.): Scott had another solid week in helping the Crusaders earn two Patriot League wins over Lafayette and Navy. Against Lafayette on Wednesday, she posted her ninth double-double of the season and the 28th of her career with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Scott also recorded a season-best six assists versus the Leopards, too. In the win over Navy, she tallied a game-high 16 points to go along with seven boards and four assists. Scott ranks fourth in the Patriot League with 16.5 points per game, while she stands second in the conference with 9.5 rebounds per contest … she is 63 points shy of 1,000 in her career, as she has scored 937 collegiate points.

Trafficia Warburton (Anna Maria, Sr./Worcester Mass.): Warburton averaged a double-double of 16.5 points and 13.0 rebounds per game in two outings this week. She tallied a game-high 20 points and 11 rebounds on Monday at Johnson & Wales, and added 13 points and 15 rebounds on Sunday against Suffolk. Warburton averaged a 55.6 field goal percentage on the week, sparked by a 4-for-5 effort (80 percent) on Sunday. The double-doubles were the 10th and 11th of the season for Warburton.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Katie Doherty (Holy Cross, Fr./Holbrook, N.Y.): Doherty played a pivotal role in helping Holy Cross pick up two wins over Lafayette and Navy. In the win over Lafayette, she scored a career- and game-high 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while canning 3-of-4 from behind the arc. On Saturday against Navy, Doherty totaled seven points, four rebounds and a pair of steals. Doherty is averaging 6.2 points and 3.1 rebounds per game this season, while shooting at a 36.8 percent clip from the floor and a 34.3 percent clip from behind the arc. Her three-point percentage ranks eighth in the Patriot League. In Patriot League games, Doherty is averaging 6.8 points per game.

Honor Roll:

Malachi Alexander (Holy Cross, Soph./Bowie, Md.): Alexander led Holy Cross in scoring in both of its victories last week. The sophomore recorded 17 points and four rebounds in their win over Lafayette. He added 17 points and three rebounds in the victory over Navy. Overall, he connected on 52.9 percent of his field goal attempts and 82.4 percent of his free throws on the week.

Mitchell Hahn (Holy Cross, Fr./Fremont, Neb.): Hahn posted six points and four rebounds in the victory over Lafayette. The freshman converted a three-point play with 50.3 seconds remaining against Lafayette, which gave Holy Cross a 72-71 lead. He added eight points, three rebounds and a career-high eight assists in the win over Navy.

Karl Ziegler (Assumption, Jr./ Annandale, Va.): In the team’s lone game last week, Ziegler finished with a team-leading 21 points to go along with eight rebounds and 8-for-13 shooting from the field in a road loss at first-place AIC.

Quantez Franklin (Anna Maria, Sr./ South Yarmouth, Mass.): Quantez Franklin, Anna Maria (Sr., G, South Yarmouth, Mass.) – Franklin averaged 18.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists and shot 73.7 percent (14-19 FG) in a 2-0 week for Anna Maria. He hit 8-of-11 attempts in a 93-82 win against Lasell before going 6-for-8 in a 78-63 win against Rivier.

Laura Cote (Fitchburg State, Sr./Ashby, Mass.): Cote averaged 12.7 points over three games for Fitchburg State last week, while contributing with 12 steals, seven assists, and 13 rebounds. In the Terriers victory over Worcester State the senior guard chipped in 22 points and a season-high eight points.

Julie Frankian (Worcester State, Sr./ Millbury, Mass.): Frankian averaged 17.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in an 0-2 week for Worcester State, including 18 points and nine rebounds in a 67-65 overtime loss against Westfield State, and 16 points with four caroms in a 73-67 loss to Fitchburg State.

Dani Davis (WPI, Sr./East Granby, Conn.): Davis led all scorers with 19 points and grabbed five rebounds as WPI went on the road and registered a key 62-49 victory against MIT.  The senior also posted a team-best 14 points to go along with six rebounds earlier in the week in a tough 58-57 road loss at Coast Guard.  Davis is the Engineers leading scorer this season with 12.7 points per game and is second in rebounding with 4.8 boards per game,

Ama Biney (WPI, Fr./Worcester, Mass.): Biney averaged 10 points and seven rebounds during a 1-1 week for the Engineers.  The freshman connected on 5-of-9 shots for the floor and registered 11 points and eight rebounds in a 62-49 triumph at MIT after amassing nine points and six rebounds in a narrow one point loss at Coast Guard.

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

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the books, it is now time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll, including our players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Quantez Franklin (Anna Maria, Sr.): Franklin averaged 17.7 points per game on 79.3 percent shooting from the floor in a 3-0 week for the AMCATS. He tallied a week-best 22 points in a 10-for-13 shooting effort (76.9 percent) on Saturday against Emmanuel, but posted his best shooting percentage, 85.7 percent, by hitting six-of-seven shots from the floor in a 17-point effort against Norwich on Tuesday. The senior forward added 7.3 rebounds per game on the week alongside five steals and four blocks.

Irving Eggleston (Nichols, Jr.): Eggleston averaged 23.0 ppg, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.3 assists as the Bison went 3-0 in conference play last week and moved to a perfect 6-0 on the season. After registering 18 points, five rebounds, and four assists in a win over Curry on Tuesday, Eggleston dropped in a career-high 29 points on 12-of-20 shooting (60.0 percent) in a road win at Western New England two nights later. He closed his week with a 22-point effort against UNE on Saturday. Eggleston leads the team and ranks third in the CCC in scoring (18.2 ppg).

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Aaron Todd (WPI, Fr.): Todd headlined four Engineers in double figures in scoring with a career-best 10 points as nationally-ranked WPI opened NEWMAC conference play with a 73-53 victory over visiting Springfield Wednesday evening. The freshman, who connected on 4-of-5 shots from the field and grabbed four rebound against the Pride, also added four points in a road loss Saturday at MIT.

Women’s Player of the Week: Raquel Scott (Holy Cross, Jr.): Scott averaged a double-double last week in helping the Crusaders remain at .500 in the Patriot League. During the team’s setback to Colgate, she was one point shy of a double-double with nine points and a game-best 13 rebounds. In the 53-52 road win at Bucknell, Scott recorded her eighth double-double of the season and the 27th of her career with game-highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with a team- and season-best five assists. Scott also posted a career-high two blocks in the win over the Bison.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Infiniti Thomas-Waheed (Holy Cross, Fr.): Thomas-Waheed played in both games last week and averaged 25.5 minutes per game off the bench. She totaled two points and three assists versus Colgate. Thomas-Waheed’s best game of the week came in the 53-52 win at Bucknell when she scored 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting, with two three-pointers and a pair of rebounds. She also connected on 5-of-5 from the charity stripe, including three free throws midway through the second half to give the Crusaders a 46-40 lead. She was one point shy of her career-high (16) in points scored versus Bucknell. Thomas-Waheed has averaged 5.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.8 blocks per game in 22.1 minutes per contest. She is 13th in the Patriot League in blocks per game.

Honor Roll:

Malcolm Miller (Holy Cross, Sr.): Miller led the team in scoring in both games last week as he totaled 14 points and three rebounds at Colgate and finished with 14 points and four rebounds in the Crusaders’ win over Bucknell. He connected on 9 of 10 free throws against the Bison, including 7 of 8 in overtime. Two of his free throws came with 5.8 seconds left in overtime, to put Holy Cross up 65-62. Miller made 14 of 15 free throws on the week.

Mitchell Hahn (Holy Cross, Fr.): Hahn scored nine points in the victory over Bucknell, including a key layup with 2:27 left in regulation to trim the Bison’s lead to two points (52-50). With 24.0 seconds left in overtime, he was fouled while driving to the basket and made both free throws to give Holy Cross the lead for good (63-62).

Karl Ziegler (Assumption, Jr.): 
In a 1-1 week for the Hounds, Ziegler led the team with 16.5 points per game. Highlighted by a 20-point effort in a win over Saint Rose, he also added 4.5 rebounds per game and shot 59.1 percent from the field.

Kelly Conley (Assumption, Jr.): Conley averaged 15 points and 2.5 assists per game in two contests for the Hounds. She also added 1.5 rebounds per contest and shot 45.8 percent from the field.

Trafficia Warburton (Anna Maria, Sr.): Warburton tallied a game-high 20 points on a 53.8 percent effort from the floor to lead Anna Maria to a 61-59 win against Norwich in the AMCATS’ lone outing of the week. She hit seven-of-13 field goal attempts with a three-pointer and added five foul shots in 32 minutes of action. Her most important basket of the day was the deciding one, scored as time expired in the second half. In addition to her efforts on offense, Warburton added 11 rebounds, posting her league-leading eighth double-double, and tallied five steals.

Andrew Musler (Clark, Gr.): In two games last week, Musler averaged 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals as the Cougars went 1-1. He shot 10-for-18 from the field (56 percent), with six of his eight misses coming from behind the three-point line. In a much needed win over Wheaton on Saturday, Musler finished with 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals as the Scarlet and White won their first conference contest of the year.

Keyon Armstrong (Fitchburg State, Jr.): Armstrong averaged 15.3 points per game over three contests this past week for Fitchburg State. The junior guard shot 60% (6-10) from beyond the arc and 50% (16-32) from the field over the three games, while contributing with nine steals, ten assists, and nine rebounds over the span.

Laura Cote (Fitchburg State, Sr.): Cote averaged 14.7 points per game over three contests for Fitchburg State on the week. The senior guard netted double figured in all three games, including 16 points in the Falcons 58-44 setback against Keene State on Tuesday. Cote also contributed with nine steals, nine assists, and seven rebounds over the week span.

Matt Langadas (Nichols, Sr.): Langadas became the 25th student-athlete in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career with a 17-point effort Thursday night at Western New England. He ranks second on the Bison in scoring and fifth in the CCC at 16.7 ppg.

Paul Brooks (Worcester State, So.): Brooks averaged 15.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in a 0-2 week for Worcester State with a .684 field goal percentage including 18 rebounds, 13 caroms and six blocks in an 81-73 setback to Fisher.

Julie Frankian (Worcester State, Sr.): Frankian averaged 14.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists to go with a .400 shooting percentage in a 3-0 week for Worcester State. Her efforts included 20 points in a 60-55 victory over Johnson and Wales and a game-best 16 points in a 60-37 MASCAC triumph over MCLA.

Nani Perez (Worceste State, Fr.): Perez averaged 7.7 points, 4.0 assists and 3.3 rebounds in a 3-0 week for Worcester State including 10 points and four boards in a 60-38 victory over MCLA to go with 10 points and five helpers in a 72-63 win over Suffolk.

Ama Biney (WPI, Fr.): Biney led all players with 11 points off the bench in WPI’s 38-35 NEWMAC road loss Saturday at Wellesley. Earlier in the week the guard registered four points in a loss at league-leading Springfield.

Mass. College Hoops: Holy Cross Tops UML In Fourth Annual “Get Fit with the Crusaders”

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER, Mass. – Lisa Mifsud’s (Erie, Pa.) 3-pointer with less than four and a half minutes to play ignited a 14-1 outburst to help lift Holy Cross to a 78-63 victory over visiting UMass Lowell in a non-conference women’s basketball matchup on Monday morning.

The game was part of the fourth annual “Get Fit with the Crusaders” event that saw a record crowd of 2,824, including an estimated 2,700 Worcester Public School children from 19 schools. The previous Get Fit record of 2,134 was set on January 8, 2013 against Brown. In all, the event has boasted 7,971 attendees, or approximately 1992 per game, in four years.

“As a Worcester Public school alum, this day is very special for me,” said head coach Bill Gibbons. “I want to thank everyone who helped make this day possible and would also like to thank the kids who supported us throughout the game. This was our biggest crowd yet for the ‘Get Fit Game’ and it was a great atmosphere for our team!”

Holy Cross head strength and conditioning coach Jeff Oliver, along with several Holy Cross student-athletes, gave a presentation at halftime about eating healthy foods and exercising. The official attendance number was the most for a Holy Cross home women’s basketball game since the all-time record of 4,000 was set on Feb. 11, 2006 against Bucknell.

The Crusaders, who are undefeated (4-0) in Get Fit games, pick up their third win of the season (3-8) while the River Hawks slip to 5-6 in its second season as a Division I program.

Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) opened the game with six for the Crusaders while Jasmine McRoy (Gaithersburg, Md.) canned a 3-pointer for the guests in the first four-plus minutes of action.  The River Hawks eventually took a 7-6 advantage following a triple by Shannon Samuels (Windsor, Conn.) only to have Holy Cross reclaim the lead with a pair of freebies by Emily Parker(Johnston, Iowa) moments later.

“Coach Gibbons said before the opening tip that there should be an investigation if we don’t have energy,” commented Misfud. “I think the kids brought us a lot of energy. We came out [and] we executed well.”

UMass Lowell pushed ahead twice more before the hosts went on a 15-4 run to take a 26-16 lead with 7:56 left in the frame.  Holy Cross went on to increase its margin to 16 courtesy of a Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.) layup with 4:40 showing on the scoreboard. Brianna Rudolph (Lynn, Mass.) and Lindsey Doucette (Hopkinton, Mass.) each sank a 3-pointer during an 8-3 run to whittle the River Hawks deficit to 11 twice before the break.

McRoy opened the second half with the seventh UMass Lowell triple of the contest to pull within single digits (8) for the first time since 6:15 in the opening frame. Scott answered for the hosts and bookended another personal run, this time with an 8-1 outburst, with a pair of old fashioned three-point plays to increase the lead back to 14. After a pair of free throws by Kayla Gibbs (Teaneck, N.J.), the River Hawks cut the deficit back to single digits with 14:38 remaining. UMass Lowell continued to chip away and eventually pulled within a pair following Samuel’s layup with 4:30 to play. Ten seconds later, Mifsud canned a trey and later converted a pair of freebies before Scott finished things off with a pair of layups in the final 1:16.

“I think there were points in today’s game where it felt like our shots weren’t dropping or maybe they were getting their hands on loose balls,” remarked Scott. “Being a team and coming together, we controlled the ‘controllables’ today.”

Scott led all players with 26 points and 10 boards while Kate Gillespie (Washington, D.C.) scored 19 and Mifsud added 14 to go along with a game-best seven helpers. Katie Doherty (Holbrook, N.Y.) chipped in with eight and Hourigan tacked on six while Parker scored all five of the Crusaders bench points.  Hourigan also filled the stat sheets with three blocks, two assists and two swipes.

“After the UMass game, we had to regroup a little bit and I think this game was good for us because we played well and we played together as a team,” added Gillespie.

McRoy led a quartet of River Hawk double-digit scorers with 14. Rudolph came off the bench to sink 13 while Samuels (six assists) and Doucette (eight rebounds) each tallied 11 to go along with three steals apiece.

Holy Cross held advantages in the paint (38-18), off turnovers (24-19), second chance points (17-6) and fast break points (10-8). UMass Lowell enjoyed a 27-5 bulge in bench points.

The Crusaders travel to Stony Brook to face Norfolk St. and Western Michigan at the Seawolves Holiday Classic on Sunday and Monday, respectively. Both games are slated for 12:00 p.m. The River Hawks, meanwhile, host St. Francis (NY) at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30.

Portion Courtesy Holy Cross Media Relations