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: Five Games To Watch This Weekend (Jan. 25-27)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Friday, which means it is time to unveil our five basketball games to watch this weekend. As usual, make sure to check back throughout the weekend for recaps and roundups.

Also don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog) for news, notes and scores throughout the weekend.

Men’s Basketball:

George Mason at Northeastern University (Sunday, 8:00 p.m.) – This is probably one of the more anticipated games of the weekend, as the Huskies look to preserve their perfect conference mark when they welcome the Patriots to historic Matthews Arena.

Northeastern has won seven consecutive contests and hasn’t dropped a decision since falling to the Blazers of UAB in December. Their most recent win came against William & Mary on Wednesday, as the Huskies defeated their opponent in double-overtime. Joel Smith netted 16 of his 29 points in the extra sessions, which helped the Huskies remain undefeated in the Colonial Athletic Conference. Smith has recorded double digits in five of his team’s last six contests and leads in the squad in points per game (16.7).

Assumption College at UMass Lowell (Saturday, 4:00 p.m.) – The Hounds are coming off a disappointing setback to Franklin Pierce, which snapped their five-game winning streak. However, Matt Mahar’s crew can hop back in the win column with a victory against a talented River Hawks squad, which is coming off a victory against Le Moyne College.

Ronson Quick has netted 239 points this season for the Hounds and is averaging 14.9 per game. Quick scored a team-high 14 points against the Ravens last weekend, while knocking down 4 of 8 trifectas.

Akeem Williams and Antonio Bivins combined for 42 points last week in UMass Lowell’s 11th win of the season, while James McDonnell pulled down nine boards.

A victory for the Hounds would be huge, especially with Franklin Pierce right behind them in the standings. Assumption has won 10 of 12 Northeast-10 Conference games this season, while UMass Lowell has won 7 of 12.

Middlebury College at Williams College (Saturday, 2:00 p.m.) – After losing to their historic rival Amherst College, the Ephs look to rebound with a win against the undefeated Panthers. Middlebury is 16-0 overall, 5-0 in the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference).

Against the Lord Jeffs, Williams allowed their opponent to push ahead late in the opening half on a 15-0 run, which provided Amherst with all the momentum heading into half. The Ephs recorded 29 points in the second half, which wasn’t enough, so against the Panthers they’ll certainly need a solid effort in both halves to compete with one of the top teams in the country.

Taylor Epley leads the Ephs with 19.8 points per game, while Michael Mayer is right behind with 17.1. Williams’ ranks second in points scored this season (82.6), while Middlebury is third with 80.7 per game.

Women’s Basketball:

Assumption College at UMass Lowell (Saturday, 2:00 p.m.) – If you’re headed to Lowell tomorrow, you’re in for a treat. Not only do you get the men’s game, but this contest, too. Both squads are 8-3 in the conference and right on the heels of Bentley University and Stonehill College, so a win for either team will keep them in contention to possibly host a NE-10 playoff game. However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

If the Hounds are going to be successful, they’ll have to stop this week’s NE-10 Player of the Week Bianca Simmons, who averaged 32.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 4.5 steals during the River Hawks 2-0 week. Although, Assumption could counter with Gabrielle Gibson, who was mentioned on the Week 10 Honor Roll for averaging 16 points, five rebounds, two assists, and 1.5 steals in a 1-1 week.

Endicott College at Roger Williams (Saturday, 1:00 p.m.) – Endicott and Roger Williams are two of three teams behind University of New England in the conference standings. A win for either team will boost their chances of catching the Nor’easters in a very competitive Commonwealth Coast Conference.

The Gulls are 5-5 in their last 10 games and enter this particular tilt coming off a brutal loss to Salve Regina. Endicott defeated Roger Williams earlier this year thanks to a great performance by Jennifer White, who recorded 25 points and sank all 11 of her free throws. Can White do it again? We’ll have to wait and see, but expect Endicott to lean on Samantha Crough and Kelsey Cuddy.  

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

By NoontimeSports.com 

The third week of the college basketball season in Worcester is in the books. And as usual, here is this week’s WACBA Honor Roll:

Dave Dudzinski (Holy Cross/Junior Forward) – In both games against Hartford and Providence, the forward from Illinois led the team in both scoring and rebounding. Against Hartford he tallied 13 points and recorded a career-high 15 rebounds.  

Alex Smith (Holy Cross/Junior Guard) – In her team’s two wins against Central Connecticut and Manhattan, the junior guard finished the week with 29 points, nine assists, eight steals and six rebounds. Smith led the Crusaders in scoring during both games, as well as tied a career-best in steals with six against Central Connecticut.

Ronson Quick (Assumption College/Senior Forward) – The New Jersey native averaged 14 points, four rebounds and shot 64.7 percent from the field last week, which helped the Hounds improve to 7-0 on the season (Assumption is the only unbeaten Div. II team remaining in the East Region). Quick launched three three-pointers in a game against New Haven, and record 12 points and six rebounds against Adelphi.

Tyler Roberson (Becker College/Junior Guard) – In three games, Roberson averaged 20.3 points, which helped the Hawks improve to 2-4. The junior was 11-of-18 from beyond the arc and 10-of-14 from the stripe.

Ryan Sheehan (Nichols College/Junior Forward) – The North Attleboro native averaged 27.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in three contests. He sank 9-of-17 shots from beyond the arc, and recorded a weekly high of 32 points against Curry College.

Hayley Zophin (Nichols College/Senior Forward) – The Framingham native averaged 14.3 points and 13.3 rebounds in three games, as well as recorded a pair of double-doubles, too. Her best effort came against Western New England on Saturday when she recorded 19 points and 17 rebounds in her team’s 54-49 setback.

Meaghan O’Keefe (Worcester State/Senior Center) – The Warren native averaged 17.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and two blocks in her team’s two victories this past week against Maine Fort-Kent and Norwich. O’Keefe received MVP honors at the Norwich Ed Hockenbury Classic, as well as recorded a double-double in both games. Her best effort came against the Cadets in the championship where she totaled 25 points and 15 boards.

Sam Longwell (WPI/Sophomore Guard) – The Acton native filled the stat sheet in all three contests last week in points, rebounds and assists, which helped the Engineers remain undefeated. Longwell recorded a career-best 25 points in an overtime win on Saturday against Husson, as well as dished out six assists. He was 11-of-17 from the field against the Eagles and recorded a team-high five rebounds.

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

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here is this week’s first official WACBA Honor Roll.

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Phil Beans (Holy Cross) – The senior center has been clutch for the Crusaders thus far and against the University of Maine, Beans totaled 19 points (career-high), eight rebounds, one assist and one steal. His eight rebounds was his second-highest total of his collegiate career.

Ronson Quick (Assumption College) – Quick was clearly a factor this past week for the Hounds, who’re currently 3-0 and 1-0 in the Northeast-10 Conference. The junior averaged 16.7 points per game and 5.3 rebounds in three games, and against Caldwell, he scored 20 points (8-of-13 shooting) and pulled down three rebounds.

Katy Howard (Assumption College) – Through three games this season, Howard is averaging 14.7 points per game. In her team’s first game of the season against American International, Howard recorded 17 points, five steals, and two assists. This past weekend, the Medway native was named to the Stonehill College Tip-Off Tournament Team after leading her squad to back-to-back victories.

Kayla Cummings (Anna Maria) – Against Newbury College at the Gordon Invitational, the junior led all players with 14 points and 12 rebounds in her team’s 50-46 setback.

Brad Peterson (Anna Maria) – In two games this season, Peterson has averaged 25.5 points per game and 11.5 rebounds. Against Daniel Webster last Friday, Peterson led all scorers with 31 points. He also chipped in 16 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal. Peterson was named to the All-Tournament Team, too.

Lee Brocket (Becker College) – In his team’s second game of the season against Plymouth State, the sophomore led all scorers with 33 points. Brocket also concluded the game with six three-pointers, seven free throws, eight rebounds, and two steals.

Emily Reilly (Clark University) – After two games, the junior from Marlborough is averaging 18 points per game and 7.5 rebounds. Reilly, who was named the Worcester City Tournament’s MVP, paced the Cougars with 24 points and eight rebounds in her team’s Worcester City Tournament championship against WPI. Clark has now won the tournament 20 times.

Brian Vayda (Clark University) – After missing 20 games last season with an injury, the graduate student from Sturbridge provided the necessary spark for the Cougars, who captured the Eastern Connecticut State Tip-Off Tournament crown this past weekend. Vayda recorded his team’s final 10 points in the championship game against Bowdoin College, as well as the game-winning three-pointer with four seconds remaining, which provided Clark with their second win of the season.

Dane Jobst (Worcester State) – After two games, the junior from Athol is averaging 23.5 points per game, seven rebounds and 2.5 steals. Jobst earned all-tournament honors last weekend at the UMass Dartmouth Hampton Inn Classic following two impressive performances against Trinity College and Wheaton College. Against the Bantams, he recorded 29 points and nine rebounds, and against the Lyons he finished with 18 points, five rebounds and four steals.

Meaghan O’Keefe (Worcester State) – The senior from Warren was clutch for the Lancers, especially against Becker College in the Worcester City Tournament’s consolation game where she tallied 20 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one block. O’Keefe earned all-tournament honors, too.

Dani Davis (WPI) – Through two games this season, the sophomore is averaging 15.5 points per game and 7.5 rebounds. In the Worcester City Tournament’s championship, Davis registered a career-best 18 points, including four three-pointers and nine rebounds in her team’s first loss to Clark.