WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 2019)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our fourth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

PROGRAM NOTE: This will be our final WACBA Honor Roll report until Tuesday, January 7th, 2020! 


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Isabella Nerney netted 51 points in two games last week, including 36 points in her team’s eight-point win over Clark University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Co-Women’s Player of the Week: Isabella Nerney (Nichols College | Jr. | Guilford, Conn.): Nerney scored 51 points last week, which helped the Bison go 2-0 while picking up their first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) win of the season. Last Tuesday, Nerney dropped in 15 points and snared five rebounds in the 69-62 come-from-behind win over conference-rival Wentworth. On Saturday, the Guilford, Connecticut native had a historic game by pouring in 36 points (10-of-20 FG), including a program-record eight three-pointers to go along with eight rebounds in the Bison’s 70-62 win against Clark University. Nerney’s s eight triples broke the program-record, which was held by current head coach MaryLynn Skarzenski. The 36 points scored against the Cougars were the second-most recorded in a game in program history.


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Nichols College first-year Alexis Finnerty averaged 20 points in a pair of games last week for the Bison. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Alexis Finnerty (Nichols College | Fr. | Chester, Conn.): Finnerty averaged 20 points per game this past week, as the Bison went 2-0 with one of their wins being their first conference victory of the 2019-20 season. Finnerty scored 18 points (6-of-9 FG) and hauled in four rebounds in the 69-62 win against Leopards. She scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half alone to help propel the Bison to the win. On Saturday, the Chester, Connecticut native dropped her second 20-plus point game of the season, scoring 22 in the Bison’s 70-62 win over Clark University. She also added three boards and three assists. And once again, she was very productive in crunch time against the Cougars, scoring 18 of her 22 points in the second half.


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MaryLynn Skarzenski recorded her 100th career win on the sidelines last week when she guided Nichols College to a seven-point win over Wentworth Institute of Technology. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Women’s Milestone of the Week: MaryLynn Skarzenski (Nichols College): Skarzenski recorded her 100th career win on the sidelines last Wednesday by leading her Alma mater to a 69-62 win over Wentworth Institute of Technology. A member of the Class of 2009, Skarzenski enjoyed a successful four-year career with the Bison by becoming the program’s all-time leader in games played (115), assists (641), and steals (409). She was named a four-time CCC first-teamer and two-time Defensive Player of the Year. Additionally, she was named the CCC Player of the Year and Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season. Skarzenski, who is in her third season with the Bison, cut her teeth into the coaching world as an assistant with the University of New England women’s basketball program before becoming the head coach at Daniel Webster College and Mitchell College. 


Women’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Amber Wilson (Anna Maria College | Jr. | New York, N.Y.): Wilson enjoyed another successful week with the Anna Maria College women’s basketball program, averaging 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 2.0 steals. She began the week by netting a team-high 23 points in a five-point setback to Gordon College (69-64) to go along with six rebounds (all defensive caroms), five blocks, three assists, and two steals. Three days later against Mitchell College, Wilson tallied 14, while tallying nine defensive rebounds, six assists, six blocks, and two steals. Through eight contests this season, the junior from New York, New York is averaging career-bests in points (19.4) and rebounds (7.9) per game.

Meghan Reen (Assumption College | Jr. | Norwood, Mass.): Reen averaged 12.0 points this past week along with 4.0 assists and shooting 50.0 percent from the floor and 66.7 percent from beyond the arc. Reen led the Hounds in their match-up against Bentley University this past week with 12.0 points while going 5-for-10 from the floor and 2-for-3 from the three.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Sr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison averaged 11.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game this past week, including leading the Hawks to their New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) win at Bay Path on Saturday.

Hannah Favaloro (Clark University | Jr. | Blackstone, Mass.): Hannah Favaloro led the Cougars this week against Brandeis and Nichols in points, scoring 20 points and 16 points, respectively. The Blackstone, Mass. native, ended the week with an average of 8.5 rebounds per game and 63 minutes on the court. Favaloro is now averaging 13.7 points per game and 11.1 rebounds per game for the season.

Madalyn Smith (Holy Cross | Sr. | Sussex, N.J.): The Crusaders’ senior captain recorded a pair of double-figure performances against Rhode Island last Wednesday and UMass on Sunday. Against URI, she shattered her previous career-high of 16 with a 25-point showing, including sinking seven 3-pointers, the second-most in single-game program history. She followed that up with a 12-point, six-assist day at UMass. Smith leads the team with 34 assists this season. 

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Sr. | Los Angeles, Calf.): Vinson registered a season-best and team-high 18 points and five rebounds in WPI’s 56-44 setback this past Saturday to Tufts University. The senior was 8-of-14 from the floor and added three blocks and an assist in 29 minutes of action. She scored six of her points in the first half, which closed with WPI trailing by three, 21-18.


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

 

WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, Nov. 26th, 2019)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our second Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 


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Avery LaBarbera averaged 22 points and eight rebounds per game in a 2-0 week for the Holy Cross women’s basketball team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Avery LaBarbera (Holy Cross | Soph. | Harrison, N.Y.): LaBarbera led the Crusaders in a 2-0 week by averaging 22 points and eight rebounds per game while also totaling 11 assists and seven steals and committing only one foul and one turnover. She went 7-for-12 (.583) from three-point range and shot .552 from the field. In the team’s 87-75 win against Bryant University last Wednesday, she netted 25 points — the second-highest total of her career — on 9-for-12 shooting with five assists, no turnovers, and three steals. In a 68-42 victory over Merrimack College this past Saturday, LaBarbera had the second double-double of her career with a 19-point, 10-rebound showing, along with six assists and four steals. LaBarbera currently ranks seventh in the nation with a 6.0 assist-to-turnover ratio.


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Assumption College’s Monica Spain was instrumental in helping the Greyhounds win their home-opener this past weekend against Southern New Hampshire. (PHOTO COURTESY: Gil Talbot)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Monica Spain (Assumption College | Freshman | Braintree, Mass.): Spain guided the Hounds to an exciting home-opening win this past Saturday against Southern New Hampshire by netting 14 points on five of seven shooting, while sinking all four free throws. She ended the game with six rebounds (three offensive boards), four assists, and four steals. 


WACBA Women’s Basketball Milestone: Congratulations to Kerry Phayre, the coach of Assumption College women’s basketball, who earned her 400th win this past Saturday when the Greyhounds defeated Southern New Hampshire, 61-51.


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Sienna Johnson (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Brockton, Mass.): Johnson tallied 37 points, five rebounds, five steals, and four assists in a 2-1 week for the AMCATs. She began the week with 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting in a 66-25 win over Lesley University before netting eight points in a 78-42 victory against Bay Path. She ended the week with 11 points, two rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a 68-59 setback to Eastern Nazarene. 

Brianna Capacchione (Assumption College | Sr. | Washington Township, N.J.): Capacchione averaged 16.0 points this week while shooting 46.2 percent from the floor and 60.0 percent from beyond the arc. Capacchione recorded seven rebounds and two assists to go along with two steals and one block in her team’s home-opener win against Southern New Hampshire

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Senior | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison scored 11 points with four rebounds and three steals at Emmanuel College on Friday, against one of the top teams in the country.

Samantha Maglione (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Bolton, Mass.): Maglion posted 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field as well as shooting 5-for-9 from beyond the arc with one rebound and one assist in an 87-71 setback to Albertus Magnus on Saturday afternoon.

Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Sr. | Lowell, Mass.): Sweeney was nearly perfect last week with a field goal percentage of 92.3 in the 1-1 week for Worcester State. Sweeney shot 6-for-6 for 13 points in a narrow loss to Western New England on Tuesday evening, before going 6-for-7 for 13 points in a come-from-behind victory over Keene State on Saturday.

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Sr. | Los Angeles, CA): Vinson posted a pair of double-doubles in two of three contests last week. The center erupted for 14 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in WPI’s 60-41 road win at Fitchburg State last Thursday before completing her week with a 13-point, 10-rebound performance in a road loss at Regis College on Saturday.  The senior shot 50% from the field in both games.


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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 13 (Feb. 12th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER – With another week of Worcester basketball in the books, it’s now time to unveil our latest Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, which includes women’s player and rookie of the week.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.

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Morgan O’Donnell became the 24th player in Assumption College women’s basketball program history to reach 1,000 points this past week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Assumption College Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Sr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell averaged 20.0 points 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 33.3 percent from the floor and 100.0 percent from the foul line last week. Against Merrimack College, O’Donnell was the leading scorer with 30 points along with seven rebounds and two assists. On Saturday, O’Donnell scored the first six points of the game for the Hounds to earn her 1,000th career point. She ended the game with 10 points and six rebounds to bump her career total to 1,004 points. O’Donnell is the 24th player in Assumption women’s basketball history to reach this milestone.

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WPI’s Alex Scariati averaged 9.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week for the Engineers. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Alex Scariati (WPI | Fr. | Scotch Plains, N.J.): Scariati averaged 9.5 points and 6.5 rebounds to go with 10 assists and five steals in a 2-0 week. After establishing a new career-high of 13 points to go with six rebounds and three helpers versus Wheaton College, the freshman notched six points, seven rebounds and a career-best seven assists at Mount Holyoke College.

Hannah Favaloro (Clark University | Soph. | Blackstone, Mass.): Favaloro led Clark defensively in a 1-1 week with 20 rebounds, including 14 on the defensive end, along with nine steals. She started the week with 11 points and nine rebounds in an important conference win over Coast Guard Academy before putting up a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds in a two-point setback to Emerson College.

Sam Maglione (Worcester State | So. | Lancaster, Mass.): In her team’s lone contest of the week, Maglione netted 22 points on 7 of 15 off the bench, while adding three rebounds and three assists in the Lancers’ 96-73 win over Fitchburg State.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 24 points, four rebounds, 1.5 assists and two steals per contest in two games for the Falcons. She collected 19 points, five rebounds, one assist and three steals in a 74-56 setback to MCLA on Wednesday before adding a game-leading 29 points, three caroms, two assists and one steal in a setback to Worcester State on Saturday.

Madalyn Smith (Holy Cross | Jr. | Sussex, N.J.): Smith was perfect from the field last Saturday in her team’s 58-48 win over Loyola. She netted 15 points on 5 of 5 shooting, including four trifectas, while dishing out a trio of assists.

Sarah Ware (Becker College | Jr. | Oakham, Mass.): Ware averaged 9.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game over three games this past week, all of which proved to be wins for the Hawks. The junior shot 68.8 percent from the floor and 80 percent from behind the arc. The biggest moment of her season came last Tuesday evening when she scored a career-high 21 points in Becker’s 53-49 victory over Eastern Nazarene, a critical win that has the Hawks in the driver’s seat for the number one overall seed in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) standings.

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Jr. | Los Angeles, Calif.): Vinson averaged a double-double with 11.5 points and 12.0 rebounds in a 2-0 week. After notching eight points and 11 rebounds against Wheaton College, the junior led all student-athletes with 15 points and 13 boards at Mount Holyoke College.


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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Seven (Jan. 1st)

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WORCESTER – A busy few weeks of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our seventh Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll for Tuesday, January 1st, 2019.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.


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Lauren Manis was tabbed this week’s WACBA Women’s Player of the Week after a pair of solid performances last month. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis had two solid outings recently, which helped the Crusaders cap their December slate with back-to-back wins. Against Manhattan on Wednesday, December 19th, she posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in addition to two blocks. In their first game back after the holidays, Manis posted a team-leading 22 points to go along with eight rebounds and four assists against Bryant University on Sunday, December 30, earning Patriot League Player of the Week honors. She has had 20 or more points in seven games this year. The Crusaders have posted an 8-3 record to begin the year, which is their best non-conference record since the 2013-14 season.

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Avery LaBarbera continues to be a first-year player to watch as she turned in two impressive performances at the end of last month. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Avery LaBarbera (Holy Cross | Fr. | Harrison, N.Y.): LaBarbera led the team with 12 points, four rebounds and three steals against Manhattan on Wednesday, December 19. She also had 13 points, eight rebounds and four steals for the Crusaders in their first game back after the holiday against Bryant University on Sunday, December 30, earning Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors. She has recorded double-digit points in seven of the team’s 11 contests this year, while Holy Cross has posted an 8-3 record in non-conference play, which is its best non-conference record since the 2013-14 season.


Women’s Basketball Milestone: Sam O’Gara (Clark University | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.):  O’Gara became the 21st student-athlete in program history to net 1,000 points during her team’s 70-65 win on Saturday over Regis College. The senior guard finished the game with a team-high 17 points on 6 of 18 shooting, while stuffing the stat sheet with five defensive rebounds, five assists and three steals. One day later against Framingham State, O’Gara tallied 11 points, seven assists and six rebounds in a 70-66 setback. Her impressive efforts led her to earn a spot on the Clark Basketball Holiday All-Classic Team.

Women’s Basketball Milestone: Kaitlyn Berkel (Worcester State | Sr. | Waterford, Conn.): Berkel became the 20th student-athlete to net 1,000 points in a Lancers uniform on Monday when Worcester State defeated UC Santa Cruz in non-conference action. The senior forward netted 20 points on 8 of 16 shooting, while adding 10 rebounds, including a trio of offensive caroms.


Honorable Mention: Spencer Vinson (WPI | Jr. | Los Angeles, Calif.): Vinson made the most of her first career start with new personal bests of 20 points and 14 rebounds Sunday versus UMass Boston.


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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Two (Nov. 20th)

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WORCESTER  Another busy week of Worcester area basketball has been recorded, which means its time to unveil our second Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors, of the season.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.


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WACBA Women’sPlayer of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis recorded a career-high 30 points to go with nine rebounds against Boston College last Thursday before returning home against Brown University on Sunday, November 18 with a 27-point, 16-rebound performance. Manis also recorded her 1,000th career point in the game against Brown, making her the second-fastest player and 34th overall to reach the milestone. She went 15-for-15 from the foul line in her two most recent games, for a .967 free-throw percentage in the short season.

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Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College |Sr. |Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell was dominant in a 1-1 week for the Hounds, averaging 25.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while playing 28 minutes per contest. She was instrumental in Assumption’s 83-81 overtime win over Merrimack College where she scored 39 points, grabbed eight rebounds and four assists. She scored only two points in the first half but dominated the second half and overtime scoring 37 points for a school-record 39 points overall. O’Donnell also added 12 points, two rebounds and three assists in a tough loss to Saint Anselm on Saturday.

Adrianna Dowdy (Becker College | Sr. | East Haven, Conn.): Dowdy averaged 12.5 points and 10.0 rebounds over two games last week. First against University of New England on Monday, the senior team captain scored 15 points while pulling down eight boards and shooting 50 percent from the floor. Dowdy also tallied a block and an assist against the Nor’easters, as well. Then, at Anna Maria on Wednesday, Dowdy posted her third double-double in just four games this season, pulling down 12 boards with ten points, while tallying a game-high six assists and three steals. This impressive effort propelled the Hawks to a 53-45 victory.

Hannah Favaloro (Clark Univ.| Soph.| Douglas, Mass.): Favaloro posted a pair of double-doubles last week, beginning with 13 points and 14 rebounds in an 80-67 setback to Fitchburg State. She then recorded 17 points and 19 rebounds in a 65-54 victory at Nichols College on Saturday. Favaloro currently leads the Cougars in total points (58) and rebounds (47).

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 19.3 points, six assists, and 3.3 rebounds per contest in a 2-1 week for the Green and Gold. She posted a game-best 25 points, five assists, five rebounds and one steal in an 80-67 victory over Clark University on Wednesday, while netting 17 points, eight assists, one rebound and one block in a 68-55 setback to Wellesley College on Friday Concluded the week with 16 points, five assists, four boards one steal and one block in a 78-49 triumph over Mount Holyoke on Saturday.

Kaitlyn Berkel (Worcester State | Sr. | Waterford, Conn): Berkel reached double-figures three times last week, but started the three-game stretch with a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds in her team’s win over Mount Holyoke before ending with 16 points against St. Joseph’s (Long Island).

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Jr. | Los Angeles, Calif.): Vinson narrowly missed averaging a double-double for the second consecutive week, this time with 11.0 points to go with nine rebounds in each game, en route to All-Tournament team honors at the Hampton Inn Tip-Off Tournament at University of New England. After netting 14 points in a win versus Bridgewater State, the junior finished the weekend with eight against Connecticut College.


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