WACBA Women’s Basketball Postseason Awards (Tuesday, March 24th, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another season of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our end of season Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball awards for our coach, player, and rookie of the year.

Noontime Sports is excited to share our end of season WACBA honors for the seventh consecutive season after being the host site for the organization’s weekly honor rolls, which have appeared every Tuesday throughout the college basketball season. 

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


Lauren Manis is one of just three active Division I players to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mark Seliger)

Women’s Player of the Year: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Sr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis averaged 18.6 points and 11.5 rebounds per game while shooting 46.3 percent from three-point range to posting 69 assists and 27 blocks. She led the Patriot League in scoring and three-point percentage, while also ranking fourth in Division I with 20 double-doubles and fifth in Division I with 344 total rebounds. Manis finished her impressive career with 2,020 career points and 1,188 career rebounds while becoming Holy Cross’ only player in history – men’s or women’s basketball – and one of just three active Division I players to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Additionally, she broke program and league records in career rebounding; her rebound total tied for second in single-season school history. She was named to the All-Patriot League first team, becoming one of just eight players in league history to be named to the first or second-team four times.  


Becker College first-year Natasha Pacheco concluded her first season with the Hawks by averaging 11.7 rebounds per game with 8.3 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 steals. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Women’s Rookie of the Year: Natasha Pacheco (Becker | Fr.| Fairfax, Va.): Pacheco’s rookie season with the Hawks was extraordinary, as she was voted New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Rookie of the Year. Pacheco averaged 11.7 rebounds per game with 8.3 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 steals for the Hawks and was named WACBA Rookie of the Week three times as well as NECC Rookie of the Week on three occasions. The first-year player was further voted All-NECC, and her rebounding numbers were the most by a rookie player in Becker history. Overall, Pacheco led the Hawks in rebounding, assists, field goal percentage and assist-to-turnover ratio. Pacheco is the third Hawk ever to be recognized as NECC Rookie of the Year, joining teammate Cassidy Harrison (after the 2016-2017 season) and former Becker great Tatiana Mojica (after the 2010-2011 season).


Coach Karen Tessmer guided the Worcester State women’s basketball team to its second-straight MASCAC Tournament Championship this winter. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)

Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year: Karen Tessmer (Worcester State): Despite graduating four elite-level seniors from one year ago, coach Karen Tessmer still managed to lead the Worcester State women’s basketball team to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) tournament finals for the second straight season. The Lancers finished one win shy of matching three former teams that won 20 contests but did score two impressive postseason wins over Fitchburg State University and Westfield State.

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

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

By NoontimeSports.com 

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

Worcester City Tournament: Worcester State 72, Becker College 48

By Matt Noonan 

WORCESTER, MA — The Worcester State Lancers women’s basketball team rebounded from their semi-final loss against Clark University with a 72-48 win on Saturday afternoon against Becker College in the consolation game.

Meaghan O’Keefe paced the Lancers with 20 points, Kelli McPherson added 14 points off the bench and Shannon El-Qasem led all players with 11 rebounds.

The Lancers finished the game with 54 rebounds (15 offensive, 39 defensive), 22 assists, eight steals and seven blocks.

Becker College was led by Tatiana Mojica, who registered 18 points, eight rebounds and two steals. Chelsea Joubert contributed 14 points and three rebounds.

Below are post-game interviews with Worcester State head coach Karen Tessmer and O’Keefe.