Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Weekly Report (Feb. 18-24)

WPI's Zach Karalis recorded a layup with two seconds remaining on Saturday, which lifted the Engineers past Babson in the NEWMAC semifinals! (Photo Credit: WPI Athletics)
WPI’s Zach Karalis recorded a layup with two seconds remaining on Saturday, which lifted the Engineers past Babson in the NEWMAC semifinals! (Photo Credit: WPI Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.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: Write-ups courtesy of the college’s sports information department. 

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Zach Karalis (WPI) Fr., Guard, North Andover, MA: With roughly two seconds remaining in the second session, the first-year followed a shot by Aaron Davis and recorded a reverse layup to seal a 66-64 victory against Babson College in the NEWMAC semifinals on Saturday. Karalis finished the game with 10 points and four boards. On Sunday against Springfield College in the conference tournament’s championship, he added 12 points and four rebounds to help the Engineers to a 79-72-overtime victory, along with their first conference crown since 2006.

Men’s Player of the Week: Ryan Kolb (WPI) Jr., Forward, Southington, CT: Kolb netted a career-best 29 points against Springfield College in the NEWMAC championship, which helped the Engineers defeat the Pride in overtime. Excluding his point total, he also recorded six boards, three steals and two assists. Against Babson College in the semifinals on Saturday, he finished with 16 points, three rebounds, as well as one assist and one steal.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Molly Hourigan (Holy Cross) Fr., Center, Memphis, NY: Hourigan enjoyed her best week of the season by sinking all four shots against Lafayette, while snagging six rebounds and recording three blocks in her team’s victory. Against Buckell she scored a career-high 16 points and hauled in a team-best seven rebounds. According to this week’s notes, Hourigan leads the Crusaders with 23 blocks this season.

Women’s Player of the Week: Gabrielle Gibson (Assumption College) Sr., Guard, Amityville, NY: In another 2-0 week for Assumption, Gibson averaged 24.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting 50 percent from three-point land (8-for-16) and 1.000 from the free throw line (9-for-9). She began the week with 31 points, four assists and six three-pointers in a home win over Saint Rose, followed by 18 points, six rebounds and three assists at Pace as she moved into a tie for third on the Assumption all-time scoring list at 1,529 points.

Honor Roll

Brisje Malone (Holy Cross) Jr., Guard, Springfield, MA: Against Bucknell she registered her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 assists, which helped the Crusaders dismantle the Bison in Worcester. Malone finished 6 of 11 from the field against Lafayette with 15 points, eight assists, four rebounds and two steals. Her 10 assists against the Bison were a season-high.

Kevin Donahue (Assumption College) GS, Guard, Pawcatuck, CT: In another 2-0 week for the Hounds, Donahue averaged 17 points and two rebounds last week while shooting 44.4 percent from three-point land as he hit 8-of-18 attempts. After a 14-point effort in a home win over Saint Rose, Donahue led the Hounds with 20 points in a road win at Pace.

Theresa Logan (WPI) Sr., Forward, Southborough, MA: Logan finished the week by tallying her 1,000 point during her team’s setback to Babson College in the NEWMAC semifinals on Saturday. She finished her final game in an Engineers uniform with 11 points and now ranks 16th on WPI’s all-time scoring list with 1,010 points. Against Coast Guard in the conference tournament’s quarterfinals, she netted 11 of her 13 points in the second stanza, which lifted the Engineers past the Bears in Worcester.

Dane Jobst (Worcester State) Jr., Forward, Athol, MA: Finished with his 18th double-double of the season with 24 points and 12 rebounds in an 86-78 setback to Salem State in the MASCAC Quarterfinals. Jobst, who is top 10 in the NCAA Division III in average and total rebounding, finished their setback against the Vikings 13-for-13 from the charity stripe. Jobst is also ranked second in Division III in double doubles, fifth in average rebounding (12.1 RPG) and sixth in total rebounds (314).

Meaghan O’Keefe (Worcester State) Sr., Forward, Warren, MA: Notched game-highs of 11 points and 13 rebounds in a 45-36 setback to Westfield State in the MASCAC Quarterfinals. Finished the season with the third highest total rebounding sum (411), the sixth-most points (411) and the fourth-most boards in club history (757).

Mass. College Hoops: WPI’s Davis, Logan Discuss First-Round Victory

By Matt Noonan 

WORCESTER, MA – After earning a dramatic 44-43 win against Coast Guard in the first-round of the NEWMAC tournament, WPI’s Dani Davis and Theresa Logan talk about the Engineers victory.

Logan paced the Engineers with 13 points, while Davis chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds.

WPI and Coast Guard entered the break tied at 16, but the Engineers 28 second-half points helped the hosts get past the Bears.

Coast Guard’s Victoria Sutherland paced the Bears with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Alexi Howland poured in eight points.

The Engineers will head to Babson College on Saturday to take on the Beavers in the semifinals, tip is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

For more information on the NEWMAC tournament — HOP HERE.

 

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

By NoontimeSports.com 

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: 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: WACBA Weekly Report (Jan. 7-13)

By NoontimeSports.com

Another week of college basketball is in the books. And without further ado, here is this week’s WACBA Rookies of the Week, Players of the Week and Honor Roll.

NOTE: This week’s write-ups courtesy of the college’s sports information director.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Cullen Hamilton (Holy Cross) Fr., Guard, Washington, D.C.: Hamilton totaled eight points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in his team’s win against Columbia. Against Lehigh, he added six points and two rebounds. He finished the week 2 of 3 from the charity stripe.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Raquel Scott (Holy Cross) Fr., Forward, Ridgewood, New Jersey: The first-year finished the past week with 15 points. She netted 11 points in her team’s win against Brown, and recorded three rebounds, two steals and one assist against Lehigh. Her 11 points were the third most points versus Brown as she connected on 5 of 6 from the free-throw line.

Men’s Player of the Week: Kevin Donahue  (Assumption College) Gr. Student, Guard, Pawcatuck, Conn: Donahue averaged 19 points and knocked down nine three-pointers in a 2-0 week for the Hounds as Assumption improved to 11-2 overall. He began the week with a 25-point effort in a home win over Bentley, knocking down seven three-pointers in the win. In the process, Donahue became the 42nd player in Assumption history to surpass the 1,000-point mark for his career. He then ended the week with a 13-point effort, including two three-pointers, to go along with two rebounds and three steals in an overtime road win at Southern New Hampshire.

Women’s Player of the Week: Meaghan O’Keefe (Worcester State) Sr., Center, Warren, Mass: Averaged 17.3 points, 14.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in a 2-1 week for Worcester State including 21 points and 19 boards in a 49-48 triumph over Westfield State before she added 25 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in a 62-46 win over MCLA. Also connected for .500 from the field (20-40) and 46 percent from beyond the arc (6-13).

Honor Roll:

Amy Lepley (Holy Cross) Sr., Forward/Guard, Norfolk, Mass: Lepley finished the past week with 30 points and tied a game-best 17 points and four assists in a loss to Lehigh, while recording a season-best five assists against Brown. Lepley is now the 24th leading scorer in Holy Cross history with 1,033 career points. Through seven games played this season, Lepley ranks second on the team in points (11.9) and leads the squad in rebounds (5.7).

Justin Burrell (Holy Cross) Soph., Forward, Dumfries, Virginia: Burrell tallied 29 points, four assists and three rebounds in a win against Columbia. His 29 points were his second-most this season. Against Lehigh, he led the Crusaders with 16 points. In both games, he connected on 13 of 14 shots from the stripe.

Katy Howard (Assumption College) Sr., Guard, Medway, Mass: In a 1-1 week for the Hounds, Howard averaged 17 points per game while shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 60 percent from three-point land. She also added 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game. In a home loss to No. 2 ranked Bentley, Howard posted 16 points, including 4-for-5 from three-point land. She then ended her week with an 18-point effort on 6-for-11 shooting from the field in a 71-51 road win at Southern N.H.

Anthony Click (Anna Maria College) Sr., Forward, Springfield, Mass: Click averaged 29.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in leading the AMCATS to back-to-back overtime GNAC victories.  In a 4 OT thriller vs. Lasell the senior scored a career-high 39 points on 13-for-26 shooting from the field and 13-of-18 from the free-throw line as well as grabbing 11 rebounds and notching 6 blocks. Click had the game winning assist as the AMCATS connected on a last second 3-pointer for the 96-93 win. On the road at Norwich, Click was 6-for-14 from the field and a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe for 19 points. With two seconds remaining in the first overtime, Click hit the game-winning layup for the 72-70 victory.

Matt Langadas (Nichols College) Soph., Forward, Casco, Maine: Langadas averaged 17.3 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game, as the Bison won their first two Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) games of the season. He began the week by scoring 17 points to go along with four rebounds and three steals as the Bison scored a school-record 130 points in a win over defending conference champion Endicott in Beverly. Following a loss to Eastern Nazarene on Thursday in which he went for 13 points and eight boards, Langadas scored a team-high 22 points to go along with five rebounds and two assists in a road win at UNE on Saturday. He also recorded one steal in each game.

Dane Jobst (Worcester State) Jr., Forward, Athol, Mass: Averaged 15.7 points, 9.7 boards and 2.0 blocks in an 0-3 week for Worcester State including 13 points and 11 rebounds in a 75-71 loss to MCLA and 23 points and 10 caroms in an 87-71 setback against nationally-ranked WPI.

Sam Longwell (WPI) Sophomore, Guard, Acton, Mass: Longwell averaged 17 points and 6.3 points and the Engineers remained unbeaten by winning all three of their contest last week.  The guard fell a rebound short of a double-double when he tallied games-bests of 22 points and nine rebounds in a 58-41 road win at Wheaton on Saturday.  Earlier in the week the sophomore registered 18 points in a road triumph at Worcester State and added 11 points as the Crimson and Gray defeated Coast Guard.  For the week Longwell drilled 6-of-14 3-pointers and added six assists and five steals.

Theresa Logan (WPI) Sr., Forward, Southboro, Mass: Logan narrowly missed averaging a double-double last week as she posted averages of 14.3 points and 9.3 rebounds during a 2-1 week for WPI.  The senior co-captain began her week by notching 18 points and nine rebounds in a 74-53 victory against crosstown rival Clark.  The forward followed that performance by totaling a team-high 21 points and a game-best 12 boards as the Engineers defeated Mount Holyoke 67-54.  Finally, Logan corralled team-best seven rebounds in a road loss to Wellesley.