WACBAHoops Reveals First Wave of Postseason Accolades

wacba-logoBy WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops) 

WORCESTER – Nichols swept the men’s major awards while Assumption, Becker, Fitchburg State and WPI took top billing for the women as the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) resumed its postseason awards program. Additionally, 12 student-athletes from each gender were tabbed All-WACBA. Voters included sports information directors or primary contacts from each of the nine NCAA schools in Worcester County, as well as three members representing the local media.

Nichols’ Marcos Echevarria was named Player of the Year while teammate DeAnte Bruton was tabbed the Rookie of the Year and head coach Tom Glynn was recognized as the Coach of the Year. WPI’s Ama Biney was unanimously selected as the Women’s Player of the Year as Fitchburg State’s Kyra Rose took home another Rookie of the Year nod. Assumption’s Kerry Phayre and Becker’s David Bostick were chosen as Co-Coaches of the Year.

Echevarria and Becker’s Samuel Durodola earned first team votes on all 12 ballots. Fitchburg State’s Jaleel Bell, Becker’s Kyle Credle, Bruton and Anna Maria’s Mike Rapoza also earned high praise from the voters. WPI bookended the second team with Ian Converse and Sean Doncaster. Joining the Engineer duo was Worcester State’s Paul Brooks, Becker’s Kareem Davis, and Holy Cross’ Malachi Alexander and Robert Champion.

Biney was the lone consensus first teamer on the women’s ballot.  She was followed by Rose, Worcester State’s Britt Herring, Clark’s Ogechi Ezemma, Holy Cross’ Lauren Manis and Becker’s Cassidy Harrison. The women’s second team was the only one to feature student from each NCAA division. DII Assumption’s Jo Impellizeri led the way as WPI’s Priscilla Dunphy, Worcester State’s Kaitlin Berkel, Becker’s Adrianna Dowdy, DI Holy Cross’ Infinti Thomas-Waheed and Anna Maria’s Deja Taitt comprised the rest of the list.

The coaches group is in the midst of voting for the next Paul N. Johnson Award winner and the inaugural Pat Oroszko Courage Award recipient.

WACBA (Worcester Area College Basketball Association) is an organization billed as “one of its kind in the country” featuring 10 colleges, 20 programs plus sports information directors and media members to foster friendships and camaraderie along with promoting the GREAT GAME OF BASKETBALL throughout the TRADITION RICH Worcester Country Area.

MAJOR AWARD WINNERS

Men’s Player of the Year

Nichols sophomore Marcos Echevarria (Lynn, Mass.)

Women’s Player of the Year

WPI junior Ama Biney (Worcester, Mass,)

Men’s Rookie of the Year

Nichols freshman DeAnte Bruton (New London, Conn.)

Women’s Rookie of the Year

Fitchburg State freshman Kyra Rose (Rockland, Mass.)

Men’s Coach of the Year

Tom Glynn, Nichols

Women’s Co-Coaches of the Year

Kerry Phayre, Assumption and David Bostick, Becker

ALL-WACBA TEAMS 

MEN’S FIRST

 

Name

School

Class

Hometown

1stPl

Marcos Echevarria

Nichols

So

Lynn, Mass.

7

Samuel Durodola

Becker

Jr

Rosedale, N.Y.

1

Jaleel Bell

Fitchburg St.

Sr

Dorchester, Mass.

1

Kyle Credle

Becker

Sr

Queens, N.Y.

1

DeAnte Bruton

Nichols

Fr

New London, Conn.

Mike Rapoza

Anna Maria

Fr

Charlton, Mass.

2

 

 

 

 

 

MEN’S SECOND

 

Ian Converse

WPI

Sr

Woodstock, Conn.

Paul Brooks

Worcester St.

Sr

Arlington, Mass.

Kareem Davis

Becker

So

Lowell, Mass.

Malachi Alexander

Holy Cross

Sr

Bowie, Md.

Robert Champion

Holy Cross

Sr

Charlotte, N.C.

Sean Doncaster

WPI

Sr

Medford, Mass.

 

WOMEN’S FIRST

 

Name

School

Class

Hometown

1stPl

Ama Biney

WPI

Jr

Worcester, Mass.

        9

Kyra Rose

Fitchburg St.

Fr

Rockland, Mass.

        1

Britt Herring

Worcester St.

So

W. Brookfield, Mass.

         

Ogechi Ezemma

Clark

So

Hope Valley, R.I.

        2

Lauren Manis

Holy Cross

Fr

Franklin, Mass.

       

Cassidy Harrison

Becker

Fr

Foxborough, Mass.

         

 

 

 

 

 

WOMEN’S SECOND

 

Jo Impellizeri

Assumption

Sr

Seaford, N.Y.

          

Priscilla Dunphy

WPI

Sr

Barrington, R.I.

          

Kaitlyn Berkel

Worcester St.

So

Waterford, Conn.

          

Adriana Dowdy

Becker

So

East Haven, Conn.

          

I. Thomas-Waheed

Holy Cross

Jr

Newton, Mass.

          

Deja Taitt

Anna Maria

Sr

Cambia Heights, N.Y.

          

 

WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week 12

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Fitchburg State’s Kyra Rose was tabbed this week’s WACBA Rookie of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / Ashley Green)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops) 

WORCESTER, Mass.  Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Women’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.

Women’s Player of the Week: Ciara McKissick (Becker | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): McKissick averaged 15 points, 13 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game this past week, all while shooting 71.4 percent from the floor as the Hawks of Becker went 2-1. First, in Monday’s 73-69 win over Fitchburg State, McKissick led the Hawks with 21 points, nine rebounds, a career-high seven steals and four assists. McKissick shot 10 of 13 from the floor, which was good for 77 percent. Then, in Thursday’s 63-55 win at Daniel Webster, the sophomore scored 16 points with 16 rebounds as Becker clinched the third seed in the upcoming NECC playoffs. Finally, against Mitchell on Saturday, McKissick pulled down 14 rebounds (team-best) with eight points in a narrow 60-56 setback.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Kyra Rose (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Rockland, Mass.): Rose averaged 16 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, two steals and 2.3 blocks in a trio of games last week. She registered 14 points, seven boards, four assists, two steals and one block in a 73-69 setback at Becker before adding a game-best 20 points, seven caroms, three assists, three steals and three blocks in a 71-67 setback to Salem State on Wednesday. Rose concluded the week with a team-best 14 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks in a 77-52 loss to Framingham State on Saturday.

Women’s Honor Roll:

Allison Stoddard (Assumption | Sr. | East Lyme, Conn.): Stoddard came through in the clutch in a pair of Assumption wins last week, averaging 15.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game while making 11 of 12 free throws. She recorded 13 points, five rebounds and three assists in a 14-point win over Merrimack. Stoddard followed it up with 18 points, five rebounds and three assists, and was part of a 24-4 run in the fourth quarter to grab the lead from St. Michael’s on the way to victory.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker | Fr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison averaged 15 points and 2.1 steals this past week, while shooting 35 percent from behind the three-point arc. First, in her team’s 73-69 win over Fitchburg State, Harrison posted a game-high 23 points with four rebounds and three steals. Then, facing Mitchell on Saturday, Harrison put the Hawks on her back, scoring a game-high 22 points with four steals and shooting 11 of 13 from the foul line.

Madalyn Smith (Holy Cross | Fr. | Sussex, N.J.): Smith posted a career-high 16 points, while playing a crucial role in the Crusaders’ fourth quarter comeback win over American. The first-year helped the Crusaders secure a 51-46 win over American by converting a quartet of three-pointers and two freebies, while pulling down a trio of caroms.  Prior to her team’s win over American, she registered two points and two rebounds in a 60-41 setback to Army.

Kaitlyn Berkel (Worcester State | Soph. | Waterford, Conn.): The sophomore forward averaged 18.5 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. She scored a team-high 16 points, collected eight rebounds and three blocks in the Blue and Gold’s 62-55 win over Framingham State – helping the Lancers snap the Rams’ eight-game winning streak. She then registered a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds in the setback to Westfield State in the regular season finale. She shot 60% from the field against the Owls.

Ama Biney (WPI | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney averaged 16.5 points in an important 2-0 week for the Engineers. She also averaged six rebounds to go with five steals and a block. Biney helped key a victory over regular season champion Babson with a dozen points, five boards, three steals and a pair of assists. On Saturday the junior led all players with 21 points and seven rebounds against MIT. As a result, the Engineers secured the third seed in the upcoming NEWMAC tournament.

WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week 11

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Worcester State’s Catherine Sweeney was tabbed this week’s WACBA Women’s Rookie of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Worcester State Athletics)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops

WORCESTER, Mass.  Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Women’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.

Women’s Player of the Week: Aretha Sullivan (Clark | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): In a 1-1 week, Sullivan averaged an impressive 22.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. In a loss to MIT, she finished with a team-best 20 points and five boards while shooting 10-for-18 from the field. Then in a must-win over Emerson on Saturday, she pumped in a season-best 24 points on 7-for-15 shooting, including a 4-for-6 effort from three-point land. For the week, she shot a sizzling 51.5 percent from the field (17-for-33).

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Fr. | Lowell, Mass.): Sweeney averaged 10 points, eight rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocks in a 2-0 week for the Lancers. She picked up six points and six rebounds in the win over Fitchburg State and then marked a career-high 14 points and 10 rebounds for her first collegiate double-double in the 70-62 win over Bridgewater State.

Women’s Honor Roll:

Cassidy Harrison (Becker | Fr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison produced a tremendous week for the Hawks, averaging 21 points, four rebounds and 1.7 steals per game over three games while shooting 40 percent from behind the arc. Harrison capped off her week scoring a career-high 30 points in Becker’s 71-59 victory over Bay Path on Saturday. In just her first season, Harrison has consistently been Becker’s leading scorer.

Shabeli Villa (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Lawrence, Mass.): Villa averaged 16 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 1.5 steals per contests in two games for the Falcons. She registered a new career-high of 21 points, four rebounds and two steals in a 68-52 setback to Worcester State on Wednesday before adding 11 points, three caroms, one assist and one steal in a 64-51 setback to MCLA on Saturday.

Kyra Rose (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Rockland, Mass.): Rose averaged 12.5 points, six rebounds, four assists one steal and one block in two games for the Green and Gold. She collected ten points, five boards, five assists and two steals in a 68-52 setback to Worcester State on Wednesday before adding 15 points, seven caroms, three assists and two blocks in a 64-51 setback to MCLA on Saturday.

Tricia Byrne (Holy Cross | Jr. | Dunmore, Pa.): Byrne posted a career-high 18 points in both games this past week, while notching a new career-best in assists with nine against Lafayette. She netted a career-high four three-pointers in an 80-64 setback to Lehigh.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Fr. | Franklin, Mass.): The first-year forward canned 13 of 27 baskets this past week, netting 17 points against Lafayette and 16 versus Lehigh. Against Lafayette, she pulled down nine rebounds, while finishing the contest with a pair of blocks and one swipe. She concluded the week with a trio of steals and two blocks in an 80-64 setback to Lehigh.

Ama Biney (WPI | Jr | Worcester, Mass.): Biney posted 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, six assists and five blocks in a 1-1 week. After being held to 12 points and four rebounds in the midweek loss to Springfield, Biney put up 19 points and five caroms against Wellesley Saturday.

Britt Herring (Worcester State | Soph. | W. Brookfield, Mass.): Averaged 17.5 points and nine rebounds while shooting 6-of-25 (64%) in a 2-0 week for the Lancers. Scored 12 points and picked up seven rebounds in the 68-52 win over Fitchburg State and then registered a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds in the 70-62 win over Bridgewater State.

WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week 11

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Fitchburg State’s Jaleel Bell earned this week’s WACBA Player of the Week honors. (PHOTO CREDIT: Fitchburg State Athletics)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops

WORCESTER, Mass.  Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Men’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Dorchester, Mass.): Bell averaged 27 points, 9.5 rebounds, three assists, 1.5 steals and two blocks per contest in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. He netted a double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds as well as three assists and three blocks in an 84-70 win over Worcester State on Wednesday before adding a game-best 26 points, eight caroms, three assists, three steals and one block in a 90-65 triumph over MCLA on Saturday.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols | Fr. | Lynn, Mass.): Bruton averaged 28 points (55 pct. FG) as the Bison scored a pair of wins to pull into a first-place tie last week with Endicott. He poured in a career-high 38 points on 14-of-29 shooting in a win over the Gulls on Wednesday. He then filled the stat sheet with 18 points and five rebounds in a road win at Salve Regina on Saturday. Bruton also averaged 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.5 steals per game last week, too.

Men’s Honor Roll

Samuel Durodola (Becker | Jr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola continued to show why he was one of the most dominant inside players in the region this past week, despite Becker’s losses to Southern Vermont. Durodola averaged 25 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two blocks per game, all while shooting 50 percent from the floor. At press time, Durodola ranked in the top five in the NECC in scoring, rebounding, shooting and blocks.    

Antonio White Jr. (Becker | Fr. | Middletown, Conn.): White averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds per game for the Hawks this past week, while also swatting away three shots. White was an iron man for Becker, averaging 39.5 minutes per game. The freshman continues to be one of the standout rookies not only in the NECC but throughout the region.

Robert Champion (Holy Cross | Sr. | Charlotte, N.C.): Champion led the team at Bucknell with 19 points, four rebounds and two assists. He then scored a team-high 20 points at Lafayette, while hitting six of 12 shots from three-point range. His six made three-pointers at Lafayette tied for the seventh-highest single game total in school history. Champion Finished the week by totaling 13 points, six rebounds and two assists in the victory over Lehigh.

Paul Brooks (Worcester State | Sr. | Arlington, Mass.): Brooks averaged 12.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and three blocks in a 1-2 week for the Lancers. He tallied a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds in the 69-65 win over Bridgewater State and a second double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds in the 84-70 setback to Fitchburg State.

Ian Converse (WPI | Sr | Woodstock, Conn.): Converse averaged a double-double of 17.5 points and 12 rebounds in a 1-1 week. On Saturday he poured in 21 points and hauled in 15 rebounds in a win at Coast Guard. He also handed the Engineers a pair of second-half leads, too. On Wednesday, Converse totaled 14 points and nine boards in an overtime setback to MIT.

WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week 10

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Holy Cross’s Infiniti Thomas-Waheed was tabbed this week’s WACBA Women’s Player of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Holy Cross Athletics)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops

WORCESTER, Mass.  Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Women’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.

Women’s Player of the WeekInfiniti Thomas-Waheed (Holy Cross | Jr. | Newton, Mass.): Thomas-Waheed posted a career-high 26 points to lead the Crusaders to a 63-51 win over Bucknell. She sank 9 of 17 field goals, converted all six of her freebies, while finishing the contest with a pair of rebounds, blocks and swipes.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Emma Thomson (Fitchburg State | Fr. | York, Maine): Thomson averaged 12 points, two rebounds and one assist per game in two contests for the Falcons last week. She registered a team-leading 15 points (five-of-seven shooting), two rebounds and two assists in a 69-63 win over Lasell before adding nine points and two caroms in a 77-65 setback to Bridgewater State on Saturday afternoon.

Women’s Honor Roll:

Adrianna Dowdy (Becker | Soph. | East Haven, Conn.): Dowdy averaged 17.5 points, 12 rebounds and four assists this past week. Against the Lynx on Saturday, the sophomore posted 23 points and 12 rebounds in a 56-40 victory, while shooting 66 percent from the floor. Picked to finish eighth in the preseason poll, Dowdy has the Hawks contending for second place in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC)

Amy Connolly (Fitchburg State | Soph. | Dedham, Mass.): Connolly averaged 13.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, one assist, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks per game in two contests for the Green and Gold. She netted 12 points, three boards, one assist and one block in a 69-63 win over Lasell on before adding 15 points, eight caroms, one assist and one steal in a 77-65 setback to Bridgewater State on Saturday.

Taylor Daniels (Nichols | Sr. | Dudley, Mas.): Daniels averaged 16.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.0 steals in a trio of outings last week for the Bison. She highlighted her team’s week by netting 22 points last Saturday against Curry. She also notched a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Western New England on Tuesday.

Britt Herring (Worcester State | Soph. | W. Brookfield, Mass.): The sophomore center scored a game-high 18 points as she went 8-for-11 (72.7%) from the field in the Lancers’ 61-54 win over Salem State. Herring also picked up six rebounds, two blocks, a steal and an assist in the game.

Madison Beck (WPI | Jr. | Syracuse, N.Y.): Beck led the Engineers with 11 points on 10-of-18 shooting, along with a pair of freebies and 7.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week. She came off the bench Saturday to pace the team with 14 points and shared team-high honors of eight rebounds in a road upset at the hands of Coast Guard. Earlier in the week, Beck scored nine points and again shared team-high honors in rebounds with seven as the Engineers raced past Mount Holyoke.

WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week Nine

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An impressive week by Becker first-year Cassidy Harrison earned her this week’s WACBA Rookie of the Week honor. (PHOTO CREDIT: Becker College)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops

WORCESTER, Mass.  Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Women’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.

Women’s Player of the Week: Adrianna Dowdy (Becker | Soph. | East Haven, Conn.): Dowdy had another great week for the Hawks, averaging 14 points, 10 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.7 steals per game. First, in Becker’s 68-59 win over Daniel Webster, Dowdy finished with eight points and 12 rebounds. Then, in Becker’s 58-57 come from behind win against Wheelock, Dowdy scored 19 of her 27 points in the second half with 13 rebounds while dishing out four assists and collecting two steals, and hitting a free throw at then end for the win. Finally, hosting Newbury on Saturday, Dowdy contributed seven points, five rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks. The three wins keep Becker in second place in the NECC standings, as they enjoy their best season since joining the conference. For her performances, Dowdy was named New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Player of the Week.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Cassidy Harrison (Becker | Fr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison continues to lead the Hawks in scoring, as she averaged 18.3 points and 2.7 steals this past week in three Becker victories. Harrison posted 21 points and three steals in Becker’s 68-59 win over Daniel Webster on Tuesday. On Thursday, she came up with 12 points in a 58-57 victory over Wheelock. Finally, in Becker’s 61-51 win over Newbury, Harrison finished with 22 points, shooting 50 percent from the floor and making all eight of her free throw attempts. For her performances, Harrison was named New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Rookie of the Week.

Women’s Honor Roll:

Ogechi Ezemma (Clark | So. | Hope Valley, R.I.): In a 1-1 week, Ezemma averaged 14 points, nine rebounds and 3.5 blocks. Her best effort of the week came in a 72-54 win over Wellesley where she totaled 23 points and 12 rebounds and went 7-for-7 from the free throw line.

Kyra Rose (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Rockland, Mass.): Rose averaged 20.7 points, nine rebounds, three assists, 2.7 steals and 1.7 blocks per contest in three games for the Falcons last week. She posted a double-double of 36 points and 13 rebounds as well as five assists, three steals and two blocks in a 94-89 overtime win over Dean College on Monday before adding nine points, four caroms, two assists and one steal in a 99-44 setback to Framingham State on Wednesday. Rose concluded the week by registering a double-double of 17 points and 10 caroms to go along with two assists, four steals and three blocks in a 108-55 setback to Westfield State on Saturday.

Tricia Byrne (Holy Cross | Jr. | Dunmore, Pa.): Against Navy this past week, the Dunmore, Pennsylvania native connected on 7 of 11 shots, including one trifecta, while draining a pair of free throws. She also tallied six assists, four rebounds and two blocks en route to finishing the two-point setback (73-31) with 17 points. Her 17 points were a career-best and so were the six assists, too.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Fr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis notched a new career-high of 25 points despite her team’s two-point setback to Navy. The Franklin, Massachusetts’s native drained 10 of 19 shots from the field, while connecting on four of five free throw attempts. She concluded the contest with seven caroms, two assists and two steals.

Kaitlyn Berkel (Worcester State | Soph. | Waterford , Conn.): The sophomore forward averaged 21 points and 7.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. Berkel picked up a career-high 26 points as she went 12-for-19 (63.2%) from the field, while registering eight boards, four assists, and one block in the setback to Westfield State last Wednesday. She then scored 16 points and collected seven boards and a steal in the 55-51 win over MCLA on Saturday. 

Ama Biney (WPI | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney narrowly missed a double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds in a win over city and conference rival Clark last Saturday. She also recorded four steals and an assist in 34 minutes. The triumph was the sixth in-a-row for the 17-2 Engineers.

The WACBA Stats & Standings Report

wacba-logoBy WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops

Yesterday – Tuesday, to be exact – we unveiled our usual Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll for both the men and women.

Today, we bring you the updated statistics and standings through Sunday, January 22, 2017: wacba-01-22

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