WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week One (Nov. 13th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER  A brand new season of college basketball in Worcester has officially begun, which means its time to unveil our very first Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors, of the season.

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WACBA PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Kaitlyn Berkel (Worcester State | Sr. | Waterford, Conn.): Berkel helped the Lancers advance to the Worcester City Tournament championship by averaging 12.5 points, 16 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in a 1-1 week. She began her team’s 2018-19 campaign with a double-double of 13 points and 22 rebounds, while adding three blocks and two assists in a 58-49 win over Clark University. She would produce her second double-double of the season one day later with 12 points and 10 boards, while shooting 62.5 percent from the field in the 51-45 setback to WPI on Saturday. She was named to the All-Tournament Team for her impressive performances this past weekend.

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WACBA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Avery LaBarbera (Holy Cross | Fr. | Harrison, New York): LaBarbera scored 18 points and dished out three assists in her collegiate debut, helping guide the Holy Cross women’s basketball team to a 71-61 season-opening victory over Rider University on Sunday, November 11.


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Ogechi Ezemma (Clark University | Sr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): Despite an 0-2 week for the Cougars, Ezemma collected 29 rebounds (14.5 rebounds per game). She also recorded a block in Clark’s non-conference matchup versus Worcester State on Friday and three steals in the Worcester City Tournament consolation game versus Becker on Saturday. On top of her impressive defensive performance, the All-Tournament selection led the Cougars with 34 points to cap off her first week of the season with two double-doubles.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Jr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison opened the season with a red-hot shooting performance at the Worcester City Tournament, leading Becker to a third-place finish. The junior averaged 24 points over two games, shooting 60 percent from the floor, 60 percent from behind the arc and 100 from the free throw line. Facing Clark University on Saturday, Harrison poured in 32 points with three steals to carry the Hawks to a 70-66 win, their first-ever victory over the Cougars. Harrison further opened the season going a perfect 18-of-18 from the free throw line. She was named to the Worcester City All-Tournament Team for the third consecutive year.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis notched 26 points and 10 rebounds, including hitting 14 of her 16 free-throw chances to guide the Holy Cross women’s basketball team to a 71-61 season-opening victory over Rider University. It was the 19th double-double of her career.


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WACBA Hoops: Holy Cross’ Manis and Nichols’ Echevarria Headline 2018 All-WACBA Awards

WACBABy WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross sophomore Lauren Manis and Nichols junior Marcos Echevarria headline the All-WACBA scrolls as the Worcester Area College Basketball Association revealed its 2017-18 awards Wednesday in Jen Toland’s weekly college column. Voters included sports information directors or primary contacts from each of the nine NCAA schools in Worcester County, including Division I Holy Cross and Division II Assumption, as well as members of the local media.

In a close vote, Manis was named the WACBA Women’s Player of the Year. Fitchburg State’s Mikaela Mitchell claimed Rookie of the Year honors while Becker head coach David Bostick, who shared last year’s accolades, repeated as Coach of the Year. Nichols earned two of the three men’s major awards as Echevarria and head coach Tom Glynn, the recipient of 10 first place votes, repeated as Player and Coach of the Year, respectively. Assumption’s Matthew Kelly was selected as the men’s Rookie of the Year.

Manis also made the All-WACBA First Team for the second consecutive year, as did Becker sophomore Cassidy Harrison, Worcester State junior Britt Herring and WPI senior Ama Biney. Fellow Crusader, senior Infiniti Thomas-Waheed was upgraded from last year’s second team while Assumption junior Morgan O’Donnell made her debut on the scroll. Clark junior Ogechi Ezemma and Becker junior Adrianna Dowdy headlined the second team. They were joined by Anna Maria senior Kristina Russo, Fitchburg State sophomore Angelina Marazzi, Worcester State sophomore Catherine Sweeney and WPI senior Madison Beck.

Echevarria, who was on the top half of all 12 ballots, and sophomore teammate DeAnte Bruton, as well as Anna Maria sophomore Mike Rapoza and Becker senior Samuel Durodola were all named to the All-WACBA First Team for the second year in-a-row. Becker junior Kareem Davis moved up to the first team while Holy Cross junior Jehyve Floyd also earned top billing. WPI senior Chris Rodgers led the second team that also featured Kelly, Clark junior Luca McCormick, Fitchburg State junior Jonathan Perez, Nichols sophomore Jerome Cunningham and Worcester State sophomore Shaun McCarthy.

WACBA (Worcester Area College Basketball Association) is an organization billed as “one of its kind in the country” featuring nine colleges, 18 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.


WACBA Women’s Basketball End of The Year Awards

Player of the Year: Lauren Manis (Franklin, Mass.), Holy Cross

Rookie of the Year: Mikaela Mitchell (Millbury, Mass.), Fitchburg State

Coach of the Year: David Bostick, Becker

First Team

Assumption

Morgan O’Donnell Easton, Mass. Jr.

Becker

Cassidy Harrison Foxborough, Mass. So.
Holy Cross Infiniti Thomas-Waheed Newton, Mass. Sr.
Holy Cross Lauren Manis Franklin, Mass. So.
Worcester State Britt Herring West Brookfield, Mass. Jr.
WPI Ama Biney Worcester, Mass. Sr.

Second Team

Anna Maria Kristina Russo South Windsor, Conn. Sr.
Becker Adrianna Dowdy East Haven Conn. Jr.
Clark Ogechi Ezemma Hope Valley, R.I. Jr.
Fitchburg State Angelina Marazzi Manchester, N.H. So.
Worcester State Catherine Sweeney Lowell, Mass. So.
WPI Madison Beck Syracuse, N.Y. Sr.

WACBA Men’s Basketball End of The Year Awards

Player of the Year: Marcos Echevarria (Lynn, Mass.), Nichols

Rookie of the Year: Matthew Kelly (North Potomac, Md.), Assumption

Coach of the Year:
Tom Glynn, Nichols

First Team

Anna Maria Mike Rapoza Charlton, Mass. So.
Becker Kareem Davis Lowell, Mass Jr.
Becker Samuel Durodola Rosedale, N.Y. Sr.
Holy Cross Jehyve Floyd Sayreville, N.J. Jr.
Nichols DeAnte Bruton New London, Conn. So.
Nichols Marcos Echevarria Lynn, Mass. Jr.

Second Team

Assumption Matthew Kelly North Potomac, Md. Fr.
Clark Luca McCormick Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Jr.
Fitchburg State Jonathan Perez Lowell, Mass. Jr.
Nichols Jerome Cunningham Westbury, N.Y. So.
Worcester State Shaun McCarthy Oxford, Mass. So.
WPI Chris Rodgers Franklin, Mass. Sr.

 

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week 13 (Tues., Feb. 27th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Men’s Player of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols College | Soph. | New London, Conn.): DeAnte Bruton helped lead the Bison to their second-straight CCC Championship, averaging 25.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.3 steals per game over three games. Bruton scored 15 points to go with five rebounds, seven assists, and two steals in a 100-68 win over Western New England. He followed that up with 34 points, including 25 in the second half, 10 rebounds, an assist, and three steals in an 89-75 win over Roger Williams. In the Championship game, Bruton scored 18 points in the first half before finishing with 27 points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a 98-89 win over Endicott. For the week, Bruton shot 57.1% (32-of-56) from the field and 47.1% (8-of-17) from beyond the arc.


Jacob Grandison

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Jacob Grandison (Holy Cross | Fr. | Oakland, Calif.): Grandison led the team in both games last week. He totaled 16 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three assists in the victory over American before adding 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists at Colgate. For the week, he averaged 16.0 points 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals on the week, while hitting 55.0 percent of his field goal attempts and 87.5 percent of his free throws.


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Honorable Mention: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Marcos Echevarria helped lead the Bison to their second-straight CCC crown, averaging 24.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 2.0 steals per game over three contests. Echevarria recorded 21 points, one rebound, six assists, and two steals in a 100-68 win over Western New England. He followed that up with 18 points, five rebounds, five assists, and a steal in an 89-75 win over Roger Williams. In the Championship game, he scored 33 points, including 25 in the second half, to go with four rebounds, an assist and three steals in a 98-89 win over Endicott. For the week, Echevarria shot 45.3% (24-of-53) from the field and 41.7% (15-of-36) from beyond the arc.

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 13 (Tues., Feb. 27th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Women’s Player of the Week: Britt Herring (Worcester State | Jr. | West Brookfield, Mass.):
The junior center scored her 1,000th career point and finished with a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds with a game-high seven blocks and a team-high five assists in the Lancers’ Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) quarterfinal overtime win over Salem State. She wrapped up the season with seven points and eight rebounds with four assists, three blocks and two steals in the MASCAC semifinal two days later in a setback to Westfield State. Overall, she averaged 12 points, 11.5 rebounds, five blocks and 4.5 assists during the MASCAC women’s basketball tournament. She shot 62.5% from the floor this past week.


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In the news: A congratulations is due to Coach Bill Gibbons of Holy Cross, who recently earned his 600th win on the sidelines when the Crusaders downed Colgate last Saturday on ‘Senior Day.’


Honor Roll

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Soph. |Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison had an incredible week for the Hawks, as she led Becker to three-straight wins and their first New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) title. The sophomore averaged 19.7 points and four steals per game while shooting 47 percent from the floor and 45 percent from behind the arc. At Mitchell last Thursday, Harrison led the upset of the second-seeded Mariners, pouring in 23 points to lift the Hawks to a 75-50 win. Then, playing at Newbury last Saturday in the Championship final, Harrison again scored 23 points as the Hawks punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008.

Ama Biney (WPI | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): The senior helped sent the Engineers to the program’s third consecutive New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) final with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds versus Babson. She also averaged three steals per game for the tournament.

Stasha Greenalch (WPI | Sr. | Newington, Conn.): Greenalch registered double digits in all three rounds of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament. The senior began with 10 points against Coast Guard before dropping a dozen in the semifinal versus Babson. She finished with 11 against MIT in the championship on Sunday. Greenalch scored four points in the overtime session with Babson and had the final say with a three-pointer in the title game.

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 12 (Wednesday, Feb. 21st)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


BRITHERRINGPOW

Women’s Player of the Week: Britt Herring (Worcester State | Jr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): Britt Herring averaged double-double figures of 21.5 points and 10.5 rebounds with an 83.3% shooting percentage (20-of-24) in a 0-2 week for the Blue and Gold. In the setback to Bridgewater State she put up 18 points with 12 boards, three blocks, two assists and two steals. She then wrapped up the regular season with a game-high 25 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks in the loss to Westfield State.


Shannon StLawrence

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Shannon St. Lawrence (Nichols College | Fr. | Milton, N.H.): Shannon St. Lawrence had another strong week for the Bison, averaging 15.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.5 steals per game. St. Lawrence had 12 points, six rebounds, an assist, and two steals in a 71-46 setback to Eastern Nazarene. She wrapped up the season with a double-double of 18 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, and three steals in a 79-48 win over Wentworth.


Women’s Honor Roll

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Soph. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison came up strong for the Hawks in their final two games of the regular season, averaging 25.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 steals in victories over Wheelock and Mitchell. She was also a perfect 15 of 15 from the free throw line. First at home against the Wildcats on Tuesday, Harrison finished with 27 points and four steals as the Hawks won 53-45. Then at the Mariners on Saturday, the sophomore capped off a 24 point performance with a game-winning basket as Becker took with win, 58-56.

Michaela McTomney (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Bellingham, Mass.): McTomney averaged 10.5 points, nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. She netted 14 points four rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in a setback to Westfield State on Wednesday before adding seven points, 14 boards, one assist, one steal and one block in a 62-59 triumph over Bridgewater State on Saturday.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Soph. | Franklin, Mass.): In a pair of games last week, Manis averaged 19.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. She began the week with 19 points and five rebounds in a setback to Army – she was an impressive 11 for 15 from the line. Three days later against Bucknell, she tallied 19 points again, while pulling down seven caroms, including five on defense. She connected on seven of 17 shots, including one of two attempts from beyond the arc, while sinking four of five freebies.

Brooke Packard (Nichols College | Sr. | Dudley, Mass.): Brooke Packard averaged 16.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 1.5 steals per game in a 1-1 week for the Bison. Packard scored five points to go with five rebounds and an assist in a 71-46 setback to Eastern Nazarene. She wrapped up the week on Senior Day with a career-best 28 points and 12 rebounds to go with an assist and three steals.

Madison Beck (WPI | Sr. | Syracuse, N.Y.): Beck averaged 17 points on 14-of-20 shooting (70%) and 6.5 rebounds as WPI claimed a share of the NEWMAC regular season title with wins over Wellesley and Emerson. The senior began the week with 18 points, four rebounds, a steal and a block versus the Blue before a 16-point, nine rebound performance against the Lions. The Engineers (20-5, 13-3) split the title with Babson and Smith for the programs fifth regular season title. It marks the third consecutive 20-plus win season for head coach Cherise Galasso, who owns six of the nine in program history, and the first time it has been done in three straight seasons. The six-game winning streak is the longest of the campaign and the Crimson and Gray head into the NEWMAC tournament having beat all 10 teams for the second consecutive regular season.