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.


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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.  


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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).


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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. 

WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

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

Noontime Sports is proud to partner 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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DeAnte Bruton’s double-double helped Nichols College beat Endicott College in Saturday’s CCC Tournament Finals. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols College | Sr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 38 points in three games while netting 114 points for the week as the Bison clinched their fourth-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title this past weekend against Endicott College. Bruton scored the game-winning basket with 1.3 seconds remaining in last Tuesday in a quarterfinal win over Roger Williams, poured in a career-high 40 points in his team’s semifinal match-up against Gordon College, and then finished the week with a 38-point, 14-rebounds effort against Endicott. Bruton knocked down 12-of-14 freebies on Saturday in the CCC Championship and finished the tournament with 11.3 rebounds per game while going 27-of-31 from the charity stripe.


Men’s Rookie of the Week: Sam Dion (Worcester State | Fr. | Barre, Mass.): Dion averaged 14.0 points per game in Worcester State’s Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament run last week, which included a 24-point performance against MCLA in the semifinals last Thursday. His four-point play in the final minute of the MASCAC Championship against Westfield State cut Worcester’s deficit from five points to one point with 58 seconds remaining in the second half.


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Nicholas Tracy (Nichols College | Sr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy posted a game-best 26 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in an 80-78 quarterfinal round setback last Tuesday to the Trailblazers for MCLA.

Chris Cardoso (Worcester State | Jr. | Jamaica Plain, Mass.): Cardoso recorded a pair of double-doubles in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament last week, which helped the Lancers secure a spot in the title game for the first time in four seasons. Cardoso averaged 20.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per game while shooting 60 percent from the floor and 57 percent from three.

Garrett Stephenson (WPI | Jr. |Townsend, MA): Stephenson averaged 21 points and eight rebounds during a 1-1 week for the Crimson and Gray. The junior center posted 16 points and five rebounds in a semifinal victory over Babson College before delivering a double-double with 26 points and 11 boards in the championship game against Coast Guard.


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

Framingham State Wins First MASCAC Women’s Basketball Conference Crown

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The Framingham State women’s basketball team won its first MASCAC Tournament championship on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: MASCAC)

By Matt Noonan 

The Framingham State women’s basketball team is headed to the upcoming NCAA D-III Tournament, thanks to a thrilling 66-51 win this afternoon against Worcester State in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) tournament championship.

Framingham State, which won the conference outright for the first time since sharing the regular-season title with Bridgewater State and Westfield State during the 2013-14 season, registered its third win over the Lancers this season, including its second this month.

Mary Kate O’Day guided the Rams to victory by netting a game-high 27 points on 8 of 16 shooting to go along with eight rebounds, two assists, and one block. Flannery O’Connor finished with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds while Krysta Padellaro chipped in seven points, six rebounds, and two assists.

Framingham State led 27-24 at the break before pushing ahead for good in the third by outscoring the visitors, 23-10. Worcester State did reduce the deficit in the fourth quarter – they outscored the Rams, 17-16.

Mya Mosley led the Lancers with 22 points on 8 of 24 shooting, including 5 of 12 from beyond the arc. Gigi LeMay finished with nine points off the bench.

Framingham State has appeared previously in the MASCAC championship but lost both times to Westfield State.

With the win, the Rams will represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament next week – they will learn their first-round opponent on Monday, March 2nd.

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Four (Dec. 4th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER  Another busy week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means its time to unveil our fourth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.

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


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WACBA Men’s Player of the Week: Matt Morrow (Nichols College | Soph. | Leicester, Mass.):Morrow averaged a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds while shooting 74 percent from the floor in a pair of conference wins for the Bison last week. He dropped in 18 points and pulled down seven boards in a win over Salve Regina on Wednesday, then posted 18 points and pulled down a career-high 21 rebounds in a win over arch rival Endicott. Morrow is averaging 14.5 points and 11.2 rebounds in six games this season.

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Kareem Davis (Becker College | Sr.| Lowell, Mass.): Davis averaged 24.3 points per game over three games this past week, with 5.3 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals. The senior team captain shot 45 percent from the floor and 32 percent from behind the arc. Unquestionably the highlight of his season so far came on Tuesday as the Hawks hosted Springfield College, who had been ranked #7 in the country the week before. Davis scored a career-high 34 points to lead Becker to the upset victory, their first of the season.

Jacob Grandison (Holy Cross | Soph.|Oakland, Calif.): Led the team with 21 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals at Harvard. He also made all five of his three-point attempts at Harvard, to tie the school single-game record for three-point percentage. He then totaled 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in the victory over Fairleigh Dickinson. For the week, Grandison averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals on the week, while hitting 54.5 percent from three-point range.

Jake Wisniewski (WPI | Jr.|West Brookfield, Mass.): Wisniewski narrowly missed a double-double with 9.5 points and 10.5 rebounds as the 6-0 Engineers went 2-0 last week. He began with 11 points and a game-best 10 rebounds at Tufts on Tuesday. The local product then scored eight points and hauled in 11 boards in a WACBA showdown Saturday at Fitchburg State.

Shaun McCarthy (Worcester State | Jr.|Oxford, Mass.): McCarthy averaged 15 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as the Lancers went 2-0 on the week. McCarthy opened the week with a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double in a win over Lasell College on Thursday, before putting up 14 points in a win over Connecticut College on Saturday. McCarthy currently ranks second on the Lancers with 13.1 points per game.


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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Four (Dec. 4th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

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

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: Adrianna Dowdy (Becker College | Sr. | East Haven, Conn.): Dowdy was absolutely dominant this past week, averaging 25.5 points per game with 13.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.5 assists. The senior team captain exploded for 26 points and 18 rebounds in Becker’s 48-45 victory on Saturday at Elms College. This came after her 25 & 8 performance against New England College earlier in the week, a narrow 63-58 loss to the Pioneers. Dowdy currently leads the NECC in shooting percentage and is ranked third in rebounds.

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Catherine Coppinger (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Boston, Mass.): Coppinger averaged a double-double of 12.5 points and 14.5 rebounds per contests as well as four steals and 4.5 assists in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. She netted a double-double of 21 points and 15 boards to go along with four assists, five steals and one block in an 87-62 triumph against Elms on Tuesdays before adding four points, 14 rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block in a 73-54 victory over Lasell on Saturday.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis posted two double-doubles in a pair of contests last week against Vermont and UMass Lowell. She recorded a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds against the Catamounts before tallying 18 points and 17 rebounds against the River Hawks. Manis has now registered six double-doubles this season.

Kate Surprenant (Worcester State | Sr.|Pelham, N.H.): In a 1-1 week for the Lancers, the senior guard averaged 17 points, 6.5 rebounds, two assists and 1.5 steals. She started the week by netting 14 points, including eight freebies, in her team’s 61-46 setback to Connecticut College before exploding for a season-high 20 points on 6 of 11 shooting, including 2 of 6 from beyond the arc in her team’s sixth win of the season over Keene State. In addition to netting 20 points against the Owls, Surprenant recorded seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.

WACBA Milestone/Highlight: Congratulations to the former Holy Cross assistant women’s basketball coach Melissa Hodgdon, who recently became the all-time winningest coach at Wheaton College last week when the Lyons defeated WPI in their New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener. The win over the Engineers provided the tenured bench boss with her 208th win win the Blue and White.

Hodgdon, who has been coaching at Wheaton since 2003, helped Holy Cross capture a trio of Patriot League crowns, while leading the Crusaders to three NCAA Division I Tournaments (2000, 2001 & 2003). She also helped the Crusaders make an appearance in the 2002 National Invitation Tournament (NIT), as well. 


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