Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week 10)

Molly Hourigan was tabbed WACBA Women's Player of the Week after netting a career-high 18 points in her team's win over Navy. (Photo Credit: Holy Cross Athletics)
Molly Hourigan was tabbed WACBA Women’s Player of the Week after netting a career-high 18 points in her team’s win over Navy. (Photo Credit: Holy Cross Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll, including our players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Bilal Shakir (Jr.) Worcester State (Worcester, Mass.): Shakir averaged 29.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1.5 assists in a 2-0 week for the Lancers. Shakir swished a three-pointer from two steps inside half court as time expired, vaulting Worcester State past Westfield State, 89-88, in MASCAC action last Wednesday evening. Not only did he win the game for the Lancers, but he also scored a career-high 34 points against the Owls. He went 12-for-21 (57.1%) from the field, 5-for-12 (41.6%) from beyond the arc, and a perfect 5-for-5 (100%) from the free throw line. In Worcester State’s 104-96 overtime win over MCLA on Saturday, Shakir netted 25 points and went 9-for-10 from the free throw line to help edge the Lancers over the Trailblazers.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Alex Santos (Fr.) Worcester State (Lawrence, Mass.): Santos averaged 26.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in a 2-0 week for Worcester State. Santos scored 23 points in the 89-88 victory over Westfield State, draining a huge 3-pointer with 21 seconds remaining to keep the Lancers tied up with Westfield. Santos then scored a team-high 30 points in a 104-94 overtime win against MCLA, connecting at the free throw line going 15-for-21 (71.4%).

Women’s Player of the Week: Molly Hourigan (Sr.) Holy Cross (Memphis, N.Y.): Hourigan had a great week both offensively and defensively for Holy Cross, as she averaged a double-double with 14.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game … in the victory over American on Tuesday, Hourigan totaled 11 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and a trio of steals in just under 40 minutes of action … at Navy on Saturday, she scored a career-high 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go with 10 boards, two steals and a pair of blocks.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Ogechi Ezemma (Fr.) Clark (Hope Valley, R.I.): In what might be considered her best stretch of games in her early career, Ezemma averaged 15.5 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field. In a 65-52 loss to Wheaton, Ezemma totaled a career-high 16 points, nine rebounds and three steals shooting a career-best 10-for-12 from the charity stripe. Then in the Scarlet and White’s 71-55 win over Wellesley on Saturday, Ezemma was at it again, finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Honor Roll:

Malachi Alexander (Jr.) Holy Cross (Bowie, Md.): Totaled a career-high 26 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots in the victory over Navy. Alexander converted a three-point play with 2:33 left in overtime against Navy to give the Crusaders the lead for good. He then made seven of eight free throws in the final minute to secure the win. Alexander also had 11 points, four rebounds and three steals against Loyola.

Karl Charles (Fr.) Holy Cross (Piscataway, N.J.): Charles led the team with 17 points and eight rebounds in the Loyola game. He also added four points, three rebounds and a career-high seven assists in the victory over Navy.

Declan Soukup (Jr.) Assumption (Melbourne, Australia): In two games last week, Soukup led the team with 15 points per game as he shot 47.4 percent from the field, was 6-for-10 from three-point land and shot 85.7 percent from the free throw line. He also added three rebounds, three steals and two assists per game.

Jo Impellizeri (Jr.) Assumption (Seaford, N.Y.): In two games, Impellizeri nearly averaged a double-double with 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest to go along with two blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game. She was 11-for-14 at the free throw line and shot 46.7 percent from the field.

Ciara McKissick (Fr.) Becker (Charlton, Mass.): McKissick was named the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Rookie of the Week. She led the Hawks to a 1-2 week after averaging 17.3 points and ten rebounds per game. McKissick started her week with a 20 points and nine rebounds against Daniel Webster. She then gathered 13 boards and scored nine points in a loss to Wheelock. McKissick closed out the week with 23 points and eight rebounds in a 58-48 win over Newbury on Saturday.

Sam O’Gara (Soph.) Clark (Worcester, Mass.): O’Gara averaged 14.5 points, 6.0 assists and 2.0 steals as the Cougars went 1-1 during the week. In a 65-52 loss to Wheaton, O’Gara posted 11 points, four assists and four steals and then in the win over Wellesley she posted 18 points and a season-best eight assists.

Kaitlyn Berkel (Fr.) Worcester State (Waterford, Conn.): Berkel averaged 17.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in a 0-2 week for the Lancers. She registered a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds in the 97-77 setback to Westfield State, and then scored 14 points and collected six rebounds in the 61-58 loss to MCLA on Saturday. Overall, Berkel shot 50 percent from the field and 81.3 percent from the free throw line.

Ian Converse (Jr.) WPI (Woodstock, Conn.): Converse had 14 of his career-high 21 points in the first half leading #13 WPI to a 78-58 win over Coast Guard in a NEWMAC game Wednesday evening.  The junior was 8 for 9 from the field and 5 of 6 from the foul line to lead the way as the Engineers helped head coach Chris Bartley became the Engineers all-time wins leader as he picked up the 291st win of his career passing the mark of 290 held by Ken Kaufman.

Priscilla Dunphy (Jr.) WPI (Barrington, R.I.): Dunphy tossed in a career-high 18 points as WPI equaled the best winning streak in school history with a 54-35 over MIT on Saturday evening. The junior canned 8-of-11 shots from the field, grabbed six rebounds and shared game-high honors with four assists as the Engineers equaled the 1982-83 squad for consecutive victories with 16. Earlier in the week, Dunphy totaled seven points and eight rebounds in a road win at Mount Holyoke.

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

WPI's Ama Biney was tabbed this week's WACBA Women's Player of the Week. (Photo Credit: WPI Athletics)
WPI’s Ama Biney was tabbed this week’s WACBA Women’s Player of the Week. (Photo Credit: WPI Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll, including our players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the WeekIrving Eggleston (Sr.), Nichols (East Lyme, Conn.): Eggleston averaged 18.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.0 spg, and 2.7 apg as the Bison went a perfect 3-0 last week. He dropped in 20 points in a win over UNE in a rematch of last season quarterfinal round, then made 23 points in a come-from-behind win over Gordon. Eggleston closed the week with 12 points and seven steals at Curry, a game in which the starter did not play long into the second half. He is second in the CCC in scoring at 21.1 ppg.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Alex Santos (Fr.), Worcester St. (Lawrence, Mass.): Santos registered a career-high 32 points and broke a Worcester State all-time record in three point shots made in a single game Saturday afternoon in the 93-81 victory over Fitchburg State.  He drained nine 3-pointers at a 69.2 3-point field goal percentage against the Falcons. The remaining points scored were made from the free-throw line, as he went 5-for-6 (83.3%). He also added in two assists, two rebounds, a steal and a block.

Women’s Player of the Week: Ama Biney (So.), WPI (Worcester, Mass./Holy Name): Biney averaged 14 points and six rebounds as the Engineers pushed their winning streak to 14 games with conference victories over Smith and Coast Guard last week.  The sophomore posted team-highs of 14 points in both contests, while finishing a rebound short of a double-double in the road victory at Coast Guard.  Biney also chipped in with four steals and a pair of assists on the week.

Women’s Rookie of the Week Britt Herring (Fr.), Worcester St. (W. Brookfield, Mass.): Herring registered a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds in the 74-35 MASCAC win Saturday afternoon against Fitchburg State. Against the Falcons, Herring shot 54.5 percent from the field and went 87.5 from the free-throw line. She also recorded three blocks on the defensive end against Fitchburg. Earlier in the week, Herring netted two points, four rebounds, two assists, and one block in the Setback to Keene State.

Honor Roll:

Kamali Bey (So.), Assumption (Springfield, Mass.): Bey averaged 14.5 points, six rebounds and one block per game while shooting 50 percent from the field for the week. Highlighting his week was a 16-point performance at home vs. New Haven on Saturday.

Kelly Conley (Sr.), Assumption (Ellington, Conn.): In a 1-1 week, Conley averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, three assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 16-of-20 from the free throw line. Highlighting her week was a team-best 17-point performance in a home win over New Haven on Saturday.

Kareem Davis (Fr.) Becker (Lowell, Mass.): Davis set a Becker record with eight three pointers in a 64-61 victory over Regis College on Thursday. Davis finished with a game-high 28 points for the Hawks, including four crucial free-throws in the final seconds of the game. Davis averaged 14.5 points per game this past week with eight steals and five assists.

Luca McCormick (Fr.) Clark (Bradenton, Fla.): McCormick averaged 15.5 points and 6.0 rebounds off the bench in a 1-1 week for the Cougars. In a 62-57 win over Emerson on Wednesday, McCormick recorded his third game this season with 20 points or more when he racked up a game-best 20 on 7-for-11 shooting to go along with nine rebounds. Then in a 74-63 loss at Coast Guard, he finished with 11 points and three rebounds in 19 minutes.

Kwame Lee (Sr.) Fitchburg St. (Brockton, Mass.): Lee averaged 15.5 points, ten rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks per contest for the Falcons in a 1-1 week. He registered 18 points, nine caroms, three blocks, two assists and a steal in an 85-77 win over Bridgewater State on Wednesday before adding a double-double of 13 points and 11 boards to go along with five steals, two assists and one block in a 93-81 setback to the Lancers of Worcester State on Saturday.

Marcos Echevarria (Fr.) Nichols (Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 17.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, and 1.3 spg as the Bison went 3-0 last week. He scored 21 of his 25 points in the first half of a win over UNE on Tuesday. Four days later, he scored 21 on 8-of-14 shooting (57 percent) to go with four rebounds, four assists, and two steals at Curry on Saturday. Echevarria is third in the conference in scoring at 18.7 ppg.

Sean Doncaster (Jr.), WPI (Medford, Mass.): Doncaster stuffed the stat sheets totaling 20 points, 14 assists, 11 rebounds, four steals and a block as the 12th-ranked Engineers split a pair of NEWMAC contests last week.

Bilal Shakir (Jr.), Worcester St. (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Tech): Shakir netted 25 points and added in five shots from behind the arc in the 93-81 win over Fitchburg State Saturday afternoon. The junior went 10-for-16 (62.5%) overall from the field and registered seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

Brianna Hackett (So.), Worcester St. (Hollis, N.H.): Hackett averaged 14.5 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. She scored 12 points in the setback to Keene State, and then registered 17 points in the 74-35 victory over Fitchburg State.

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

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll, including our players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Karl Charles (Fr.), Holy Cross (Piscataway, N.J.): Led the team with 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists, four blocks and three steals in the victory over Colgate. Charles set new career highs for points, rebounds and blocks against Colgate, while tying his career high for assists. He added 12 points and three rebounds at Bucknell and hit 57.1 percent of his shots, 57.1 percent of his three-pointers and 86.7 percent of his free throws on the week.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Alex Santos (Fr.), Worcester State (Lawrence, Mass.): Santos averaged 16.5 points, 3.5 assists, and 2.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. Santos scored 12 points and tallied up five assists in the 77-61 victory over MCLA. He then netted a team-high 21 points in the 94-83 loss to Salem State. This week, Santos went a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line and shot 38.9% from behind the 3-point line.

Women’s Player of the Week: Ama Biney (Soph.), WPI (Worcester, Mass.): Biney continued her strong season by averaging 12.5 points and totaling 14 rebounds, four assists, three steals and a pair of blocks during a 2-0 week for the 13-1 Engineers. The sophomore posted game-bests of 14 points and eight rebounds as the Crimson and Gray defeated Wellesley 67-35. On Saturday, Biney paced WPI with 11 points and six rebounds as the Engineers rallied from a double-digit second half deficit to defeat visiting Wheaton 56-46. In the comeback the guard netted the game-tying basketball as WPI pushed its winning streak to 11 games.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Morgan O’Donnell (Fr.), Assumption (Easton, Mass): 
O’Donnell averaged 12 points, 4.5 rebounds and two steals per game as she shot 66.7 percent from the field. Highlighting her week was a 21-point, seven-rebound effort vs. Le Moyne as she was 7-for-10 from the field in the game.

Honor Roll:

Molly Hourigan (Soph.), Holy Cross (Memphis, N.Y.): Hourigan had a strong week defensively for Holy Cross in helping the Crusaders go 1-1. She began the week with 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting at Colgate to go along with seven rebounds and eight blocked shots – the eight blocks tied her career-high and are the third-most by a Crusader in Holy Cross single-game history. Against Bucknell on Saturday, Hourigan posted seven points, nine rebounds and four blocks.

Tre Owens (Sr.), Assumption (Rota, Spain):
Owens averaged 17 points, three rebounds and one steal per game in a 1-1 week for the Hounds. He also shot 52 percent from the field 46.7 percent from three (7-for-15) and highlighted his week with a 21-point effort in a home win over Le Moyne.

Declan Soukup (Jr.), Assumption (Melbourne, Australia):
Soukup averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and three assists per game in a 1-1 week as he shot 56.3 percent from the field. He also shot 55.6 percent from three, was 8-for-9 at the free throw line and tallied 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the field in a home win over Le Moyne.

Patrick Bradanese (Sr.), Anna Maria (Billerica, Mass.): Bradanese averaged 21.7 points, 6.7 assists and 6.3 rebounds in a 1-2 week for the AMCATS. He scored a week-high 26 points in the AMCATS’ 92-87 win against Emmanuel on Thursday before dishing out a season-best nine assists in a four-point loss at Lasell on Saturday. Bradanese shot 42.0 percent from the floor and 81 percent from the free-throw line this week.

Kwame Lee (Sr.), Fitchburg State (Brockton, Mass.): Registered a team-best 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field to go along with three rebounds, one steal and one block in an 88-67 win over Westfield State University on Wednesday evening.

Bilal Shakir (Jr.), Worcester State (Worcester, Mass.): Shakir averaged 17.5 points, 5.0 assists, and 3.0 steals in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. Shakir netted a game-high 21 points in the 77-61 win over MCLA on Wednesday. He then registered 14 points, five assists, four rebounds, and three steal in the 94-83 setback to Salem State on Saturday. Overall this week, Shakir shot 46.7 percent from the field and 37.5 from behind the 3-point arc.

Kaitlyn Berkel (Fr.), Worcester State (Waterford, Conn.): Berkel averaged 11.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks and assists in a 2-1 week for the Lancers. Berkel registered a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds in the loss to Suffolk on Monday. She then was one rebound shy of a double-double in Wednesday’s MASCAC opener against MCLA, netting 11 points and nine rebounds with the addition of three assists and two steals. In Saturday’s setback to Salem State, she recorded 11 points and 11 rebounds. Overall, Berkel shot 34.4 percent from the field and 66.7 from the line.

Ian Converse (Jr.), WPI (Woodstock, Conn.): Converse missed averaging a double-double by a single rebound as nationally-ranked WPI defeated Springfield and MIT during the opening week of NEWMAC play.  The junior netted a career-high-equaling 19 points and was one off his career-best rebounding total with 14, including eight offensive caroms in the Crimson and Gray’s 70-62 triumph Saturday over MIT.  Converse, who shot 58.8% for the week and added three assists and three steals in the wins, began the week by stuffing the stat sheet with six points and five rebounds in a 69-56 road win at Springfield.

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

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, Mass. – With five weeks of college basketball officially in the books, it is now time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll, including our players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Paul Brooks (Jr.), Worcester State (Arlington, Mass.): Brooks averaged 19 points and 14 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. Brooks was just one rebound shy of a double-double in the loss to UNH in cross-divisional play, scoring 10 points and recording nine rebounds. In the 96-93 win over Western Connecticut, Brooks marked a career-high 28 points and had a stunning-19 rebounds on the evening for his third double-double of the season. Brooks also had a game-high four blocks in the Western Connecticut matchup. Overall, Brooks shots 63 percent from the field for the week.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Karl Charles (Fr.), Holy Cross (Piscataway, N.J.): Scored a team-high 12 points against second-ranked Kansas, while posting a career-high four steals. He added 13 points, three assists and two steals in the victory over Hartford.

Women’s Player of the Week: Priscilla Dunphy (Jr.), WPI (Barrington, R.I.):Dunphy paced all scorers with 11 points as the Engineers continued their best start in program history win a road triumph at Fitchburg State.  The junior connected on 5-of-10 of her shots from the floor and added four rebounds, a steal and a block while anchoring a defensive effort that yielded just six Falcon field goals on the night.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Kaitlyn Berkel (Fr.), Worcester State (Waterford, Conn.): Berkel led the Lancers in the 63-51 loss to Springfield Friday evening. She recorded a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds (two offensively). Berkel went 50 percent from the field.

Honor Roll:

Robert Champion (Jr.), Holy Cross (Charlotte, N.C.): Scored a career-high 22 points in the victory over Hartford, to go along with four rebounds and three steals. Also had seven points and two rebounds in only 11 minutes against second-ranked Kansas. He made 56.3 percent of his field goals and 55.6 percent of his three-pointers on the week

Declan Soukup (Jr.), Assumption (Melbourne, Australia):
In the team’s lone game of the week, Soukup posted a career-high 26 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists. He finished the game 6-for-9 from the field, 4-for-5 from three and a perfect 10-for-10 at the free throw line.

Leonny Burgos (Jr.) Fitchburg State (Lawrence, Mass.): Averaged 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contests in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. Posted 22 points, three boards, and two assists in a 91-85 win over Albertus Magnus on Monday evening before adding 17 points, four caroms, three assists and a steal in a 77-70 setback to Fisher College on Wednesday.

Ian Converse (Jr.), WPI (Woodstock, Conn.): Converse was one of five players in double figures as he came off the bench to toss in 16 points in nationally-ranked WPI’s 84-69 road win at MCLA. The junior grabbed 15 rebounds on his way to recording his second double-double of the season and equaled the most boards in a game since the first contest of the 2007-08 season.

Alex Santos (Fr.), Worcester State (Lawrence, Mass.): Santos averaged 18.5 points in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. Santos scored a team-high 18 points in the 100-66 loss to UNH. He then scored 19 points in the 96-93 victory over Western Connecticut on Thursday evening. Overall, Santos shot 38.2 percent from the field, and 81.8 percent (9-11) from the free-throw line.

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

By NoontimeSports.com

With another week of college basketball in Worcester in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll, including players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Reilly Reid (Jr.), Assumption (Mississauga, Ontario): In a 1-1 week for the Hounds, Reid averaged 16.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game while shooting 61.9 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from three (5-for-7). Highlighting his week was a career-high 24-point effort in a road win at Molloy on Sunday.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Marco Echevarria (Fr.), Nichols College (Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria, who was named Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Rookie of the Week for the third-consecutive week on Monday, scored 19 points and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line in an 89-85 win at Westfield State on Tuesday, November 24. He also canned a trio of three-point field goals, snared three rebounds, and dished out three assists in 38 minutes of action. Echevarria leads the Bison and ranks second in the conference in scoring at 22.6 points per game.

Women’s Player of the Week: Raquel Scott (Sr.), Holy Cross (Ridgewood, N.J.): Scott had a strong week in the paint for Holy Cross, averaging a double-double with 18.0 points and 14.0 rebounds per game as the Crusaders went 1-1 last week. Against Yale, Scott poured in game-highs of 26 points and 15 rebounds (season-high), while shooting 60.0 percent from the field (12-20). In her team’s win over Bryant, Scott recorded 10 points and 13 rebounds, and hit two critical free throws late in the game to put Holy Cross ahead 65-61 (Bryant hit a three-pointer as time expired). Scott currently ranks fourth in the Patriot League with 9.3 rebounds per game and eighth with 15.3 points per contest. She is now tied for 16th on the Holy Cross all-time scoring list with 1,217 career points. Scott also recorded her 800th career rebound this past week and now has 812 as a Crusader, which stands fourth in Holy Cross history. The double-double for Scott was her third of the season and the 35th of her career, which ties her for third place in program history.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Britt Herring (Fr.), Worcester State (W. Brookfield, Mass.): Herring registered a double-double this past week in the Lancers’ 70-63 win over the University of St. Joseph (Conn.). She scored 17 points and added 11 rebounds for Worcester State. She went 7-for-8 from the field (87.5%) and 3-for-4 (75%) from the free-throw line. Herring also had a game-high five blocks, two assists, and one steal against the Blue Jays.

Honor Roll:

Malachi Alexander (Jr.), Holy Cross (Bowie, Md.): Led the team with a season-high 17 points and five rebounds in the victory over Harvard. Alexander added 11 points, five rebounds and three assists in the win over Sacred Heart.

Karl Charles (Fr.), Holy Cross (Piscataway, N.J.): Led the team with career highs of 15 points and seven rebounds in the victory over Sacred Heart. Charles matched his career high with seven rebounds in the win over Harvard, while also handing out a career-best four assists.

Morgan O’Brien (Jr.), Assumption (Reading, Mass.): In a 1-1 week vs. two nationally-ranked teams, O’Brien averaged 13 points and 2.5 rebounds while shooting 45.5 percent from the field. Highlighting her week was an 18-point effort in a home win over No. 19 Bentley University that included a 3-for-6 performance from three-point land.

Kwame Lee (Sr.), Fitchburg State (Brockton, Mass.): Averaged 13.5 points per contest on 52.4% shooting from the field, while adding 6.5 rebounds per game for the Falcons. Lee posted 14 points, five caroms, one assist and three blocks in an 88-83 setback to UMass Boston on Tuesday before adding 13 points, eight boards and one assist in a 49-47 loss to MIT on Saturday.

Jamal Mustapha (Jr.), Worcester State (Worcester, Mass.): recorded 16 points for the Lancers in the 57-51 loss against cross-town rivals, WPI. Mustapha went 6-for-12 from the field, while going 4-for-8 from 3-point range. On the defensive end, Mustapha totaled three rebounds and three steals against the Engineers.

Obi Obiora (Soph.), WPI (Boston, Mass.): Obiora paced all players with 22 points and 13 rebounds as WPI rallied from a nine-point second half deficit to defeat city rival Worcester State 57-51 on Tuesday. The returning NEWMAC Rookie of the Year connected on 9-of-17 field goal attempts and gobbled up eight offensive rebounds en route to posting his first career double-double.

Staasha Greenalch (Soph.), WPI, (Newington, Conn.): Greenalch and her teammates are 5-1 and 1-0 in the NEWMAC after victories last week over Nichols and Emerson.  The sophomore guard came off the bench to lead all players with 12 points as the Engineers opened up conference play with a hard-earned 54-48 triumph over the Lions on Saturday. Greenalch also added six points Tuesday in the win over Nichols.