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.


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.  


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).


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 Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week One

Lauren Manis of Holy Cross was named this week's Co-WACBA Women's Player of the Week after tallying a pair of double-doubles in three games. (PHOTO CREDIT: Holy Cross Athletics/Brian Foley Photography)

Lauren Manis of Holy Cross was named this week’s Co-WACBA Women’s Rookies of the Week after tallying a pair of double-doubles in three games. (PHOTO CREDIT: Holy Cross Athletics/Brian Foley Photography)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER, MASS. – With the first week of the NCAA College Basketball season in the book, it is time to unveil our first Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll of the 2016-17 season, featuring our Women’s Player and Rookie of the Week.

Women’s Player of the Week: Katelynn Rizzuto (Fitchburg State | Soph. | West Boylston, Mass.): Rizzuoto averaged a double-double of 13.0 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest as well as 1.3 assists and 2.0 steals per game in three games for the Green and Gold. She tallied a double-double of 12 points and 15 caroms to go along with two assists and five steals in a 76-62 setback to Clark, while adding eight points, five boards, one assist and one block in an 89-81 win over St. Joseph (Conn.). Rizzuoto concluded the week with a double-double of 19 points and 11 caroms as well as one assist and one steal in a 58-57 setback to Wellesley on Saturday.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Fr. | Franklin, Mass.): In a span of three games, Manis recorded a pair of double-doubles, beginning with 15 points and 10 rebounds against Bryant. Two games later against Marist – the Crusaders’ initial win of their season – she netted 12 points and recorded 10 rebounds. In a span of three games, she has recorded 34 points, 29 rebounds, five swipes, three assists and two blocks.

Kyra Rose (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Rockland, Mass.): Rose averaged 22.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 3.0 assists per game in three contests for the Falcons. She collected 22 points, five caroms, four assists and three steals in a 76-62 setback to Clark on Tuesday before adding 31 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals in an 89-81 win over St. Joseph (CT) on Friday. Rose concluded the week with 13 points, three caroms, one assist and three steals in a 58-57 setback to Wellesley on Saturday.

Honor Roll:

Jo Impellizeri (Assumption | Sr. | Seaford, New York) – Impellizeri averaged 19.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in a 0-2 week for the Hounds, while shooting 54.2 percent from the floor. The senior scored 16 points to go with 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals in a tough 56-48 loss to Stonehill. She then put up a career-high 23 points, eight rebounds and two assists in an 81-78 overtime loss to St. Michael’s.

Sam O’Gara (Clark University | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): In a 2-1 week, O’Gara averaged 20 points and 5.7 assists and was named to the Worcester City All-Tournament team. In the Cougars’ season opening win over Fitchburg State, O’Gara pumped in 25 points on 9-for-15 shooting to go along with five assists and five steals. Then in a win over Becker, she racked up a 20 points, seven assists and five more steals as the Cougars rolled to victory. In the Scarlet and White’s 70-61 loss to Worcester State, O’Gara totaled 15 points, four assists and two steals.

Infiniti Thomas-Waheed (Holy Cross | Jr. | Newton, Mass.): Thomas-Waheed netted a career-high 23 points against Bryant and a career-best 14 rebounds against Marist. During her team’s three-game span, Thomas-Waheed converted 17 of 33 field goals for 46 points – she netted 12 of 20 free throws, pulled down 25 rebounds and tallied six assists, six steals and a pair of blocks.

Brianna Hackett (Worcester State | Jr. | Hollis, N.H.): The junior guard totaled 37 points, four assists and three steals in a 2-1 week for the Lancers. Hackett was a game-changer in the Lancers’ 70-61 win over Clark as she drained six of 11 three-pointers – two of which were at the buzzer (one at the end of second period and another at the end of the third period) to give the Lancers extra momentum heading into the final session. She then tallied 14 points in the 50-36 setback to WPI. Hackett was named to the Worcester City Tournament All-tournament team as she netted a total of 10 trifectas with a 47.8 three-point field goal percentage throughout tournament play.

Ama Biney (WPI | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney averaged 14.3 points per game in a 2-1 week for the Engineers. She was named the Worcester City Tournament Most Outstanding Player, too. The junior added 12 rebounds, 16 steals and five blocks in just 71 minutes. She bookended her week with a 16 and 18-point performances against UMass Dartmouth and Worcester State, respectively, while averaging 13.5 points and totaling six steals in tournament play.

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.