WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week 13

Ama Biney (WPI)
Ama Biney was tabbed this week’s WACBA Women’s Player of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin)

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: Ama Biney (WPI | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney wrapped up her third campaign by averaging 15.7 points and 5.7 rebound to go with 10 steals, six assists and three blocks in a 2-1 week. She totaled 18 points in each of the first two games of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament before adding 11 points in the championship against Babson. In the semifinal versus Clark, Biney amassed seven rebounds and seven steals.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Fr. | Franklin, Mass.): In a 1-1 week, the first-year forward averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, while sinking 8 of 10 freebies. Against Loyola – a 59-58 win for the Crusaders – Manis tallied a new career-best with five steals, while posting her fourth 20-point game of the season. She concluded the contest with 22 points, seven rebounds, five steals, three blocks and one assist. Against Boston University, she netted 13 points, sank a pair of free throws, while recording six caroms and two assists.

Women’s Honor Roll:

Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Fr. | Lowell, Mass.): The first-year guard tallied a career-high 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one block in the Lancers’ Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) quarterfinal setback to MCLA. Sweeney went 4-for-5 (80%) from the field and made 8-of-8 (100%) free throws to total the 16 points.

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Abbi Bamgbose converted both a touchdown and two-point conversion in overtime as UMass Dartmouth stunned Framingham State on Saturday, 35-34 (OT). (Photo Credit: UMass Dartmouth Athletics)
Abbi Bamgbose converted both a touchdown and two-point conversion in overtime as UMass Dartmouth stunned Framingham State on Saturday, 35-34 (OT). (Photo Credit: UMass Dartmouth Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Sunday (evening), everyone!

Before we officially turn the page to week six, which begins Monday, October 3, let’s hit the rewind button on this weekend’s games, beginning with a HUGE upset in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

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WPI's Priscilla Dunphy  was tabbed NEWMAC Tournament MVP after leading the Engineers to an exciting 60-59 victory over Babson in the conference tournament championship. (Photo Credit: WPI Athletics)
WPI’s Priscilla Dunphy was tabbed NEWMAC Tournament MVP after leading the Engineers to an exciting 60-59 victory over Babson in the conference tournament championship. (Photo Credit: WPI Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, Mass. – With the regular season – and conference tournament play wrapped up for most teams – we bring you our final Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll, including our players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Jaleel Bell, Fitchburg State (Jr., G, Dorchester, Mass.) — Averaged 15.5 points, eight rebounds, 3.5 steals and 1.5 assists while shooting 52 percent (12-23) from the field while earning Tournament MVP honors in leading the Falcons to the MASCAC Tournament Championship. Tallied 15 points, six rebounds, four steals and two assists in the 96-65 semifinal win over Westfield State then netted 16 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and an assist in the 82-78 championship game win over Salem State.

Gustave Koumare (Sr.) Nichols (Harlem, N.Y.): Koumare averaged 34.5 points per game and shot 66 percent from the floor (25-of-38) in two Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) playoff games last week. He dropped in a career-high 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting to go with nine rebounds and six assists in the quarterfinals against Western New England on Tuesday. Two nights later, Koumare poured in a career-high 38 points on 14-of-21 shooting in a two-point loss to Endicott in the semifinals. He helped Nichols rally from a 19-point second half deficit to take the lead late in the second half, in the process becoming the 27th student-athlete in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau for his career. He finished the week 8-of-13 from three-point land (62 percent) and averaged 7.5 rebounds per game and 4.0 assists per game. He played 73 of a possible 80 minutes in those two games and graduates as the program’s all-time leader in steals.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Alex Santos (Fr.) Worcester State (Lawrence, Mass.): Santos scored a team-high 23 points in the overtime loss to Westfield State in the MASCAC quarterfinals on Tuesday evening. He grabbed seven rebounds and assisted six buckets in the setback.

Women’s Player of the Week: Priscilla Dunphy (Jr.) WPI (Barrington, R.I.): Dunphy was selected the NEWMAC Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player as WPI earned its first conference tournament title since 1996 by winning three contests last week. The junior shared team-high honors with 16 points in the Engineers pulsating 60-59 triumph over host Babson in the championship game. Dunphy, who averaged 13.3 points and six rebounds to go along with five assists and three steals, paced all players with 17 points in a 54-47 quarterfinal victory against Smith.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Britt Herring (Fr.) Worcester State (W. Brookfield, Mass.): Herring paced Worcester State in the MASCAC quarterfinal game against Bridgewater State with game-high totals of 22 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks. The double-double marked her 11th of the season. She shot an overall 60 percent from the field, and 80 percent from the free-throw line.

 Honor Roll:

Bilal Shakir (Jr.) Worcester State (Worcester, Mass.): Shakir collected 17 points, six rebounds, five assists and a steal in the 91-90 overtime loss to Westfield State Tuesday evening in a MASCAC quarterfinal game.

Ian Converse (Jr.) WPI (Woodstock, Conn.): Converse tallied 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds to narrowly miss his fifth double-double of the season in WPI’s NEWMAC Tournament semifinal loss to MIT at Babson.

Mass College Hoops Recap: MIT 71, WPI 66

By Matt Noonan 

WORCESTER, MA – This particular meeting didn’t exactly mirror the encounter in Cambridge a few weeks ago, as No. 3 MIT overcame a four-point deficit at halftime to defeat WPI, 71-66.

The Engineers used a 19-0 second half run, as well as some clutch free throws from senior Billy Bender, (12 points) during the final seconds of regulation to preserve his team’s 23rd regular season victory, along with a series split with WPI.

“They made it a little bit closer than we wanted, but I had faith in our starting-five, and even the guys on our bench to close out [this game], and make free throws when it [mattered], and Bender knocked them down when he needed to,” said junior Will Tashman, who finished the game with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

MIT didn’t exactly endure the greatest start, as various turnovers and missed shots allowed WPI to produce a small lead with two layups from senior David Brown, (13 points), which gave the home squad a 17-14 advantage at 8:37.

However, the road team answered on the ensuing possession with a jump shot by senior Noel Hollingsworth, (21 points, seven rebounds) which led to a few minutes of back and fourth basketball until sophomore Ryan Kolb sparked WPI’s offense with a trifecta.

Freshman Marco Coppola, (16 points) knocked down a three-pointer on the following offensive possession before junior Jameel Galloway ended the half with one free throw that gave WPI a 35-31 cushion at the break.

“We really struggled [in the first half],” said junior Mitchell Kates, who turned in 11 points and six rebounds. “At halftime we talked about what we had to do differently, and a bunch of guys picked me up and we said, one of the main things we have to do is to get up and down the court, get some transition going, and that’s what we did.”

Kates and his teammates executed their halftime strategy perfectly, as he sparked MIT’s exciting run with a few layups, which were followed up with some points from Tashman and Hollingsworth, as well as a three-pointer by Bender.

“We just brought a little more energy in the second half,” said Tashman. “Noel and I got a couple of easy looks in transition right over the top, and a couple layups always helps your confidence, so that got us going.”

WPI’s offense struggled to register a single point during their opponent’s five minute offensive stampede, but managed to tally a three-point play at 12:55 when senior Matt Carr recorded a layup and free throw.

Brown and Coppola complimented Carr’s offensive effort by helping WPI rally with various shots and free throws, which pulled the home team within six points of MIT, 66-60.

Although, a few offensive miscues during the final two minutes, allowed Bender to secure MIT’s 11th conference win when he sank a pair of free throws with six seconds remaining on the clock before Coppola ended the game with a layup.

MIT will return to the hardwood on Sat. Feb 25, when they host a semi-final NEWMAC tournament match, while WPI will return to Harrington Auditorium for the final team this season when they host Clark University for a 3:00pm tip-off.

“We’ll make the most of the layoff though. We’ll scrimmage in practice, and we’ll be ready for the tournament,” said Kates.