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


WORCESTER, Mass. – The 2015-16 collegiate basketball season commenced last week with Clark University and Worcester State University competing shortly after midnight on Friday, November 13. And with the initial weekend in the books, it is time to unveil the Worcester Area Collegiate Basketball Association (WACBA) Players and Rookies of the Week, and honor roll.

Men’s Player of the Week: Declan Soukup (Jr.), Assumption (Melbourne, Australia):
In a 2-0 weekend, Soukup led the Hounds with 19.5 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the field. He posted 20 points in the win over Georgian Court, highlighted by an 11-for-12 showing at the line in that game. He also chipped in 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest as well.

Patrick Bradanese (Sr.), Anna Maria (Billerica, Mass.): Bradanese averaged 21.5 points per game on a 47.2 percent shooting effort in the opening weekend for Anna Maria. He scored a game-high 26 points on 61.1 percent shooting in Anna Maria’s 76-67 win against Bridgewater State before adding another 17 points against No. 10 Babson. Seven of Bradanese’s 17 field goals over the weekend were hit from beyond the three-point arc. He also averaged 4.0 assists per game.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Marcos Echevarria (Fr.), Nichols College (Peabody, Mass.): Echevarria poured in 33 points in his collegiate debut in a 105-85 win over Becker. Echevarria made 9-of-15 from the field – including 8-of-11 from 3-point range – and also sank 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. Echevarria snared seven rebounds and dished out four assists in 37 minutes of action.

Women’s Player of the Week: Allison Stoddard (Jr.), Assumption (East Lyme, Conn.):
In a 2-0 weekend, Stoddard averaged 14 points per game to go along with four rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest. Highlighting her weekend was a 21-point performance in a win over Dominican as she earned a spot on the Assumption Tip-Off Classic All-Tournament Team.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Britt Herring (Fr.), Worcester State (W. Brookfield, Mass.): Herring tallied up 36 points in her first collegiate week of basketball at the Worcester City Tournament. She recorded 16 points, seven rebounds, two steals, and three blocks in the Lancers’ 58-56 setback to Clark University on Friday. She then registered a double-double in the 56-36 win over Becker College, scoring 20 points and notching 14 rebounds. She went 57.1 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line. She also had a game-high five blocks against the Hawks.

Honor Roll (Week One)

Robert Champion (Jr.), Holy Cross (Charlotte, N.C.): Champion led the team in scoring with 16 points in the Crusaders’ victory at Marist. He tied his career-high with 16 points scored, and set a new career-high with eight rebounds. With 6.7 left and Holy Cross up 65-64, Champion hit two free throws to give the Crusaders a three-point lead.

Karl Charles (Fr.), Holy Cross (Piscataway, N.J.): In the first game of his collegiate career, Charles totaled six points and four rebounds in the victory at Marist. Additionally, he posted one assist, one block and one steal.

Christina Gauvin (Jr.), Anna Maria (Dudley, Mass.): Gauvin scored 20 points in the team’s season-opening win against Elms. She shot 35.3 percent from the floor with two three-pointers and hit six-of-seven (85.7 percent) from the free-throw line. She also recorded a career-high eight steals in the victory.

Anthony Muccioli (Sr.), Fitchburg State (Nashua, N.H.): Averaged 14.5 points per game and 3.5 rebound per contest for the Falcons. Posted 14 points, four rebounds and one steal in a 87-76 setback to Springfield College in opening round action of the 2015 Hampton Inn Classic on Friday evening before registering 15 points and three caroms in an 86-82 loss to Mitchell College in the Consolation Round of the 2015 Hampton Inn Classic on Saturday.

Erika Schneider (Sr.), Fitchburg State (Rockland, Mass.): Averaged 12.5 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per contest for the Falcons. Registered a team-best 13 points and three boards in a 95-27 setback to Johnson & Wales University on Saturday before adding 12 points, seven caroms and two steals in a 71-40 setback to Colby-Sawyer on Sunday.

Marquez McKreith-Collins (Jr.), Worcester State (Springfield, Mass.) McKrieth-Collins recorded a double-double in the 83-78 setback to Clark University Friday morning. McKreith-Collins scored 22 points and added in 10 rebounds against the Scarlett and White. In addition, he had two assists, one steal, and shot 63.6 percent from the field.

Alex Santos (Fr.), Worcester State (Lawrence, Mass.): Santos scored 19 points for the Lancers in the 83-78 loss to Clark University on Friday. He had 15 points in the first half, and then added in another four in the second. Santos led the team in assists with four, and added in two rebounds and one steal on the evening. He shot 50 percent from the field, 37.5 from the three-point range, and 80 percent from the free throw line.

Brianna Hackett (Soph.), Worcester State (Hollis, N.H.): Hackett racked up 31 points in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. She totaled 11 points, four rebounds, two assists, and one steal in the 58-56 setback to Clark on Friday, and then had 23 points in the 56-34 win over Becker College.

Aaron Todd (Soph.), WPI (York, Maine): Todd earned Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors as the Engineers moved to 2-0 for the 13th straight season by claiming the Rick Martin Holiday Inn Tournament at Westfield State University. The sophomore opened the season with his first career double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, as the Engineers defeated nationally-ranked Eastern Connecticut 60-50.  In Saturday’s title game, Todd totaled a career-high 13 points and gobbled up nine rebounds as WPI defeated the host Owls 59-50.

 Yasmeen Luna (Sr.), WPI (North Providence, R.I.): Luna was tabbed the Most Vaulable Player of the 35th annual Worcester City Tournament. She anchored the Engineers’ defense, which limited opponents to just 27 points per game in the tournament.

Mass. College Hoops: Wellesley Tops WPI In OT, Earns Season Sweep


Courtesy of our friends from WPI’s sports information department, here’s today’s release from the women’s basketball game. The Engineers lead vanished during the second half, as Wellesley rallied during the final minutes to force overtime. The Blue managed to earn their first lead of the contest and never look back, as Wellesley defeated WPI and earned a season sweep. Here’s the release:

Worcester, MA — Leslie Leong (Sacramento, CA) connected on Wellesley’s only 3-pointer of the game to forge a tie late in regulation and the Blue, who never led in the opening 40 minutes, held the advantage throughout overtime in a thrilling 52-51 victory over host WPI in a NEWMAC women’s basketball contest played on Sunday afternoon.    

Wellesley, who has won 10 of its last 11 games, is now 13-7 on the season and 12-4 in conference play while WPI slips to 13-9 overall and 9-7 in NEWMAC action.

The Blue were down eight at 44-36 but held WPI without a point for the final 6:45 to force overtime.  After’s Leong’s heroics tied the game at 44-44 with 1:09, Wellesley forced a shot clock violation then missed a layup on the ensuing possession.

It appeared WPI would have a chance to win but following a timeout, the Engineers turned the ball over with seven seconds to go.  Wellesley thinking there was less time on the clock, barely missed on a heave from just inside half court and then missed two subsequent short jumpers before the final buzzer of regulation.

The Blue led by four in the extra session before Theresa Logan (Southbury, MA) drained a 3-pointer with 1:30 left to slice the deficit to one at 50-49. Ashleigh Sargent (Bedford, NH) drained two free throws for the visitor but Yasmeen Luna (North Providence, RI) answered right back for WPI with a jumper with 44 seconds remaining.  The Engineers forced one last turnover and had a chance to win the game in the waning seconds but Dani Davis’ (East Granby, CT) 3-pointer bounced out and Wellesley inbounded and ran out the clock to secure the win.

WPI never trailed in regulation and used a trio of 3-pointers from Kelly Morgan (Brookline, NH), Davis and Cindy Chelius (Northfield, NJ) midway through the opening half to highlight an 11-0 run that helped give the Engineers a 27-17 lead at the half.

Courtney Jackson (Baldwin, MA) paced all players with 13 points for the Blue to go along with five rebounds and a pair of steals. Morgyne Weaver (Oklahoma City, OK) added 11 points while Malia Maier (Torrance, CA) stuffed the stat sheets with seven steals and six assists. Chelsi Scott (Portland, MI) gave the visitors a boost off the bench with nine points, five rebounds and four steals.

Morgan tossed in a game-best 12 points for WPI, including canning 4-of-6 attempts from behind the 3-point arc.  Logan chipped in with nine points and six rebounds while Rachel Pineda (Shrewsbury, MA) contributed eight points and six assists.  Davis tallied six points to go along with a career-high six blocks, five of which were in the first half.

For the game, Wellesley held a 22-8 bulge in point in the paint while WPI drained 53.3% (8-of-15) 3-pointers as compared to 1-of-9 by the Blue.

WPI closes out its regular season home slate on Wednesday at 7pm, hosting Smith in its annual Play 4Kay Pink game.  Wellesley heads home and entertains Coast Guard at the same time on Wednesday evening.