HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: Sands named MASCAC Rookie of the Week

Ty Sands, Westfield State University basketball

Sands (Westfield State athletics)

The former Kennedy and Crosby standout had a solid all-around game in the Owls’ 104-87 MASCAC-opening win over MCLA.
Sands had 12 points, two steals, two rebounds and an assist in the victory. He was 3-for-6 from beyond the three-point line. The win got Westfield State back to .500 at 7-7.
For his effort, Sands was recognized as MASCAC Rookie of the Week.
Sands is averaging 8.9 points and 3.1 assists per game in his freshman season with the Owls. Sands’ best scoring output in the first 14 games this season was 20 against Williams College on Dec. 5. He’s also had games of 19, 12, 12, 11 and 10.
Sands has started 13 of his team’s 14 games this season.

O’Donnell (Assumption athletics)

Kiera O’Donnell, Assumption College basketball
The senior and former Holy Cross star continues to have a good season with the Greyhounds.
O’Donnell made the Northeast-10 Honor Roll for her efforts in a two-game span against Adelphi and New Haven. She averaged 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest and shot 50 percent from the field.
In the Adelphi loss, O’Donnell had 17 points, nine rebounds and two assists. She came back with 16 points, eight rebounds and a steal in the New Haven win. O’Donnell was solid from three-point range in the two games as she connected on 6-of-10 attempts.
In 10 games (eight starts), O’Donnell is averaging 8.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 30.6 minutes.

Joey DeFillippi, Mount Ida College basketball

DeFillippi (Mount Ida athletics)

Another senior, this former Bristol Central leader put up shooting numbers that Larry Bird would have been proud of.
In a two-game stretch, DeFillippi shot 47.8 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range, and 88 percent at the foul line. In his prime, Bird would post season averages of 50-40-90.
DeFillippi averaged 21 points and four assists per contest in those two games, which Mount Ida went 1-1 in. In a 92-82 win over New England College, DeFillippi had 22 points, four rebounds, three assists and a block. He shot 5-of-11 from the field and 10-of-12 at the foul line.
Mount Ida suffered a tough 96-93 loss to Lasell, but DeFillippi put up another good effort. He had 20 points, five assists and four steals. He shot 6-of-12 from the field, 4-of-8 on 3-pointers, and 4-of-4 at the charity stripe.
Through 12 games (12 starts), DeFillippi was averaging 15.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.17 assists and 2.17 steals.

Flynn (Amherst athletics)

Emma Flynn, Amherst College ice hockey
Ice hockey is a sport not often spoken of on this website, but this Wolcott native and former Loomis Chaffee player gets a mention this week.
Amherst was down 1-0 to Middlebury on Saturday and needed someone to get the puck in the net. That someone was Flynn, was redirected a pass into the goal to tie the game 14:17 into the 20-minute third period. Flynn’s third goal of the season made sure Amherst, then ranked No. 10 in the country, finished with a draw against No. 7 Middlebury.
Flynn has played in 12 games this season as a freshman. She has four goals and three assists.

Janelle Johnson, Post University basketball

Johnson (Post athletics)

Johnson, a sophomore who attended Crosby, has got some playing time in the first half of the season.
Johnson has played in nine games and made one start. She is averaging 10.7 minutes per game. Johnson had four points in 17 minutes against the University of New Haven on Dec. 31. She has grabbed five rebounds in two different games, against Dominican on Dec. 30 and Caldwell on Jan. 3. Johnson dished out two assists in her first game action on Nov. 18 against Pace.
Johnson is majoring in Sport Management.

Statistics and information compiled from the team website of each athlete.