CALDWELL'S LEEDHAM NAMED WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
NEW HAVEN, CT - Kirsty Leedham of Caldwell College has been named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday, Feb. 21. Fellow Cougar Torey Jones was selected Rookie of the Week for the fifth time this season.
Leedham, a 5-9 junior guard from Ellesmere Port, England, netted 26.5 points per-game in two contests, while adding 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per-game. She recorded 27 points and six boards against Concordia and followed that performance with 26 points vs. Wilmington. She shot 36.4-percent (8-for-22) from 3-point range for the week. Leedham also garnered Player of the Week accolades on Nov. 23.
Jones, a 5-8 freshman guard from North Providence, RI, registered 19.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals per-game in a 1-1 week. She poured in 28 points on 11-for-20 shooting, including a 6-for-11 effort from the arc, in a loss to Wilmington on Saturday.
Shantel Brown, Wilmington (Sr., G, 5-7, Lakewood, NJ) - Averaged 17.7 points, 6.3 assists and 5.0 rebounds per-game in a 2-1 week.
Jessica Romano, Philadelphia (Sr., C, 6-1, Horsham, PA) - Posted 21.0 points and 12.0 rebounds per-game in a 2-0 week.
Christine McCollum, Holy Family (Sr., F, 6-1, Abington, PA) - In a 2-0 week, averaged 14.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per-game.
Tiffany McDaniel, Bloomfield (Jr., F, 6-1, Colonia, NJ) - Registered 17.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per-game in a 2-0 week.
Shelly Yount, Nyack (Gr., F, 6-0, Belvidere, NJ) - Averaged 15.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per-game in a 2-1 week.
Bloomfield - The Lady Deacons got back on the winning track this week with a pair of home victories. Junior center Tiffany McDaniel led the scoring for the Lady Deacons in the win over Post, notching a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Senior guard Milani Malik continued her hot shooting off the bench in both victories, averaging 12.0 points and notching 13 points in a starting role in the win over USP. Gretchen Rodrigues led the charge against the Devils, posting 14 points and dishing out five assists in the win. Dre'Shonda Williams was the leading scorer in the win over USP, posting 19 points in the win.
Caldwell - The Cougars split a pair of CACC games, defeating Concordia 64-52 on Thursday before losing at home to Wilmington, 76-73 on Saturday. The first three-pointer of the game at Concordia for junior guard Kirsty Leedham was her 150th trey of her career and broke the school record previously held by Jennifer Carleton. She finished with a game-high 27 points. Freshman guard Torey Jones scored 20 of her career-best 28 points in the first half of the game against Wilmington. She ended up hitting six three-pointers in the game. The Cougars wrap up the regular season with home games against Post on Tuesday and Bloomfield on Saturday. The game against Bloomfield will be televised nationally by CBS College Sports Network starting at 12:00 p.m.
Chestnut Hill - With the win over Concordia College, the Griffins match their 4-14 CACC record from a season ago with Wilmington University still on the schedule (2/27). The Griffins will recognize five seniors before their final home game against the Wildcats; guard Maryanne Glass (Swedesboro, N.J.), guard Carley Glass (Swedesboro, N.J.), forward Chanta'l Hardy (Philadelphia, Pa.), forward Jenna Beck (Philadelphia, Pa.), and forward Davina Yacab (Philadelphia, Pa.).
Felician - With 15 overall wins, Felician has clinched a winning season; it is just the second one in program history and the first since 1998-99. Junior G Tierra Cleaves is the third Felician female to amass 100 assists in a season. Senior F/G Janelle Biamonte passed Dania Reynoso (1996-2000) to move among the top five all-time Golden Falcon rebounders with 489.
Georgian Court - GCU will honor seniors Miesha Barksdale, Tifanni Brown and Dee Varley prior to Tuesday night's home contest against Wilmington University.
Holy Family - Holy Family (23-1, 16-0 CACC) locked up its third consecutive CACC Southern Division crown after earning wins against Wilmington (Del.) and Nyack last week. The Tigers will have a home game in the upcoming CACC Championship Tournament, which gets underway on March 2. The team increases their NCAA Division II record of consecutive regular season conference wins to 100 and their regular season home winning streak to 62. Holy Family is currently second in the NCAA Division II East Region Rankings and tied for 15th in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. Forward Catherine Carr is third in the CACC in scoring with 17.7 points per game. The Tigers are first in the conference in scoring offense, scoring defense, scoring margin, free throw percentage, field goal percentage, field goal percentage defense, rebounding offense, rebounding defense, rebounding margin, assists, turnover margin and assist-to-turnover ratio. Nationally, the team is first in scoring defense and second in rebounding margin. The Tigers close out the regular season with three home games, against USP (Tue.), Philadelphia (Thu.) and Felician (Sat.).
Philadelphia - The Lady Rams are on a four game winning streak and will face three teams this week. They have two games at home against Goldey-Beacom (2/23) and Nyack (2/27) and a make-up game on the road at Holy Family (2/25).
USP - The postponed game vs. Concordia, originally scheduled for 2/6, will be played on 2/25 at Concordia starting at 5:00 p.m. Colleen Christian (Warrington, Pa.) recorded a season high 15 points in Saturday's win against Chestnut Hill. Alyssa Hamm (Sharon Hill) scored her 500th career point in Thursday night's loss to University of the District of Columbia- she is the 25th player is school history to reach the 500 point plateau. Hamm also moved into eighth place on the Devils all-time three-point field goals made list, hitting seven this week to give her 67 for her career. Erin Chesnavich (Pittston, Pa.) moved into third place on the Devils all-time list for field goals made on Saturday and now has 584 for her career. Chesnavich also recorded her 800th career rebound on Sunday and moved into a tie for fifth place on the Devils all-time list with 806. Erin is also ranked fifth nationally in NCAA Division-II for field goal percentage (59%). Saturday's loss to Bloomfield eliminated the Devils from playoff contention - the first time USP has not qualified for post-season play since joining the CACC in 1999. The Devils last season in which they failed to play a post-season game was 1996-97.