LEEDHAM TABBED WBB PLAYER OF WEEK FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE WEEK
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Caldwell College guard Kirsty Leedham has been tabbed the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the second straight week according to an announcement made Monday. Goldey-Beacom College's Devonne Richardson was the choice for Rookie of the Week.
Leedham, a 5-9 junior guard from Ellesmere Port, England, poured in 31.5 points per-game in two victories last week, including a season-high 33 against Bloomfield on national television. She also netted 30 points in a win over Post. She made half of her attempts from the arc for the week (9-for-18) and hit 82.8-percent (24-for-29) from the charity stripe.
Richardson, a 5-8 freshman forward from Baltimore, MD, averaged 13.0 points, 13.3 rebounds and 5.0 steals per-game in a 2-1 week for the Lightning. She tallied a double-double in all three games, including a 15-point, 14-rebound, six-steal performance at Post.
Jessica Romano, Philadelphia (Sr., C, 6-1, Horsham, PA) - Averaged 18.7 points and 11.3 rebounds per-game in three contests.
Catherine Carr, Holy Family (Jr., F, 6-0, Bedminster, NJ) - In a 3-0 week, averaged 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.7 assists per-game.
Rachelle Sainten, Dominican (Sr., G, 5-8, Spring Valley, NY) - Posted 19.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per-game in a 2-0 week.
Erin Chesnavich, USP (Sr., F, 6-1, Pittston, PA) - In her final collegiate games, averaged 17.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per-game in three contests.
Bloomfield - The Lady Deacons closed out the regular season with a pair of tough road losses this week. Coach Jerry Wimberly's squad played at Caldwell College Saturday afternoon in front of a national television audience on CBS College Sports Network, marking the first time a Bloomfield athletic event was televised nationally. Center Tiffany McDaniel was brilliant in the loss to the Cougars, notching a 13-point, 13-rebound, four-block double-double. Freshman Jamila Garrett made the most of her starting role in the loss to the Wildcats on 2/28, posting 13 points and pulling down six rebounds while swatting a pair of blocks. Robyn Burton provided the perimeter scoring in the setback, posting 13 points of her own and dishing out a pair of assists. The Lady Deacons earned the number three seed in the CACC Tournament, and will travel to Dominican College to take on the Lady Chargers in opening round action Tuesday night.
Caldwell - The Cougars wrapped up a playoff spot and finished the regular season tied for second in the CACC North by beating Post, 69-67 on Tuesday and Bloomfield, 68-61 on Saturday. Junior guard Kirsty Leedham had two 30-point games, scoring 30 points vs. Post and a season-high 33 points against Bloomfield. Freshman center Gillian Felix grabbed 14 rebounds in the win over Post. Fans from Caldwell and Bloomfield packed the George R. Newman Center for Saturday's game, which was televised live by CBS College Sports Network. Caldwell, the No. 4 seed in the CACC North, plays at top-seeded Nyack on Tuesday, Mar. 2 in the quarterfinals of the CACC Tournament. The Newman Center will be the site of the CACC Tournament semifinals and finals on Mar. 5-6.
Chestnut Hill - Chestnut Hill College finished a game and a half worse than their 2008-2009 campaign at 4-15. The Griffins recognized five seniors before their final home game on February 27; 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.). Hardy and Yacab transferred to Chestnut Hill College from Harcum College; Hardy is the Griffins' second leading scorer this season (259 points, 9.6/game) and Yacab led the Griffins in rebounding a year ago (203, 8.1/game). Maryanne Glass was the Coach's Award winner for the 2008-2009 campaign while her sister, Carley, earned the team's Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award. Carley finishes her career second on the all-time assists list (318). A three-year captain, Beck completes her collegiate career seventh all-time in points (876) and fifth all-time in rebounds (563).
Felician - Despite its fifth place finish, Felician recorded a winning record in conference play (10-9) for the first time since joining the CACC in 1999-2000. The Golden Falcons' overall winning season (16-11) was the second in the 14-year history of the program. Felician posted an 11-victory improvement over last year.
Holy Family - Holy Family (26-1, 19-0 CACC) ended the regular season with three home conference wins against the University of the Sciences (63-55), Philadelphia (64-42) and Felician (74-54). Against Felician, the Tigers committed a program-low four turnovers. The team increases their NCAA Division II record of consecutive regular season conference wins to 103 and their regular season home winning streak to 65. Holy Family is currently second in the NCAA Division II East Region Rankings and 15th in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. 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 and assist-to-turnover ratio. Nationally, the team is first in scoring defense and second in rebounding margin.
Philadelphia - At Saturday's game against Nyack, senior guard Nina Brascetta passed Tammy Greene ('94) for the fourth spot on the schools all-time assists list with 411. The Lady Rams will host a CACC Tournament Quarter-final game against Goldey-Beacom College on Tuesday (3/2) at 7 p.m.
USP - The Devils closed out the season with two wins to finish the 09-10 campaign with a 12-15 record, just their third sub .500 season in the past 12. Junior Marissa Chesnavich (Pittston, Pa.) recorded a career high 25 points and her second double of the season on Sunday, falling three assists shy of a triple double. Erin Chesnavich (Pittston, Pa.) closed out her stellar collegiate career last week by averaging 17.3 points per game in the Devils three games. Erin finished her career as the Devils third all-time leading scorer with 1,445 points - Chesnavich also closed out her career as the best field goal shooter in school history, 56.8%, setting a school record this season by making 58.7% of her shots from the field. She also ranks second on USP's all-time blocked shot list (139), fifth in rebounds (826) and reb. avg. (8.2), and fourth in scoring average (14.3). Marissa Chesnavich scored her 500th career point on Sunday, becoming the 26th women's basketball player in school history to do so. Juniors Alyssa Hamm (Sharon Hill, Pa.) and Colleen Christian (Warrington, Pa.) both moved up on the Devils all-time three-point field goals list this week - Hamm is eighth all-time with 70 made threes while Christian is ninth with 68.