PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Taylor Burgess, New England Col.
(So, F - Randallstown, Md.)
Sophomore forward Taylor Burgess led the Pilgrims to two non-conference victories this week averaging 18 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game. In Monday's 84-44 victory over Anna Maria Burgess led the Pilgrims in rebounding with six to go along with eight points in 17 minutes of play. On Sunday Burgess led all scorers shooting an impressive 13-for-15 from the field finishing with 28 points and seven rebounds in just 21 minutes of play.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Mary Richardson, Johnson St.
(Fr., G - Vernon, Vt.)
Mary Richardson had a strong set of games for Johnson in an 0-2 week averaging 21.5 points and 6 rebounds while also shooting 77% (10-13) from the free throw line. Richardson scored 22 points and had six boards in a home loss to SUNY Canton on Tuesday and had a team-high 21 points and six rebounds in a road loss at Norwich on Sunday.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton improved to 3-0 for the second-straight season with an 82-48 victory over Plymouth State on Tuesday evening. Three players reached double figures as the Spartans outscored the Panthers by 22 in the second half, opening up a 12-point halftime lead. Castleton will host a trio of games this week, including a non-conference date with Middlebury Tuesday and a NAC contests with UMF and Thomas this weekend.
Colby-Sawyer fell to 16th ranked Tufts 64-54 in the team's lone game this past week. Kelsey Cahill posted a career-high 20 points to lead the offense. The Chargers will play three games this week including a NAC conference opener at Lyndon on Thursday.
UMF dropped a 58-52 decision to St. Joseph's College of Maine in its lone outing last week. Lindsay Ranquist paced the Beavers with 13 points, while Kenni Norton and Elizabeth Ferry each netted 11 points. The Beavers have three contests this week – a Wednesday non-conference clash with Bates College, before facing Castleton and Green Mountain in NAC action this weekend.
Green Mountain did not play this past week. The Eagles will host three games this week, including its first two conference games against Thomas on Friday and UMF on Saturday.
Husson will tip off its 2012-13 campaing this weeke with a pair of home contests versus Bates and St. Joseph's (Me.).
Johnson State experienced an 0-2 week falling at home to SUNY Canton 79-62 on 11/20 and being defeated at Norwich 68-41 on 11/25. Freshman guard Mary Richardson and sophomore guard Brittany Robertson each scored 22 versus Canton and Richardson led Johnson with 21 points in the loss at NU. JSC stands at 1-3 overall.
Lyndon did not play during the Thanksgiving recess. The Hornets return to the court on Thursday, Nov. 29 when they host Colby-Sawyer College at 5:30 p.m.
Maine Maritime remained idle this past week after opening the season at 1-1. The Mariners return to the hardwood on Saturday when they travel to St. Joseph's (Me.).
New England College collected two non-conference wins this week, including an 84-44 win over Newbury Monday night and an 89-63 victory over Anna Maria on Sunday afternoon. NEC was led by sophomore Taylor Burgess who averaged 18 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and Kate Levy who averaged 17.5 points on 70% shooting from the field.
Thomas fell to crosstown rival Colby 42-70 last Tuesday. Freshman forward Megan Pelletier led the Terriers with 15 points. Thomas is off until Friday when the Terriers travel to Green Mountain and Castleton for their first conference contests of the season.