PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Taylor DeSanty, Colby-Sawyer
(Sr, G - North Adams, Mass.)
DeSanty led the Chargers in a 2-0 week with 18.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. She began the week with an 11-15 from the floor performance for 23 points in just 20 minutes of action at Green Mountain. DeSanty ended the week with 13 points and eight rebounds as the team knocked off previously unbeaten Castleton. She shot 57% for the week. Taylor also became Colby-Sawyer's all-time leader in career points with 1523.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Mary Badeen, Maine Maritime
(Fr, G - Newport, Maine)
Badeen averaged 15 points and 4.3 rebounds for the Mariners last week. She scored 12 points, and pulled six rebounds, against Maine-Farmington. Badeen netted a school-record seven threes in a 26-point, three rebound game, against Johnson State and scored seven points, with four rebounds, against Lyndon State.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton lost its first game of the year last week, dropping to 13-1 on the season. Castleton opened with a pair of dominating conference wins, beating Lyndon St. 89-32 and then taking care of New England College by an 84-56 score. On Saturday the Spartans couldn't find the range, falling to Colby-Sawyer 60-39. Alyssa Leonard scored in double figures all three games and averaged 12.7 points per game to lead the team. Castleton faces Johnson St. and Lyndon St. this week.
Colby-Sawyer earned two convincing victories last week. The Chargers beat Green Mountain 86-20 and followed with an impressive 60-39 victory over previously unbeaten Castleton. In the game with the Spartans, senior Taylor DeSanty became Colby-Sawyer's all-time leader in career points with 1523, while senior Cailin Bullett became the school's all-time leader in career assists with 488. The team hosts Middlebury on Tuesday before heading to NEC on Saturday.
UMF is riding a four-game winning streak – its longest such run since taking four-in-a-row in early February during the 2010-11 season – with games against Husson and Maine Maritime on tap. Defense has been a key element of the Beavers' recent success – UMF has held opponents to a .329 FG pct. over the last four games, after allowing opponents to shoot .383 over the first nine contests. Kenni Norton averaged 20.5 points in wins over Maine Maritime and Thomas last week, including 26 points in the win over the Terriers. Norton has shot .490 (25-of-51) from the floor over the last four games. Elizabeth Ferry's streak of 13 consecutive free throws came to an end when she missed the second of two foul shots in the first half of the Maine Maritime game, however Ayla Allen stretched her consecutive foul shots streak to 11 with a 1-of-1 effort at the stripe against MMA.
Green Mountain returned to the hard court after a lengthy hiatus over the break with a 1-2 record this week against conference opponents. The Eagles were victorious over Johnson with a 66-55 win on Tuesday before losing to Colby-Sawyer and New England College later in the week. Chelsea Paul led the Eagles with 10.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Husson won three NAC games this week over Thomas, Lyndon State, and Johnson State, bringing their overall record to (4-8, 4-4 NAC). Stephanie Comstock put up big numbers this week, scoring double figures in each of Husson's games including 25 points against Johnson State. The team will play non-conference opponent Bowdoin early next week, Farmington mid-week, and Thomas over the weekend.
Johnson State had a difficult three-game week going 0-3 on the road. Despite a loss against Husson, the badgers put up strong numbers. Johnson now stands 2-12 over all and 0-8 in the NAC. The Badgers will be on the road again facing NAC competitor Castleton Thursday night at 5:30 and will end the weekend with a home game against GMC for a 1:00pm tip-off.
Lyndon lost three North Atlantic Conference games in the week to drop to 4-9 overall and 2-6 in NAC play. On Tuesday, Jan. 8, the Hornets were beaten 89-32 by Castleton before dropping a hard-fought 62-57 decision to Husson Friday. Lyndon closed out the week with a respectable 53-41 loss to Maine Maritime Saturday. The Hornets return to action Thursday, when they travel to Poultney, Vt, to face Green Mountain College at 5:30 p.m.
Maine Maritime went 2-1 in NAC contests last week. The Mariners fell to Maine-Farmington, 56-43, before knocking off Johnson State, 62-45, and Lyndon State, 53-41, over the weekend. Coach Craig Dagan earned his 200th career win in the victory over Lyndon State.
New England College finished the week 2-1, including a non-conference overtime win against Lasell College and a NAC victory over Green Mountain. Leading the way for the Pilgrims this week was sophomore forward Taylor Burgess who averaged 15.7 points and 7.7 rebounds in the three games. Burgess' week was highlighted by an 18 point, 10 rebound performance in NEC's win over Green Mountain on Saturday.
Thomas went 0-4 on the week. On Tuesday fell to conference foe Husson 70-49, and on Thursday lost to UMF 63-49. Over the weekend played in the Star City Classic hosted by UMPI, falling to Fort-Kent 71-67 on Saturday, despite holding a ten point lead at half (35-25). Lost a nail biter to UMPI on Sunday 75-71. Freshman Megan Pelletier continues to play strong, averaging 18.8 PPG over the four games.