PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Taylor DeSanty, Colby-Sawyer
(Sr, G - North Adams, Mass.)
Taylor led the Chargers with 24 points per game in a 2-0 week. She began with a 21 point effort in a 94-66 win at Husson and followed with 27 points in an overtime win at Maine Maritime to help improve Colby-Sawyer's conference record to 16-0. She added five boards per game, while shooting 58.8% from the floor and 62.5% from beyond the arc.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Katie McAllister, Thomas
(Fr, F - Pittston, Maine)
McAllister averaged 18.7 points per game in a 2-1 week for the Terriers. Dropped a career-high 21 in a non-conference victory over Fisher, going 9-15 from the field. In a conference win against Johnson recorded her first career double-double with 17 points and ten rebounds. On Sunday, as Thomas fell to conference opponent Lyndon, McAllister had 18 points, shooting 7-14 from the floor.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton won its only game of the week, taking down Green Mountain 76-29 on Saturday. The Spartans opened the game on a 27-2 run and never looked back as they finished with their 21st win of the season. Alyssa Leonard led four players in double figures with 14 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. This week Castleton concludes its regular season with games against Johnson St., New England College and Colby-Sawyer.
Colby-Sawyer won both of its games last week improving to 16-0 in the NAC. The Chargers began with a 94-66 win at Husson and followed with a thrilling 74-69 overtime win at Maine Maritime. Colby-Sawyer wraps up the regular season this week with a home game against Green Mountain and an away contest at Castleton in the finale.
UMF posted wins over Lyndon State (60-37) and Johnson State (70-46) last week, getting above the .500 mark in conference play and improving to 9-13 overall. Holly Oliver logged the first and second double-doubles of her career in the two wins, with 11 pts., 14 rebounds vs. Lyndon State and 16 & 12 against Johnson State. Meghan Smith provided some quality minutes off the bench with 10 points and seven boards against Johnson State, her third double-digit scoring performance of the season. Lindsay Ranquist has been UMF's hot shooter of late, going 12-of-29 (.413) from the field over the past three games – well above her .299 season FG percentage. The Beavers travel to Husson on Tuesday, before closing out the regular season at home against Thomas on Saturday.
Green Mountain dropped a 76-29 decision to Castleton on Saturday. Chelsea Paul led the way with nine points, eight rebounds and four assists. Jacque Caster pitched in with eight points, while Maria Lafond added six. The Eagles are on the outside looking in with regards to the playoff picture and will hope to run the table to have a chance at a spot as they play three games to close out the regular season. The team will travel to Lyndon and Colby-Sawyer during the week before hosting New England College in the regular season finale.
Husson had a tough 0-3 week facing Colby, Colby-Sawyer, and NEC. Heading into the last week of the regular season, the Eagles stand at 7-14 (7-8 NAC) and will host Maine-Farmington midweek before traveling to Johnson and Lyndon over the weekend.
Johnson State lost a pair of NAC contests this week. The Badgers were outmatched by Thomas College on Friday night, losing 55-70 despite Brittany Robertson's 20 point effort. On Sunday, the Badgers faced the Beavers but despite their best efforts fell 46-70. Brittany Robertson led all scorers in that game 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the field. Jenessa Swainbank chipped in with seven points off the bench. Emily Jones paced the Badgers on the glass with seven boards. The Badgers will return to action after a short break this Tuesday against NAC rival Castleton for a 7:30 tip-off.
Lyndon ended a seven-game losing streak Sunday with a 70-64 road victory over Thomas. Earlier in the week, the Hornets fell to Middlebury and UMaine-Farmington by scores of 75-47and 60-37, respectively. Lyndon is now 6-16 overall and 4-11 in the North Atlantic Conference. The Hornets return to the floor Tuesday when they host Green Mountain College at 7:30 p.m.
Maine Maritime played in two overtime games last week. The Mariners edged New England College 54-47 before falling to Colby-Sawyer 74-69.
New England College split a pair of conference games this weekend, falling to Maine Maritime in overtime on Friday but edging Husson University on Sunday. In Friday's 54-47 loss NEC's Kate Levy was the only Pilgrim to finish in double-figures with 22 points, while Taylor Burgess grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds. In Sunday's 63-54 victory over Husson Burgess led the Pilgrims with 12 points and nine rebounds, while Kayla Lawlor chipped in 14 points.
Thomas had a 2-1 week, defeating non-conference opponent Fisher on Tuesday 85-53. On Friday defeated conference foe Johnson State 70-53. Thomas fell to Lyndon on Sunday 70-64 on senior day, as Jasmine Bishop was recognized prior to the contest.