Team of the Week
|Sam Longwell, Sr.
|G||Caitlin Kriesel-Bigler, Jr.
|Steve Simonds, Jr.
St. Joseph's (Maine)
|G||Molly Maclachlan, Fr.
|Hakeem Harris, Jr.
|G||Jacole Hairston, Sr.
|Cody Deal, Jr.
|F||Hannah McGinnis, Sr.
|Aaron Griffin, Sr.
|F | C||Valerie Dunlap, Sr.
Washington and Jefferson
|Games of Jan. 19-25, 2015|
|Valerie Dunlap, by Martin Sanek photography for W&J athletics|
Kriesel-Bigler averaged 21.0 points and 8.5 assists per game to lead the Warriors to a pair of home conference victories. In Friday's 70-64 win over Sewanee, she scored 23 points and dished out a career-high 11 assists, the fourth most in program history. Kriesel-Bigler scored 19 points to go with six assists, three rebounds, a block and a steal in Sunday's 70-61 victory over Centre. She only committed four turnovers in 71 minutes over the two games. Kriesel-Bigler also went 19-of-21 at the free throw line (90.5 percent).
Maclachlan had a 30-point outing in a win vs. Penn College, the most by a freshman in program history, as part of a 3-0 week in which she scored 20 or more in each game. She shot 14-for-27 from 3-point range for the week, as well as 57 percent from the floor, en route to averaging 25.3 points and 7.0 rebounds.
Hairston had a career-high 39 points in an 80-67 win over Piedmont, handing the Lions just their second loss of the season. She scored 21 points in a 66-58 loss to Greensboro. Hairson averaged 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals to go with the 30 points, shooting 54 percent from the floor, 4-for-10 from 3-point range and 12-for-14 from the line.
McGinnis had two big performances this week, helping Illinois College split a tough set of games against Knox and Carroll. Playing Knox, McGinnis set a Midwest Conference record with 27 rebounds and scored 35 points on 14-of-20 shooting as the Lady Blues pulled away from the Prairie Fire for an 89-62 win. Now, Knox plays the Grinnell system, where easy shots are easy to find for opponents, but McGinnins added 26 points and 16 boards vs. Carroll as well. For the week, she averaged 30.5 points and 21.5 rebounds while shooting 68.8 percent from the floor.
Dunlap posted her second- and third-straight double-doubles with a pair against PAC foes this week, averaging 18.0 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks, while connecting on 59.3 percent of her shots in wins over Westminster and Grove City. She had a double-double by halftime against the Titans, with 11/11/5 at the break and finished with 11 points, 13 boards and five blocks in just 22 minutes. Against Grove City, she equaled her career high with 25 points and added 12 rebounds and five blocks and made 68.8 percent (11-of-16) of her field goal attempts.
Longwell averaged 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds as the Engineers won a pair of contests last week. The senior erupted for a game-best 24 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists without a turnover in WPI's 92-68 victory vs. Wheaton (Mass.). Longwell, who had a first half for the ages against the Lyons with 22 points and eight assists before intermission, also tossed in 11 points and added five rebounds and three assists Wednesday in a 63-42 triumph over Clark. For the week, he had 13 assists and just one turnover in 56 minutes.
Simonds averaged 30.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.7 steals with double-doubles in all three conference contests. The senior guard scored a career-high 40 points - the first SJC player to do so in 17 years - with 11 boards and seven assists in a win over Mount Ida. The third-year starter followed up with 30 points, 10 caroms and five dimes in a victory over Norwich and tallied 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists versus No. 9 Albertus Magnus. Simonds shot 64.3 percent (27-for-42) from the field, 62.5 percent (15-for-24) from 3-point distance and 78.6 percent (22-for-28) from the free-throw line.
Harris was the driving force as NYU defeated two top-25 teams, including No. 4 Wash U. Scoring from long range and drives to the hoop, Harris scored a game-best 24 points and connected on six 3-pointers in each game. Against Washington on Friday, he went 8-for-16 from the field, including 6-for-10 from behind the arc. He also had three steals, two assists and a rebound. Against No. 21 Chicago on Sunday, he shot 8-for-15 from the field and 6-for-11 from 3-point range, and added two assists. He came off the bench in both contests.
Deal averaged 25.0 points and 5.5 reboudns to lead DeSales to a 2-0 record last week, including handing Delaware Valley its first Freedom Conference loss of the season. Deal came just four points shy of the single-game record at DeSales with 37 points in a win over Wilkes. He shot 51 percent from the floor, 54 percent from beyond the arc and 88 percent from the line for the week.
Griffin averaged a double-double (18 points, 11 rebounds) in two games for the Gorloks, including shooting 12-for-19 from the floor and 12-for-14 from the line. Griffin has five double-doubles in his past seven games.