The future looks bright for Liberty League women’s basketball, at least for three teams.
The conference’s Rookie of the Week category has been dominated by three names this season. One of them is familiar to area basketball fans.
Former Geneva standout and William Smith freshman Mia Morrison was named Liberty League Rookie of the Week for the third time this year Monday. In addition, teammate Melanie Patterson earned a spot on the conference’s honor roll for the second consecutive week. Patterson, a junior, also was named to the Academic All-District 3 team last week by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Only four players have earned Liberty League Rookie of the Week honors. Tara Lynch of RIT leads the way with six selections, followed by Morrison’s three and Sam Krumbhaar of RPI, who has garnered the award twice. Only one other player, RPI’s Elizabeth Eckhardt, has made the list.
Morrison nearly averaged a double-double in a pair of games last weekend. Against league-leading Clarkson, the forward put up 10 points and 13 rebounds while blocking two shots. The next day against St. Lawrence she lead all scorers with 18 points and collected six rebounds. She averaged 14 points per game, 9.5 rebounds and shot 48 percent from the floor.
Morrison, who shared FL Times Fab 5 Player of the Year honors with Romulus’ Zoe McDonald last year, has cracked the top 10 in four Liberty League statistical categories. She is fourth in blocked shots per game (1.3), sixth in rebounding (8.2), seventh in shooting percentage (.396) and tied for 10th in scoring (12.3).
William Smith will take on Union Friday in the Play 4Kay game to help raise awareness of breast cancer. Players will wear pink shirts during warmups and pink socks during the game.
The opening tip is set for 6 p.m. Admission is free, but fans are encouraged to make donations that will be presented to the local breast cancer charity, Embrace Your Sisters. The nationwide Play 4Kay games commemorates former North Carolina State women’s head coach Kay Yow, who died in January 2009 after her third fight against breast cancer.
Accolades for Lauer
Brynn Lauer (Newark) was one of 27 University of Rochester student-athletes to collect University Athletic Association All-Academic honors.
Lauer, a junior, has joined sophomore Lauren Deming (Waterloo) to help lift the Yellowjackets into the No. 12 spot nationally in the latest D3hoops poll. Deming is second on the team in scoring (9.9 per game) and blocked shots (20), and is also third in rebounding (5.1). Lauer averages a team-high 3.7 assists per game to go with her 5.3 points per contest. She is also second on the team with 34 steals.
Macaulay shares honor
Fredonia women’s basketball player Sabrina Macaulay (Newark) shared the athletic department’s Athlete of the Week honors with teammate Jenna Einink.
Macaulay averaged 22.5 points per game and shot 73.1 percent from the field during SUNYAC wins over Brockport and Buffalo State. The senior forward rang up 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals against Brockport. She added 26 points and eight boards vs. Buffalo State.
Macaulay leads the Blue Devils in scoring (15.2) and rebounding (8.7).
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