Lakeview High School graduate Savannah Olsen took her basketball talent east, and the decision to play Division III ball for Newbury College in Mass. seems to have already paid off.
Olsen was recently named the New England Collegiate Conference ‘Rookie of the Week’ for the fourth time this season. The freshman forward has already posted seven double-doubles for the Nighthawks this season and is averaging a team-best 13.8 points per game while she is second on the team in rebounding at 7.1 boards per contest.
“Goals for the team, I hope that we can get as far as possible,” Olsen told newburynighthawks.com. “Individually, I just hope to play mainly for the seniors… just because it’s their last year we want to just pull off a few more wins for them and make them satisfied with their season and all four years here.”
Olsen’s week included a pair of 21-point performances in wins over Bay Path University and Daniel Webster College as Newbury improved to 8-15 overall and 7-9 in the NECC.
Olsen has appeared in 23 games for the Nighthawks, including 21 starts. She posted a career-high 30 points in a 63-52 victory over Lesley University on Feb. 1.
KCC WOMEN LOCK UP POSTSEASON BERTH
The Kellogg Community College women’s basketball team secured an NJCAA District G Tournament berth with a 64-59 win over Jackson CC on Feb. 13.
D’Erika Varenhorst posted a double-double in the win for KCC (8-13, 5-7 MCCAA West), finishing with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Rolanda Petty had 11 points and three assists while Holly VanTilburg and Alicia Gipson had nine points apiece for the Lady Bruins.
“Great game,” said KCC head coach Kyle Klingaman. “Played hard and untill the end. We played 40 minutes of solid basketball today.This win will carry over to the next game and we’ll be ready.”
KCC visits Lansing CC on Wednesday, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
KCC MEN ENTER HOME STRETCH
The Kellogg Community College men’s basketball team hopes to end the 2015-16 campaign on a positive note with four games left on the schedule, beginning with a Wednesday contest at Lansing CC.
The Bruins fell to 5-17 overall and 2-10 in the MCCAA in a 104-84 loss to Jackson CC on Feb. 13.
“Tough loss tonight, we came out with a lot of energy and went in up at the half,” said KCC head coach Ben Reed. “Just didn’t bring it in the second half and Jackson took advantage of our lack of effort.”
ALBION’S OAKES IS MIAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Albion College senior Travell Oakes was named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for games through Feb. 14.
Oakes recorded his third double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds in a 60-41 win over Adrian, followed by 12 points, four assists and three steals in leading the Britons past Olivet, 81-66. The win over Olivet also marked the 100th career victory at Albion College for head coach Jody May.
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