|Miesha Bacon, NJCU
Courtesy of NJCU Athletics
The Team of the Week presented by Scoutware is D3hoops.com's weekly honor roll, in its 22nd season of recognizing the top performance at each of the five positions from the previous week.
|Justice Mercadel, So.
|G||Tara Szawaluk, Fr.
|Aston Francis, Sr.
|G||Shannon McGuire, So.
|Brian Cameron, Jr.
|G||Lindsay Gauldin, Fr.
|Kent Hanson, Jr.
|F||Kayla Kline, Jr.
|Timothy Wendel, Jr..
|F||Miesha Bacon, Sr.
|Games of Dec. 10 - 16, 2018|
Szawaluk, making her first career start, scored 23 points in the Mules' 57-53 win against Moravian. She scored 12 straight Muhlenberg points in the final 5:26 of the fourth quarter, turning a 46-43 deficit into a 55-53 lead. Her winning basket came with 13.1 seconds left. Szawaluk was 9-for-11 from the field and also had 4 assists and 5 rebounds.
McGuire hit the game-tying 3-pointer with two tenths of a second left in regulation and made the game-winning reverse layup with six seconds left in overtime in Cortland's 64-63 win at SUNY Poly Saturday. She finished with 17 points, six rebounds and a career-high five assists.
Gauldin helped the Quakers to a 1-1 week with 17 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals per game. She made all six of her field goals, including two threes, and grabbed a game-high 11 boards in the Quakers' fifth straight win, a 73-60 decision over Meredith. Gauldin also totaled 19 points and 13 rebounds, both game highs, in Guilford's 47-42 road setback to 8-1 Oglethorpe.
Kline banked in a game-winning 3-pointer with 0.9 seconds left in a 66-65 win over Widener; she finished the game with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while also adding nine rebounds, five assists and a steal. Kline began the week with 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting in a setback to No. 8 Messiah, adding six rebounds and two steals. She finished the week averaging 17 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals, while shooting 12-of-19 from the field and 9-of-10 from the charity stripe.
Bacon averaged 23 points, 15 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 assists per game. She had 23 points, including the go-ahead bucket, in a 73-70 win over Saint Elizabeth, snapping a 42-game losing streak for NJCU. Bacon has never previously scored more than 15 points in a game in her career. She followed one career night with another, adding 22 points and 15 rebounds in a narrow conference loss to TCNJ.
Mercadel had an outstanding week for Austin College, averaging 25 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals-per-game while shooting 65% from the field and 88% from the free throw line. Mercadel led the Roos to a 2-0 week as he scored 26 against Paul Quinn and followed that up with 23 in a win over Hendrix. He flirted with a triple double against PQC, adding nine rebounds and seven assists in that victory.
Francis set a new Wheaton College single-game scoring record with 54 points last Tuesday in a 99-77 victory at UW-Platteville (breaking a record that had stood since 1954); his 54 points is the most scored in Division III in a single game this season and is tied for the most in a game at any NCAA level this year. He shot 16-of-27 against the Pioneers, making seven three pointers. Francis added four steals and two assists in the victory at Platteville, while contributing 20 points and eight rebounds last Saturday in a 69-59 loss to North Central.
Cameron averaged 32 points per game and pulled down 12 rebounds on the week. He shot 62% (23-37) from the field and 7-of-15 from three. Cameron matched his career-best scoring effort with 34 points in a 117-105 win over Pfeiffer on Friday; he added 29 points on 10-19 shooting against Birmingham-Southern earlier in the week.
Hanson scored at least 24 in all three games last week as he nearly averaged a double-double (27 ppg / 9 rpg). He began the week by shooting 73% overall en route to a career-best 32-point effort in a road win over UW-Eau Claire. He wrapped up the week with 26 points and 11 rebounds at Bethel, notching his third double-double of the season. In between was a 24-point, 8-rebound game against UW-River Falls.
Wendel averaged 31 points per game, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals in two big UMAC wins over Northwestern and North Central. Wendel tied the Crown NCAA-record with 40 points against Northwestern as he leads the only remaining undefeated team in the UMAC.