Emily Peel, a West Morris High School graduate and Long Valley resident, was named University Athletic Association (UAA) Women's Basketball Athlete of the Week following her performance in leading Carnegie Mellon to a 1-1 mark in UAA play over the weekend of Feb. 3.
It's the third time Peel has received the honor this season.
In the Tartans' 65-56 victory over Brandeis on Sunday, Feb. 5, Peel exploded for a career-high 33 points on 14-of-16 shooting from the floor and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. This marked the second time this season that Peel has scored 30 or more points.
The last time a Tartan scored 30 or more prior to Peel was in 1989. Peel also becomes the first player in school history to score 30 or more twice in a season since the start of the UAA (1987-88). The junior started the week scoring 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds in a setback to New York University. For the week, Peel shot 77% from the floor, 80% (12-15) from the foul line and averaged 26.0 points and 8.5 rebounds.
Peel, a 6-foot forward, currently leads the UAA in blocked shots with 1.8 per game while ranking second in scoring and rebounding with 16.1 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game. The junior also ranks second in the UAA and 12th in the nation with a field goal percentage of .571.
She has been the Tartans' high scorer 13 times this season. Peel has been the high rebounder in 15 games. She's currently averaging 15.9 points and 9.4 rebounds.
Boonton's Jen Vasta became Centenary College's all-time leading scorer on Jan. 30, breaking the previous record owned by Stephanie Roberts in a 79-61 victory over the College of Mount St. Vincent.
Vasta, a senior guard, scored 13 points in that game. She is averaging 11.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists for the Cyclones (14-10).
Roberts, who graduated in 2008, had 1,479 points. Going into the season, Vasta needed 240 points to surpass Roberts.
In addition to being the all-time leading scorer, Vasta holds several career records, including field goals made, field goal percentage and assists. She holds many single-season records as well.
Freshman forward Leanna Tallamy, a graduate of High Point High School, was named the Commonwealth Coast Conference Women's Basketball Rookie of the Week for the seventh time this season.
Tallamy had three double-doubles against CCC opponents, scoring 29 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in loss to Roger Williams. She had 11 points and 12 rebounds against the University of New England and 24 points and 16 rebounds against Eastern Nazarene.
For the season, Tallamy is averaging 18.4 points and 10.5 rebounds. During her most recent stretch of double-doubles, she averaged 21.3 points and 13.0 rebounds.
Stanhope resident Sam Baranowski, a Lenape Valley graduate, is averaging 9.5 points for the University of Maine.
Baranowski has started 19 of 25 games for the Black Bears (6-19). She scored a team-high 13 points and had nine rebounds when Maine fell to Albany, 68-55, on Feb. 11.
Against Boston University on Feb. 8, Baranowski had 11 points, nine rebounds and a block.
Rockaway's Hailey Growney, a Morris Hills graduate, finished second in the 100 and 200-meter backstroke when The College of New Jersey closed out its season with a 133-129 victory over Stevens Institute of Technology.
Freshman Maria McClure of Pequannock was third in the 200-yard butterfly to help Stevens to a 163-97 victory over Hartwick College on Feb. 4.