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Malman excels as freshman

Mendham's Liz Malman was second in scoring at Connecticut College boasting a 10.2 points-per-game average. Photos courtesy of Connecticut College Mendham's Liz Malman was second in scoring at Connecticut College boasting a 10.2 points-per-game average.
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Liz Malman of Mendham recently completed a highly successful freshman basketball season at Connecticut College.

Malman, a freshman guard, was second in scoring for the Camels, averaging 10.2 points per game. She started 24-of-25 games and also averaged 3.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals. Malman made 34.1 percent of her shots from 3-point range.

She was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Basketball Player of the Week for standout performances in mid-February.

To earn that honor, Malman helped lead the Camels to two victories on their home court. Malman poured in 16 points in 37 minutes of action in a triumph against 15th-ranked Williams on Friday, Feb. 14. She added 15 points in a win against Hamilton the next day, connecting on 5-of-8 shots from long range.

Malman shot 68.4 percent from the floor on 13-of-19 shooting over the course of the two games. The two wins clinched the program's highest seed in the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference Tournament.

Another highlight for Malman was scoring the game-winning basket against Wesleyan in late January. Malman stole an inbounds pass and dropped in a layup with 3.5 seconds to play in overtime, lifting the Camels over the Cardinals, 65-61.

Her basket snapped a 61-61 deadlock. Malman also tied the score with a pair of free throws. She finished that game with 17 points, four assists and four steals.

Connecticut College's season concluded with a 79-76 setback to Trinity College in the NESCAC quarterfinals. The Camels went 14-11.

Caroline Murphy, a senior forward and Chatham native, was named to the D3hoops.com All-Mid-Atlantic Region Third Team for the first time and the All-Centennial Conference First Team for the second consecutive season.

It was the first time Murphy, who scored her 1,000th career point in the Bullets' final home game, garnered regional honors.

Murphy, who started all 26 games, averaged 15.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 blocks in her final season. She converted more than 87 percent of her foul shots and ended her Gettysburg tenure as the best free throw shooter in the history of the program.

The Bullets received seven double-doubles from Murphy. She scored a career-high 25 points against Swarthmore College last November.

Over the last four seasons, Murphy helped Gettysburg post a record of 68-37, including a 50-28 mark in conference play. The Bullets qualified for the conference playoffs three times and won the program's first overall conference title in 2013 thanks to a game-high 19 points from Murphy. Gettysburg also reached the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2013.

West Morris alumna Shayna Ericksen averaged 9.3 points and 5.8 rebounds for Manhattan College.

Ericksen, a sophomore forward, started 26-of-30 games for the Jaspers, who went 9-21. She scored a career-high 24 points at Monmouth in a 65-59 Manhattan victory and matched that total when the Jaspers fell to VCU. She had 11 rebounds in Manhattan's season finale versus Siena.

Katie Reese of Mountain Lakes also played for the Jaspers (9-21). Reese, a sophomore, saw action in 28 games, starting two. She averaged 2.0 points and converted .333 of her 3-point attempts and made 18-of-19 free throws.

Sophomore Amanda Berntsen made significant contributions for Princeton, averaging 5.9 points and 3.3 rebounds.

Berntsen, who started 16-of-27 games, ended the season with 53 assists and 24 steals. Versus Dartmouth and Illinois State, she took down a career-high eight rebounds.


Ashley Iliff, a sophomore from Newton, went 11-7 for King University.

Iliff, a 101-pound wrestler, recorded one pin against Oklahoma City University's Stephanie Martinez at the Cliff Keen Duals.

At the Missouri Valley College duals, she went 3-2. Two of her victories were falls.

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