WBKB: Who is the Best in the Backcourt?

A top guard takes confidence – the ability to handle the ball in every situation and come through in the clutch. We’ve taken a look at some of the top Court Generals in D3 women’s basketball thus far into the season.

Check out our list and make your own decision — Who is the Best in the Backcourt in D3 Women’s Basketball?

Vote in the poll at the bottom of the page before it closes Monday, January 15 at 7 p.m. Central.

Brandi Vallely, Sr./Muhlenberg

Muhlenberg’s Brandi Vallely (Muhlenberg Athletics photo)

9.5 assists/gm (1st)
3.75 assist-to ratio (2nd)

Muhlenberg senior Brandi Vallely was recently named Centennial Conference women’s basketball player of the week twice so far this season.

Vallely averaged 22.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists while shooting 55.6 percent from the field as the Mules won close CC games against Haverford and Ursinus in early December. She scored 16 of her 19 points in the second half against the Fords, including a three-pointer with 7:33 left to give the Mules the lead for good in a 53-51 win.

In a 76-70 win at Ursinus, Vallely scored a season-high 26 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Of Muhlenberg’s 10 second-half field goals, she made four and assisted on two others.

Vallely leads D3 in assists per game (9.5) and is second in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.75). She leads all active D3 players and ranks third among women’s basketball players from all three NCAA Divisions with 565 career assists. Her career average of 7.97 assists per game is by far the highest in NCAA women’s basketball (second place is 6.71).

Kelsey Oddis, Sr./Pitt-Greensburg

Pitt-Greensburg’s Kelsey Oddis (Pitt-Greensburg Athletics photo)

8 double-doubles (10th)
18.8 points/gm (18th)

A two-time Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Week, Kelsey Oddis averaged 20.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, all while shooting 47.1% from the floor in Pitt-Greensburg’s games over the past two weeks. Oddis totaled 17 points and nine rebounds on 7-of-15 shooting from the floor against Waynesburg and followed with her seventh double-double of the season against Chatham, totaling 24 points and 11 rebounds.

The lone senior for the Bobcats has put together an impressive season thus far, ranking second in the AMCC in both points (18.8) and rebounds (10.5) and sits atop the conference in total points (244) as well as free-throw percentage (84.2). At her current pace, Oddis would set career-highs in points, rebounds, and minutes played per game.

Cori Okada, Jr./RIT

RIT’s Cori Okada (RIT Athletics photo)

4.25 asst/to ratio (1st)
4.3 asst/gm (1st in Liberty League)

After RIT swept both games of the Marks Pizzeria Crosstown Shootout from the University of Rochester, Tiger guard Cori Okada was named All-Tournament Team. Okada had 15 points along with five steals in the win against St. John Fisher after posting 12 points and four assists in the opener against Nazareth.

Okada leads the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio, and her 4.3 assists per game leads the Liberty League.

Kendrea Williams, So./FDU-Florham

FDU-Florham sophomore Kendrea Williams is leading the nation in scoring with a 25.3 point per game average (FDU-Florham Athletics photo)

25.3 points/gm (1st)
4.3 3-pt/gm (2nd)

The nation’s leading scorer with over 25-point per game, sophomore standout Kendrea Williams has been tabbed the Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom Player of the Week twice so far this season.

Williams averaged 32.5 points, three rebounds and 1.5 steals per game while the Devils 1-1 in two contests back in mid-December. The sophomore shot 21-of-38 from field, including 12-of-22 from three while also adding 11-of-14 free throws during the week.

In a setback against No. 17 Messiah, Williams recorded 20 points and five rebounds; it was the fifth 20 points game of the season for the sophomore. The five rebounds were one off of her season-best of six set on November 18 against Cortland.

Brandi Dawson, Jr./Trine

Trine junior Brandi Dawson was selected this week’s Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association “Player of the Week” for the final week of 2017.

Dawson scored 28 points in the Thunder’s only game during the week with a 71-46 win against Heidelberg. Dawson connected on 11-of-14 field goal attempts (78.6 percent) and went six-of-seven (85.7 percent) at the free-throw line. It was her second game this season with 25 or more points and has now scored in double figures in all but one game.

In addition, she added five rebounds, one assist, and one blocked shot.

So far this season, she has been averaging a team-best 16.1 points per game and shooting an impressive 66.3 percent (65-of-98) from the field. Dawson is also the team’s leading rebounder at 5.7 boards per game.

Regan Lohr, So./Marymount (VA)

13.8 points/gm (4th in CAC)

Marymount’s Regan Lohr leads the Saints offense with 13.8 points per game, which is good for fourth in the Capital Athletic Conference. In the past two contests, the sophomore posted 18 points in a CAC victory over No. 6 Christopher Newport, after putting up a 23-point show against Frostburg State.

Lohr was tabbed the CAC Player of the Week in early December after helping lead the Saints to three wins during the week, including two CAC victories over Southern Virginia and St. Mary’s (Md.). She led the team with 15.3 points per game while ranking second in assists with 4.0 per game. She also added 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals while making seven three-pointers and shooting 58.3 percent from behind the arc. Lohr scored a career-high 25 points in the Saints’ convincing CAC road win at St. Mary’s, 21 of which came in a decisive first half in which Marymount built a 20-point lead.

Madison Temple, Jr./Thomas More

Thomas More’s Madison Temple (Thomas More Athletics photo)

53.8% – FG% (3rd in PAC)
17.1 points/gm (4th in PAC)
7.3 reb/gm (T8th in the PAC)

The Saints leading scorer with 17.1 points per game, Madison Temple is coming off a just-missed a double-double as she scored a game-high 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead eighth-ranked Thomas More to a 79-25 win over Westminster.

Back in December, Temple was named to the D3hoops.com National Team of the Week, the same week she earned the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Player of the Week.  Temple helped lead Thomas More to a 3-0 record during the week. Named the MVP of the 16th Annual Julie Costello Classic, she averaged 19.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 2.5 blocks and 2.0 steals during the Saints’ three-game stretch. Temple shot 61.1 percent (22-of-36) from the floor, including 46.7 percent (7-of-15) from three-point range, and went 8-of-10 from the free throw line.

Katie Sommer, Sr./Wartburg

Wartburg’s Katie Sommers (Wartburg Athletics photo)

6.3 asst/gm (11th)
2.03 asst/to ratio (35th)

Wartburg senior Katie Sommer became the Tiger’s career leader in assists just this week in a 86-44 win over Central.  She broke a 32-year old school record, previously set by LeAnn Bollum at 419 from 1981-85. Sommer surpassed the mark in the second quarter, as she needed three to tie the mark entering the contest.

She became Wartburg’s 12th member of the 1,000-career point club back in November, averaging 12.3 point per game, 5.67 rebounds per game, and totaled five steals and was tabbed the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week – the sixth of her career.

Courtney Lofink, Sr./Concordia Chicago

1 triple-double
4.0 steals/gm (1st in the NACC)

7.5 asst/gm (2nd)
2.28 asst-to ration (25th)

Concordia-Chicago’s Courtney Lofink notched her 500th career assist in the Cougar’s overtime victory over Lakeland this past week, also adding 11 points and nine steals. Just a game before, Lofink notched her second career triple-double in Concordia’s Rivalry Cup win over Dominican tallying 11 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists.

Lofink’s 7.5 assists per game currently ranks second overall in D# and her 4.0 steals per game leads the North Athletics Collegiate Conference.


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