Friday, March 18, 2011

Christopher Newport's Schweers: All-American again but not POY

We're biased. Admittedly. Amherst College senior Jaclyn Daigneault was named NCAA Division III Player of the Year on Friday by the WBCA.

We believe this was the year to bestow that honor on Chrisopher Newport senior Chelsie Schweers, who was named to the WBCA's 10-player All-American team, announced Friday also. Schweers also achieved All-American status last year and was honorable mention her first two years with the Captains, making her the first player at the Newport News school to receive that distinction for all four years.

We don't know if the Captains (29-3) can beat Amherst (30-1) in the the semifinal game of the Final Four at 6 p.m at Shirk Arena in Bloomington, Ill. But we do know the kind of season Schweers, leading scorer in the state of Virginia for any division for her career (2,827 points), has produced. The maybe 5-6 guard leads the nation in scoring (25.9 ppg), 3-point FG percentage (51 percent) and 3-pointers per game (4.0). She has led the Captains in scoring in 29 of their 33 games. She shoots 83 percent from the line and leads CNU in assists.

Daigneault shoots a glitzy 62 percent from the field and 39 percent from 3 while averaging 15.2 points and 7.2 rebounds. She has led the Lord Jeffs in scoring in 16 of their 31 games. From the free-throw line, Daigneault shoots 71 percent.

 Again our vote goes to Schweers, whose team is in its first-ever Final Four. In fact, it's no contest, really.  But what we'd really like to see is CNU beat Amherst. Go Captains! We already know who will be leading the way.

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