by Tom Utescher
Two weeks (four games) into the 2018 NCAA women’s summer league schedule, the teams with Chestnut Hill College and Jefferson University players on their rosters have produced very different results.
Team Black, consisting entirely of Jefferson athletes including Mount St. Joe grad Caitlyn Cunningham, won its two bouts last week by 48 and 24 points to remain undefeated at 4-0. Team Kelly Green, featuring eight CHC players complemented by a few hoopsters from other schools, found itself with an 0-4 mark going into the July 4 week, when no games are scheduled.
Forward Beverly Kum’s 19 points paced Team Black’s 93-45 victory over Team Lime Green on Tuesday, when MSJ alum Cunningham posted six points. The former Mountie scored nine points two nights later (one less than high scorer Haley Meinel, an incoming freshman) as Black defeated Team Orange, 70-46.
Two other squads also ended last week at 4-0. One of these was Team Maroon. whose University of the Sciences players compete against CHC and Jefferson in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference during the regular collegiate season. On Tuesday, Maroon overcame the CHC Kelly Green team, 62-34, as rising junior Shannon Glenn led Kelly with nine points.
Led by Gwynedd Mercy Academy grad Brigit Coleman’s 16 points, Maroon rolled over Lime Green on Thursday, 110-36. On the same night, Kelly Green received eight points apiece from sophomore Cassie Sebold and incoming freshman Kate Seeman but lost to Team Red, 82-45.
Red (mostly Division II players with a dash of DI) was also 4-0 at the end of last week. Scoring 51 points in Red’s two games last week was former St. Basil’s star and rising Lafayette College sophomore Natalie Kucowski. The 6’3” Kucowski is the cousin of Norwood Fontbonne Academy and SCH graduates Maddie and Audrey Hinchey, of Lafayette Hill.
Positioned right behind the 4-0 teams with a 3-1 record in the NCAA League is the Royal Blue team that includes guard Hannah Fox, Penn Charter’s all-time leading scorer and a rising junior at two-time NCAA Division III champion Amherst College.
With three three-point field goals in the mix, Fox posted Tuesday’s evening’s individual high of 29 points to lead Royal Blue past Team Orange, 73-55. Another three treys contributed to a 19-point effort by Fox on Thursday, when her teammate Emma Dorshimer (Jenkintown H.S./Gettysburg) netted 25 points in an 84-59 win over Team Sky Blue.
Sky Blue, largely made up of Acadia University athletes, includes 2018 Springside Chestnut Hill graduate Joelle Bridges. Bridges, who will be playing college ball at Arcadia, scored six points in Thursday’s game.