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Michael Schantz and Jenny Russell Earn ECAC Honors

By John Bottar  |  Contact John Bottar
Posted February 15, 1999
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For the sixth time in nine weeks, senior forward Michael Schantz (Sharon, MA/Sharon) has been named Player of the Week honors from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) for the Division III Upstate New York region. Freshman guard Jenny Russell (Pawling, NY/Pawling) copped Rookie of the Week honors in both the ECAC and New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).

Schantz produced double-doubles for scoring and rebounding in all three games this week, averaging 27.7 points and 14 rebounds over three games. He continues to lead the team and NESCAC in scoring and rebounding, averaging 25 points (500 points) and 13.6 boards (271 rebounds) per contest.

After scoring 19 points and grabbing 10 caroms in the Continentals' 77-70 win over Skidmore College, Schantz exploded for 32 points and 19 boards in a losing effort to Wesleyan, 87-91. He tallied 31 points and 11 rebounds in an 89-76 loss to undefeated Connecticut College.

According to the NCAA statistics which were released 2/9/99, Schantz ranked ninth in the country in scoring (24.6 points per game) and second in rebounding (13.8 boards per game), making him one of only two players in the nation to be ranked in the top ten for both scoring and rebounding.

RUSSELL OVERCOMES FLU TO EARN HONORS

Despite recovering from the flu, Russell scored 44 points in two games this week, including a 17-point effort in the Continentals' 59-53 win over Connecticut College. The Hamilton victory was its first win since their season-opening triumph over Utica College, 70-58, on November 30, 1998.

Russell ranks sixth in the NESCAC for scoring with an average of 14.9 points per game and is the only freshman listed among the top seven conference scorers. She leads the Continentals in scoring and free-throw accuracy with 70.4% (38-54).

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