Navy Trio Earns Post-Season League Laurels
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. –– Navy women’s basketball players Taylor Dunham (Sr., Fort Belvoir, Va.), Hannah Fenske (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) and Kaila Clark (So., Hughesville, Md.) each earned post-season accolades from the Patriot League on Friday. Dunham was named first-team all-league, Fenske received third-team all-league accolades and Clark was named to the league’s all-defensive team.
Dunham, who previously received third-team laurels a year ago, ranks among the league’s statistical leaders in three-point field goals made (3.0 a game, 1st; also 23rd in the country), three-point field goal percentage (38.6%, 3rd), points (14.6 per game, 5th), assists (2.9 per game, 7th) and steals (1.6 per game, 12th). Her 88 triples this season not only leads the league –– by 25 –– it also has established a new Navy record for the most in a single season.
Dunham has scored 10 or more points in 24 of Navy’s 29 games this year and has reached the 20-point plateau in five games. This includes a 34-point effort in Navy’s game at New Mexico during which she tied a Navy and Patriot League record with nine three-point field goals made. That was one of five games this season in which she made at least five triples, with the most recent being Wednesday night when she made seven against American.
Fenske stands third in the league in both assists (4.0 per game) and three-point field goals made (2.2 per game), fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5), is tied for fourth in steals (1.7 per game) and ranks sixth in three-point field goal percentage (35.6%).
She surpassed the 100-assist barrier for the second year in a row (116) and dished out five or more assists in nine games. This includes a trio of games in which she recorded eight helpers. Fenske also scored at least 10 points in 16 games this year and had a high of 24 points in Navy’s win at Holy Cross.
Clark is on the verge of becoming the first player in Navy history to lead the Patriot League in blocks. Her 62 blocks are the most in the league by 19, and her average of 2.1 blocks per game is the best in the league by an average of one-half of a block and ranks 38th nationally. She also ranks sixth in the league in rebounding (8.6 per game), sixth in defensive rebounds (6.2 per game) and is tied for 10th in steals (1.6 per game).
Clark, who already ranks third in Navy history with 121 career blocks and is one of two players at the school to total both 100+ blocks and 100+ steals in a career, recorded three or more blocks in nine games this season. She also recorded multiple steals in 14 of the team’s 29 games, with a high of six coming in a home win against Lafayette.
Navy earned the No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament and will play host to sixth-seeded Loyola Monday at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinal round of the event. Tickets are on sale through the Navy Ticket Office by either calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or by visiting NavySports.com and clicking on the TICKETS tab in the masthead.
2017-18 Women’s Basketball All-Patriot League Team and Major Awards
Player of the Year: Emily Kinneston, American, Sr.
Defensive Player of the Year: Stephanie Karcz, Loyola Maryland, So.
Rookie of the Year: Izzy Therien, Loyola Maryland, Fr.
Coach of the Year: Megan Gebbia, American
First-Team All-Patriot League
Emily Kinneston, American, Sr.; Kate Walker, Bucknell, Jr.; Lauren Manis, Holy Cross, So.; Stephanie Karcz, Loyola Maryland, So.; Taylor Dunham, Navy, Sr.
Second-Team All-Patriot League
Cecily Carl, American, Jr.; Madison Hovren, Army West Point, Jr.; Kaitlyn Slagus, Bucknell, Jr.; Infiniti Thomas-Waheed, Holy Cross, Sr.; Quinci Mann, Lehigh, Sr.
Third-Team All-Patriot League
Maria Liddane, American, Sr.; Nia Irving, Boston U., So.; Kyi English, Bucknell, Jr.; Camryn Buhr, Lehigh, So.; Hannah Fenske, Navy, Sr.
Maria Liddane, American, Sr.; Janae McNeal, Army West Point, Sr.; Catherine Romaine, Bucknell, Sr.; Stephanie Karcz, Loyola Maryland, So.; Kaila Clark, Navy, So.
Katie Nelson, Boston U.; Abby Kapp, Bucknell; Drew Freeland, Lafayette; Natalie Kucowski, Lafayette; Izzy Therien, Loyola Maryland