Vanderhoff Named Commonwealth Player of the Week
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Vanderhoff, who was named MVP of the Days Inn Tournament, returned to the Falcons lineup in mid-December and has had an immediate impact. Last week alone, the transfer from Division I Maine University scored 46 total points, grabbed 20 total rebounds, and collected seven total steals in only 56 minutes of action. Vanderhoff shot 16-30 (53% over the three wins for Messiah, proving to be both economical and efficient in her contribution to head coach Mike Miller's team.
In the championship at Gettysburg, Vanderhoff collected 20 points, seven rebounds, and our steals in 25 minutes of action.
"She had a great week," said Miller, who was quick to note that guard Taylor Miller and forward Dori Gyori could have been nominated for the award as well. "Kate brings great energy when she steps on the court, and makes those around herself better. It's great when other schools can also recognize that ability, and honor a player for the work they put in."
The Falcons currently sit at 10-3, including 1-1 in the Commonwealth Conference. The team begins a 12-game stretch of Commonwealth match-ups on Wednesday, January 11, when they take on the Lions of Albright College. Messiah is looking to advance into the Commonwealth postseason for the 16th straight season. Last year, the Falcons fell short of the program's 9th Commonwealth Championship when they lost to Lebanon Valley College in the conference finals.
The Falcons' lone loss in Commonwealth this season was also at the hands of Lebanon Valley- a 54-47 defeat in which Vanderhoff did not play.
"Right now we're playing up top, on the wing, and in the post," said Miller, whose team has won five straight and six of their past eight games. "When we get the balance and strong play from each area of our team, we can be special. We'll keep working to be our best each and every day."