NEW HAVEN, Conn. – University of the Sciences basketball swept the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Rookie of the Week accolades released on Monday, with Irisa Ye receiving the CACC Women's Basketball Rookie of the Week award and Paddy Casey sharing CACC Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week honors.
Ye surpassed her season-high in scoring in all three of No. 13 women's basketball's games last week, helping USciences extend its winning streak to six to open the season with victories over two NCAA Tournament teams from last season – Adelphi and Queens – as well as Holy Family in its CACC-opener.
Coming into the week with four total points in University of the Sciences' first three games, Ye scored at least nine in all three games en route to averaging 12.3 points in 23.3 minutes per game off the bench. She did so efficiently, making 11-of-17 from the field, 6-of-9 from beyond the arc and all nine of her free throw attempts. The freshman also averaged 2.7 rebounds.
Ye fell one point shy of double-figures at Adelphi, making all four of her foul shots in 17 minutes. She then had her first career double-digit scoring performance in a near-perfect shooting performance at Holy Family, making 4-of-5 field goals, 2-of-3 3-pointers and 2-of-2 free throws en route to a team-high 13 points. She also set new season-bests with four rebounds and two assists.
Ye capped the week by leading USciences in scoring once again with 15 points in the victory over Queens. She was a perfect 3-of-3 from the line and made both of her 3-pointers.
Casey matched his season-high in scoring for the third time with 16 points in men's basketball's CACC-opening win over Holy Family on Saturday, the Devils' only game of the week. He shot 3-of-4 from beyond the arc in the contest and also dished out four assists to match his season-best for a fourth time.
Leading by two in the closing moments of the game, Casey was able to rebound a miss before getting fouled and clinching the win by making two free throws to put USciences ahead 85-81 with three seconds left.
The men's and women's basketball teams host Georgian Court for a CACC doubleheader tomorrow, Dec. 5, beginning with the women at 6 p.m.