STORIES BY JORDON BRUNER
Jordon Bruner is Assistant Director of Sports Information, Marketing and Event Management at Purdue University Calumet
After 2nd place finish, PUC poised to contend for conference title in 2010-11
The Purdue University Calumet women’s basketball team closed its 2009-10 campaign with a 13-16 overall record and a 5-5 mark in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Division II play. The Peregrines placed second in the conference, their best finish since their 2003-04 CCAC Championship campaign.
Head coach Tom Megyesi’s squad continued to build on a reputation as one of the top offensive threats in the nation, leading the CCAC and ranking 11th nationally in scoring with 76.4 points per game average.
Purdue Calumet’s high-powered offense did not go unnoticed, as four players earned conference recognition. Junior point guard MeMe Harris of Merrillville and senior center Sara Keilman (Hammond) each gained All-CCAC II first team honors, while sophomore guard Stephaine Beck (Mishawaka) received all-conference honorable mention recognition. Freshman guard Tierra Turner (Merrillville) rounded out the Peregrines’ award recipients, becoming the program’s first Freshman-of-the-Year honoree since Purdue Calumet joined CCAC Division II in 2007-08.
Harris is 3-time honoree
Three-time all-conference honoree Harris once again proved herself as the league’s most dynamic point guard, averaging 12.1 points and a CCAC II-best 4.2 assists per game before suffering a late season knee injury. The 5-foot-4 dynamo became just the 10th woman in school history to join the 1,000-point club.
Lone senior Keilman averaged a career-best 12.1 points and 7.4 rebounds in her final Peregrines campaign. The 6-0 Morton High School graduate was at her best during conference contests, pouring in 16.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
Top scorer, top freshman returning
Beck led the Peregrines in scoring (13.4), fifth highest in CCAC II. Turner topped all conference freshmen in scoring (8.7), rebounding (7.1), assists (2.3), steals (2.2) and field goal percentage (.458). The 5-foot-8 Merrillville High School alumna tied Keilman with a team-leading five double-doubles this season.
Megyesi could return as many as 13 letter winners next season, including four starters. The Peregrines, who are adding an impressive incoming recruiting class, hope to compete in 2010-11 for their second conference title this decade.
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