Washington lauded for lead­er­ship at Cabrini

Phoenixville grad a leader on and off court for Cabrini bas­ket­ball

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bill Arse­nault For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Nomi Washington is wrap­ping up her ca­reer with the Cabrini Univer­sity women’s bas­ket­ball team in fine style.

The 5-foot-7 se­nior guard from Phoenixville and a Phoenixville High grad­u­ate, is the top per­former the Cava­liers who are 14-8 over­all and 9-0 and in first place in the At­lantic East Con­fer­ence. Washington has started all 22 games and leads the team in scor­ing with a 14.6 av­er­age. She also leads the team in steals with 67 and is sec­ond in re­bound­ing at 6.0 per game and has 38 as­sists.

On Alumni Day on Jan. 27 in Radnor, Washington scored a ca­reer-high 31 points in 36 min­utes of ac­tion with nine re­bounds and four as­sists in a 91-74 league vic­tory over Gwynedd Mercy.

“Nomi is a player that other teams have to pre­pare for at both ends of the floor,” coach Kate Pear­son said. “She has great in­stincts de­fen­sively and will dis­rupt the op­po­nents’ of­fense with de­flec­tions and steals, gen­er­at­ing points from her de­fense.”

The stats tell the story on of­fense.

“Nomi can at­tack the bas­ket and fin­ish at the rim or kill you with the pull up jumper,” the coach said.

There’s also an­other side of Washington that doesn’t show up in the score book.

“It is Nomi’s se­nior lead­er­ship that has made a real im­pact,” Pear­son said. “She has be­come not just the goto player for a big play, but the go-to player for her team­mates to look to when they need help. Her ex­pe­ri­ence and pres­ence on the court pro­vides sta­bil­ity and we will con­tinue to lean on her to lead us the rest of the way.”

Washington has 1,123 points, 488 re­bounds, 288 steals and 181 as­sists in 105 ca­reer games. She cur­rently stands sec­ond in steals and 11th in points in the Cabrini record book. ABBY KAPP (BOY­ER­TOWN) >> The Buck­nell women’s bas­ket­ball team is 18-4 and tied for first place with Amer­i­can in the Pa­triot League stand­ings and the 6-0 sopho­more has come up big in two re­cent league vic­to­ries. She had 10 points and five re­bounds in a 77-43 vic­tory over Navy on Jan. 30 in An­napo­lis, Md. and had 14 points and three steals in a 62-51 tri­umph over Bos­ton Univer­sity on Feb. 2 in Bos­ton, Mass. Kapp has started all 22 games and is av­er­ag­ing 9.3 points and 2.8 re­bounds with 27 as­sists and a team-high 35 steals. KYLE DIX (PERKIOMEN VAL­LEY) >> The red-shirt ju­nior com­peted in six events for the Blooms­burg men’s swim team to lead the Huskies to the ti­tle at the John A. Pid­geon Me­mo­rial In­vi­ta­tional on Jan. 29 in In­di­ana – and he fin­ished first in all six of them. In­di­vid­u­ally, Dix cap­tured the 50 free (21.30), the 100 free (47.31) and the 100 but­ter­fly (51.01). And, he swam a leg on three win­ning re­lays – the 400 med­ley (3:31.59), the 200 free (1:27.20) and the 400 free (3:14.42). Fresh­man Pat Agnew (Potts­grove) cap­tured the 100 breast­stroke (1:00.87), ju­nior Colin Bauer (Owen J. Roberts) was a mem­ber of the 200 and 400 free re­lays and se­nior Matthew Schulz (Methac­ton) was a mem­ber of the 200 med­ley re­lay (1:37.17) for Blooms­burg. NATALIE WOJCIK (21ST CEN­TURY CY­BER CHAR­TER) >> The fresh­man from Dou­glassville con­tin­ues to gar­ner awards for her per­for­mance with the Michi­gan women’s gym­nas­tics team. The was named Co-Big Ten Gym­nast and Fresh­man of the Week on Jan. 29 af­ter she posted a sea­son-best score of 39.625 to cap­ture the all-round ti­tle in a 196.400193.525 league vic­tory over Mary­land on Jan. 26 in Col­lege Park, Md. She has 10 in­di­vid­ual ti­tles and has fin­ished first in all-around in all four meets for the Wolver­ines this sea­son. She was Big Ten Gym­nast of the Week and Fresh­man of the Week on Jan. 8 and Fresh­man of the Week on Jan. 15 and the 22. JEN­NIFER MARTIN (METHAC­TON) >> The se­nior fin­ished fourth in the pen­tathlon for the Col­lege of Charleston women’s in­door track team at South Carolina’s Carolina Open on Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in Columbia, S.C. Martin to­taled a ca­reerbest 3162 points in a field of 16 com­peti­tors. She fin­ished first in the shot put (34.7), fourth in the 60 me­ter hur­dles (9.17) and the 800 me­ter run (2:42.15) and was sixth in the high jump (4 feet, 11 ¾ inches) and sev­enth in the long jump (16 feet, ½ inches). Martin’s pre­vi­ous best was 3040 points. SUSAN BOSSLER (POPE JOHN PAUL II) >> The se­nior guard leads the Gwynedd Mercy women’s bas­ket­ball team in scor­ing with a 14.5 av­er­age. She’s also av­er­ag­ing 4.8 re­bounds and is sec­ond on the team with 50 as­sists and tied for sec­ond with 23 steals. Bossler, de­spite miss­ing three games, has led the team in scor­ing in 10 games. She had 22 in a 79-57 vic­tory over Wes­ley on Jan. 16 and 20 points in a 91-74 loss to Cabrini on Jan. 27. The Griffins are 9-14 over­all and 2-8 in At­lantic East Con­fer­ence play af­ter a 64-55 loss to Im­mac­u­lata last Wed­nes­day. ME­GAN JONASSEN (PERKIOMEN VAL­LEY) >> The 6-foot fresh­man for­ward has played in all 24 games with three starts for the Ford­ham women’s bas­ket­ball team, the Rams 16-8 over­all and 7-3 and in fourth place in the At­lantic 10 Con­fer­ence af­ter a 5451 league test against St. Louis last Wed­nes­day in the Bronx, N.Y. Jonassen is av­er­ag­ing 3.5 points and 3.8 re­bounds a game. She had a col­lege ca­reer-high 11 points in a 65-62 non­league loss to Pitts­burgh on Dec. 5 and had 11 points in a 65-54 league win over La Salle on Jan. 31. ZACH SMITH (SPRING-FORD) >> The fresh­man fin­ished fourth in the mile for the St. Joseph’s men’s in­door track team at the Frank Colden In­vi­ta­tional on Feb. 2 in Col­legeville. He was the third col­le­giate fin­isher with a time of 4:28.36. Smith also ran the sec­ond leg on the 4x800 re­lay which fin­ished first in 8:20.01. His pre­vi­ous best in the mile came when he fin­ished sixth with a time of 4:29.09 at Le­high’s An­gry Birds Chal­lenge on Jan. 12 in Beth­le­hem. MATT WILDE (BOY­ER­TOWN) >> The sopho­more is 13-3 over­all and 9-1 in dual matches at 125 pounds for the No. 8-ranked Kutz­town wrestling team. Wilde has six ma­jor de­ci­sions and two tech­ni­cal falls to help the Golden Bears post a 12-1 over­all record and a 4-0 mark in PSAC matches af­ter a 33-9 league vic­tory over No. 25-ranked Millersville last Tues­day in Millersville. He won his match via a for­feit. Ju­nior Lu­cas Miller (Boy­er­town) is com­pet­ing at 133 pounds and is 10-6 over­all and 3-3 in dual matches MIAZZIAH ROSE (POTTS­GROVE) >> The fresh­man con­tin­ues to do the job in the triple jump for the Mor­gan State women’s in­door track team. Rose fin­ished third, the sec­ond col­le­gian, at the Villanova In­vi­ta­tional on Feb. 2 at the Ocean Breeze Ath­letic Com­plex in Staten Is­land, N.Y. She hit 37 feet, 5 inches. She also fin­ished third with a jump of 36 feet, 3½ inches at the Navy In­vi­ta­tional II meet on Jan. 26 in An­napo­lis, Md. She fin­ished sev­enth in the high jump with a height of 5 feet, 1 inch in the Navy meet. JEN­NIFER MAURER (PERKOMEN VAL­LEY) >> The se­nior had her best ef­fort of the sea­son with the Rider women’s in­door track team as she helped the Broncs turn back The Col­lege of New Jersey Feb. 1 in Lawrenceville, N.J. Maurer fin­ished fourth in the triple jump with a per­sonal record 36 foot, 1½ inch ef­fort. She also fin­ished fourth in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet. Fresh­man team­mate Tea­gan Schein-Becker (Perkiomen Val­ley) fin­ished sec­ond in the 3,000 me­ter run (10:10.95) at the Spar­tan In­vi­ta­tional on Jan. 11 in Staten Is­land, N.Y. SAM CHRIST­MAN (SPRING-FORD) >> The In­di­ana se­nior is off to a good start with the Crim­son Hawks’ women’s in­door track team. She fin­ished sec­ond out of 24 run­ners in the 5,000 me­ter run at the SU In­vi­ta­tional on Feb. 2 in Selins­grove with a time of 19:12.03. Christ­man kicked off the in­door sea­son by fin­ish­ing fifth in the mile at the Al Hall Free­dom Games on Jan. 26 in Ed­in­boro with a per­sonal best time of 5:37.52. She fin­ished 19th in the 5,000 at last year’s PSAC In­door Cham­pi­onships.


Cabrini se­nior Nomi Washin­gon (Phoenixville)

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