After another exciting week of basketball action, the College of Staten Island men’s and women’s basketball squads celebrated another pair of highlights given to them by the City University of New York Athletic Conference. Melanie Johnson was named the CUNYAC’s Player of the Week, while frosh Frankie Schettino earned Rookie of the Week honors, it was announced today.
Johnson, a second-year senior transfer for the Dolphins is enjoying a stellar final campaign. Last week, she led the team in scoring, averaging close to 30 points per game in conference contests against John Jay College and Hunter College. Against the Bloodhounds, the senior played all 40 minutes, scattering 26 points to go with 10 rebounds as the Dolphins were able to ward of JJC at the Sports & Recreation Center. Two days later in Manhattan, CSI needed overtime, and Johnson, to get past Hunter College, 80-77. Johnson notched a season-high 32 points, nailing six three-pointers while accumulating 12 rebounds in 42 minutes of play.
This season, Johnson leads CSI is points per game (17.4), rebounds per game (8.4), steals (28), and blocked shots (11). The Dolphins are winners of six straight, boasting a record of 13-3 that includes an 8-0 mark within the CUNYAC. The Dolphins will host York College on Wednesday, before hosting Brooklyn College on Saturday.
Making a strong case for CUNYAC Rookie of the Year honors, freshman point guard Frankie Schettino bagged his fifth Rookie of the Week honors after another telling week. In CSI’s pair of wins, the rookie delivered. In limited duty against John Jay, Schettino scattered a trio of assists to go with five points, but in a closer contest at Hunter, Schettino powered to a game-high 23 points, spreading out eight assists and seven rebounds in the gritty win.
One of the nation’s assist leaders, Schettino leads the quad with 106 helpers, while averaging 11.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Schettino’s 21 steals place second on the squad. The Dolphins themselves are red-hot, owners of a 12-game win streak, boasting a 13-2 overall and 7-0 CUNYAC record. They host York College and Brooklyn College this week.