After a 2-0 start to the season, the College of Staten Island women’s basketball team has wasted little time making a first impression as they swept weekly awards doled out this week by the City University of New York Athletic Conference. Sophomore guard Megan McEwan was named the CUNYAC Player of the Week, while freshman interior threat Kayla Schmitter was named the conference’s Rookie of the Week.
After averaging just 11 minutes per contest a year ago, McEwan has been thrust into a larger role as the team’s point guard this season, and what followed was a couple of career outings for the sophomore. In the season opener against St. Joseph’s College of Brooklyn, McEwan scored CSI’s only two three-point baskets and finished second on the team with 16 points to go with four assists and three steals. Three days later, when CSI was sluggish offensively, she hit on a career-high 20 points in a 53-43 win over NYU, adding a career-high eight rebounds with another four steals.
Through the first two games of the season McEwan leads the team with 18 points per game with three of the Dolphins’ four three-pointers.
The Dolphins would not have had the debut they did without the services of Schmitter who was sensational in CSI’s win over the Bears last week. Schmitter came off of the bench to pop in a game-high 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting with six rebounds against St. Joseph’s, helping guide the team to the 67-43 win. Against NYU, Schmitter took just four shots, converting two for four points in 19 minutes, posting a pair of rebounds and assists.
The Dolphins will take their undefeated start with them this week for a non-conference road test on Tuesday against William Paterson University.