Claremont-Mudd-Scripps players lead All-SCIAC women’ basketball selections

Kailee Severt

Awards have been handed out for the Southern California Intercollegiate Conference and this is list of those honored in women’s basketball.

Leading the list if those honored is sophomore Kailee Severt (right) of Clarermont-Mudd-Scripps, named SCIAC Athlete of Year.

Athlete of the Year 
Kailee Severt SO F Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Newcomer of the Year 
Katelyn Serizawa FR G Chapman
Ed Baldwin Award
Natalia Ebrahimian SR F Chapman
Coach of the Year
Carol Jue Head Coach Chapman
First Team 
Kris Brackmann JR G Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Basha Brulee-Wills JR F Pomona-Pitzer
Megan Charles JR G Chapman
Jai Dungca JR PG Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Chelsea Jacoby SR G California Lutheran
Jessica Salottolo JR G California Lutheran
Second Team
Carly Buechler JR G Whittier
Jade Cheldelin JR G University of Redlands
Natalia Ebrahimian SR F Chapman
Jaime Hum-Nishikado SO G Chapman
Lauren Sato JR G Chapman
Reyna Ta’amu SO G University of Redlands

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Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s team headed to Texas

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s basketball team has qualified for the postseason for the thrid straight year, winning both the SCIAC regular season and the post-season conference tournament.

The Athenas (22-5) will take on Trinity (Tex.) in their first round playoff game in a regional on Friday at University of Texas-Tyer.

The playoff field was unveiled on today.

Sophomore Kailee Severt (13 ppg) is the team’s leading scorer while senior forward Mara Falahee (8.8 rpg) is the team’s leading rebounder.

CMS, coached by Kristen Dowling, defeated the Redlands 70-47 in the championship game of the SCIAC tournament to earn the automatic conference bid. That win avenged a loss to the same team in the last game of the regular season.

Trinity (22-6) won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament to earn its automatic conference bid. It is the second postseason berth in the last four years for the school.

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Dowling leads resurgence at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

It usually takes a coach a couple of years to make their mark. The first year is typically a transition one, with coaches oftentimes coming in so late they don’t get a chance to bring in their own players.

In that case it’s probably three years before you see the fruits of their labor.

Well Kristen Dowling works quickly, very quickly. She took the helm of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s program last year and fielded a team with just eight players. The Athenas went 9-16 overall and tied for sixth in the SCIAC.

But they showed considerable improvement at the tail end of the season. It was a sign of things to come.

This year all the team did was go 24-3, win the SCIAC regular season and win the postseason tournament to earn the conference playoff bid. It will be the first postseason appearance for the Athenas since 2004.

Dowling admits it was even beyond her high expectations.

“You don’t necessarily put a number on wins or a finish but I thought we could win more games than we’d lose and that would be a good step,” she said.

The scarey part for SCIAC foes is that it still isn’t team, completely recruited by Dowling. They’ll get better ever year as they adjust to her system and style of coaching.

And it’s still a relatively young team with just six seniors, the most notable being guard Madeline Barnes.

Now it’s on to the playoffs. The Athenas have drawn a road game with defending NCAA Division III national champion Depauw on Friday for its opener.

They’re a huge underdog. But no one could have expected them to be in this position, this soon.

Looking at the youth of this team, the coaching staff and a new facility on the horizon, this could be a juggernaut in the making!


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