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Knight trio takes home MIAC post-season recognition

March 2, 2017 at 2:42 pm
By Ryan Casperson '18
(L to R) Samantha Cooke, Cece Leone, and Maddie Talamantes
(L to R) Samantha Cooke, Cece Leone, and Maddie Talamantes

MIAC Press Release

NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- Forwards Samantha Cooke (Fy./Chesterfield, Mo./Incarnate Word Academy) and Cece Leone (So./Fairfax, Va./Bishop Ireton) paced the Carleton College women’s basketball team in scoring for the 2016-2017 season. Their efforts did not go unnoticed, as both players received All-MIAC Honorable Mention from the conference coaches. Cooke was also named as a member of the five-person All-MIAC First-Year Team.

Cooke is the first Knight named to the All-First-Year Team since Skylar Tsutsui in 2012 and became the first rookie to lead Carleton in scoring since Megan Vig did so during the 2002-03 campaign. Cooke averaged 11.9 points per game, ranking 15th overall in the MIAC and third among conference rookies. She helped the on the glass as she averaged 4.4 rebounds per game to rank fourth among MIAC rookies. During conference games, she improved those figures to 13.2 points—second among conference rookies—and 4.8 rebounds.

Cooke owned an overall .436 field-goal percentage and shot .794 from the charity stripe, fourth-best in the MIAC. She had four games of at least 20 points, including a season-best 26 points against Saint Mary’s University on Nov. 30. She also pulled down a career-best nine rebounds against Bethel on Feb. 1.

Leone was second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.6 points per game and pulled down 5.6 rebounds per game to rank third on the Knights. She finished with 13 double-digit scoring games, including a season- and career-high 21 points against Pomona-Pitzer on Nov. 26. Leone’s pulled down a season-high 11 rebounds against Hamline on Jan. 28, part of her second career double-double.

Leone ranked 18th in the MIAC in scoring this season and was 12th in the conference in blocked shots this season with 19.

As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the conference announced the 11th annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for women's basketball. Members of the sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition. Carleton’s representative on the All-Sportsmanship team was sophomore guard Maddie Talamantes (Chatfield, Minn./Chatfield), who averaged 2.9 points per game and 2.4 rebounds per game.