Laney Layup Selected as Play of the Week

Friday, February 1, 2013

Erin Laney A Dean’s List student as an American studies major and Spanish minor, Muhlenberg junior Erin Laney is certainly capable of thinking effectively.

Colleen Caldwell Sometimes on the basketball court, however, it’s better to just react without thinking.

So when Laney received a lob pass at the basket from classmate Colleen Caldwell in the second half of a game against Washington College a couple of weeks ago, she went up and, on the spur of the moment, tipped it in alley-oop style.

That play was selected as the Centennial Conference play of the week in online balloting. Out of 2,705 votes cast, Laney received 1,071, or 39 percent, to win by more than 200 votes.

The Mules nearly swept the new weekly award, as a dunk by senior Hunter Forsman was narrowly defeated by a Johns Hopkins dunk in voting that came down to the CC office counting hanging chads. Out of 4,529 votes cast, Forsman came in second by only 52. Muhlenberg is considering an appeal to the Supreme Court.

“That was probably as spontaneous as spontaneous gets,” said Laney (left) of her award-winning play. “Usually when we run that play we’ll get a lob and go up for an easy layup without having to do it in one motion. But with the way the defense was playing I just tipped it in – I didn’t even think about it. It was pretty cool.”

The play (click below to watch) came with 10:51 left and gave Muhlenberg a 59-47 lead in an eventual 77-69 win. Although Laney finished with nine points, the field goal was her only one of the game, and she was quick to give credit to both Caldwell (right) and sophomore Abby Stenger, who set the screen that got her open.

“It was a good team-oriented play,” she said. “It’s good to have that recognition, that people voted for a play they liked to watch and I liked making.”

The next CC play of the week will be for games between January 28 and February 9.