Zabrecky, Killing Named to Lehigh Valley Team of the Year

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Neither Alita Zabrecky of the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team nor Malique Killing of the men’s team tower over any of their on-court opponents. The 5-8 Zabrecky may even have a few inches on Killing. Both individuals, however, have reached high levels of success on the hardwood.

Zabrecky, a senior, and Killing, a sophomore, were named to the 2012-13 Team of the Year at the Lehigh Valley Small College Basketball luncheon at Starter’s Pub in Bethlehem.

Alita Zabrecky
The women’s team, now 15-8 (12-6), clinched a Centennial Conference playoff berth with a win at McDaniel last Saturday. Zabrecky has played a huge role in Muhlenberg’s drive to the playoffs and her talent will continue to be called upon as it aims to capture its fifth CC title in six years.

Zabrecky, who scored her 1,000th career point this season, leads the team in points (14.3), rebounds (7.5) and steals (2.4) per game. She ranks in the top 10 in the CC in four statistical categories: scoring (4th), rebounding (10th), steals (3rd) and free throw percentage (5th). She has recorded five double-doubles and five 20+ point games.

“Alita is a tremendous player who will probably graduate as the fifth highest scorer in program history,” remarked head coach Ron Rohn. “She’s not just a scorer though. She does all the dirty work that a lot of top scorers don’t always want to do: rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and forcing turnovers.

“She is a great leader for a young team and is an outstanding individual to be around every day,” he added.

During her four-year career, the Mules have compiled an outstanding 82-26 record.

“It’s sentimental to be coming into the final games of the regular season and my last CC tournament,” said Zabrecky. “And it’s nice to be honored, but it would mean even more to win a conference championship.”

Malique Killing
The men’s team at 14-9 (10-6) clinched a playoff berth against McDaniel last weekend as well.

Killing will undoubtedly play a critical role in the playoffs, as he has all season. Last year’s Mid-Atlantic region rookie of the year, he leads the CC in points per game (19.8) and ranks second in steals per game (1.9), third in free throw percentage (.817) and seventh in assists per game (3.1).

“This is a great honor for me and it’s a testament to a lot of hard work during the offseason,” said Killing. “I hope to use it as a confidence boost going into the playoffs.”

He is just the third player in conference history to score at least 900 points by the end of his sophomore season. He has reached double digits in scoring in all but one game this season, and he scored over 30 points in two games, including a career-high 38 in a victory over Swarthmore.

“I am so proud of all he has accomplished in just two years,” said head coach Scott McClary. “He scores with tremendous ease and has broken both conference and school records.

“He is the greatest competitor I’ve coached in my 23 years of experience. His competitive attitude is infectious and we have had numerous come-from-behind wins this year because of Malique. He has embraced and attacked his weaknesses to come back drastically better as a sophomore.”