Tallamy, Killing Repeat as Players of the Week

Monday, February 3, 2014

Leanna Tallamy For the second straight week, the Muhlenberg basketball teams swept the Centennial Conference player of the week awards. And it was the same two players: juniors Leanna Tallamy of the women’s team and Malique Killing for the men.

Tallamy scored more than 40 percent of the Mules’ points in two CC wins, averaging 23.0 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 53.8 percent from the field. She scored 19 points in a 48-35 win at Dickinson and poured in 27, a career high for a CC game, to go along with a career-high four steals in a 60-59 defeat of McDaniel.

The forward came up big down the stretch in the one-point win against McDaniel. She made a layup with 3:06 left to bring Muhlenberg to within one, at 59-58, and ended the next three Green Terror possessions, two with steals and one with a defensive rebound. Her steal of a skip pass with less than a minute remaining set up her game-tying free throw with 36.8 on the clock.

Tallamy went 15-for-18 from the line in the McDaniel game – the most free throws made by a Mule since Sarah Clarke was 16-for-18 in a 1999 game against Widener. The leading scorer in the CC, Tallamy needs just five more free throws to break the 22-year-old school record of 123 free throws made in a season.

Malique Killing Killing averaged 31.0 points and shot 64.7 percent from the field to lead Muhlenberg to a pair of wins, both against teams that not only came into the game in first place in the CC, but also ranked in the top 10 in Division III in a major defensive category. Dickinson was fourth in field-goal percentage defense, and McDaniel was ninth in scoring defense.

Killing scored 29 of his 35 points in the second half of a 75-72 win at Dickinson, becoming the first player in team history to record three straight 30-point games, and added 27 points in a 68-54 defeat of McDaniel. Killing was a perfect 13-for-13 from the line, dished out seven assists and broke the CC record for points scored in the freshman, sophomore and junior seasons (1,428).

With six games remaining in the regular season, Killing is running away with the CC scoring title. In league games, he is averaging 26.4 points; the player in second place is more than 11 points behind at 14.6. Killing, who is just 50 points away from breaking the season scoring record he set last year, is only the second player in Muhlenberg men’s basketball history to be named CC player of the week in back-to-back weeks. The other was Tom Scott in 2007.

Both Tallamy and Killing have been named CC player of the week three times this season.