January 25, 2006

Maduka Shines For Women's Hoops

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At six feet, two inches, Jeomi Maduka is an imposing player on the women’s basketball team, but not merely because of her height.

Although only a freshman, Maduka has already made an impression with her coach and her opponents. She has started all 16 games this season and is ranked in the top-7 in the Ivy League in points, rebounds, steals, blocks, and field goal percentage (leading the Red in each category). Those numbers have earned her five Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors this season.

And now, thanks in part to Maduka’s imposing numbers, the team has become a threatening force as well.

At 5-11 (2-1 Ivy), the women’s basketball team has nearly doubled its win total from a season ago, and currently sits in the top half of the Ivy League standings for the first time in two seasons (fourth).

“She’s an extremely talented individual,” said head coach Dayna Smith. “She has very soft hands, she can catch any pass thrown at her