By John Manley
There was little in the way of opposition as Azusa Pacific ran roughshod over San Jose Christian, 116-38 in men’s basketball action. Gary Dredge, Azusa’s 6-foot-9 junior center from Clondalkin, Co. Dublin, poured in acareer-high 15 points and swept 12 caroms off the boards. The Cougars, ranked eighth in the NAIA, are 8-1.
Peder Madsen has proven to be the main scoring threat for Teikyo Post in the early going of the 2000-01 campaign. The 6-1 junior from Dublin is averaging 18.7 points per game for the Eagles through their first seven outings. He’s firing at a 41 percent clip, both overall and from the environs of St. Stephen’s Green; 23 of his 40 field goals were good for three points. Madsen
has also been reliable from the free throw line, finding nothing but net on 28 of 32 lofts.
Complementing Madsen on the Teikyo roster are Mick Richardson and Ronan O’Leary. An injury has sidelined Richardson for four games, but the Dublin senior is averaging nine points a game, shooting 47 percent from the field while clicking on all seven foul shots. O’Leary, a 6-9 sophomore from Derry, has seen action in five games, averaging 3.8 points per game. Teikyo Post’s record through seven games is 6-1.
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Siobhan Kilkenny’s season has had a shaky beginning, but she found a fine time to score a career-high 15 points. Manhattan needed the offensive punch to hold off Rider, 89-85, in overtime. Kilkenny, a sophomore from Castlebar, Co. Mayo, was 6-for-14 from the floor and 2-for-5 from outside the three-point arc. She hit 1-of-2 free throws. She also displayed some versatility by dishing out three assists and managing three steals. The Lady Jaspers lost earlier in the week to Loyola of Baltimore, 68-45. Kilkenny played only four minutes in that contest, but she made things happen, scoring four points on free throws and running off with two steals.
Susan Moran’s shooting eye was a little off, but the St. Joseph’s (Pa.) junior from Tullamore, Co. Offaly, still produced in the scoring column as the Hawks split a pair of games last week. Virginia defeated St. Joe’s 62-58 with Moran throwing down 19 points on 6-for-17 from the floor and 7-for-9 from the stripe. She also had 10 boards. The Hawks then evened their record at 4-4 with a 63-59 victory over Villanova. Moran contributed 23 points, hitting on 9-for-21 from the field and 5-for-6 from the foul line. She was also credited with nine caroms and three assists.
Sacred Heart’s Kate Maher grabbed six rebounds in a 73-56 win over Yale. The freshman from Kilmaquague scored four points in 19 minutes of action. Sacred Heart made it two in a row by defeating Lehigh, 70-52. Maher didn’t score but put the clamps on three caroms. Georgetown then visited Sacred Heart in Fairfield, Conn., and administered a 70-52 beating. Maher had four points, converting her only field goal attempt and both free throws. She also had three boards as Sacred Heart fell to 2-4.
Aidan McLaughlin anchored Cleveland State’s second-place effort in the 400 medley relay at the Eastern Michigan Invitational. The Dublin freshman also tested the waters in three individual events. His best finish came in the 200 freestyle, in which he placed 11th in 1:47.64. The race was won by Kalamazoo’s J.D. Schneider in 1:41.13. McLaughlin also came in 14th in the 100 freestyle. His 47.85 clocking wasn’t good enough to outpace Eastern Michigan’s Jeffery Luhn, who got the job done in 45.04. Luhn also won the 50 freestyle in 20.54, in which McLaughlin finished 16th, in 21.98. Cleveland placed fourth in the seven-team field. The host school won the team title.