Fulton’s Kush Among 3 Herons Honored by Liberty League

Submitted by William Smith College

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Three William Smith College basketball players were honored by the Liberty League office today. Senior guard Mollie Danahy (Troy/Troy, N.Y.) and junior forward Kristen Kush (G. Ray Bodley/Fulton, N.Y.) earned a spot on the Team of the Week, while first-year guard Jacqueline Murphy (Holy Names/Slingerlands, N.Y.) shared the Rookie of the Week award.

Danahy matched her season-high with 20 points, grabbed a season-high eight rebounds, dished out a team-high three assists, made three steals, and blocked two shots as William Smith defeated previously unbeaten Cortland 72-70 on Saturday. She was 8-of-16 from the floor, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range. Danahy scored 14 points in the second half.

A starter in all nine games this season, Danahy is averaging 10.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 2.8 steals. She is second in the conference in steals and seventh in assists.

Kush scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed five rebounds against the Red Dragons. She was 7-of-11 from the floor and 7-for-7 from the free throw line. Kush had a game-high 15 points at halftime.

A starter in all nine games this season, Kush is producing 16.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.1 steals. She is shooting 45.7 percent from the floor. Kush is fourth in the league in scoring, fifth in rebounding, and ninth in field goal percentage.

Despite being the shortest player in the game (5-foot-4), Murphy grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and scored three points against Cortland.

A starter in seven of the nine games she’s played in, Murphy is averaging 5.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 1.0 steals. She leads the Liberty League in rebounding. Through Dec. 12, the NCAA’s most recent statistical report, Murphy is 82nd in the nation (7th among first-years) in rebounding. She is the shortest player, by two inches, in the top-100.

William Smith (4-5) will be back in action on Thursday, Dec. 30, when the Herons visit Medaille. Tipoff in Buffalo is scheduled for 2 p.m.