Team of the Week – D3hoops

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Emily Lauer, Allegheny
Photo by Ed Mailliard for Allegheny athletics


The Team of the Week presented by Scoutware is’s weekly honor roll, in its 26th season of recognizing the top performance at each of the five positions from the previous week.

Me Pos. Women
Tyson Cruickshank, Sr.
Wheaton (Ill.)
G Belle Pellecchia, So.
Octavio Brito, So.
Keene State
G Emily Lauer, So.
Russ Marr, So.
G | F Flannery O’Connor, Jr.
Framingham State
Aaron Williams, Sr.
Wheaton (Mass.)
F Taylor Lambeau, Fr.
Joshua Van Gorp, Jr.
C Kaalyn Petersen, Jr.
Games of Nov. 28- Dec. 4, 2022 | Previous seasons | All-time honorees


Belle Pellecchia

Pellecchia averaged 15 points per game on 78% shooting from the field, adding eight assists and four steals per game across NYU’s two victories. The sophomore posted 16 points, a career-high nine assists, and three steals against Brooklyn before notching 14 points, seven assists, and five steals in NYU’s win over Connecticut College. She had a 5.3 assist-to-turnover ratio on the week.

Emily Lauer

Lauer helped Allegheny improve to 4-1 in PAC play with a pair of conference wins, averaging 29 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals on 57% shooting. She set new career highs in both games, scoring 25 in an 84-77 win over Geneva and 32 in a 73-54 win over Thiel.

Flannery O’Connor

O’Connor scored 26 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in Framingham State’s 78-74 upset of No. 11 Smith.

Taylor Lambo

Lambo recorded season highs of 23 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists in an 80-75 win against previously unbeaten Rochester on Saturday. She was 9 of 13 from the field and 5-for-6 at the free-throw line against the Yellowjackets, and posted 10 points, five boards, and two steals in 21 minutes of a 59-43 victory against William Smith. On the week, Lambo shot 64% and averaged 17 points, eight rebounds, and four assists per game.

Kaalyn Petersen

Petersen totaled 49 points and 31 rebounds in the two games, shooting 57% from the floor and 73% from the FT line. Her week started with a 20 point and nine rebound effort at league-leading Loras. She capped off her week in Coe’s dramatic 91-86 double overtime victory over Simpson, registering a 20-20 game for just the second time in program history.


Tyson Cruickshank

Cruickshank scored 17 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer as No. 11 Wheaton defeated No. 15 Calvin 74-73. He led all players with eight assists and he led Wheaton with eight rebounds. Cruickshank followed this performance with 22 points as the Thunder opened CCIW play with a 75-61 victory against Augustana.

Octavio Brito

Brito tied his career high, scoring 32 points on 11-20 shooting, including 7-for-12 from behind the arc in Keene’s win over Albertus Magnus. He followed that up with a new career high, 37, on 12-for-19 shooting (6-for-10 from deep) in the opening of LEC play, an 83-70 win over Southern Maine.

Russ Marr

Marr averaged 35 points on 68% shooting over two games this week. He started out with 50, shooting 17-of-22 from the field, in a tight overtime win against Covenant, then followed that performance with 20 points against Center to open conference play.

Aaron Williams

Williams averaged 36 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks per game, shooting 62% from the floor and 53% from three-point range. He had a career-high 42 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the floor, including 4-for-8 from 3-point range, while going 14-of-16 from the line, adding three blocks, two steals, and a career-high 18 rebounds in a 93-88 victory at Lasell University. Williams capped the week by scoring 30 points on 12-for-19 shooting, including 5-for-9 from 3-point range, in addition to eight rebounds and three blocks against undefeated Trinity (Conn.).

Joshua Van Gorp

Van Gorp was dominant in two huge conference wins for Central last week. He averaged 24 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 71% in wins over preseason favorites Nebraska Wesleyan and Dubuque. It was Central’s first win over Dubuque since 2018.

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