College report: Ryan Boatright fills stat sheet at UConn
By Dan Chamness For Sun-Times Media January 20, 2013 7:14PM
East Aurora graduate Ryan Boatright is averaging 15.8 points per game for the University of Connecticut. | Steve Slade~Photo courtesy of UConn
Updated: February 22, 2013 6:27AM
The date was Nov. 25.
In addition to being the Sunday after Thanksgiving, it was also the last time East Aurora graduate Ryan Boatright was not in double figures for the University of Connecticut.
The last 10 consecutive games he has been in double figures, including the last two games — a 65-58 win over Notre Dame and a 73-58 loss to Louisville.
“Ryan has been one of our most consistent players,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said. “I know what I am going to get from him almost every game. He has to score for us to be at our most effective and that is what he has done. He has to keep working and improving.”
In the win over Notre Dame, Boatright had 14 points. He finished with four field goals (one trey) and five free throws. He was one of three Huskies in double figures. He also led the team in assists (five) and steals (two). The starting guard, who played 37 minutes, also grabbed three rebounds.
Boatright scored 11 points, doled out six assists and pulled down four rebounds in the loss to Louisville. He hit 4-of-10 from the floor, which included 3-of-7 from beyond the arc. He started at guard and played 36 minutes.
In the first 16 games, Boatright has scored 252 points, doled out 74 assists and pulled down 46 rebounds — respective averages of 15.8, 4.6 and 2.9 per game. He also has 20 steals. Boatright has hit 88-of-185 field goals and 53-of-72 free throws. He has 23 treys this year.
“I feel that I have played pretty well so far this season,” Boatright said. “Some ups, some downs, but overall it’s gone pretty well. The thing is, I know I can play much better and that is what I am going to try to do for the rest of the season. I want to help my team win as many games as we can.”
Samiya Wright (Oswego) scored 19 points to help Winthrop defeat Charleston Southern 85-65. She hit 6-of-11 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the stripe and added five rebounds. Wright, who emerged off the bench and played 25 minutes, hit 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. She led Winthrop (10-8, 4-2) in points and was one of five players in double figures.
University of St. Francis center Mark Peters (Marmion) scored 18 points in USF’s 77-67 win over Trinity International. Peters, who nailed 6-of-14 from the field and 6-of-10 from the free throw line, completed the double-double with 13 rebounds. Peters started and played 30 minutes. He was one of four players to score in double figures.
Quincy’s Tyler Thompson (West Aurora) poured in 19 points, but it was not enough to power the Hawks beyond Southern Indiana, which won a 78-70 decision. Thompson, who hit 8-of-15 field goals and 2-of-3 free throws, also had eight rebounds. The starter, who played 26 minutes, had one trey in the contest. In Quincy’s 62-57 win over Missouri University of Science and Technology, Thompson had 11 points, three rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes. With the win, Quincy snapped its four-game losing streak.
Cumberland University continues to win games in women’s basketball. It improved to 17-1 overall and 8-1 in the Mid-South Conference after topping Pikeville (72-58) and Lindsey Wilson College (57-37). In the victory over Lindsey Wilson, Cumberland senior Briannica Tye (West Aurora) led the team in assists (seven) and steals (three). She scored 10 points by hitting 4-of-8 field goals and 1-of-1 from the free throw line. The starting guard, who played 35 minutes, had one trey as well. She also pulled down three rebounds.
Lewis University won its last two basketball games, beating Rockhurst (87-52) and McKendree (82-61). David Bryant (Batavia), a Lewis University senior, had seven points in each win. In the win over Rockhurst, he had three rebounds in his 28 minutes of play. In the triumph over McKendree, he had three steals, three assists and two rebounds.
Elmhurst College’s Devin Vaughn (West Aurora) and North Park’s Becca Heimsath (Batavia) had a chance to play against each other as North Park defeated Elmhurst 65-54 in women’s basketball last week. Vaughn scored six points and pulled down three rebounds. Vaughn, who started, played 18 minutes. Heimsath had two points in her seven minutes.
Hartwick College swimmer Mallory Weber (Waubonsie Valley) scored two points in two events as Hartwick defeated Union College (125-105), but lost to Springfield College (153-83). Individually, Weber was third in the 200-yard butterfly, touching the wall at 2:25.83. She was also a member of the 400-yard medley relay, which took third in 4:12.25.
The University of Illinois-Chicago won its first swimming dual meet of the new year, beating Wisconsin-Green Bay 129-114. UIC freshman Zachary McClernon (Metea Valley) took fifth individually in the 200-yard butterfly (2:01.45). He was also a member of the 400-yard medley relay, which finished fourth in 3:36.61.