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College report: E.B. Keeve takes starting role for Arizona State

Waubonsie Valley graduate E.B. Keeve is starting goalie for ArizonState’s water polo team. | Phocourtesy ArizonState University

Waubonsie Valley graduate E.B. Keeve is the starting goalie for Arizona State’s water polo team. | Photo courtesy of Arizona State University

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Updated: March 17, 2013 6:31PM

Waubonsie Valley graduate E.B. Keeve started the year as Arizona State’s backup goalie in water polo.

But by the time the season started, Keeve was not only the starter because of an injury to another player, but she helped the Sun Devils win the University of California-Santa Barbara Tournament with a perfect 6-0 mark. She walked away with the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Newcomer of the Week honor.

“I felt like I could have done a bit better,” said Keeve, a redshirt freshman. “I was not happy with my communication with the other women on the team. I hope I get more comfortable doing that. I was nervous about the tournament and I was a little surprised that I earned the award. This shows that I can hold my own and it built my confidence a bit.”

Keeve was the goalkeeper of record in ASU’s wins over California Baptist (14-7), Loyola Marymount (11-7), Cal State-Northridge (12-6), UCSB (10-7), UC Irvine (5-4) and Concordia University-Irvine (15-5).

She made 66 saves and allowed 36 goals over the six-game span. She saved her best for one of the best in the country. The sixth-ranked team in the country, UC-Irvine, had four goals. Keeve made a total of 12 saves. Arizona State is 6-0 and currently ranked fifth in the country.

“I believe the best teams in country are in our league, so I will be tested,” said Keeve, who stands a towering 6-foot-3 and can spread her arms out to 6-foot-9. “There are a ton of great players in this league. I have goals this year. One of them is to play on the national team.”

Ryan Boatright (East Aurora) scored 17 points to help Connecticut overcome South Florida 69-64 in overtime. Boatright, who hit 3 of 7 from beyond the arc, drained 8 of 10 from the charity stripe. The starting guard, who played 43 minutes, also had five boards. In UConn’s 71-65 loss to St. John’s, Boatright was held to five points, five assists, two steals and two rebounds.

Mark Peters (Marmion) scored 14 points as St. Francis lost a 68-64 decision to Trinity International. Peters, who hit 5 of 10 from the field and 4 of 5 from the charity stripe, also had four rebounds and two assists. The starter played 20 minutes. In USF’s 68-41 loss to Saint Xavier, Peters had six points and three rebounds. He started and played 25 minutes.

Malory Adam (East Aurora) scored in double figures in two games, both Olivet Nazarene victories. The ONU junior scored 12 points as the Tigers defeated Robert Morris, 102-91. Adam hit 4 of 6 from the field, which included 3 of 5 from three-point land. She also had eight rebounds and two assists. She had 11 points in ONU’s 109-74 triumph over Calumet College of St. Joseph. Adam had four field goals (three treys). She also grabbed four rebounds and two assists.

Fellow Olivet Nazarene player Sandy Cabadas (East Aurora) finished with three blocked shots in the win over RMU. She played 12 minutes off the bench. In the win over Calumet College of St. Joseph, Cabadas had three rebounds and two blocked shots. She played 12 minutes off the bench in that win.

Quincy’s Tyler Thompson (West Aurora) scored 12 points, but it was not enough to power the Hawks beyond Maryville, which won a 70-61 decision. Thompson hit 5 of 9 from the field and 2 of 4 from the free-throw line. The starter, who played 28 minutes, also had seven rebounds.

Elmhurst College suffered two more College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin losses this week as it was topped by North Central (105-93) and Carthage (78-54). EC’s Devin Vaughn (West Aurora) had 10 points, hitting 5 of 7 against NCC. Vaughn, who played 18 minutes, also had four rebounds and three assists. Vaughn had two points in the loss to Carthage.

Roosevelt recently downed Cardinal Stritch, 66-64. Becky Williford (Waubonsie Valley) and Erica Jordan (Waubonsie Valley) scored nine points and three points, respectively, for Roosevelt. Williford, who started at guard and played 37 minutes, also had three assists and two rebounds. Jordan also had four rebounds in her eight minutes off the bench.

Bellarmine defeated Kentucky Wesleyan (86-69), but lost to Southern Indiana (62-49). In the victory, Jelani Johnson (Waubonsie Valley) had seven points, three rebounds, three assists, three blocked shots and two steals. The Bellarmine senior guard started and played 32 minutes. In the loss to USI, Johnson had four points, five rebounds and four steals.

Cumberland won its last two women’s basketball games and avenged its only loss of the year. In Cumberland’s 60-54 win over St. Catharine, senior guard Briannica Tye (West Aurora) finished with two points. She started and played 30 minutes. Cumberland, now ranked sixth in the latest National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics poll, also defeated Campbellsville 60-59. Tye finished with four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Cumberland has won its last 10 games in a row.

Concordia University-Chicago got two points from Dazmine Chaney (West Aurora) as it defeated Marian University 62-56. Chaney played 11 minutes off of the bench.

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