The following article featuring junior Erin Anthony and freshman Molly Yardley appeared in the Times Herald-Record on Wednesday, March 3, and was written by Ken McMillan.
Understanding the game of basketball goes a long way toward playing it well.
Army's Erin Anthony and Molly Yardley have tremendous basketball IQs, according to coach Dave Magarity, and the pair put their smarts to good use this season.
Anthony, a junior, was named a Patriot League first-team all-star on Tuesday, and Yardley was named to the all-rookie team.
"It's something I had my sights set on since last year,'' Anthony said of her award. "It feels good knowing my teammates had a big role in it — you have to rely on the guards to get you the ball.''
Anthony is the only player in the league to average a double-double, at 16.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. She ranks second in field-goal percentage (51.2 percent) and blocks (1.2 per game). She is the sixth Army player to earn first-team honors.
"Erin Anthony has been an incredible, consistent performer for us this year,'' Magarity said, ''some nights clearly putting the team on her shoulders to carry them.''
"Erin is as consistent as any player in the league,'' said Bucknell coach Kathy Fedorjaka. "We double-team her — even with the attention it's not like she hides and goes unnoticed. She finds other players and a way to get it done.''
Yardley is the ninth Army player to receive rookie honors.
She is shooting 33 percent from 3-point range and averaging 6.3 points in league play and 17 minutes per game.
"I think Molly has shown some flashes of offensive brilliance,'' Magarity said. "As all freshmen do, she struggled on the defensive end at times, but she has terrific upside. She has good basketball sense, she knows the game. I think she has a bright future.''
"The award capped off a great learning experience for me, about hard work and education,'' Yardley said. "It's a little vindication of the struggles I went through at the beginning of the season.''