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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Souhegan hoop alum winning again at Bentley

By GARY FITZ

Staff Writer

College Journal

There are always huge adjustments when an athlete moves from high school to college. It might be being away from home for the first time, and it might be the increased demands that college athletes, especially scholarship athletes, generally face.

But one adjustment Souhegan High School Jane White hasn’t had to face at Bentley University is the added pressure of being on a losing team. ...

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There are always huge adjustments when an athlete moves from high school to college. It might be being away from home for the first time, and it might be the increased demands that college athletes, especially scholarship athletes, generally face.

But one adjustment Souhegan High School Jane White hasn’t had to face at Bentley University is the added pressure of being on a losing team.

Two years after leading Souhegan to an undefeated season and the first of back-to-back Division II state titles, White is on an unbeaten team again, and in this case a team ranked No. 2 in the country.

“The great thing about this team is that if we get down,’’ White said. “There’s always somebody to pick us up.

“It might be a starter or it might be somebody coming off the bench. We’re very deep.’’

In a recent come-from-behind victory over Saint Rose, that player was White, who in 25 minutes off the bench scored a career-high 18 points, helping the Falcons recover from a 10-point deficit in the final five minutes to win 79-74.

“Jane has been all that we had hoped she would be,’’ Bentley coach Barbara Stevens said. “As a freshman, she has had a lot to learn, and I know at times it has been frustrating for her, but she is working steadily to learn our system and has become much more comfortable within it.’’

Stevens can be tough. Just the fifth coach in women’s basketball history to win over 800 games, Stevens is in her 26th season at Bentley and posted a 78 percent winning percentage. Saturday’s victory, which left the Falcons 17-0 on the season, was the 869th of her career.

“She can be intimidating,’’ White said of Stevens, “and she pushes us to the limit, but that’s what makes her a great coach.’’

As the backup point guard, White shares time with junior starter Christiana Bakolas, who played at Manchester Central.

“The point guard has to run the floor so there’s a lot to learn, and sometimes the coaches can be hard on you,’’ White said. “But when that happens, your teammates pick you up.’’

White says she has always been her own No. 1 critic, but she always seems to play her best in pressure situations.

“What has impressed us is her competitiveness and willingness to step up and take a big shot when we need it,’’ Stevens said. “She is fearless on the floor.’’

Souhegan fans can attest to that.

Seth Cordts

Sophomore Seth Cordts of Amherst is averaging 12.4 minutes and 4.0 points for the Carnegie Mellon men’s basketball team.

Cordts had eight points off the bench and logged 26 minutes on Sunday in a 75-74 overtime win over the University of Chicago.

Kelly Morgan

Junior guard Kelly Morgan of Brookline continues to lead the Worcester Polytechnic Institute women’s basketball team in 3-pointers and 3-point shooting percentage.

Morgan, who is averaging 8.6 points per game, leads the team with 26 3-pointers and is shooting .464 percent from beyond the arc.

Melissa Robbins

Sophomore forward Melissa Robbins of Nashua is the second-leading scorer so far for the Sacred Heart University women’s hockey team.

Robbins is tied for second on the team in goals with eight, tied for second in assists with 11 and second in overall points with 19.

Connor Green

Freshman Connor Green continues to provide a lift off the bench for the 17-2 Amherst College men’s basketball team.

Green, the only non-starter averaging in double figures, is scoring 10.7 points per game, third best on the team. He’s second on the team in 3-pointers made with 34.