By Ray Hamill — Kaylie McCracken’s blistering start to the new basketball season showed no sign of letting down over the weekend as she led Whitman College to a pair of wins over Puget Sound, 73-58 and 78-61
The former Arcata High standout matched her career high in points (24) for the second game in a row on Friday night, as well as pulling down 12 rebounds.
On Saturday night she added 17 points and seven rebounds, and she is now averaging 20.5 points and 7.5 boards through the opening four games, all of which the Blues have won.
For her efforts, the junior forward was named the Northwest Conference Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week for the second straight week.
Through the opening two weekends of the Division-III season, the 2018 Arcata graduate is shooting a very impressive 63 percent from the floor.
In other college basketball action over the weekend, former St. Bernard’s standout Makenna Schoenhofer continues to play a big role for the Seattle University women at the D-I level.
Schoenhofer matched her season-high with 14 minutes off the bench on Saturday and scored six points in a pair of weekend wins at Chicago State, 70-57 and 64-39.
The Redhawks have won four straight to go to 8-7 on the season and will play a pair of games at home to Dixie State this coming weekend.
A second former Arcata Tiger, Breesia Northern, was also in action for Simpson University over the weekend.
Northern, a junior guard who also played two years at College of the Redwoods, scored four points in a 72-49 loss at Vanguard on Saturday night.
Simpson also lost on Friday, 77-55, and is now 0-6 on the season.
Northern and the Redhawks will be back in action next Monday at Portland State.