Mission Accomplished: Wildcats Claim USCAA National Title
Kosior Named MVP, Stoddard And Allen Selected All-Tournament
Top-ranked Daemen College won a 73–62 victory over third-seeded Lindenwood University-Belleville in the championship game of the 2013 United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The Wildcats, making their first-ever appearance in the USCAA national championship tournament, closed out the year with a 26 –7 record.
Three of Daemen’s five starters scored in double figures. Senior Ellie Allen (Amherst, N.Y./Sweet Home) totaled 20 points and seven rebounds, while classmate Chelsea Andorka (Canton, OH/Notre Dame) added 12 points and four rebounds.
Daemen, transitioning from NAIA Division II to NCAA Division II, has wasted no time in making a name for itself. Fueled by three national titles in the fall (men’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball), the Wildcats sit atop the USCAA Director’s Cup standings. The Director’s Cup is presented annually to signify overall athletic excellence. The Daemen men’s basketball team has been ranked in the top five among USCAA teams all season and was the No. 3 seed in the men’s championship tournament.
The Wildcats are no strangers to post-season play. Coach David Skolen has led his troops to 11-straight 20-win seasons and nine appearances in the NAIA Division II championship tournament. The Wildcats appeared in seven of the last nine NAIA Division II Tournaments and advanced to the “Sweet 16” in 2011.
USCAA Division I Runners-Up
The Daemen men’s basketball team closed out their record-setting 2012–13 season on Saturday, March 2 as runners-up at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association USCAA Division I National Championships held on the campus of Penn State-Fayette in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
Coach Don Silveri’s team finished the year with a 27– 6 record, establishing a new benchmark for wins in a season, surpassing the previous team record of 24 wins held by the College’s 1999 –2000 and 2003– 04 teams. They did so by employing an entertaining style of play that resulted in an average of 90 points per game topping the century mark 11 times, including in the USCAA National Semifinals against Ave Maria University on February 28. Senior forward Jim Regan and junior guard Casey Sheehan were both selected as 1st Team USCAA All-Americans while sophomore forward Gerald Beverly was a 2nd Team USCAA All-American. Both Sheehan and Beverly were selected to the All-Tournament Team at the USCAA National Championships. For more information, visit www.wildcats. daemen.edu and stay tuned for the Summer 2013 edition of Paw Prints — the official newsletter of the Daemen College Athletic Department.