While one JB Hoops alum was completing a highly decorated career, another was continuing her emergence as one of the key players to Misericordia University’s promising women’s basketball future.
Senior forward Rachel Carmody was a first-team, all-star while sophomore guard Erica Haefele assumed a larger role in the second half of the most successful season in Cougars history progressed.
Misericordia went 23-6, which is the best record in the program’s history.
Carmody was a first-team all-star in the Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom for the fourth straight season. The Western Wayne graduate gained co-Player of the Year honors in the conference on the way to third-team All-Atlantic Region recognition from D3Hoops.com.
Haefele averaged 17.6 minutes per game off the bench in the first 13 games before starting 10 of the final 16 games and averaging 24.7 minutes the rest of the season.
Carmody grabbed a career-best 8.7 rebounds per game to lead the Cougars and was second on the team in scoring with an 11.4 average.
The 6-foot senior’s nine double-doubles included a memorable effort at FDU-Florham. Carmody scored a season-high 23 points, including the 1,000th of her career, and grabbed 21 rebounds.
Haefele, a Mid Valley graduate, finished with averages of 5.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. The 5-foot-4 guard was second on the team in assists and 3-point shooting percentage (30.9) while tying for second in 3-pointers made (25).
Carmody concluded her career third in school history with 859 rebounds, fourth in blocked shots with 86, fifth in career rebounds per game at 7.8 and ninth in points with 1,191.
Misericordia played in the MAC Freedom championship game against DeSales, losing 75-59. The Cougars, who won their first 16 games to climb into the national top 25, were selected to play in the ECAC Tournament where they advanced to the semifinals before losing to Cabrini, 69-59, in the season finale.
Carmody was named to the ECAC All-Tournament Team.