Friday, March 7, 2014
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Through Monday, Malloy was averaging 7.4 points in 19.1 minutes per game. She was also leading MMA with 32 3-pointers and was shooting 75 percent from the free throw line.
“She’s had a phenomenal freshman year,” MMA coach Craig Dagan said. “Typically, when freshmen come into college programs, they have no idea what they’re in for. They think they’re ready, but they have no clue. It’s not necessarily the talent — it’s the physicality. Half the fouls at the high school level, they aren’t even close to being fouls at our level.”
Malloy has imporved during the winter. During MMA’s recent seven-game win streak, she averaged 10.7 points per game and hit 18 3-pointers.
“She hasn’t hit that proverbial freshman wall yet, because she was in great shape coming into the season,” Dagan said.
Perron, a junior at MMA, is also one of three captains for the Mariners. Dagan said it’s only the second time in his 13 years at the school that MMA has had a junior captain.
“She just does everything right,” Dagan said. “She is a great student in a really difficult marine biology program. She has improved as much as anybody I’ve ever coached. To me, that’s not a coaching thing — that’s a kid thing.”
Perron has started every game for the Mariners this season. In 20.1 minutes per game, she’s averaging 3.7 points and 4.3 rebounds.
“Tremendous kid. Tremendous work ethic,” Dagan said. “One of those players you need on your roster, where her stats don’t even come close to portraying what she does.
“The best compliment I could ever give anybody — I have a 10-year-old daughter, and I said at the banquet, ‘If my daughter could grow up to be like Jill, I’d be the happiest guy in the world.’”Matt DiFilippo — email@example.comTwitter: @Matt_DiFilippo