Nolan Cressler makes his mark in first season at Cornell
Nolan Cressler didn't waste any time becoming a big factor on the Cornell University men's basketball team.
The Plum graduate and Big Red freshman came off the bench in his Cornell debut in November and scored a team-best 20 points — including six 3-pointers — to lead his team to a season-opening victory over Western Michigan.
He was a two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week during the 2012-13 campaign, and he ranked fourth on the team in scoring (9.3 points per game), third in rebounding (3.7 per game) and first in 3-pointers made (54) and 3-point percentage (.403).
Cressler played in all 31 games and finished with 12 starts. He shot 42.7 percent from the floor and averaged 21.1 minutes per contest.
He averaged 11.1 points and 4.4 rebounds in Ivy League games.
Cressler scored in double figures 14 times, including five of Cornell's final six games.
He averaged 15 points over the final six games of the season, and he tallied a career-best 22 points in games against Penn and Brown.
Cressler scored 14 points and added seven rebounds at Dartmouth, and he added 12 points and nine rebounds at Ivy League champ and NCAA Tournament qualifier Harvard.
Cornell started 5-3 in Ivy League play, but the Big Red suffered losses in their final six conference games to end up 5-9 in the league and 13-18 overall.
In his first season at Pitt-Johnstown after transferring from Seton Hill, Cressler started all 28 games and averaged 10.8 points per game — good for fourth on the team — and a team-runner-up 6.1 rebounds a contest.
He reached double figures in scoring 16 times and scored a career-best 28 against West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe Shepherd on Jan. 3.
Cressler added 12 rebounds in the 92-84 loss.
He tallied 27 points and nine rebounds at Fairmont State on Feb. 11 in an 88-73 loss.
Pitt-Johnstown finished its season with a 15-13 overall record and a 10-12 mark in the WVIAC.
Plum graduate Lindsay Deemer capped off another successful season for the Marietta College women's basketball team, and she helped the Pioneers reach the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament for the second year in a row,
The Marietta 6-foot-1 sophomore center was the most productive rebounder in the conference this season. She averaged 14.2 total rebounds per 40 minutes played.
She also led the conference in defensive rebounds per 40 minutes with a 10.5 average.
Deemer was fifth in the conference in blocks for 40 minutes.
She grabbed 135 rebounds this year, an average of 5.6 per game, and she averaged 3.3 points per contest.
Deemer led Marietta in rebounding nine times this season and pulled down a season- and career-best 13 in a 69-64 victory over Heidelberg University on Feb. 2.
The Pioneers finished 10-16 overall and 5-13 in the OAC. The team suffered a 60-53 loss to John Carroll in the first round of the OAC Tournament on Feb. 18.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388- 5825 or at email@example.com.