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District college notebook: Mathers dominates for St. Vincent women's basketball

| Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, 8:36 p.m.

Laurel Highlands High School graduate Taylor Mathers is St. Vincent College's leading scorer and rebounder.

A 6-foot-2 senior forward from Uniontown, Mathers has started all 21 of the Bearcats' women's basketball games and is averaging 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds while playing an average of 23 minutes per game. She is shooting a team-best 60.3 percent from the floor (123 of 204) and has a team-leading 49 blocks along with 24 steals and 21 assists.

In the President's Athletic Conference, she ranks fifth in scoring, ninth in rebounding, fourth in field-goal percentage and first in blocks, averaging 2.3 per game.

She set a single-game school record with nine blocks in a Dec. 7 82-70 road win at Westminster College. The previous school mark was seven set by Caryn Glassbrenner in 2007.

Two days later, Mathers was selected as the PAC Player of the Week after a 3-0 stretch for St, Vincent during which she averaged 18.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game.

Mathers' effective play helped St. Vincent to compile a 15-6 record as of Feb. 11. The Bearcats are 12-2 in the 10-team conference and are in second place behind undefeated and fifth-ranked Thomas More College.

In 2012-13, Mathers appeared in all 26 games with no starts. Despite averaging 13 minutes per game, she was third on the team in scoring at 7.1 points per game. She averaged 3.8 rebounds per game and had 28 blocks.

At Laurel Highlands High School, Mathers was a three-time All-County basketball selection and also played volleyball.

A PAC Academic Honor Roll student and team captain, she is majoring in early childhood education at St. Vincent.

DePaoli earns HOF honor

California native B.J. DePaoli, the most prolific player in California University of Pennsylvania men's hockey history, will be one of three individuals inducted into the American Collegiate Hockey Association 2014 Hall of Fame Class in May.

A 2008 graduate with a 3.6 grade point average in political science, DePaoli led the Vulcans to the 2008 ACHA Division III national title and a 29-1 record.

DePaoli, who is the first Hall of Fame inductee from an ACHA Division III team, was selected the ACHA III National Player of the Year after scoring 34 goals and providing 50 assists. He also was an ACHA Academic All-American.

His 179 goals, 234 assists and 413 points remain team records six years later.

The founder of InsidePittsburghSports.com, DePaoli resides in the Mon Valley with his wife Vanessa and daughter Charlotte.

W&J baseball ranked

Washington & Jefferson College is ranked in a pair of national preseason baseball polls.

Under the direction of 12th-year head coach Jeff Mountain (303-170), the Presidents are ranked 25th by D3baseball.com and 28th in the American Baseball Coaches Association's Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Top 30 Poll. Defending national champion Linfield College is No. 1 in both polls.

Last season, Washington & Jefferson compiled a 33-13 final record and placed a school-best third at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional. The Presidents won their first President's Athletic Conference championship since 2009.

The 2014 team returns seven position starters and the designated hitter as well as the team's top six pitchers from a year ago.

The Presidents have won at least 32 games seven times in the past nine years with four NCAA tourney appearances, including three in the past four seasons.

Washington & Jefferson opens its 2014 baseball season by hosting Bethany in a conference doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. March 8.

Bruce Wald is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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