Friday, August 26, 2005

Hoops Down Under

The Centennial Conference was well-represented as a group of Division III basketball players and coaches took their game “down under” to compete in the 2005 Eastern University Games in Tamworth, Australia.

Led by Beth O’Boyle (Gettysburg '98), head coach at Montclair State, the team captured the bronze medal with a 4-1 showing against a pool of Australia collegiate teams.

The team advanced to the medal round on a three-point play by Elizabethtown’s Jen Roberts at the buzzer. After falling to 79-55 University of Western Sydney in the semifinal, the team rebounded to beat the University of Technology-Sydney 95-67.

“Taking home the bronze medal was a great way to complete an incredible tournament,” noted O’Boyle. “Overall, the coaches and the players had a great experience competing against the Australian universities and learning how to adjust to the international game.”

The team’s roster included Deb Charamella '05 of Bryn Mawr and Ally Teatom '07 of Dickinson.

The University Games is a four-day event drawing 28 Australian universities participating in 19 sports.

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