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January 25, 2013

Names in the Games: Catch up with local athletes competing in college

NEW CASTLE — Point Park University’s Ja’Nia McPhatter has picked up right where she left off following her high school career.

McPhatter started and scored 14 points in a 69-52 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball win over Carlow on Tuesday.

A sophomore forward and New Castle High graduate, McPhatter was 6 of 12 from the field with eight rebounds in 37 minutes of play.

McPhatter, who transferred from La Roche, has played in 20 games, 19 of which are starts. She paces the Lady Pioneers (17-4) in scoring (15.1 points) and rebounding (9.3) a contest.

McPhatter closed her high school career with 961 career points, while competing on a pair of WPIAL Class AAA championship teams (2010 and 2009).

Ryenn Micaletti, a 2007 New Castle graduate, is an assistant coach on the Point Park staff.

Elsewhere around women’s college basketball:

Waynesburg’s Becca Kerr played seven minutes off the bench in a 76-54 Presidents’ Athletic Conference win over Bethany.

Kerr, a sophomore guard from Laurel, has played in 10 games off the bench for the Lady Yellow Jackets (8-9). She’s scored 14 points with eight rebounds.

•La Roche’s LaShauna Brothers was strong off the bench in a 76-48 win over D’Youville College on Saturday.

Brothers, a 5-7 sophomore guard/forward from New Castle, scored 14 points in 20 minutes off the bench for the Lady Red Hawks (14-2).

Brothers ranks third on the team in scoring at 12.2 points a game, to go along with 4.2 rebounds a matchup. She’s played in 15 games, three being starts.

•Mercyhurst’s Abby Allen started in a 60-44 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference win over Slippery Rock University on Saturday.

Allen, a redshirt senior guard from New Castle, tallied four points, five rebounds, five steals and five assists for the Lady Lakers (5-10).

Allen is averaging 4.3 points and 4.7 rebounds a game for Mercyhurst in 15 games, all of which are starts.

•Geneva’s Taylor Yarletts was scoreless with an assist in four minutes off the bench in a 64-52 PAC loss to Thiel on Saturday.

Yarletts, a freshman guard from Mohawk, has played in 16 games off the bench for the Lady Golden Tornadoes (2-15). She’s scored 25 points and snared 18 rebounds.

Chelsea Kauffman, a sophomore guard from Neshannock, has played in six games — three of which are starts. Kauffman has scored 28 points with nine rebounds.

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