February 20, 2018
By: Leah Kocse
After the members of this year's Lehigh Valley Small College Basketball Team of the Year were announced, Muhlenberg senior guard Brandi Vallely was selected as this year's Player of the Year- an honor she also reveived back in 2016. Vallely was also voted Pete Nevins Player of the Year by coaches and media members as the top small college player in the area for the second time in 3 years. She is the first Mules women's player to win the win the honor twice- named for the late East Stroudsburg sports information director. Vallely's stats include leading Division III in assists per game (8.3) and assist-to-turnover ratio (4.32). She also leads Muhlenberg in steals (47) and is 3rd on the team in scoring (13.9 points per game) and rebounding (6.6 rebounds per game). The Centennial Conference all-time leader with 650 career assists (tied for 15th in Division III history), Vallely ranks in the top 10 on the Mules' all-time lists in steals (2nd with 222), free throws (8th with 274), points (7th with 1,092) and field goals (tied for 10th with 378). She has a career record of 63-13 in just 3 years as starting point guard. Muhlenberg women's head coach Ron Rohn refers to Vallely as a once in a lifetime player, saying "she doesn't like the individual attention, but it's something I think is very deserved." While Rohn gives credit to all the other players who were also in the running for player of the year, he continues to say "it shows the respect she has from all the coaches that she competes against throughout the year. Her numbers are crazy ridiculous, especially when you consider she missed her freshman year to an injury, to be the conferences all-time leading scorer to be over 1,100 career points, to be top 15th in assists in the history of division 3, she's the top rebounding leader, I mean everything she does is just remarkable." Rohn continues to say "the numbers are great but as a person, as a leader, what she means to our team is even more so because she makes everybody else better by the way she plays, the type of person that she is, everybody on the team just roots so hard for her because the one thing Brandi does best about being a star is she never acts like a star." Congratulations to Brandi! Currently Muhlenberg is 22-3 as they head into the Centennial Conference playoffs tonight with Ursinus at Johns Hopkins. gamete is set for 7:30...  Good luck to the lady Muhls!

Other members of this year's L.V. Small College Basketball Team of the Year include:
  • Desales junior guard Morgan Birmelin
  • Moravian senior forward Camille McPherson 
  • Kutztown freshman guard Rylee Derr
  • East Stroudsburg senior guard Imani Brown
  • Cedar Crest sophomore guard Sylera Weller