June 25, 2018
By: Erica Rose
Muhlenberg women’s head basketball coach, Ron Rohn, is a tremendous coach. Year in and year out he has his team playing at a high level. He also, does a great job replacing the talent he loses. However, this upcoming season may be a little trickier. Anyone who watches Sports Scene knows who Brandi Vallely is. Well unfortunately for Rohn, her time as a Mule has come to an end and a player like Vallely is irreplaceable.
How irreplaceable? Vallely made Division III history this past year, as she led Division III in assists per game (8.1) and in assist/turnover ratio (4.33). This makes her the first Division III player to win the statistical championship in both categories since assist/turnover ratio became an official NCAA statistic in 2008. She also led Division III in assists per game two years ago as a sophomore.
According to the Mules website, she is the first Muhlenberg athlete in any sport to win more than one NCAA statistical championship, and she's the first player to lead Division III in assists per game in non-consecutive years.
And if that isn’t enough, she wasn’t afraid to shoot as well averaging 13.8 points often times terrorizing opponents in transition. Defensively she averages 6.5 rebounds per game and led Muhlenberg with 47 steals.
In addition to her NCAA achievements Vallely finished her career with a school- and CC-record 655 assists, which ranks her 14th in Division III history. Her career average of 7.89 assists per game is fourth in Division III history and was the best for any NCAA women's player (all three divisions) who was active in 2017-18.
Having covered the Mules several times, I can honestly say Vallely made the game fun to watch. And having interviewed her (pretty much after every game) she is one of the nicest, down to earth athletes despite her incredible talent. I wish her nothing but the best and as I said she will not be easily replaced.