Harden named rookie of the week

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Meaghan Harden ’16 was named the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) rookie of the week after the women’s basketball team reached the conference title game last weekend.

Harden had a big week for the Seahawks despite a six-point loss in the conference final. In a 74-52 quarterfinal win over sixth-seeded Eastern Nazarene College, she scored 15 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished out two assists and earned one block.

She then poured in a career-high 30 points in Salve Regina’s 69-48 semifinal win at Roger Williams University, the No. 2 seed in the CCC tournament. Harden went a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line in the 21-point victory, in which the Seahawks avenged two regular-season losses to the Hawks to reach their third straight CCC final.

In the 69-63 championship loss at the University of New England, Harden scored 13 of her 14 points in the second half as Salve Regina rallied from a 19-point deficit to close within two (53-51) on Harden’s free throws at 5:42.

The first-year Seahawk leads the team in scoring (16.0 points per game) and was selected as the conference’s rookie of the year prior to the tournament.

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