There are no secrets behind Brooke Campbell's surge to the top of the Atlantic 10 rebounding charts.
"I guess people just look at me and they know I can jump," said the 6-foot Massachusetts senior forward from St. Frances. "It's hard for them to box me out because I'm fast on my feet. All I focus on when the shot goes up is getting the rebound. That's all I focus on in my head is getting the rebound and finishing. Or getting the rebound and kicking it back out."
Campbell certainly was focused Sunday, when she grabbed 13 rebounds in a 58-52 A-10 loss to George Washington.
That raised her rebounding average to 9.2, good enough to place her into a three-way tie for first place in the league with Duquesne's Nicole Sinclair and Temple's Candice Dupree.
Campbell said her scoring average, 7.4 points, will also start to rise since her rebounding has picked up.
"I'm getting the ball, but once I get on the post I just need to learn how to finish," she said. "I'm not really pressed about scoring. All I'm really pressed about is us winning. If I get more rebounds, the scoring will come."
Another key part of her game is rather surprising.
The 6-footer is a close second on the team in steals, two behind Tamara Tatham, who has 32.
"This is my last year, and I'm going to give it all I've got. I want to make it a good year to graduate on," said Campbell. "Hopefully it will lead to bigger and better things when I'm out of school."
Campbell joins second-year junior point guard Katie Nelson (McDonogh) as a one-two punch for UMass (8-6, 1-2), more in terms of teamwork than scoring.
Nelson, 5-7, averages 8.7 points and a team-leading 3.93 assists.
Calvert Hall connections
Four former Calvert Hall football players, sophomores Marques Thompson, Dan Spriggs and Devon Douglass along with freshman Jasper Ihezie, were key contributors for their I-AA teams.
Thompson helped Lehigh to a 9-3 season with 463 yards rushing and two touchdowns in addition to 20 catches for 186 yards and six touchdowns.
Spriggs was the second-leading receiver for Duquesne (7-3) with 41 catches for 428 yards and three touchdowns, and the team's top punt returner with 17 for 103 yards.
Douglass, a 275-pound defensive lineman, was second with five sacks on Central Connecticut State's 8-2 team. Douglass had 38 tackles.
Ihezie was third in kickoff returns for Georgetown (3-8) with nine for 236 yards and one touchdown, in addition to six receptions for 51 yards and four carries for 31 yards and one touchdown.
On the mat at Penn
Penn senior Jeff Eveleth (Chesapeake-AA) decisioned Purdue's Sean Schmaltz, 6-0, in a 133-pound bout last week, as the No. 22 Quakers opened their dual-meet season with a 24-16 victory.
Jeff's younger brother, Matt, is taking the year off from wrestling at Penn to pursue an internship at the Wharton Business School. Matt, who will be a junior next fall, wrestled unattached last month at the Wilkes tournament and won the 133-pound championship.
Two other Baltimore-area wrestlers, freshman 125-pounders Andrew Gold (Mount St. Joseph) and Vincent Cina (River Hill), are also members of the always-strong Penn squad. Gold is 1-2 in tournament matches with one pin, and Cina has not wrestled.
Senior soccer midfielder Greg Hinkle (River Hill) has completed his career at Guilford College with three goals and nine assists for 15 points in 72 games.
Junior 6-foot-11 center Kevin Steenberge (River Hill) is second on the Richmond basketball team in scoring (11.9 average), rebounding (5.1 a game) and blocked shots (13).
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