(by Doug DeBiase, CACC Assistant Commissioner)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (March 3, 2015) – Felician College women's basketball standout Eliana Scanlon (New York, N.Y.) on Tuesday was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Student-Athlete of the Month for February 2015. Her recognition comes on the heels of her exemplary work on the court, in the classroom, and in the community. The announcement was made by Commissioner Dan Mara.
By being recognized with the monthly honor, Scanlon will now be part of the CACC Basketball Championship Banquet on Thursday night in Philadelphia, as the league will honor this year's top award winners in the sport for both men and women.
The senior guard from New York, N.Y., averaged over 16 points, five rebounds, and five assists over seven games during the month of February. She dropped in a month-high 21 points on Feb. 4 against Caldwell University, and topped 18 points in five of the contests. She netted 18 points in the season finale versus Concordia College to help propel the Golden Falcons to a 71-61 triumph.
Scanlon ranks among the top-five in the CACC in several categories, including scoring (7th, 16.1 ppg), total points (8th, 402), assists (5th, 109), free throws made (2nd, 127), and minutes per game (4th, 36.4). Her 96 free throws converted in conference games served as the top mark in the conference.
Scanlon's efforts on the court have also placed her among the all-time greats in program history, as she ranks seventh all-time in assists at Felician, while also owning the fourth-best single season assist total.
Scanlon has also proven to be a success and standout in the classroom during her time in Rutherford, N.J. She owns a 3.61 cumulative grade point average in her major of psychology, and is a nominee for the 2015 Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar award and the 2015 CACC Winter All-Academic Team, as her GPA more than meets the requirements for both awards.
Scanlon is a tremendous leader as well, as she was a co-captain on the 2014-15 Golden Falcon team. Her leadership skills are not only seen in the gym, but also in the community where she has worked in numerous volunteer activities. Scanlon has volunteered her time to the Rutherford Touch-a-Truck campaign, which assists children in being able to view all types of trucks. She has taught Zumba classes to local citizens as part of the Rutherford Mayor's Wellness Campaign, and been a chaperone for children in the Rutherford Ragamuffin Parade. If that wasn't enough, Scanlon has also participated in the Shoot for Hunger Holiday Food Drive in the local Rutherford area.
Scanlon is the sixth standout in the CACC this year to garner the league's top monthly award. The program runs from September through May during each academic year, as the CACC selects one student-athlete per month to recognize their impact on being an all-around student at their school, and not just being an athlete.
Scanlon joins Sara-Caitrin Mandelburg (Nyack College, September), Macki Groves (Felician, October), Emily Caswell (Caldwell, November), Garret Kerr (University of the Sciences, December), and Lillian Chukwueze (Goldey-Beacom, January) as this year's monthly award winners to date.
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician College, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Nyack College, Philadelphia University, Post University of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.