KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Kutztown University women’s basketball freshman Rylee Derr averaged 20.5 points per game in KU’s two games this past week, shooting a combined 13-of-23 from distance, earning her the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division Freshman of the Week award, as announced by the conference on January 22.
Derr’s opening act began on Wednesday night against Cheyney University, when she made a school-record tying seven three-pointers, all of which came in the first half. Derr scored 23 total points in the opening 20 minutes, single-handedly matching the Wolves team score for the half. In addition to tying the overall school-record, the seven made three-pointers set a new record for most ever made by a Kutztown freshman.
The Lititz native then delivered an encore on Saturday afternoon at East Stroudsburg University, going 6-for-14 from beyond the arc, tallying 18 points in that contest. Derr also collected seven rebounds against Cheyney and eight versus ESU, averaging 7.5 rpg in the Golden Bears’ two games.
With 52 three-pointers made, Derr leads the PSAC in both the three-pointers made and three-pointers made per game categories with 2.9 per game. The freshman currently leads the team with 13.0 ppg and is also averaging 4.5 rpg and 1.9 apg this season, a testament to her versatility. Derr will have the opportunity to see another record fall in her next game, needing just three three-pointers to tie Andrea Sisson’s freshman record of 55 made three-pointers in a season, which Sisson set during the 2010-11 season.
The award for Derr is the first of her career and the second of the season for the Maroon and Gold, with Alexis Smith claiming this honor on Nov. 27.
Kutztown will play its typical Wednesday and Saturday schedule this week, hosting Lock Haven University on Jan. 24 before heading to Shippensburg University on Jan. 27.