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Cooke secures first career All-NCAC selection

CLEVELAND, Ohio — On Wednesday, the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) released its annual women’s basketball All-NCAC teams, and Kenyon College’s Claudia Cooke collected all-conference recognition. The senior secured a spot on the All-NCAC Second Team, her first all-league laurels.

Cooke was a consistent and significant contributor throughout the season, and she was the only Owls player to start all 26 of the team’s games. Her per-game averages of 15.4 points and 8.0 rebounds paced the squad and rank second and fifth, respectively, amongst NCAC players. She also led Kenyon in shooting percentage at 48.6 percent, the conference’s sixth-best mark, and in free throws made and attempted, going 113-for-152 at the charity stripe. Her free throw totals rank second in the league, and her 74.3 percent clip is the eighth highest amongst qualified players. Additionally, the center ranked second on the Owls in total minutes (727), blocks (35), and steals (15). Her 1.3 blocks per game were a career-high that ranks fourth in the NCAC.

Over her stellar senior season, Cooke scored in double figures in 21 of 26 games, notched five double-doubles, and surpassed the 20-point threshold six times. Her high-water mark came in a win at Defiance College when she scored a career-high 35 points. The total is the sixth-highest in Kenyon history, and she shattered the program’s single-game records for free throws made and attempted with a 21-for-22 mark at the line.

Cooke concludes her career with 928 points, 604 rebounds, and 94 blocks across three seasons on the court. In the Kenyon career record book, her 1.3 blocks per game are tied for first, her 94 blocks rank third, her 8.5 rebounds per game rank fifth, her .491 field goal percentage, 242 free throws made, and .759 free throw percentage rank sixth, her 320 free throws attempted rank seventh, her 604 rebounds rank eighth, and her 13.1 career points per game rank ninth in program history.

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