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Lady Cavs senior leaves lasting impression on teammates BY VICTORIA TARVER Asst. Copy Editor Senior guard Jenn Casper can be described as energetic, fun, outgoing and determined. She is a business administration major and minors in marketing and finance. As far as her career is concerned, Casper hopes to land a job in the field of marketing. Casper has been playing basketball since the age of 4 and at Cabrini, she wears jersey No. 15. She attended Council Rock High School in Newtown, Pa., and in addition to basketball, Casper also played softball up until her junior year of high school. “[She] is a great asset to our team because she is a team-oriented player who works hard everyday in practice in order to make herself and her teammates better,” head coach Kate Pearson said in an email. “She gives it her all every day and leads by example.” Outside of school, her life is pretty normal. Casper hangs out with her friends and family in her free time and motivates herself to do well on the court and with everything else she does. She doesn’t have a favorite pro athlete but roots for the Flyers, Eagles and of course, the

Philadelphia 76ers. During Casper’s time at Cabrini, she’s made plenty of friends and has started new relationships. She’s become great friends with teammates Maggie McElroy, sophomore guard/forward and junior forward Melissa Kudzmas as well as Kristie Montano. “Teammates have a great deal of respect for her and definitely follow her lead,” Pearson said. “Casper has been a great contributor to our program because of her work ethic and her ability to step in and help our team in anyway necessary.” According to Casper, her teammates would describe her as being outgoing, strong and nice. Pearson has had nothing but great things to say about Casper’s leadership over the past two basketball seasons. “Though Casper has only been with the team for two years, she has had a great impact and I have developed a strong relationship with her that I look forward to continuing that relationship in the future,” Pearson said. “[She] has a great sense of pride to be a part of Cabrini and the women’s basketball family so I know she will be back after graduation to support her teammates and the program.”

Casper is the only senior on the women’s team and recently was honored for her service with the Lady Cavs on Saturday, Feb. 11, before a game against Philadelphia Biblical University. It’s hard for her because she has been playing basketball for so long and her time is soon coming to an end. ”It makes me sad to think about this being my last year,” Casper said. “I would like to stay involved with Cabrini after I graduate but I’m not sure if I would be able to as much as I want.” There are many obstacles and life-changing experiences after graduation. You learn to live on your own and take care of yourself. “I am scared and nervous about graduation because I do not know where I am going to be working or what I’ll be doing,” Casper said. “I just want a good job.”

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OFF THE COURT WITH JENN CASPER 1. Outside of basketball and attending class, what things do you like to do in your free time? - Spend time with family and friends.

2. What are your favorite foods? - Cheesesteaks and chicken wings.

3. What types of music do you listen to? Which artists do you enjoy listening to?

- Hip hop and country. My favorite artist is Drake.

4. Which professional sports teams do you root for? - The Philadelphia Flyers, Eagles and Sixers.

5. How would your teammates describe you? - Outgoing, strong and nice.

6. Do you think basketball will still be in your future?

- I would like to but I’m not sure if I would be able to.


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TOP: The Lady Cavs defeated Philadelphia Biblical University 79-63 on Senior Day, Saturday, Feb. 11. The victory earned the team a CSAC playoff berth. ABOVE LEFT: The women’s team wore pink “Play4Kay” t-shirts to raise awareness for cancer research. Donations benefited the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. RIGHT: Senior guard Jenn Casper prepares to shoot a free-throw against Philly Biblical. Casper, the team’s lone senior, finished with 11 points for the Cavs.

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ALL PHOTOS BY BROOKE FAMOUS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Lady Cavs clinch playoff berth with win BY AMANDA TOTH Asst. A&E Editor The Lady Cavaliers defeated the Philadelphia Biblical University Crimson Eagles on Saturday, Feb. 11, by a score of 79-63. The win clinched the Lady Cavs a spot in the CSAC tournament. They also brought their record to 9-6 in CSAC play and 11-13 overall. It was Senior Day at the Nerney Field House and senior forward/guard Jenn Casper was honored in a pre-game ceremony for her career achievements to the team. The Lady Cavs also participated in the Play4Kay initiative, wearing pink t-shirts

during shootaround. Play4Kay is a foundation that raises money for breast cancer research and is part of the Kay Yow Foundation. Cabrini is one of hundreds of schools involved in this great foundation. Seven times in the first half, Cabrini led by five. The close first half featured six ties, but Cabrini found themselves with a 39-35 lead at the break. The second half would be a different story. After the Lady Eagles trimmed Cabrini’s lead to one early in the second half, the Lady Cavs took off running on a 16-2 run. From there, they would coast to a 16-point win. Cabrini would outscore the Lady Eagles in the second half, 40-28. As a team, the

Lady Cavs shot 39.7 percent from the floor. Casper posted 11 points in her final regular season home game. Freshmen forwards Amber Keys and Megan Decker and sophomore guard Leithie Faison tied for a team-leading 12 points, leading a balanced scoring effort for the Lady Cavs. Defensively, the Lady Cavs were just as strong. Sophomore forward/guard Annie Rivituso posted five rebounds. Faison grabbed a team-high six boards. When asked how she thought the game went, Faison said she “kept her head in the game and played her hardest.” The Lady Cavs’ win is their fourth win in a row. After a six-game losing streak to end January, the Lady Cavs remain unbeaten

in the month of February. The Cavs have one more game in the regular season before they begin their quest for a CSAC title. They are scheduled to play a road game against GwyneddMercy College on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. The Lady Cavs will learn their firstround opponent then, as they prepare for their first tournament game. The CSAC tournament is scheduled to tip off on Monday, Feb. 20.

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Former Cavaliers return to court Past members of the Cabrini men’s and women’s basketball teams returned to the Nerney Field House on Saturday, Feb. 11, to participate in pick-up alumni basketball games.

OUTTA’ RIGHT FIELD NICK LAROSA

This is #Linsanity

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PEOPLE POLL

BY LAURA GALLAGHER / Asst. A&E Editor / LCG39@CABRINI.EDU

Will the Phillies be better or worse in 2012? DAVID ALONSO HISTORY SOPHOMORE

LEYLA WITHROW FRESHMAN UNDECIDED

They have been doing well for previous seasons.

Better because they didn’t do so well last season so they’ll have more motivation.

PAIGE TAORMINA SOPHOMORE MARKETING MAJOR

VERONICA MATTHEWS FRESHMAN PRE-NURSING MAJOR

Better. Last year there were many injuries.

Worse because Ryan Howard is injured.

ALEXIS ZAVAWSKY SOPHOMORE CRIMINOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR

MATT GORMAN SENIOR BUSINESS MAJOR

Better because I have faith [in them].

Better because of all the injuries last year. They will do better this year.

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin is not your typical Harvard graduate. While alumni from the Ivy League school are looking for top-notch jobs in fields like medicine and law, Lin is playing professional basketball at Madison Square Garden. If this is the first you’re hearing of Lin or “Linsanity,” I’d recommend doing a quick Google search. Lin went undrafted after graduating from Harvard and was signed by the Golden State Warriors last season. He served as a reserve player and only averaged 2.6 points per game. New York signed Lin in the offseason but still saw him as a bench player, nothing special. All of that changed against the New Jersey Nets on Saturday, Feb. 4, when Lin was thrust into the team’s starting lineup because of injuries. In his first NBA start, Lin scored 25 points and helped the Knicks defeat New Jersey by a score of 99-92. With 25 points in a game, Lin earned himself another start and, all of a sudden, is the talk of the sports world. Just as Tim Tebow’s fourth quarter antics led to people hopping on the Denver Broncos bandwagon and “Tebowing” everywhere and anywhere, “Linsanity” is now the new trend in sports. On Twitter, the hashtag “Linsanity” leads to tweet after tweet of praise for the 23-yearold’s (brief) accomplishments. Sales are booming for his No. 17 Knicks jersey and the media can’t get enough of him. It’s also worth noting that Lin himself has acknowledged Tebow as someone who inspires him. Back to basketball now. After posting three straight games with at least 23 points, Lin outscored Kobe Bryant and compiled a whopping 38 points to help the Knicks defeat the Los Angeles Lakers. After four games, his 109 total points had become the most for a basketball player in his first four NBA starts since the 1976 NBA-ABA merger. In a world where Harvard graduates are more likely to become president than play professional basketball, Lin is a player worth watching. In addition to becoming the first Harvard grad to play in the NBA in over 50 years, he is also a Christian and the only United States-born Taiwanese or Chinese athlete in the NBA right now. When a bench player suddenly becomes a starter and puts up at least 20 points a night, it’s definitely a story worth following. This is #Linsanity. NAL42@CABRINI.EDU

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Zabel leads Cavs to 85-55 victory over Philly Biblical on Senior Day BY ALLIE JETER Asst. A&E Editor The Cabrini men’s basketball team defeated the Philadelphia Biblical University Crimson Eagles on Saturday, Feb. 11, by a score of 85-55. The team is now one win away from earning the school’s third perfect Colonial States Athletic Conference record. The men’s team has now won 43 consecutive CSAC games on their home court at the Nerney Field House. Saturday was Senior Day for the Cavaliers. Seniors Cory Lemons, John Boyd and Greg Zabel, all guards, received awards and were recognized for their achievements in the game of basketball. Zabel led the Cavs with 21 points and made seven of his 12 shots. “I thought the team played very well in that when we play against a team that isn’t the greatest we don’t play down to their competition and just go out and play and focus on us as a team getting better,” Zabel said. In addition to his career-high 21 points, Zabel also made two three-point shots and was a perfect five for five from the free-throw line. Sixteen of his points came in the second half of the game. Sophomore forward Fran Rafferty helped the team

score the first five points of the game. The Cavs went on a 12-0 run before the Crimson Eagles even scored a single point. “I thought we played a pretty good game,” Rafferty said. “It was sloppy at times but overall we did a lot of things right and walked away with the win.”

“We were able to do what we wanted on both ends of the floor.” Greg Zabel

Even when they had the lead, the Cavs didn’t take it for granted and extended the score to 46-29 at the half. As they started the second half, Boyd and Lemons followed Zabel’s lead. Boyd had four points, three rebounds and two steals while Lemons had five points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Rafferty ended the game with five points, four rebounds and three assists. “I was just looking to come out and play hard, hustle and do the little things that will win us games,” Rafferty

said. “[Greg Zabel] carried us offensively and as a team we really spread the ball out well and got everyone involved.” Junior guard A.J. Williams and freshman guard Aaron Walton-Moss each ended the game with 10 points. Junior forward Abraham Bah finished with seven points, including two points from an alley-oop that was set up by Rafferty. The seniors on the men’s roster have combined to go 47-7 over the last couple of years and have picked up two CSAC championships along the way. “I think we did showcase our athleticism,” Rafferty said. “We knew Philly Bible wasn’t a top team in the conference so we definitely tried to get out and put together a great 40 minutes. We played well and athletically we might be one of the more athletic teams in region. We like to run up and down the floor and that was on full display Saturday.” “I think [the win] showcased our team’s athletic abilities in that no matter who we play we go out and give 100 percent,” Zabel said. “We were able to do what we wanted on both ends of the floor. We could have executed much better but there is no question our athleticism was apparent.” ANJ34@CABRINI.EDU

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ABOVE LEFT: Senior Greg Zabel prepares to shoot a field goal during Cabrini’s 85-55 victory over Philadelphia Biblical University on Saturday, Feb. 11. Zabel led the team with 21 points in the game. ABOVE RIGHT: From left to right, seniors John Boyd, Cory Lemons and Greg Zabel are recognized for their accomplishments prior to the start of the game.

Cavalier Athletic Calendar Thursday, Feb. 16

Friday, Feb. 17

Saturday, Feb. 18

Men’s and Women’s Swimming @ AMCC Championships/James E. Longnecker Invite - day one 10 a.m.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming @ AMCC Championships/James E. Longnecker Invite - day two 10 a.m.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming @ AMCC Championships/James E. Longnecker Invite - day three 10 a.m.

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