Pacific Athletes of the Week: Dec. 15, 2011
Kymmond MitchellDaegu basketball
Last week — Set the school record for three-point goals with 11 in a single basketball game and helped the Warriors to a 7-0 start to the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Division I season, the best by the school since the 1988-89 season.
Mitchell, a junior, scored 35 points, 33 from long range, in Daegu’s 66-52 victory over Osan American on Friday at Camp Walker’s Kelly Field House. The next day, the Warriors beat Korea International 43-33 at Camp George’s Warrior Gym , capping the seven-victory start heading into the Christmas break.
“Kymmond is the person responsible for getting everyone on the team united,” coach Phillip Loyd said. “A big smile and funny remark from Kymmond gets everyone loose and ready to bond as a team. He is a gifted shooter who is just starting to find his range and ability to make a shot on demand.”
Rebekah HarwellMatthew C. Perry basketball
Last week — Beat her own Pacific single-game scoring record, netting 52 points in a game Saturday during the first of two Western Japan Athletic Association tournaments this season. She previously shared the record of 44 with Kubasaki’s Gabby Falco, who set the record in November 2009; Harwell matched it last month at Nagoya International.
Harwell, a senior, got the record during the Samurai’s 66-41 victory over E.J. King, which had beaten Perry twice on the Samurai’s home court during the DODDS Japan season openers. Harwell averaged 28 points per game last weekend as the Samurai took third place in the WJAA tournament.
“Rebekah is a strong, goal-oriented student-athlete,” coach April Kelley said. “She has a basketball mind, she can see it all and knows how and when to penetrate a team’s defense. Above all, she is an unselfish player who will allow her whole team to shine, whenever possible.”