(Forward, Queens College Basketball)
There must have been something about playing in December holiday tournaments which brought out the best in Queens College forward Jennifer DiChiara, a graduate student, from Smithtown, NY.
Although DiChiara had shown flashes of dominant play in losses earlier this season (like the 22 points she scored on 9 of 12 shooting from the field in a November 22nd conference loss to Adelphi), she had yet to demonstrate the consistency that she’s shown this month, while leading the Queens College women’s basketball team to five straight wins after a rough 1-4 start.
On December 8th, DiChiara was named the East Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player Of The Week, after posting three double-doubles in a four-day span. DiChiara scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 67-59 ECC win over C.W. Post on December 3rd.
She followed that up by making the all-tournament team at the 44th annual East Stroudsburg Tournament, held in Pennsylvania, on December 5th and 6th.
DiChiara shined at that tournament, with 15 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks, and two steals in a 59-44 victory over Georgian Court, before posting 10 points, 19 rebounds, four blocks, and four assists in 63-40 rout of Post College the next day.
After a two-week layoff, the Lady Knights returned to action on December 20th and 21st, in the Caldwell College Classic, in New Jersey, and DiChiara didn’t miss a beat. She scored 11 points in 65-58 win over Felician College, before coming back the following day with a huge game, recording game-highs of 28 points and 15 rebounds to pace Queens College to an 82-79 victory over Caldwell College.
DiCharra is now second on the Lady Knights in both scoring (13.1 ppg) and rebounding (9.9 rpg).
Next up for the Lady Knights (6-4, 1-1 ECC) is a home date with St. Thomas Aquinas (3-7, 0-2 ECC), on January 3rd.
After playing a major role in helping to turn around the Lady Knights’ season, the 6-foot-1 forward is definitely one to watch, going forward.