Mount Hebron star to rise in Ivy League Next for McCauley: Penn point guard

November 29, 1992|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

Erica McCauley did not envision herself as an Ivy League college student. But after leading Mount Hebron's girls basketball team one more time this season, she will become one next year.

McCauley, one of the top guards to play at Hebron, will attend the University of Pennsylvania on a partial scholarship.

Ivy League schools do not grant athletic scholarships. McCauley, who maintains a 3.8 grade-point average and plans to study broadcast journalism, will play point guard for Penn.

Penn coach Julie Soriero could not be reached for comment.

"She [Soriero] told me that I was going to see playing time my freshman year," McCauley said. "I really like the school and the team. I know I'll have an advantage with a degree from an Ivy League school.

"My father told me that basketball would create better opportunities for education. That's what it's done for me."

"It's a great matchup," said Hebron coach Dave Greenberg, who estimates McCauley's financial aid package is worth about $13,000 a year. "You're talking about an Ivy League education for a kid who has really performed academically."

Not to mention on the basketball court. From the time she came off the bench as a freshman to replace injured point guard Amy Eberhart and lead the Vikings to a state title in 1990, McCauley, 5 feet 2, has been one of the area's top ball-handlers and outside shooters.

As a sophomore, she earned All-Metro honors by averaging 15.5 points, five steals and five assists to lead Hebron to its sixth state championship. Last year, she was a repeat All-Metro selection after guiding Hebron to its 12th county title by averaging 13.7 points, 4.6 assists and four steals.

McCauley, who has averaged just two turnovers a game over two seasons, made a school-record, 63 three-point baskets last season. She also holds the record for making six three-pointers in one game.

She will begin her senior season ranked fifth on Hebron's career scoring list with 779 points. McCauley also will try to lead Hebron to another state title without forward Kris Bryant, the reigning All-Metro Player of the Year, who is out for the season with a knee injury.

"I've always had pressure on me, and people are going to put more on me this year. I'll have to be more of a leader," McCauley said. "I've had my best week of practice ever. I'm going to play harder than ever.

"I want to go in there [Pennsylvania] next year and make a statement."

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