March 9, 2010

Wieller Receives Freshman of the Year Honors; Gallagher Named All-PSAC


BLOOMSBURG - Bloomsburg University freshman guard Dana Wieller (Bethlehem/Liberty) has been selected as the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Freshman of the Year while sophomore guard Kelsey Gallagher (East Stroudsburg/East Stroudsburg South) has received first team All-PSAC East honors for the 2009-10 season.

Wieller earned the PSAC East Freshman of the Week award seven times during the season, leading the Huskies and ranking seventh in the conference with 16.0 points per game. She was deadly from behind the arc, setting a single-season school record with 79 made three's, converting on 42.2 percent of her attempts during the year, fourth best in the PSAC. Wieller hit a three in 25 of her 26 games played and knocked down at least four in 11 games, including seven against Penn State Schuylkill and six against Lock Haven. Her 3.0 three's made per game was first in the conference and ranks among the best in all of Division II. Wieller reached double-figures in scoring 21 times during the season, scoring a season-high 29 points against Nyack, just the third game of her career.


Gallagher, a three-time PSAC East Player of the Week recipient, finished the season second on the Huskies and 10th in the PSAC in scoring with 15.3 points per game and led the team with 6.3 rebounds per game and 36.0 minutes per game. She recorded three double-doubles during the season and helped Bloomsburg reach the PSAC tournament for the first time since the 2004-05 season, playing Kutztown in the quarterfinals. Gallagher, last year's PSAC East Freshman of the Year, reached double-figures in scoring 21 times and scored 20-plus in eight games, including a career-high 28 points against Goldey-Beacom on December 29. By the end of the season, Gallagher had moved into seventh place all-time in school history with 108 career three-pointers, hitting 48 this year.

"As a coaching staff, we're extremely proud of both of them," said head coach Bill Cleary. "Kelsey is very deserving and this honor represents her hard work, dedication and commitment to this team. We're also pleased to see the time, effort and hard work that Dana put in throughout the season pay off. As a team, we're incredibly fortunate to have back-to-back freshman of the year award winners."

The Huskies, whose usual starting lineup featured Gallagher and Wieller along with three other freshmen, finished the season with a 16-11 record, going 8-6 in the PSAC East in reaching the conference tournament.