courtesy of Kirk Reed, CACC Assistant Commissioner
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (February 9, 2011) – Melissa Rotz of the University of the Sciences has been named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) January Student-Athlete of the Month. Rotz is a senior student-athlete on the women’s basketball team at USciences. The CACC Student-Athlete of the Month award is handed out from September to May to student-athletes who thrive in athletics, in the classroom and in the community.
Rotz checks in with a 3.97 grade point average as a Pharmacy (Doctor of Pharmacy Program) major. She is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District Team member, a two-time Philadelphia Area All-Academic team recipient and has been named to the CACC Winter All-Academic team twice. She is also a two-time Division II Athletic Directors Association (ADA) Academic Achievement winner. Rotz has been a Dean’s List member every semester at USciences.
Rotz, who hails from Harrisburg, Pa., is an active member of the USciences Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has participated in a number of community service activities. She has taken part in numerous fundraisers for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She assisted with planting trees in West Philadelphia in conjunction with the Clean Up Philadelphia Campaign. Rotz volunteered for a blood pressure screening clinic in Philadelphia’s Cedar Park, and participated with teammates in mini-clinics for local grade school teams who attended games in conjunction with USciences' ‘Take a Kid to a Game’ promotion. Finally, she volunteered at a soup kitchen in her hometown of Harrisburg. She is a graduate of Central Dauphin high School.
On the court, Rotz is the floor general of a team that is currently 16-4 overall and 12-2 in conference play, good for second place in the CACC’s South Division. The Devils are currently riding a 10-game win streak heading into this weekend’s contest at Caldwell College, which stands in second place in the North Division. Rotz dished out 41 assists in January and turned it over 22 times for a 1.9 assist:turnover ratio, while shooting 90-percent from the free-throw line and logging 32.4 minutes per-game. She currently stands third in the league in assist:turnover ratio (1.63) and seventh in assists per-game (3.44). She ranks 11th all-time at USciences with 246 assists.