The following release is courtesy of the CACC:
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (January 14, 2019) -- University of the Sciences women's basketball standout Irisa Ye on Monday was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Student-Athlete of the Month for December 2018, as announced by Commissioner Dan Mara. Ye earned the award for demonstrating success on the hardwood, in the classroom, and giving back to her local community.
Ye, a sophomore guard from North Wales, Pa., helped guide the Devils to a perfect 5-0 mark during the month, including a three-game sweep in as many days in late December over a trio of nationally or regionally-ranked programs. She averaged 22.7 points per game in that three-day stretch, including a 32-point output in a win over No. 25 Stonehill College on Dec. 30. Ye kick-started the stretch with a 17-point effort in a win at No. 2 Bentley University (Dec. 28), then followed with 19 in a win over Assumption College (Dec. 29).
With the wins, USciences jumped up to No. 7 in the national polls and to No. 1 in the East Region Polls. Ye's spectacular play earned her the CACC Player-of-the-Week honor on Dec. 31, and a few days later she was recognized as the Division II National Player of the Week from the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). Ye was also named the most valuable player of the Stonehill Holiday Tournament for leading the Devils to back-to-back wins in the event.
Ye stands out just as much in the classroom as she does on the basketball court. She sports a 3.91 cumulative grade point average in her major of biomedical sciences. Ye has been named to the school's Dean's List in each of her first three semesters.
Around campus and in the surrounding community, Ye is involved in several organizations, including USciences' PreMed Society, the Black Student Union, the Asian Student Association and the Neuroscience club.
As a team, Ye and her teammates handed out candy at Trunk-or-Treat - a USciences event that gave kids in the area a safe place to trick-or-treat on campus - and donated and wrapped gifts as part of Adopt-A-Family, which supported local families during the Christmas season. The team will also be hosting their annual Hope Showcase, which benefits The Cure Starts Now Foundation, in January.
The CACC Student-Athlete of the Month Award is handed out each month from September through May, spanning the length of the academic calendar. A student-athlete must achieve success in the athletic arena, the classroom, and engaging with their local communities.