From: Manahawkin, NJ
Question: Sharkey is UB's most reliable piece of the puzzle, starting every game, leading the team in minutes, and setting career highs in every category in 2013-14. She's already one of the more unstoppable offensive post players in the MAC: Just how much better can she get in her senior year?
Random Stat: Led UB in scoring twelve times and rebounding ten times in '13-'14 on her way to ten double doubles.
Career: Mackenzie Loesing brings the flash, Christa Baccas the length and low-post defensive excellence, and Alexus Malone the strength inside with range on the jumper, but excepting for matching Baccas' length in blocks, Sharkey matches or exceeds them all in most categories.
Sharkey played in just under nine minutes per game in her freshman season, but did see action 26 times on her way to 3.2 ppg and 1.7 rpg. After missing her academic sophomore year to a knee injury, she became a key player in 2012-13, fourth on the team in scoring (8.9 per) and second in rebounding (6.1). Last season the New Jersey native stepped it up once again, setting career highs in every offensive category: 14.7 ppg, 8.7 rpg, and over an assist and steal and nearly a full block per game.
Game of the year: 26 January at Ball State: Sharkey has one of the great games in UB history with 36 points and ten rebounds. Only twice has someone scored more for the Bulls. I can only pick one game, but it's worth noting that a week later at Akron Sharkey went 30/11 against the Zips.
2014-15 Outlook: As much as I'd love to see Sharkey once again improve her scoring and rebounding numbers this year, I don't think that will happen in both categories, nor would it be best for the team if it did. Between the return of Rachel Gregory from knee injury and the presumed increased role of Alexus Malone, there's a lot more talent touching the ball, and I can't be certain there won't be a little bit of a dip in the counting stats.
Look for Sharkey as an experienced senior and one of the best offensive post players in the conference to increase her points/40 and rebounds/40 but drop in the per-game number of one of those. Even so, I bet that she finishes with over 13 ppg and around or above 8.5 rpg when all is said and done.