GUILFORD STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Dec. 10-18

Matt McCarthy (photo by Zach Morgan)

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Sophomore Matt McCarthy  earned his first Guilford College Student-Athlete of the Week Award Wednesday for his performance in the men's basketball team's victories Dec. 15 and Dec. 18.

McCarthy, a 6-3 starting guard, averaged 18.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in the Quakers' wins over North Carolina Wesleyan College and Johnson and Wales (N.C.) University. He shot 50 percent overall from the field and made eight-of-16 three-pointers in the contests. McCarthy also contributed six assists and four steals. He established a career high with 17 points in Guilford's 80-64 win over N.C. Wesleyan Dec. 15. He made six-of-12 field goals, including three three-pointers, and chipped in four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Three days later at Johnson & Wales, McCarthy surpassed his career best with 19 points thanks to a personal- and game-high five three-pointers. He missed only two shots from long range and matched his career high with seven rebounds. McCarthy also added four assists and two steals in the Quakers' fifth win in six games.

McCarthy is one of four Guilford students scoring in double figures and stands fourth on the team with a 10.3 points per game average. He is second on the club with 22 three-pointers, ranks fourth with 5.1 rebounds per game and is second with 28 assists.

Coach Tom Palombo's Quakers have a 7-2 overall record and are 2-1 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference games. Following a 10-day layoff, Guilford visits Maryville College in Tennessee for nonconference matches with the host Scots Dec. 28 and Birmingham Southern College Dec. 29.

The Student-Athlete of the Week Award is presented by Guilford's Student Athlete Advisory Committee, which is comprised of representatives from each of the school's 20 varsity teams. The group meets regularly to discuss the state of Guilford Athletics and seeks to build community among the school's student-athletes and non-student-athletes. Recent Guilford SAAC activities include a canned-food drive and the promotion of Champs Life Skills, which promotes intercollegiate athletics as a key part of the campus educational program and the student-athlete as an integral part of the student body. Its aim is to increase student-athletes' community involvement and to engage the greater Guilford community with the athletic department.