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With 1,000 Points and 1,000 Rebounds, Oakes Proves a Hoopster for the Ages

Kelly OaksSenior Kelly Oakes saved her best for last as she netted her 1,000th career rebound during the basketball squad’s season finale against Baptist Bible College, helping to pace the squad to victory in her final game as a Falcon. Coupled with the accomplishment of scoring her 1,000 career point earlier this season during a game against Marywood University, Oakes became just the second player in Cedar Crest College history—and first in two decades—to reach both milestones. She finished her stellar career with 1,149 points, 1,005 rebounds, and 349 assists.

To achieve such numbers in scoring and rebounding is indicative of Oakes' determination and work ethic, said Coach Chad Werkheiser. "Kelly is an incredible player and her efforts on the court are unmatched. She is the reason the program has grown so quickly over the past four years,” said Werkheiser. "Kelly has committed herself to be the best basketball player she could be and the numbers speak for themselves. I respect Kelly's work ethic and her desire to win is unsurpassed. She is one of the best players I have ever coached."

Despite the fact that wins and losses clearly drive the former four-sport athlete at Delcastle Technical High School in Wilmington, Del., Oakes said she is pleased to reach such a career milestone at Cedar Crest.

"I came to Cedar Crest specifically to help build the basketball program as well as develop myself as a player on the court and a person off of it," she said. "This individual accomplishment is nice; however, I take greater pleasure knowing the impact that I and my fellow teammates have had on this program, and I am hopeful to see where it goes in the coming years. Cedar Crest College provided me with an opportunity to develop and shape myself as a person, and I will always hold it as precious gem in my journey though life."

In addition to basketball, Oakes plays volleyball and lacrosse at Cedar Crest. She has earned most valuable player honors in all three sports.