Montclair, NJ (12/12/11) - Junior swimmer Ashley Vallone (Park Ridge, NJ / Park Ridge) and men's basketball sophomore Daniel Singleton (Neptune, NJ / Neptune) were named MSU Athletes of the Week for December 12.
Vallone was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week after posting four first-place finishes and four second-place finishes in three meets as the Red Hawks swam three times, including three dual meets against Division I opponents. Vallone was second in the 50 free (25.63) and 100 breaststroke (1:11.17) in a 125.5-70.5 loss to Seton Hall. She then won the 50 (25.58) and 100 (56.25) freestyles and helped the 400 free relay team (3:59.46) to victory in a 154-103 loss to Misericordia. Vallone wrapped up the week finishing first in the 50 free (25.12) and second in the 200 free (55.22) as MSU earned a split in its tri-meet with St. Peter's College and Manhattan College.Singleton provided quite the spark off the bench in Montclair's two victories last week, extending the Red Hawks' win streak to five. Singleton averaged 17.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, two assists and four steals per game. He opened the week with 14 points, two rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes as Montclair State knocked off New Paltz on the road, 84-63. Singleton then had 20 points, seven rebounds and seven steals, shooting 8-of-11 from the floor in a 73-46 win at CCNY. Singleton, who fell one steal shy of the MSU single-game record, posted his fine all-around game in 24 minutes of play shooting 8-of-11 from the field while making 4-of-5 from the free throw line. For the week, Singleton connected on 14-of-21 attempts from the floor (66.7 percent) and was good on 6-of-7 attempts at the foul line. So far this season, Singleton is averaging 8.6 points per game in eight contests.