Linfield Wildcats

May 28, 2014
Reaching Her Full Potential
Vern Marshall Award Winners
Maximizing her potential to become Linfield's third all-time leading scorer and rebounder, women's basketball senior standout Kaely  Maltman has been recognized as the female recipient of the Vern Marshall Award, saluting the student-athlete that demonstrates the greatest tenacity.
Maltman, a second generation Wildcat, was a four-year starter at Linfield, garnering second team all-Northwest Conference honors as a senior and honorable mention consideration in two previous seasons. As one of just three players in program history to total 1,000 or more points and 500 or more rebounds, the senior tallied 1,265 points and 600 boards in four seasons, averages of 13.2 and 6.9 per game.
In four seasons on the court, Maltman recorded 15 double-doubles, 11 20-point performances and the second highest single-game rebounding total (21) in women's basketball history. Throughout it all, she demonstrated a high level of integrity, perseverance and work ethic.
“Kaely will go down in the history book because of her numerous accomplishments,” said head coach Robin  Potera-Haskins, “however, what makes her stand out forever is her purple-and-red colored work ethic.”
Starting every game of her career and never missing a practice, Maltman was typically the first to arrive and last to leave the gym, spending countless hours working to turn her weaknesses into strengths.
Undersized as a 5-foot-10 post and without a pure shot, she developed an ability to drive and finish at the basket coaches and teammates affectionately called “The Maltman” that was unstoppable to conference opponents in single coverage. As a senior, Maltman ranked among the top five in the Northwest Conference for numerous statistical categories, including first in field goal percentage (57.9) and assists per game (4.0), second in rebounds (9.1), third in blocks (27) and fifth in total points (389).
“Kaely's accomplishments were achieved through her tenacity to find a way to succeed despite the challenges,” Potera-Haskins said.
Maltman, daughter of Linfield alumni Scott '79 and Kimberli '78 Maltman, completed requirements toward an exercise science degree and is currently pursuing a degree in nursing at the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Portland.
The Marshall Award was established in honor of 1957 Linfield graduate Vern Marshall, a former athlete and college and professional sports referee who passed away in 2002.
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Kaely Maltman
First to arrive at gym, last to leave