November 2012 Athlete of the Month

Dan McFarland and Natalie Whitman


Dan McFarland {in photo to left}  and Natalie Whitman {in photo to right} have been named as the Hilbert College Student-Athletes of the Month for November, 2012. Both basketball athletes, last season’s team MVPs, began their 2012-13 season where they left off last winter.
McFarland helped lead the Hawks to a 5-1 overall record in November. The 6’2” senior guard averaged 16.5 points, 4 assists and 6.2 rebounds per game. His 31 minutes a game were very productive for Hilbert, for when he wasn’t attacking the hoop for a score he was looking for an open teammate to dish the ball to. McFarland was 37 of 69 from the floor (.536) and was 20 of 25 from the foul line (.80). The lefty led Hilbert with 19 points in the team’s 40-point AMCC victory over D’Youville College. His most impressive game was against Keuka when he led the Hawks in scoring/rebounding/assists (19/8/8) in their road win November 26th. 
McFarland (Lancaster, NY/St. Mary’s) is a criminal justice major and carries a 3.2 cumulative GPA.
The 5’11” Whitman also led her team in minutes played (32) as well as 15.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game as the Hawks finished 2-4 in November. She was credited with 54 rebounds, and her 26 offensive boards were more rebounds than all (but one) teammate earned for the month. Her .390 field goal percentage (32 of 82) was second best for the Hawks and she earned 42 attempts at the foul line, making 30 (.714). Whitman produced two double-doubles in November with her most impressive game in the Cazenovia win when she hit for 21 points and 21 rebounds. She also scored 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the Hawks' lop-sided road win over Penn State Du Bois November 17th.
Whitman (Lockport, NY/Starpoint) is a forensic science/crime scene investigation major with a 4.0 GPA after her first semester at Hilbert last spring.