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Athlete of the Week: Leka Lee-Maeba

January 23, 2018
G Basketball 2018

Lee-Maeba (shown here vs. Port Jeff) came up with huge plays on both ends (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Each week the athletic department, in conjunction with the coaching staff, will select an Athlete of the Week who best embodies what we hope for in our student-athletes. The honor can as readily go to a Bear for an outstanding performance or for making their team better through their daily sacrifice, work ethic, and spirit.

This week’s Athlete of the Week is Leka Lee-Maeba.

In her first year at the Brook this junior, hailing from Maitama, Nigeria, has made an immediate impact. During the fall season her 16 goals tied for 15th on the Suffolk County scoring list as she led the Bears back to the County Championship for the first time since 2013. Due to several key injuries, she was asked to play in goal on several occasions, including the county final, and her willingness to sacrifice her scoring opportunities for the good of the team was inspiring to watch. Her athleticism and instinct translated well between the posts despite her inexperience, and she made several sensational stops in the county title game to keep the Bears in it.

This season she has largely played a back-up role for the girls’ basketball team, but her signature positivity and and willingness to fill whatever role she is asked to play flat out makes her team better. After several of her teammates went down with injuries over the last few weeks, she was asked to step up and play more minutes. In last week’s 55-41 win over Port Jeff she was a force on the boards and did a great job defending the interior. She followed that up with a season-high five points against Babylon, before an outstanding effort in an upset victory over perennial Class C power, Pierson. Leka scored 9 points, including a stretch of 5 straight during the final taught minutes of the game, and pulled down two huge defensive boards to stave off a Whaler rally as the Bears prevailed, 49-45. Her attitude and effort exemplify what a Stony Brook athlete should be.

Great job, Leka!

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Athlete of the Week

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