Recognized for her achievement in women’s basketball and softball is Marlesse (Schlott) Hames (1993-1996). She transferred into Behrend after playing one year at W & J and guided the women’s basketball program to an NCAA Tournament bid and an ECAC Southern Region Championship in 1995-96 and was named the tournament’s MVP. At the conclusion of her career she ranked second in career rebounds with 665 and third on the charts for 9.6 rebounds per game. She also ranks second in made free throws with 209.
Hames, a tremendous rebounder, still holds the record for most rebounds in a single-season with 338, and the number-one spot for rebounds per game in a single-season at 12.5. During her senior season she scored 448 points, which is third most all-time, and concluded her playing time with 800 total. She currently has an award named after her in the women’s basketball program going to the Most Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year.
Hames was a very productive middle of the line-up hitter on the softball diamond. She played in 85 games over three seasons and helped the squad make a pair of ECAC Tournament appearances and a earn a national ranking. She hit .402 as a senior and her career totals include a .371 batting average, seven home runs and 67 RBIs. The home run total and doubles had her ranked on the top five.
Hames, a graduate of Seneca Valley, earned her degree in biology from Behrend and her master’s in secondary education from Slippery Rock. She is teaching biology at Seneca Valley Intermediate High School.