MARSHFIELD, Mass. – The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) announced its 2018-19 Women’s Basketball All-Conference teams and major award winners on Tuesday afternoon. The awards were voted on by the conference’s ten coaches following the conclusion of the regular season. Seven of the ten conference schools are represented on the all-conference teams, with Becker College, Mitchell College and New England College leading the way with three selections each. Mitchell captured two of the four major awards.
New England College junior guard Rene Hudson (Gallatin, Tenn.) was voted the 2018-19 NECC Player of the Year, as the Pilgrims competed in their first season in the NECC. Also new to the league in 2018-19 was Eastern Nazarene College, whose junior guard Shannon Chau (San Francisco, Calif.) earned Defensive Player of the Year honors. Mitchell’s freshman forward Amina Wiley (New Rochelle, N.Y.) was named Rookie of the Year, while her head coach Courtney Burns was voted Coach of the Year by her peers.
Hudson and Wiley both earned a spot on the first team, and are joined by Dean College’s senior guard Iindia Pina (Carver, Mass.) and freshman guard/forward Makayla Rudder (Springfield, Mass.). Eastern Nazarene’s junior forward Kyra Fleharty (Lewistown, Mont.) rounds out the first team selections.
Becker College took three of the five slots on the second team, as senior forward Adrianna Dowdy (East Haven, Conn.), junior guard Cassidy Harrison (Foxborough, Mass.) and senior forward Ciara McKissick (Charlton, Mass.) were honored. Newbury’s sophomore forward Jaymesha Sanders (West Haven, Conn.) also earned a spot on the second team, as did Lesley University’s junior forward Dakota Jones (Torrance, Calif.).
New England College landed two on the third team, with junior guard Jaz Laracuente (Dorchester, Mass.) and freshman forward Kayla Goldring (Hollywood, Md.) each earning the accolade. Mitchell also placed two on the third team in junior guard Kelsey Hernandez (New Britain, Conn.) and freshman guard Le’Sandra Turner (New Rochelle, N.Y.). Eastern Nazarene’s senior guard Tia Torio (Manteca, Calif.) completes the third team selections.
NECC Player of the Year – Rene Hudson, New England Col. (Jr., G, Gallatin, Tenn.)
In her junior campaign, Hudson led the Pilgrims to a 15-and-3 regular season conference record, and the number one seed in the NECC Championship. New England College led the NECC in points per game in conference play (75.5), behind Hudson’s team leading 17.4 points per game, which was also good for fourth in the league. She dished out 3.2 assists per game, while pulling down 6.1 rebounds per game. Hudson was also key on the defensive end of the court, as her 2.7 steals per game in league play was tied for third best in the NECC. She was a one time 2018-19 NECC Player of the Week selection (week ending 1/27/19).
NECC Defensive Player of the Year – Shannon Chau, Eastern Nazarene (Jr., G, San Francisco, Calif.)
Junior Shannon Chau was the leader of an Eastern Nazarene defense that only allowed conference opponents to score 53.8 points per game. The junior’s leadership on the defensive end helped the Lions to a 13-and-5 record, and a fourth place finish in their first year in the NECC. Chau was the most consistent defensive player for the Lions, and was relied upon to lockdown their opponents' top guard.
NECC Rookie of the Year – Amina Wiley, Mitchell (Fr., F., New Rochelle, N.Y.)
Freshman Amina Wiley was an integral part in Mitchell’s success in conference play, helping the Mariners to a 15-and-3 conference record, a share of the regular season crown, and a No. 2 seed in the NECC Championship. In her rookie season, Wiley averaged a near double-double in league play, scoring 16.8 points per game, and pulling down 9.9 boards per game. Her 58.2 shooting percentage is tops in the league. She earned NECC Rookie of the Week honors five times (weeks ending 1/6/19, 1/13/19, 1/21/19, 1/27/19 and 2/3/19).
Coach of the Year – Courtney Burns, Mitchell
In her second season, Burns led the Mariners to a 15-and-3 conference record, a share of the regular season crown and the No. 2 seed in the NECC Women’s Basketball Championship. The Mariners’ 69.9 points per game is second in the league, as was their 51.3 points allowed. The Mariners placed three players on the all-conference teams. This is Burns’ first NECC Coach of the Year award.
First Team All-NECC
Iindia Pina, Dean (Sr., G, Carver, Mass.)
Makayla Rudder, Dean (Fr., G/F, Springfield, Mass.)
Kyra Fleharty, Eastern Nazarene (Jr., F, Lewistown, Mont.)
Amina Wiley, Mitchell (Fr., F, New Rochelle, N.Y.)
Rene Hudson, New England Col. (Jr., G, Gallatin, Tenn.)
Second Team All-NECC
Adrianna Dowdy, Becker (Sr., F, East Haven, Conn.)
Cassidy Harrison, Becker (Jr., G, Foxborough, Mass.)
Ciara McKissick, Becker (Sr., F, Charlton, Mass.)
Dakota Jones, Lesley (Jr., F, Torrance, Calif.)
Jaymesha Sanders, Newbury (So. F, West Haven, Conn.)
Third Team All-NECC
Tia Torio, Eastern Nazarene (Sr., G, Manteca, Calif.)
Kelsey Hernandez, Mitchell (Jr., G, New Britain, Conn.)
Le’Sandra Turner, Mitchell (Fr., G, New Rochelle, N.Y.)
Kayla Goldring, New England Col. (Fr., F, Hollywood, Md.)
Jaz Laracuente, New England Col. (Jr., G, Dorchester, Mass.)
Del Malloy Sportsmanship Team
Samantha Drapinski, Bay Path (Sr., F, Malden, Mass.)
Sarah Ware, Becker (Jr., F, Oakham, Mass.)
Makayla Rudder, Dean (Fr., G/F, Springfield, Mass.)
Emma Farrow, Eastern Nazarene (Sr., F, Blanchester, Ohio)
Regina LeBlanc, Elms (So., G, Enfield, Conn.)
Theresa Pereira, Lesley (Gr., G, Hopedale, Mass.)
Ramzie Jones, Mitchell (Fr., F, East Hartford, Conn.)
Haleigh Martin, New England Col. (Jr., G, Bergenfield, N.J.)
Taylor Kelley, Newbury (Sr., G, North Billerica, Mass.)
Brenna Hudson, Southern Vermont (So., F, Malone, N.Y.)