ALBANY, N.Y. — University of Maine women’s basketball standouts Ashleigh Roberts and Liz Wood were named to the America East All-conference second team at the league’s awards banquet Thursday night.
Roberts, a senior guard, leads the Black Bears in scoring with 13.4 points a game, sixth in the league. She also chipped in 5.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.4 steals a game.
Wood, who was also named to the league’s All-Academic and All-Defensive teams, ranked in the top 10 in several America East categories including points (12.4), rebounds (6.7), assists (2.9) and steals (2.0).
Roberts and Wood are the first Black Bears to be named to the All-America East second team since Ashley Underwood in 2007.
The fourth-seeded Bears will open their postseason with a quarterfinal against No. 5 Hartford at 8:15 p.m. Friday.
Albany sophomore forward Shereesha Richards was named the conference’s player of year and was joined on the first team by junior center Megan Craig. Also named to the first team were Stony Brook’s Chikilar Goodman (senior guard) and Sabre Proctor (junior forward).
Albany’s Katie Abrahamson-Henderson was named the league’s coach of the year for the third straight time, UMBC’s Sara Tarbert was selected its rookie of the year, Goodman was named defensive player of the year and Hartford’s Morgan Lumb gained the sixth player honor.
Richards is the first player in conference history to lead the league in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage in the same season. Her 62.4-percent field goal percentage ranks second in the nation, while her 20.2 points per game average is the highest for an America East player since UMBC’s Carlee Cassidy averaged 20.4 points per game in 2008-09. She scored 20 or more points 15 times and collected 13 double-doubles.
Abrahamson-Henderson became just the third America East coach to be named coach of the year in three consecutive seasons, joining Maine’s Joanne Palombo-McCallie and Vermont’s Cathy Inglese. The fourth-year head coach has led the Great Danes to a second-straight regular-season title with a 15-1 league record, making her conference mark over the last three seasons 45-3.
Joining Roberts and Wood on the third team were UMass Lowell junior guards Jasmine McRoy and Shannon Samuels along with New Hampshire sophomore forward Corinne Cole.
Members of the third team were Hartford’s Amber Bepko (junior guard) and Cherelle Moore (junior forward), Albany’s Tammy Phillip (senior guard), Tarbert (freshman forward) and UNH’s Elizabeth Belanger (sophomore guard).
Joining Wood on the All-Defensive team were Craig, Phillip, Richards and Goodman while members of the All-Rookie team included Tarbert, Hartford’s Deanna Mayza, UMBC’s Taylor McCarley, Stony Brook’s Kori Bayne-Walker and Vermont’s Kylie Butler.
Members of the All-Academic team also included Albany’s Sarah Royals, Hartford’s Alyssa Englert, UNH’s Kaylee Kilpatrick and Stony Brook’s Brittany Snow.