ORONO, Maine — University of Maine women’s basketball sophomore standout Liz Wood of Catlett, Va., has been named the America East Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year.
Wood, a member of UMaine’s honors college, is majoring in biology while pursuing a pre-medical studies minor with a 3.93 grade point average.
Wood averaged 12.6 points and led the team with 6.7 rebounds during the year to go along with 2.8 assists and 2.1 steals while shooting 43.7 percent from the floor and 31.7 percent from 3-point range.
Wood ranked in the top 10 in the league in points, rebounds, steals and field goal percentage as she earned a spot on the America East All-Conference second team and the America East All-Defensive team. Wood also was awarded a spot on the America East All-Academic squad.
Recently, she was awarded a University of Maine Scholar-Athlete Bronze Medallion for achieving a 3.0 or better GPA for the second straight year. Wood also was named to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll in her first semester of eligibility.
She serves as the co-president of the University of Maine’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
A committee of athletic administrators and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives chose an honoree in each of the six winter championship sports.
Each America East Scholar-Athlete was a starter or prominent reserve and carries a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30. Each is automatically eligible for the America East Female or Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award to be announced this summer.
Thomas hockey joins NECHA
The men’s hockey program at Thomas College of Waterville has been admitted to the North East College Hockey Association and will begin play in the Colonial Conference during the 2014-15 season.
Thomas will play a conference schedule with: Norwich University, Lyndon State College, Colby-Sawyer College, University of New England, United States Coast Guard Academy, Western Connecticut State University, Springfield College and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Saint Joseph’s College of Standish and Trinity will be associate members.
The Terriers were an associate member of the NECHA last season, playing a conference schedule in the Central Maine Collegiate Conference. They won the 2014 CMCC championship.
The NECHA is composed of 42 members across New England and is separated into three conferences, the Patriot, American and Colonial. Each member institution is affiliated with the American Collegiate Hockey Association and is in good standing with USA Hockey.