Patriot League Announces 2006-07 Women's Basketball All-League Teams

Bucknell's Amanda Brown

Feb. 26, 2007

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Center Valley, Pa. - The 2006-07 Women's Basketball All-Patriot League Teams honored 15 different student-athletes, including a League-high three from Bucknell, Holy Cross and Lehigh each. Army took home two honorees, while American, Colgate, Lafayette and Navy each had one.

Bucknell, the top seed in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament, landed two student-athletes on the First-Team All-Patriot League list and one on the All-Rookie squad. Junior forward Hope Foster and sophomore guard Amanda Brown represented the Bison on the First-Team. Foster averaged 13.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game over the course of the season and blocked a Patriot League-high 91 shots. The 2006 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year is just five rejections shy of breaking the Patriot League single-season record of 95, which she tied a year ago. On Nov. 17 Foster tied the Patriot League single-game mark with 11 blocks versus then No. 17 Michigan State. She also leads the Patriot League with nine double-doubles on the year.

Brown was the Patriot League's top scorer in the League's 14 regular-season contests, averaging 16.1 points per outing. In Patriot League competition her 43.4% accuracy from long range was tops in the League, while her 2.57 treys per game were tied for second. The former Patriot League All-Rookie Team member posted 19 double-digit scoring performances this season, including a string of 13 games in a row from Jan. 6 to Feb. 20. She also notched four 20+ point scoring games.

Bucknell's All-Rookie team representative was freshman forward Le' Le' LeSeur, who saw action in 17 games this season. LeSeur dished out 20 assists and recorded 11 steals and 45 rebounds.

Senior Kaitlin Foley headlined Holy Cross' All-League selections with her second-consecutive First-Team nod. Foley led the Crusaders with 13.6 points per game in Patriot League action and shot a Patriot League best 56.0% from the field. The veteran forward became the 53rd student-athlete in Patriot League history to reach 1,000 career points, doing so on Feb. 20. Foley was perfect from the line 13 times this season and owns an 85.2 free throw percentage.

The Holy Cross freshman duo of Bethany O'Dell and Briana McFadden were both honored on the All-Rookie squad, while O'Dell was also selected Second-Team All-Patriot League. O'Dell is the Patriot League's top freshman scorer at 11.8 points per game overall and 13.1 in Patriot League competition. The five-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week's 2.57 3-pointers made per game is first in the Patriot League, while her 40.7% accuracy from beyond the arc is third. McFadden is not far behind with 10.8 points per Patriot League game. The rookie guard's 78.4% shooting from the charity stripe is the best by any Patriot League freshman this season. The third-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week set her career high with 20 points versus Lafayette on Jan. 3.

Lafayette's Vanessa Van De Venter

Last season's Patriot League Player of the Year, Army's Cara Enright, repeated as a First-Team All-Patriot League selection in 2007, after earning Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors in 2005, along with Second-Team and All-Rookie recognition during her freshman campaign. Enright's 15.3 points per game this season were tied for first in the Patriot League. The junior guard had seven 20+ point games this year, including a season-high 25 points on two occasions. Her 1.76 steals per game were tied for second in the Patriot League along with teammate Alex McGuire, who was Army's other All-Patriot League selection for the 2006-07 season, earning Second-Team honors.

McGuire averaged 11.2 points and 2.86 assists per game this year. In Patriot League games, the 2006 Patriot League Rookie of the Year was first in the League with 34 thefts. She reached double-digit scoring in 18 games this year and 20 or more points in five contests.

Navy's Carly Meyer completes the 2007 First-Team All-Patriot League squad with her first career All-Patriot League honor. Meyer put up the highest scoring total in a single game in the Patriot League this season with 33 points on Feb. 13 against Holy Cross for her second 30 or more point game of the season. The senior forward posted 19 double-digit scoring performances, including nine straight to end the regular-season. Her 15.3 points per game average is tied for first in the Patriot League, while her five double-doubles are tied for second. She recently became the 53rd Patriot League student-athlete to amass 500 career rebounds, averaging 7.3 per game in 2006-07.

Lehigh also had three All-Patriot League selections this year, led by Adrienne Blount's Second-Team selection - her second in as many years. Blount's 7.9 boards per game were the second-best in the Patriot League this season, while her 12.2 points per outing were a team high. The senior forward grabbed 10 or more boards seven times this season and had five double-doubles. She was one of five Patriot League student-athletes to join the 500 career rebounds club this season.

Both Alex Ross and Kristen Dalton were All-Patriot League Rookie Team selections for Lehigh. Ross shot .429 from the field this season, averaging 8.1 points per game. With 35 triples, Ross ranks second for the Mountain Hawks in 3-pointers made, while her 38.5% shooting from long range is sixth in the Patriot League. Dalton has dished out 2.21 assists per game this season and has reached double-digit scoring five times, including a career-high 20-point performance on Dec. 3 against Akron. Both Ross and Dalton earned one Patriot League Rookie of the Week mention this year.

Holy Cross' Briana McFadden

A new face to the Patriot League this season, American's Liz Hayes (a junior transfer), earned a spot on the Second-Team All-Patriot League squad. Hayes' 71 3-pointers made are second in the Patriot League this season and she is third in scoring with 14.3 points per outing. The Eagle guard is averaging 2.83 assists per game and is second in the Patriot League with an 86.0 percentage from the charity stripe.

Rounding on the All-League Second-Team is Lafayette's Vanessa Van De Venter, who was an All-Rookie team selection in 2005. In Patriot League games, Van De Venter is third in scoring (13.9) and field goal percentage (46.3). The junior forward posted 19 double-figure scoring games this season and netted a season-high 23 on Feb. 20 at Army.

The remaining member of the All-Rookie team is Colgate's TaHara Williams. Williams started in 13 of 27 games in which she played in this season, averaging 7.6 points and 1.67 assists per game. The two-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week reached double-digit scoring in 13 games this year, including the Raiders' last five contests of the regular-season.

The Patriot League will announce its major award winners in conjunction with the 2007 Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament banquet held on Friday, March 2 in Annapolis, Md. The tournament will kick off on Saturday, March 3 with quarterfinal action and continue on Sunday, March 4 with semifinal games, all at Navy's Alumni Hall. The 2007 Patriot League Tournament Championship game will take place on Wednesday, March 7 at the site of the highest remaining seed.

2006-07 First-Team All-Patriot League

Name, SchoolClassPos.Hometown
Cara Enright, ArmyJr.GNorco, Calif.
Amanda Brown, BucknellSo.GRichardson, Texas
Hope Foster, BucknellJr.C/FWashington, D.C.
Kaitlin Foley, Holy CrossSr.CAlbany, N.Y.
Carly Meyer, NavySr.G/FOrlando, Fla.

2006-07 Second-Team All-Patriot League

Name, SchoolClassPos.Hometown/High School
Liz Hayes, AmericanJr.GEaston, Pa.
Alex McGuire, ArmySo.GGambrills, Md.
Bethany O'Dell, Holy CrossFr.GLincoln, R.I.
Vanessa Van De Venter, LafayetteJr.FTannersville, Pa.
Adrienne Blount, LehighSr.FMahopac, N.Y.

2006-07 Rookie-Team All-Patriot League

Name, SchoolClassPos.Hometown/High School
Le' Le' LeSeur, BucknellFr.FSnellville, Ga.
TaHara Williams, ColgateFr.GMason, Ohio
Briana McFadden, Holy CrossFr.GWheaton, Md.
Bethany O'Dell, Holy CrossFr.GLincoln, R.I.
Kristen Dalton, LehighFr.GMonmouth, N.J.
Alex Ross, LehighFr.GColumbia, Tenn.