Feb. 27, 2006
Army became the first team in Patriot League history to claim Patriot League Player, Rookie and Coach of the Year honors in the same season, the Patriot League announced on Tuesday. Army sophomore Cara Enright (Norco, Calif./Rosary) was named Patriot League Player of the Year, while freshman teammate Alex McGuire (Gambrills, Md./Arundel) was named Patriot League Rookie of the Year. Black Knight head coach Maggie Dixon was tabbed as the Patriot League Coach of the Year in her first season at the helm of the women's basketball program. In the award's second season, Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year honors went to Bucknell sophomore Hope Foster (Washington, D.C./Dunbar).
Enright is only the second player in Patriot League history to follow up a Patriot League Rookie of the Year award (2005) with Player of the Year honors in their sophomore season. Former Black Knight Lisa Russell accomplished the same feat after being named Rookie of the Year in 1992 and Co-Player of the Year in 1993 and 1994. Enright leads the Patriot League in scoring with 16.0 ppg and tallied seven 20+ point games with a season-high 29 versus Lehigh on Feb. 11. The sophomore guard shot .457 during the year, leading the Black Knights to their first-ever Patriot League regular season title and No. 1 seeding in the upcoming tournament. The four-time Patriot League Player of the Week, ranks in the top ten in the in the League in free throw percentage (.700) and steals (1.6).
Following in her teammates footsteps, McGuire earned Rookie of the Year honors just one season after Enright was named the Patriot League's top rookie and is the third Black Knight to win the award in League history. The freshman guard averages 11.9 points per game and has reached double digit scoring in 17 straight games and 18 overall this year. In Patriot League contests she is averaging 14.8 points per game, fifth-best in the League. Her accuracy is well noted, ranking sixth in the Patriot League in field goal percentage (.460) and second in free throw percentage (.853).
In her first season as a head coach, Dixon took over the reigns at the U.S. Military Academy in October and took the Black Knights to their first-ever regular season title and best-ever Patriot League record (11-3). The Black Knights earned the No. 1 seed and right to be one of two tournament hosts of the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the 2006 Patriot League Tournament. Dixon led the Black Knights to a 17-10 record and a perfect 7-0 mark at home in Patriot League play. Dixon's squad ranks first in the Patriot League in scoring offense and field goal percentage and second in scoring margin, 3-point field goal percentage, rebounding defense and rebounding margin.
On the defensive end Foster tops the Patriot League in blocked shots (3.4 bpg), the sixth-best average in the nation. Foster is just two rejections away from tying the Patriot League single-season record of 95, and in just two years ranks sixth on the League's career charts with 165 blocks. The 2005 All-Patriot League Rookie Team selection twice recorded a League-best seven blocks in a game this season. She also ranks first in the Patriot League in defensive rebounds (6.8) and second in overall rebounding (9.0). Foster was a key component to the Patriot League's best defensive team this season, as the Bison rank seventh in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.349) and are first in the Patriot League in scoring defense (57.6) and blocked shots (4.5).
Both Enright and Foster were named to the All-Patriot League First-Team for the first time in their careers. Joining the duo on the first team is Colgate's Megan Ballard (Atlanta, Ga./North Atlanta), Holy Cross' Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) and Lehigh's Jenny Callan (Lisle, Ill./Benet Academy), all of whom are making their debut on the League's first team.
Ballard was last year's winner of the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year award and followed it up with another solid defensive season. The Patriot League's leader in steals, averaging 3.9 per game, also ranks fifth in the nation in that category. The senior guard became Colgate's all-time theft leader earlier this season and ranks ninth on the Patriot League's career list with 279 career steals. She also ranks 11th in the Patriot League in scoring with 11.9 points per game.
In Patriot League contests, Foley is the League's leading scorer with 15.9 points per game and is second in field goal percentage (.542). The junior guard/forward reached double-digit scoring in all but three games this season and netted a season-high 27 against Army on Feb. 7. She also ranks second in the Patriot League in blocked shots (1.1) and sixth in free throw percentage (.734).
Callan rounds out the All-Patriot League First-Team as the only Patriot League player to average a double-double, ranking first in the League in rebounding (11.1) and second in scoring (15.5). Callan's rebounding average puts her eighth in the nation. On Dec. 11 against VCU, Callan tied the Patriot League single-game record with 21 boards and surpassed the 15-rebound mark four times this season. Her 17 double-doubles are 11 more than any other Patriot League player this year.
The 2006 All-Patriot League Second-Team is consists of two former honorees and three first time winners. Bucknell's Lindsey Hollobaugh (Loganton, Pa./Central Mountain) has been honored by the Patriot League in each of her three seasons, and was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year in 2004. Holy Cross' Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) was a member of the 2004 All-Patriot League Rookie Team. American's Tala Hadavi (Uppsala, Sweeden/Vasalundsskolan), Lehigh's Adrienne Blount (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) and Navy's Lauren Skrel (Walnut Creek, Calif./Northgate) earned All-Patriot League status for the first time in their careers.
Missing part of the season due to injury, Hollobaugh sat out four games early on. At 10.0 point per game, Hollobaugh made her way to the 1,000 career point mark this season and currently has 1,130 points in three season in Lewisburg, Pa. The junior guard ranks in the top ten in the Patriot League in assists (2.7) and free throw percentage (.718).
Keil recorded six double-doubles this season, second most in the Patriot League, and averaged 10.0 points per game. On the season she is shooting .376 from the field and .787 from the free throw line. The junior guard ranks among the Patriot League's best in blocks, 3-point field goal percentage and 3-point field goals per game.
Hadavi has missed the last three weeks of the Patriot League season due to an ACL injury but still ranks fifth in the League in scoring (14.2), netting a career-high 30 points at Lehigh on Feb. 4. The senior guard is second in the Patriot League in 3-point field goals made with 61, which ties American's single-season record.
Blount had a breakout season, ranking third in the Patriot League in rebounds (7.7) and sixth in scoring (14.2). The junior guard has four double-double performances this season. The one-time Patriot League Player of the Week had a career-high 26 points versus American and a career-high 15 rebounds versus Bucknell.
Navy's lone representative of this year's All-Patriot League teams is its senior guard, Skrel. On Nov. 22 vs. North Carolina A&T, Skrel recorded a Patriot League season-high 13 assists and dished out 12 at American on Feb. 21. Her 4.7 assists per game average is second in the Patriot League, while her .828 free throw percentage is third.
This year's All-Patriot League Rookie Team consists of five players from four different schools, including Army's McGuire, the recipient of the 2005-06 Patriot League Rookie of the Year award. Also making the All-Patriot League Rookie Team were American's Sahar Nusseibeh (Uniontown, Ohio/North Canton Hoover), Bucknell's Amanda Brown (Richardson, Texas/L.V. Berkner) and Lauren Schober (Chicago, Ill./Regina Dominican) and Colgate's Gretchen Polinski (Mansfield, Ohio/Mansfield St. Peter's).
Among American's talented crop of freshman Nusseibeh stood out, averaging 8.9 ppg and 5.0 rpg. Her .500 field goal percentage is fourth in the Patriot League. The one-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week had 12 double-figure scoring games and came up with a career-high 24 versus Navy on Feb. 21.
The Bucknell duo of Brown and Schober combined to win four Patriot League Rookie of the Week certificates this season, each garnering two. Brown chipped in 9.9 points per outing and is eighth in the Patriot League in assists at 2.7 per game. Schober proved to be a threat from the perimeter, ranking first in the Patriot League with a .427 accuracy from 3-point range, while averaging 10.6 points per game. Brown recorded three 20+ point games this season, Schober two.
Polinski grabbed the most Patriot League Rookie of the Week awards this season with four. In Patriot League play, Polinski averaged 13.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, shooting .492 in those games. The freshman guard was third in Patriot League games in 3-point field goal percentage (.422). Overall, she had five double-double performances and cranked out a career-high 23 points at American on Feb. 12.
The 2006 Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament will begin with quarterfinal action on Thursday, March 2 (5:30 and 8 p.m.) at Army and Holy Cross. The semifinal round will be held on Saturday, March 4 at 1 p.m. in both locations. The championship game, which will be aired live on CSTV, will take place on Wednesday, March 8 at the site of the higher remaining seed at 7 p.m.
2005-06 All-Patriot League First-Team
|Name, School||Class||Pos.||Hometown/High School|
|Cara Enright, Army||So.||G||Norco, Calif./Rosary|
|Hope Foster, Bucknell||So.||C/F||Norco, Calif./Rosary|
|Megan Ballard, Colgate||Sr.||G||Atlanta, Ga./North Atlanta|
|Kaitlin Foley, Holy Cross||Jr.||G||Albany, N.Y./Bethlehem Central|
|Jenny Callan, Lehigh||Sr.||F||Lisle, Ill./Benet Academy|
2005-06 All-Patriot League Second-Team
|Name, School||Class||Pos.||Hometown/High School|
|Tala Hadavi, American||Sr.||G||Uppsala, Sweden/Vasalundsskolan|
|Lindsey Hollobaugh, Bucknell||Jr.||G||Loganton, Pa./Central Mountain|
|Brittany Keil, Holy Cross||Jr.||G/F||Sparta, N.J./Sparta|
|Adrienne Blount, Lehigh||Jr.||F||Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac|
|Lauren Skrel, Navy||Sr.||G||Walnut Creek, Calif./Northgate|
2005-06 All-Patriot League Rookie Team
|Name, School||Class||Pos.||Hometown/High School|
|Sahar Nusseibeh, American||Fr.||F/C||Uniontown, Ohio/North Canton Hoover|
|Alex McGuire, Army||Fr.||G||Gambrills, Md./Arundel|
|Amanda Brown, Bucknell||Fr.||G||Richardson, Texas/L.V. Berkner|
|Lauren Schober, Bucknell||Fr.||F||Chicago, Ill./Regina Dominican|
|Gretchen Polinski, Colgate||Fr.||G||Mansfield, Ohio/Mansfield St. Peter's|
Patriot League Player of the Year: Cara Enright, Army
Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year: Hope Foster, Bucknell
Patriot League Rookie of the Year: Alex McGuire, Army
Patriot League Coach of the Year: Maggie Dixon, Army