Patriot League Announces 2007-08 Women's Basketball All-League Team

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Lafayette's Vanessa Van De Venter
Lafayette's Vanessa Van De Venter

March 3, 2008

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Center Valley, Pa. - The 2007-08 All-Patriot League Team had a total of 17 members with 16 different players being honored. American, Army, Holy Cross and Lehigh all had a League-leading three student-athletes honored on the All-Patriot League list. Lafayette placed two on the All-Patriot League Team, while Bucknell and Navy each had one. The Mids' one student-athlete was recognized twice.

Top-seeded American placed one student-athlete on each of the three teams, led by Liz Hayes' First-Team recognition. Stephanie N'Garsanet was named to the Second-Team, while Liz Leer was a member of the All-Rookie Team. Hayes earned her second-straight All-Patriot League mention after leading the Eagles to their first-ever No. 1 seed in the Patriot League Tournament with a 12.9 scoring average. The senior guard is tied for second in the League with 60 three-pointers made and fifth in both free throw percentage (.762) and assists (3.28). She scored in double digits 20 times this season and reached 20 or more points on three occasions. N'Garsanet contributed 10.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in League action. The senior forward was either the team's leading scorer or tied for the team-high lead in seven contests this season. Leer posted nine double-figure scoring games during her freshman regular-season campaign. In League games she averaged 7.9 points per contest and 5.1 rebounds per outing.

Army also had one player on each of the three teams for All-League honors this season, including Alex McGuire (First-Team), Cara Enright (Second-Team) and Erin Anthony (Rookie-Team). McGuire led the Black Knights in scoring in their 14 Patriot League games with a 12.4 per game average and recorded a team-high 54 steals over the course of the year. The junior guard was one of the best shooters in the League this season, ranking second in free throw percentage (.805) and fourth in field goal percentage (.414). She surpassed the 1,000 career points mark this year and now has 1,047 points over three seasons. Enright earned a place on the All-Patriot League Team for the fourth-straight year after averaging 12.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. She put up team-high points in 10 games this year and her 32 points on Nov. 18 were the most by a Patriot League player in a single game this season. She also moved to seventh in Patriot League scoring history with 1,694 career points and to ninth in career three-pointers with 171. Anthony posted an Army-high four double-doubles this season and had eight double-digit scoring efforts. The freshman forward led her team with 6.2 rebounds per game.

Army's Cara Enright

Briana McFadden led Holy Cross' All-Patriot League selections with a First-Team nod, while teammates Bethany O'Dell and Elizabeth Campbell were honored on the Second-Team and Rookie-Team, respectively. In League competition, McFadden was tied for second in scoring with 14.3 ppg. The two-time All-Patriot League selection was first in the League in free throw percentage (.809). The sophomore guard had three games with more than 20 points, including a career-high 28 in November. She was the Crusaders' leading scorer in 15 games and had a string of seven games from mid-January to the beginning of February where she earned team-high scoring honors. O'Dell is making her second-straight appearance on the Second-Team as a sophomore and her third All-Patriot League recognition after being named to the All-Rookie Team a year ago as well. O'Dell ranked third in the League in three-point field goal percentage (.392) and tied for second in treys made per game (2.07). In League games, she averaged 12.2 points per outing and was the League's top free throw shooter at a .850 mark. Campbell turned it up for League play, averaging 8.8 points per game and a team-high 5.9 rebounds per game. She shot .505 from the field over the 14-game League schedule and notched two double-doubles.

Lehigh placed a pair of student-athletes on the Second-Team All-Patriot League squad and one on the All-Rookie Team. Sophomore Alex Ross was honored for the second time in her career, after earning an All-Rookie mention a year ago. Ross leads the Mountain Hawks in scoring with 10.7 ppg in all games and 11.2 ppg in League play. Ross led the Patriot League in three-pointers made with 73 and ranks 34th in the nation in that category. Smith was Lehigh's other Second-Team honoree after averaging 9.1 ppg and a team-best 6.4 rpg. The junior guard is second in the Patriot League in steals with 61. Prosser, an All-Rookie Team selection, averaged 10.6 points per outing in Patriot League games and had 14 double-digit scoring contests over the entire season.

Lafayette's Vanessa Van De Venter earned a spot on the First-Team All-Patriot League list, while teammate LaKeisha Wright was a member of a the All-Rookie Team. Van De Venter led the Patriot League in scoring in both overall (15.6ppg) and League games (14.4 ppg). The three-time All-Patriot League selection had six games with 20 or more points this year and four double-doubles. The senior forward is third in the League in field goal percentage (.420) and free throw percentage (.797). She went over 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds this season and now has 1,366 points and 636 boards. Wright owned the second-best field goal percentage in the League at a .460 mark and contributed 9.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for the Leopards.

American's Liz Leer

Bucknell's Hope Foster was tabbed First-Team All-Patriot League for the third year in a row. Foster has been honored on the All-League Team each of her four years, including an All-Rookie mention in 2004-05. Foster became the Patriot League's all-time blocks leader this season and now has 335 in her career, which ranks 21st in NCAA history. She also surpassed the 1,000 career points mark this year and her 872 career rebounds ranks ninth on the Patriot League's career chart. The senior center/forward paces the Patriot League in blocks (2.68) and field goal percentage (.469), is second in rebounds (7.1) and sixth in scoring (12.0). She ranks nationally in blocks per game, currently coming in 14th in the nation.

Cassie Consedine of Navy was honored on both the Second-Team All-Patriot League squad and on the All-Rookie Team. Consedine recorded a Patriot League-high 12 double-doubles this season and led the League in rebounding with 8.5 per game. She was second in blocks with 69 and ranks 22nd among Division I student-athletes. In League games she was tied for second in scoring with 14.3 points per outing. The freshman center reached double-figure scoring in 26 games this season, including a current streak of 20-straight contests.

The Patriot League will announce its major award winners in conjunction with the 2008 Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament banquet held on Friday, March 7 in West Point, N.Y. The major awards are Patriot League Player, Defensive Player, Rookie and Coach of the Year.

The tournament will kick off on Saturday, March 8 with quarterfinal action and continue on Sunday, March 9 with semifinal games, all at Army's Chistl Arena. The 2008 Patriot League Tournament Championship game will take place on Wednesday, March 12 at the site of the highest remaining seed and will be broadcast on ESPNU at 6 p.m.. The quarterfinal and semifinal games will be available through the Patriot League's All-Access package.

2007-08 First-Team All-Patriot League

Name, SchoolClassPos.Hometown
Liz Hayes, American (2)Sr.GEaston, Pa.
Alex McGuire, Army (3)Jr.GGambrills, Md.
Hope Foster, Bucknell (4)Sr.C/FWashington, D.C.
Briana McFadden, Holy Cross (2)So.GWheaton, Md.
Vanessa Van De Venter, Lafayette (3)Sr.FTannersville, Pa.

2007-08 Second-Team All-Patriot League *

Name, SchoolClassPos.Hometown/High School
Stephanie N'Garsanet, AmericanSr.FAdibjan, Ivory Coast
Cara Enright, Army (4)Sr.GNorco, Calif.
Bethany O'Dell, Holy Cross (2)So.GLincoln, R.I.
Alex Ross, Lehigh (2)So.GColumbia, Tenn.
Tricia Smith, LehighJr.GZanesville, Ohio
Cassie Consedine, NavyFr.CBartlesville, Okla.

2007-08 All-Patriot League Rookie-Team *

Name, SchoolClassPos.Hometown/High School
Liz Leer, AmericanFr.FGlenside, Pa.
Erin Anthony, ArmyFr.FAllentown, Pa.
Elizabeth Campbell, Holy CrossFr.CLouisville, Ky.
LaKeisha Wright, LafayetteFr.G/FUpper Marlboro, Md.
Erica Prosser, LehighFr.GPittsburgh, Pa.
Cassie Consedine, NavyFr.CBartlesville, Okla.

(#) Number of career All-Patriot League selections
* - Due to ties in voting there are six members on the Second-Team and six on the Rookie-Team.