NEAC Announces 2015-16 Women’s Basketball All-Conference Selections and Individual Award Winners

NEAC Announces 2015-16 Women’s Basketball All-Conference Selections and Individual Award Winners

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its 2015-16 Women’s Basketball All-Conference selections, with First, Second and Third Team honors being awarded to the top 18 players regardless of position as selected by the conference coaches. 

The NEAC has also announced its women’s basketball individual award winners, which were also selected by the coaches. 

 

For the second straight year, Lancaster Bible College senior Aubrey Folger (South Berwick, Maine) was named the NEAC Player of the Year after another outstanding season for the playoff-bound Chargers.  The senior leads the conference in scoring at 22.6 points per game on a NEAC-best 59 percent shooting mark from the field, with both marks also nationally ranking fourth and eighth, respectively, across all of NCAA Division III. Her average of 9.4 rebounds per game also ranks eighth in the conference and helped her record 12 double-doubles on the year, while her 25 blocks in 23 games this season leads the team.  Folger also reached multiple milestones during the season, as she became the first player in program history to reach 2,000 career points while also reaching 1,000 career rebounds to make her the first Charger to ever do both.  A four-time NEAC Player of the Week honoree this season that gave her 10 total selections during her illustrious career, Folger also earned a spot on the NEAC All-Conference First Team for the fourth consecutive year.

 


Joining Folger as an individual award winner was Lancaster Bible College head coach Katelyn Vanderhoff, who was selected by her peers as the NEAC Coach of the Year.  Vanderhoff had an excellent debut season at the helm for Lancaster Bible, as she guided the Chargers to their fourth straight South Division regular season title with a 19-1 NEAC record while going 22-3 overall.  The success in conference play garnered the Chargers the right to host the Final Four portion of the NEAC Championship Tournament this weekend while also landing four LBC players on the NEAC All-Conference Team.  Vanderhoff’s Chargers also currently lead the conference in points per game, assists per game, rebound margin per game, shooting percentage and free throw shooting percentage.

 

 

 

Rounding out the individual award winners was Penn State Abington freshman guard Shayna Rodriguez (Philadelphia, Pa.), who was selected as the NEAC Rookie of the Year after a terrific inaugural campaign for the Nittany Lions.  Rodriguez burst onto the scene by setting multiple scoring records for Abington, as she first set the program rookie record for points in a game back in December before topping that with a single-game program-record 40 points on Jan. 17.  For the season, Rodriguez ranked second on the team and eighth in the conference in scoring after averaging 17.4 points per game, while also sinking the 10th most 3-pointers (53) to go with 6.5 rebounds per game through 23 contests.  Her play helped guide the defending conference champion Nittany Lions back to the NEAC Tournament while also making her the only freshman selected to the NEAC All-Conference Team.

 

 

 

The complete list of 2015-16 NEAC Women’s Basketball All-Conference Selections is as follows:

#

Name

Institution

Year

Position

Hometown

First Team

05

Aubrey Folger

Lancaster Bible College

Sr.

Forward

South Berwick, Maine

03

Kristina Clark

Bryn Athyn College

Jr.

Guard

Perth Amboy, N.J.

13

Ashida Cooper

Wells College

Jr.

Guard

Bensalem, Pa.

45

Shanice Smith

Lancaster Bible College

Sr.

Forward

Northeast, Md.

05

Zamica Gage

Gallaudet University

Sr.

Guard

Washington, D.C.

23

Jordan Anderson

Morrisville State College

Jr.

Guard

West Edmeston, N.Y.

Second Team

03

Geena Gallo

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Sr.

Forward

Ballston Spa, N.Y.

14

Lauren Knowles

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Sr.

Forward

Salisbury Mills, N.Y.

04

Katy Stover

Lancaster Bible College

Sr.

Guard

Fredericksburg, Va.

23

Janaiah Elum

Penn State Abington

Sr.

Guard

Philadelphia, Pa.

23

Ashley Pledger

College of Saint Elizabeth

Sr.

Guard

Randolph, N.J.

23

Stevie Ray

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Jr.

Guard

Syracuse, N.Y.

Third Team

32

Alicia Ross

Penn College

Jr.

Guard

Williamsport, Pa.

20

Shelby Preston

SUNY Cobleskill

Jr.

Guard

Ravena, N.Y.

10

Shayna Rodriguez

Penn State Abington

Fr.

Guard

Philadelphia, Pa.

33

Krissy Pennell

Lancaster Bible College

Jr.

Guard

Wrightsville, Pa.

24

Haley Kilmartin

Morrisville State College

So.

Guard

Fort Plain, N.Y.

12

Skylar Girard

Cazenovia College

So.

Guard

Glens Falls, N.Y.


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The North Eastern Athletic Conference has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University - Abington, Pennsylvania State University - Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Institute of Technology, SUNY Morrisville State College, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Penn State Altoona (M Volleyball) and Rutgers University - Camden (M Golf).  The North Eastern Athletic Conference has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of men’s and women’s tennis.