FAIRFIELD, CONN. (April 11, 2016)—Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) of the Sacred Heart women's basketball team added another distinguished honor to her resume Monday morning as the 2016 Northeast Conference Player of the Year was named to the All-Met Second Team by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association.
The 2016 All-NEC First Team selection was an integral part of the Pioneers Regular Season Championship run pacing the squad with 16.7 points, and second on the team with 7.7 rebounds per game, leading SHU with 11 double-doubles this season. The red shirt junior picked up the third All-NEC nod of her career after finishing the regular season in the Top 5 in the league in five categories, including defensive rebounds (first), three-point field goals made (second), minute played (fourth), scoring (fourth) and three-point field goal percentage (fifth).
With her first basket against St. Francis Brooklyn on January 16, Kimmel became the 19th Pioneer in program history to eclipse the 1,000 career point milestone. Throughout the season she continued to clime the all-time scorers list finished the year in the 11 spot with 1,300 points. The Empire State native tallied double-digit points in 30 contests this season—all but three—and polished off the year with 22 straight performances of 10 or more points. On February 27, she lit up the scoreboard with a season-best 28 points against Saint Francis U, and pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds twice during the 2015-16 campaign.
The SHU women's basketball team finished the 2015-16 season 20-13. After posting a 16-2 conference record, the Pioneers clinched the Regular Season Championship and No. 1 seed in the NEC Tournament for the third time in program history.
Full List of Honorees:
- Kelsey Minato - Army
- Kahleah Copper - Rutgers
- Danaejah Grant - St. John's
- Tori Jarosz - Maris
- Tabatha Richardson-Smith - Seton Hall
- Joy Adams - Iona
- Ashunae Durant - Hofstra
- Hannah Kimmel - Sacred Heart
- Tyler Scaife - Rutgers
- Camille Zimmerman - Columbia
- Sydney Coffey - Maris
- Rachel Hallivay - Rutgers
- Marina Lizarazu - Iona
- Jasmine Nwajei - Wagner
- Shakena Richardson - Seton Hall
Player of the Year: Kelsey Minato - Army
Maggie Dixon Coach of the Year: Dave Magarity - Army
Rookie of the Year: Ogechi Anyagaligbo - Stony Brook