Féquière Leads Women's Basketball Conference Awards
PORTLAND, Maine – Seniors Jessica Féquière and Tiana-Jo Carter and sophomore Mackenzie Trpcic have each won conference awards, the America East announced Friday night at the women's basketball tournament banquet.
Féquière, a guard/forward from Montreal, Quebec, was named to the All-Conference First Team. Féquière was second in the America East in scoring, averaging 17.9 points per game, and further averaged 6.2 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game, ranking seventh and eighth in the conference, respectively. She ranked sixth in field goal percentage (.406) and third in free throw percentage (.818). Féquière, who was a Preseason All-Conference this season selection and All-Conference Second Team selection last season, was joined on the First Team by Binghamton's Imani Watkins, Maine's Blanca Millan, New Hampshire's Carlie Pogue, and Stony Brook's Shania Johnson.
Carter, a center from Naples, Maine, was named to the All-Conference Third Team. Carter ranked second on UAlbany in scoring and rebounding, averaging 10.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. She also ranked third in the America East averaging 1.1 blocks per game.
Carter was also named to the America East All-Defensive Team, alongside Binghamton's Alyssa James and Watkins, Maine's Millan, and Hartford's Janelle Harrison. During the season, Carter became the all-time UAlbany women's basketball career leader in blocked shots, breaking the record that Gia Sanders held for 10 years.
Trpcic, a point guard from Hamilton, Ontario, was named to the All-Conference Third Team with Carter. Trpcic led the America East in assists, averaging 6.8 per game, a total which ranks 11th nationally. Already holding the freshman single-season assists program record, finishing her first year with 103, Trpcic broke the program's sophomore single-season assists record, having dished out 197 so far this year. Trpcic, who ranks second in the conference with a 2.1 assist/turnover ratio, is responsible for each of the top three single-game assist totals in the America East this season.
Carter and Trpcic were joined on the Third Team by Binghamton's Kai Moon, Hartford's Harrison, and Stony Brook's Janelle Matthews.
Trpcic was also named to the All-Academic Team. She has accumulated a 3.95 GPA studying Biochemistry & Molecular Biology with minors in Bioethics and Rhetoric & Communications. Earlier this season, Trpcic was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 1 Team and is now in the running for a CoSIDA Academic All-America selection.
For the second straight year, the Great Danes were shut out of the major individual awards. Watkins and James were named Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively. Maine won each of the remaining three awards. Amy Vachon was named Coach of the Year, Dor Saar was named Rookie of the Year, and Parise Possignol was named Sixth Player of the Year.
Tomorrow, the Great Danes will play their America East quarterfinal match against tournament seven-seed Vermont. The Great Danes wend 1-1 against the Catamounts this season with each team winning on their own home floor. The Great Danes' quarterfinal match is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.