Washington, Williams, Kimmel Earn All-NEC Honors
FAIRFIELD, CONN. (March 6, 2014)—Three members of the Sacred Heart women's basketball team receive all-conference honors as announced by the Northeast Conference Thursday morning via Twitter. Now a three-time All-NEC honoree, Gabrielle Washington (Mesa, Ariz.) was named to the All-NEC first team, while Adaysha Williams (LaCrosse, Wis.) and Hannah Kimmel (Harpursville, N.Y.) earned spots on the All-Rookie team.
This season, Washington made history becoming the first player in the Northeast Conference to record back-to-back 30+ point games when she tallied 35 against Robert Morris and 32 against Saint Francis U in the opening weekend of conference play. She nearly made it three games in a row when she scored 28 against Mount St. Mary's the following weekend. The Mesa, Ariz. native leads the Pioneers and is sixth in the league with 17.6 points per game after recording 11 20+ point performances in the regular season. Scored 23 points in an overtime bout with Big East opponent Villanova, the former NEC Rookie of the Year and two-time All-NEC second team selection recorded her 1,000th career point.
Williams has had big shoes to fill this season. Stepping in for an injured senior, the 5-8 guard is averaging 8.6 points per game. Working her way into the starting lineup for 27, the LaCrosse, Wis. native has reached double-digit points 14 times this season with her season-best of 17 coming in Sacred Heart's 63-46 win over Wagner. On November 25, 2013, she earned Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week honors after leading the Pioneers to victory over MAAC member Saint Peter's shooting 50% from the field scoring 10 points.
After being sidelined with injuries her first two seasons at Sacred Heart, Kimmel has continued to get better and better throughout the 2013-14 season. Averaging 10.0 points per game, and a team leading 5.9 rebounds per game, Kimmel posted a career-high 24 points in the Pioneers' 77-53 win over St. Francis Brooklyn. The Harpursville, N.Y. native has recorded three double-doubles and on Saturday pulled down a career-best 13 rebounds against LIU Brooklyn.
No. 6 Sacred Heart opens the NEC Tournament this Sunday against No. 3 Saint Francis U in Loretto, Pa. at 3:00 p.m. The game will be streamed live on NECFrontRow.com.