March 6, 2010

Courtney Kaminski Named To All-NEC Second Team

LORETTO, Pa. - Junior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) of the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team was named to the 2009-10 All-Northeast Conference Second Team at the league's annual banquet Friday night. This is the second time that Kaminski has been honored with a postseason award by the conference as she was named to the All-NEC Rookie Team in 2006-07. After missing all of last season with an injury, Kaminski came back to start in all 29 games this season, leading the team in scoring at 15.2 points per game.

The reigning Choice Hotels NEC player of the week, Kaminski posted a career-best and team-leading eight double-doubles this season. Her two performances in the final weekend of the season against Monmouth and Fairleigh Dickinson earned her first weekly award since her freshman season. She scored 25 points against the Hawks and turned in her final double-double of the season with 22 points and 13 boards against the Knights to help the Bobcats clinch a berth in this weekend's NEC Tournament.

Kaminski's best individual performance of the season came in a Quinnipiac loss at Mount St. Mary's on Jan. 30. Against the Mount, Kaminski set a new career high with 28 points, while pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds and finishing a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line.

This season, Kaminski was one of the top free-throw shooters in the league, connecting on 85.7 percent (120-140) of her attempts, good for third overall. She was sixth in the league in scoring, while third in rebounding at 7.7 boards per game. The redshirt junior center also ranked fifth in the NEC with 1.24 blocked shots per game to help a defensive minded Quinnipiac team reach the playoffs for the 10th straight season.

Robert Morris' Angela Pace and head coach Sal Buscaglia and Monmouth's Alysha Womack were the night's big winners. Pace was named the league's Player and Defensive Player of the Year, while Bucaglia was named the Coach of the Year. The Hawks' Womack was honored as the NEC's top rookie.

Just 27 points away from 1,000 in her career, Kaminski leads the No. 7 seeded Bobcats into Saturday's matchup with the No. 2 seeded Long Island Blackbirds. The teams are scheduled to tipoff from Saint Francis' DeGol Arena Saturday at 5:30 p.m.