Kaminski and McQuain Receive All-Northeast Conference Honors

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University women's basketball senior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) and freshman forward Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) received All-Northeast Conference honors, as announced by the league office on March 2. Kaminski was selected to the All-NEC First Team, while McQuain was named to the All-Rookie Team.

Kaminski led the Bobcats this season, averaging a team-high 12.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. She shot 39.3 percent (110-280) from the floor, 39.3 percent (11-28) from three-point range, and 73.7 percent (84-114) from the free-throw line. The senior center also compiled five double-doubles, a team-high 34 blocks, 21 steals, and 23 assists on the year. Kaminski was named to the Preseason All-Northeast Conference team earlier in the year and was selected as the Choice Hotels Northeast Conference Player of the Week on Jan. 18.

"Courtney is a player that every coach needs to game plan for, as she has such offensive versatility from inside the lane to facing the 3point line," said Quinnipiac Head Coach Tricia Fabbri. "She is also having her best year rebounding and blocking shots. As a 5th year senior, Courtney's experience has helped us improve as a team from day one. This is an accolade well deserved."

With 7.2 boards per game, McQuain led Quinnipiac as its top rebounder this year. She also averaged 9.2 points per game and put up 40 assists, 22 blocks, and 20 steals. The freshman forward recorded a team-high seven double-doubles this season and was chosen as the Choice Hotels Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week, twice during the 2010-11 season.

"McQuain is a force to be reckoned with," said Fabbri. "She has been an impact player for us since the first day of practice. Brit is so comfortable with her role on both ends of the court and she just keeps getting better each game, as evidenced by ending the last four regular-season games with a double-double."

The seventh-seeded Bobcats will travel to play the No. 2 Monmouth Hawks in a NEC Tournament quarterfinal contest on Saturday, March 5 at the Multipurpose Athletic Center in West Long Branch, N.J.

2010-11 NEC Women's Basketball Award Winners

Player of the Year

Samantha Leach Saint Francis (PA) Sr. 5-10 G Mount Sterling, OH/Miami Trace

Rookie of the Year

Artemis Spanou Robert Morris Fr. 6-0 F Rhodes, Greece

Defensive Player of the Year

Erin Rooney Monmouth So. 5-8 G Christchurch, New Zealand

Brenda Reilly Coach of the Year

Susan Robinson Fruchtl Saint Francis (PA)

2010-11 NEC Women's Basketball First Team All-Conference

Name School Yr. Ht. Pos. Hometown/High School

Courtney Kaminski Quinnipiac Sr. 6-3 C Dudley, MA/Shepherd Hill

Mariyah Laury Fairleigh Dickinson Jr. 5-7 G Orange, NJ/Orange

Samantha Leach Saint Francis (PA) Sr. 5-10 G Mount Sterling, OH/Miami Trace

Ashley Palmer Long Island Jr. 5-10 F Oxford, PA/Oxford Area

Callan Taylor Sacred Heart Jr. 6-0 F Overland Park, KS/Blue Valley North

2010-11 NEC Women's Basketball Second Team All-Conference

Name School Yr. Ht. Pos. Hometown/High School

Brittany Lilley Saint Francis (PA) Jr. 5-8 G Severna Park, MD/Severna Park

Yohanna Morton Robert Morris Sr. 5-8 G Santo Domingo, DR/Arizona Western

Erin Rooney Monmouth So. 5-8 G Christchurch, New Zealand

Artemis Spanou Robert Morris Fr. 6-0 F Rhodes, Greece

Alysha Womack Monmouth So. 5-7 G Springfield, PA/Cardinal O'Hara

2010-11 NEC Women's Basketball All-Rookie Team

Name School Yr. Ht. Pos. Hometown/High School

Brittany McQuain Quinnipiac Fr. 5-11 F Independence, MO/William Chrisman

Ericka Norman Sacred Heart Fr. 5-7 G Chino Hills, CA/Chino Hills

Danielle Pankey Fairleigh Dickinson R-Fr. 5-11 G Middletown, NJ/Middletown South

Artemis Spanou Robert Morris Fr. 6-0 F Rhodes, Greece

Alexandra Williams Saint Francis (PA) Fr. 6-0 F/G Altoona, PA/Bishop Guilfoyle