Thursday, March 23, 2017

2016-17 MBWA Women's Basketball Award Ballot

Voting for this year's MBWA All-Met Haggerty Awards dinner ended today, with the ceremony taking place on April 26 in its usual venue, the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown.

The women's awards are handed out in a unique manner, voted upon by a committee headed by Associated Press scribe Doug Feinberg, but I took the initiative to put together a ballot of my own, which would look something like this:

Player of the Year: G'mrice Davis, Fordham (photo by The Fordham Ram)
With a short rotation and lack of a true post presence following the graduation of Samantha Clark, head coach Stephanie Gaitley put the Philadelphia native down low and had the Rams throw the ball to her every chance possible. It worked to the tune of nearly 15 points and 13 rebounds per game for a Fordham team that won 22 games and reached the second round of the WNIT despite a midpack prediction in the Atlantic 10 going into the year, and the junior will certainly be a name to watch in her senior campaign next season.

Rest of All-Met First Team, in alphabetical order:
Madison Hovren, Army West Point
Aaliyah Lewis, St. John's
Alexis Lewis, Iona
Robin Perkins, Rider
Camille Zimmerman, Columbia

All-Met Second Team, in alphabetical order:
Kelsey Carey, Fairfield
Julia Duggan, Rider
Ashunae Durant, Hofstra
Marina Lizarazu, Iona
Jade Walker, St. John's

All-Met Third Team, in alphabetical order:
Shanovia Dove, LIU Brooklyn
Kayla Grimme, Manhattan
JaQuan Jackson, Seton Hall
Hannah Kimmel, Sacred Heart
Krystal Luciano, Hofstra

Rookie of the Year: Rebekah Hand, Marist 
Also considered: Kaela Hilaire, Seton Hall; Hannah Hand, Marist

Coach of the Year: Lynn Milligan, Rider (photo by Rider University Athletics)
Just as it was for winning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors, so shall it be here as well. Milligan, picked next-to-last in the MAAC preseason poll, took Rider to 24 wins and a WNIT appearance after nearly defeating Quinnipiac in the MAAC championship game, using a lockdown defense to escape the hot seat and usher an era of prosperity back into Lawrenceville.

Also considered: Stephanie Gaitley, Fordham; Joe Tartamella, St. John's

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