WOMACK AND THIBAULT NAMED TO ALL-NEC TEAMS
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Monmouth University women's basketball seniors Alysha Womack (Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) and Carly Thibault (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) have been named to the All-Northeast Conference Second and Third Teams, respectively, the league office today announced. The honor is the fourth-straight all-league selection for Womack, while Thibault earns all-conference distinction for the first time in her career.
"I'm really happy for both Carly and Alysha," said Monmouth Head Coach Jenny Palmateer. "They've been such a big key to what we've been able to accomplish this season and they're both really deserving of both Second and Third Team All-NEC. So it's nice to see them rewarded for all their efforts this season."
Womack averaged a team-best 14.3 points per game (6th-NEC) this season, while adding 2.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game. She finished the season with a team-high 17 games in double-figure scoring despite missing four games due to injury, while shooting 40.1 percent from the floor, 31.8 percent from long range and 75.0 percent (9th-NEC) from the free-throw line. She moved into fifth all-time at Monmouth with 1,484 career points and 546 field goals made, and sixth in three-point field goals made with 135. The 2009 NEC Rookie of the Year, Womack has been named to the All-NEC Second Team in each of her four years with the Hawks. She also earned 2012 All-NEC Tournament Team honors.
Thibault scored 8.7 points per game, grabbed 3.5 rebounds per game and shot a league-leading 44.1 percent from three-point range this season, good for 1.93 three-point field goals made per game. Her numbers in league games were even better, averaging 10.3 points per game on 49.4 percent shooting from long distance and 2.28 three-point field goals made per game. Thibault also shot 82.6 percent from the free-throw line in NEC games. She ranks third all-time at Monmouth with 164 three-point field goals made, while her 56 three-pointers this season rank sixth in a single season with the Hawks. Her 44.1 percent from long range this season would also rank third in a single season at Monmouth.
Major award winners included Player of the Year Artemis Spanou and Rookie of the Year Ashley Ravelli, both from Robert Morris, and Defensive Player of the Year Felicia Barron and Brenda Reilly Coach of the Year Tricia Fabbri from NEC Regular Season Champion Quinnipiac. Spanou, who currently leads the nation in rebounds per game, became the first player in the award's history to come from a team that finished worse than fourth in the league, as the Colonials came in 10th this season.
The Hawks open NEC Tournament action at home Sunday, when they play host to sixth-seeded Mount St. Mary's. Opening tip from the MAC is scheduled for 3 p.m.