Merrimack's Martin Named Daktronics Women?s Basketball Northeast Region Player of the Year

Merrimack's Martin Named Daktronics Women?s Basketball Northeast Region Player of the Year

PHILADELPHIA – Merrimack College senior guard Joelle Martin leads the 2005-06 Daktronics All-Northeast Region team, earning Player of the Year honors.  A second-team selection as a sophomore and a junior for the Warriors, Martin leads five newcomers to the first-team, as last year’s top five were all graduating seniors.

Martin, who leads Merrimack College in scoring (17.1 ppg) and three-point field goals (40), was also a Northeast 10 first-team All-Conference honoree this season as well.  Joining Martin on the first-team are junior center Megan Bauer of Holy Family University, junior forward Alisha Collins of Stonehill College, senior forward Sharmion Selman of American International College and senior forward Leah Shumoski of the University of the Sciences.

The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Co-Player of the Year, Bauer has helped the Tigers to a 28-2 record this season and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, averaging 13.8 ppg and 10.6 rpg to go along with 114 blocked shots.  Collins, the Northeast 10 Player of the Year this season, has led the Skyhawks to a 23-6 overall mark this season and the #2 seed in the upcoming NCAA Northeast Regional, posting 18.1 ppg and 6.2 rpg.  A second-team all-region selection a year ago, Selman averaged 16.5 ppg and 8.9 rpg in earning Northeast 10 first-team All-Conference accolades.  Rounding out the first-team selections is Shumoski, who shared CACC Co-Player of the Year honors with Bauer, posting 17.4 ppg and 9.6 rpg while leading the Devils to a win over Holy Family University in the CACC Tournament championship game.

Five players were selected to the second team including a trio of juniors in Philadelphia University forward Meg Abele, forward Ashley Hilton of the University of New Haven and University of the Sciences guard Shelby Rance.  Joining Abele, Hilton and Rance as second-team selections are sophomores Charde Floyd of Assumption College, a forward, and Shamika Jackson of Southern Connecticut State, a guard.

Sports Information Directors throughout the Northeast Region conducted the voting.  The 2005-2006 Daktronics Women’s Basketball All-America team will be announced in conjunction with the 2006 NCAA Division II “Elite Eight” in Hot Springs, Ark.  The five first-team members from each of the country’s eight regions are placed on the national ballot with Division II SIDs selecting first, second and third-team All-America honorees.  The team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing, and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition.  Here are the members of the 2005-2006 Daktronics Women’s Basketball Division II All-Northeast Region teams as chosen by SIDs throughout the region.   
2005-2006 Daktronics NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Northeast Region All-America Teams

First Team

Megan Bauer (Holy Family)            Junior            Center            6-3            Norwood, Pa.

Alisha Collins (Stonehill)            Junior            Forward            5-9            Port Chester, N.Y.

Joelle Martin (Merrimack)            Senior            Guard            5-8            Somerville, Mass.

Sharmion Selman (American Intl.)    Senior             Forward            6-0            Burlington, Vt.

Leah Shumoski (Univ. of Sciences)            Senior            Forward            6-0            Broomall, Pa.


Second Team

Meg Abele (Philadelphia Univ.)            Junior            Forward            5-11            Lititz, Pa.

Charde Floyd (Assumption)            Sophomore            Forward            5-11            Worcester, Mass.

Ashley Hilton (New Haven)            Junior            Forward            6-0            Skowhegan, Maine

Shamika Jackson (So. Connecticut)            Sophomore          Guard            6-1            Manchester, Conn.

Shelby Rance (Univ. of Sciences)            Junior            Guard            5-8            Bloomsburg, Pa.


PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Joelle Martin, Merrimack College