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
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.
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