DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's hoop team had four players honored today by the America East Conference, tied with Vermont for the most selections from any one team in the league.
Sophomore Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) was named to the All-Conference Second Team; seniors Aubrey Danen (Oconomowoc, Wis) and Heidi Plencner (Hampton, N.H.) were selected to the All-Conference Third Team; and freshman Geneva Livingston (Red Bank, N.J.) was chosen to represent the All-Rookie Team.
Matthias, a 6-3 center, averaged 11.2 ppg and led the Wildcats in rebounding (7.4 rpg), field goal percentage (.531) and blocked shots (33) this season. Since a mid-January lineup switch that saw her and Livingston take on starting roles, the Wildcats have posted a 9-5 record and moved near the top of the league in both scoring defense (60.1 ppg) and FG pct. defense (.364).
Plencner, a 5-8 shooting guard, broke the UNH career mark for career three-pointers during the first half of a game against Albany on Jan. 6. She connected on 55 treys this season in breaking her own school record, and now has 176 in her career. The Winnacunnet High grad shares the team-lead in scoring with Danen (11.3 ppg) and also leads the club in assists (80), steals (69), free throw pct. (.821) and is tops among guards in rebounding (3.9 rpg).
Danen, a 6-1 forward, bounced back from offseason shin surgery to start all 27 games this season. She led the Wildcats with seven double-doubles and is currently tied for the team-lead in scoring (11.3 ppg) and ranks second in rebounding (6.2 rpg), and blocks (19).
Livingston, a 5-9 forward, has made a significant impact in her rookie campaign. Despite missing the first four games of the season due to injury, she finished as the team's fourth-leading scorer (7.0 ppg) and third-leading rebounder (4.4 rpg).
Binghamton's Sarah Cartmill was named the America East Player of the Year while Monica Peterson of Maine was named Rookie of the Year. Vermont head coach Keith Cieplicki took home Coach of the Year honors.
Cartmill, Boston University's Katie Terhune, Maine's Heather Ernest, Stony Brook's Sherry Jordan and Vermont's Libby Smith were selected to the All-Conference First Team. Joining Matthias on the Second Team were Kenitra Johnson and Janeka Lopp of Hartford, and Morgan Hall and Aaron Yantzi of Vermont. Besides Danen and Plencner, Binghamton's Kate Townley, Northeastern's Melissa Kowalski and Stony Brook's Jill George were also named to the Third Team. Accompanying Livingston on the All-Rookie Team were Peterson, Adrienne Norris of Boston University, Francesca Vanin of Northeastern and Katie McNamara of Vermont.
UNH (15-12, 9-7), the No. 6 seed in the America East Championships, takes on third-seeded Binghamton (19-8, 10-6) in the second game of the quarterfinal round tomorrow (3/7). Game time at the Chase Family Arena in West Hartford, Conn. is 30 minutes after the completion of the No. 2 Boston University-No. 7 Stony Brook game, which starts at 12 p.m.