February 24, 2011

Lawson named to All-NAC First-Team

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — Donna Lawson of the Lyndon women's basketball team, has been named to the All-North Atlantic Conference First-Team for her performance throughout the 2010-11 season.

The Irasburg, Vt. native tallied 234 points in conference play for a per-game average of 16.7. She shot .415 (93-224) from the field, .697 (46-66) from the free-throw line and her 10.2 rebounds-per-game average (143 total) was tops in the NAC.

Lawson also shot .222 (2-9) from beyond the three-point arc in conference  play, while collecting 25 steals, 19 assists and 14 blocked shots. The sophomore center ranked in the top-10 in several NAC statistical categories including minutes played, field goals made, free throws made, rebounds, blocks and points.

The honor was her second in as many years. Last season, Lawson walked off with All-NAC Second-Team honors as well as the conference's Rookie of the Year award.

Joining Lawson on the All-NAC First-Team is Husson senior guard Bethany Sevey, who was selected as the North Atlantic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year. The senior guard hit 44.7 percent from three-point range and 51.6 percent from the field overall while averaging 21.9 points per game and 6.0 rebounds as Husson earned the top seed in the upcoming NAC Women's Basketball tournament.

Castleton's Kelly Conway was named the NAC Defensive Player of the Year. Conway's ability to come off the bench and change the game on the defensive end was a major factor in Castleton's success this season. Her ability to provide pressure on the basketball, and willingness to take a charge helped the Spartans rank second in the conference in scoring defense, while leading the league in field goal percentage defense.

Castleton junior forward Vanessa Powers earned all-conference first team accolades scoring nearly 17 points per game for the Spartans while grabbing 6.2 rebounds per conference contest. Powers ranks among the nation's leaders nationally in field goal percentage and was even better in conference play knocking down a league-leading 62.4 percent of her shots.

After leading the conference in scoring for the second consecutive season, Thomas junior guard Karin Bird earned first-team all-conference honors for the second straight time. Bird led all scorers averaging 22.7 points per conference contest. The junior guard made more free throws during conference play (109) than another other player attempted.

Maine Maritime junior forward Sam Goda makes her second consecutive appearance on the first team. Goda led her Mariners to an 10-4 conference mark averaging 13.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. The junior ranked fifth in the league in steals (2.5 spg) and was one of the most efficient from the field hitting 49.3% of her field goals.

Castleton first year guard Alyssa Leonard was named the NAC Rookie of the Year. Leonard, averaged 11.6 points and 5.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.3 steals in conference play while shooting 51.6% from the field.

Kissy Walker was honored as NAC Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season. Walker's Eagles were 12-2 in conference play and claimed the top seed in the NAC women's basketball tournament.

Husson University was honored with the Team Sportsmanship Award. NAC all-conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.

2010-11 NAC Women's Basketball All-Conference Teams
First Team
Karin Bird   Jr.  G  Thomas
Sam Goda   Jr.  F  Maine Maritime
Donna Lawson  So.  C  Lyndon
Vanessa Powers  Jr.  F  Castleton
Bethany Sevey  Sr.  G  Husson

Second Team
Mallorie Blakney  Sr.  G  Thomas
Ashley Busque  Sr.  G  Farmington
Amanda Gifford  Jr.  G  Husson
Christine Jaques  So.  G  Castleton
Noelle Lincoln  Sr.  G  Husson

Player of the Year
Bethany Sevey  Sr.  G  Husson

Defensive Player of the Year
Kelly Conway  So.  G  Castleton

Rookie of the Year
Alyssa Leonard  Fr.  G  Castleton

Coach of the Year
Kissy Walker    Husson

Team Sportsmanship Award
Husson University