MAAC Announces 2016-17 Women’s Basketball Major Award Winners
ALBANY, NY – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) announced today that Rider University senior guard Robin Perkins has been named the 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, based upon a vote by the league’s 11 head coaches.
Perkins is the first student-athlete in Rider’s program history to earn the MAAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year honor. Perkins was fourth in the league in scoring with 15.5 points per game and ranked fifth in three-point field goals made per game with 2.1. The senior was a unanimous selection to the 2017 All-MAAC First Team and was named MAAC Player of the Week twice this season.
Siena College sophomore guard Jackie Benitez is the 2016-17 MAAC Women’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Year. Benitez anchored the Saints on the defensive end of the court and tallied the most steals in the MAAC with 86 and was second in the league with 3.0 per game. The sophomore averaged 16.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in 29 games this season. She was named to the 2017 All-MAAC First Team and took home MAAC Player of the Week honors twice.
Monmouth University senior guard Tyese Purvis takes home the 2016-17 MAAC Women’s Basketball Sixth Player of the Year. The senior averaged 10.2 points per game and converted the fourth-most three-pointers in the league this season with 64. She led the Hawks in scoring nine times this season and scored a career-high 26 points against Eastern Michigan on December 12. Purvis is the second student-athlete in program history to take home the Sixth Player of the Year award (Jasmine McCall is the only other Hawk to win the award and did so in 2015-16).
Marist College freshman guard Rebekah Hand has been named the unanimous 2016-17 MAAC Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Year. Hand recorded 13.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. The guard led all MAAC freshmen in scoring (13.4 ppg), rebounding (6.8 rpg), and was second in assists (3.1 apg) amongst rookies. She was named MAAC Rookie of the Week a league-high eight times this season.
The 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball Championship game takes place on Monday, March 6 at 5:00 p.m. and will air live on ESPNU with the winner earning the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
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