MAAC Announces 2011-12 Women's Basketball All-MAAC Teams

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  February 27, 2012

Edison, NJ - The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has announced the 2011-12 Women's Basketball All-MAAC Teams, as selected by the league's head coaches.

The All-MAAC First Team is made up of Fairfield University's Taryn Johnson, Loyola University Maryland's Miriam McKenzie and Katie Sheahin, Marist College's Corielle Yarde, and Siena College's Lily Grenci.  One of these five players will be named the 2011-12 Pepsi Max MAAC Player of the Year, also selected by the league's head coaches.  The Player of the Year will be announced at the Postseason Awards Show on Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. The show will broadcast live on MAAC.TV.

Johnson, a 5-11 senior forward from Brockton, Mass., led the MAAC in field goal percentage (54.4%) and blocked shots (1.8 per game). She finished in the top-10 in scoring (12.9 ppg), rebounding (8.1 rpg), and steals (2.0 spg). Johnnson was chosen as the league's Player of the Week twice.

McKenzie, a 5-10 senior guard from Columbia, Md., finished fifth in scoring in the league, averaging 14.5 points per game. She also pulled down 8.4 rebounds per game, second best in the conference, and connected on 72.0% of her free throw attempts (tenth). McKenzie earned two MAAC Player of the Week awards.

Sheahin, a 5-10 junior guard from Brookville, Md., averaged 3.4 steals per game, first in the conference and ninth in the NCAA. She scored an average of 14.9 points per game, good for third in the league, blocked 1.2 shots per contest (fourth), dished out 3.1 assists per game (seventh), and grabbed 5.9 rebounds per game (eleventh). Sheahin was named MAAC Player of the Week on Dec. 19.

Yarde, a 5-8 senior guard from Reading, Pa., averaged 14.0 points per game and was third in the league with 4.1 assists per game. She grabbed 6.5 rebounds per game, ninth in the league, and had a 1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio (second). Yarde was selected as the MAAC Player of the Week three times and was also named the Preseason Player of the Year in October.

Grenci, a 6-1 junior forward from Mars, Pa., finished second in the league in scoring, averaging 15.4 points per game. She pulled down 7.7 rebounds per game, fourth in the conference, shot 76.5 percent from the free throw line (sixth), and made 44.3 percent of her field goals (tenth). Grenci was named MAAC Player of the Week on Nov. 28.

This season's All-MAAC Second Team is made up of Fairfield's Desiree Pina, Iona College's Damika Martinez, Manhattan College's Lindsey Loutsenhizer, Marist's Brandy Gang, Niagara University's Kayla Stroman.

The All-MAAC Third Team consists of Canisius College's Jamie Ruttle, Manhattan's Schyanne Halfkenny, Marist's Leanne Ockenden, Rider University's MyNeshia McKenzie, and Siena's Cristina Centeno.

All-MAAC First Team

Taryn Johnson, Fairfield# Sr. Forward Brockton, Mass.
Miriam McKenzie, Loyola# Sr. Guard Columbia, Md.
Katie Sheahin, Loyola Jr. Guard Brookville, Md.
Corielle Yarde, Marist# Sr. Guard Reading, Pa.
Lily Grenci, Siena Jr. Forward Mars, Pa.

All-MAAC Second Team

Desiree Pina, Fairfield Sr. Guard Plainville, Conn.
Damika Martinez, Iona Fr. Guard Meriden, Conn.
Lindsey Loutsenhizer, Manhattan Sr. Forward North Huntingdon, Pa.
Brandy Gang, Marist Sr. Forward Hartville, Oh.
Kayla Stroman, Niagara So. Guard Syracuse, N.Y.

All-MAAC Third Team

Jamie Ruttle, Canisius So. Forward Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Schyanne Halfkenny, Manhattan Sr. Guard/Forward Hyde Park, Ma.
Leanne Ockenden, Marist So. Guard Syracuse, N.Y.
MyNeshia McKenzie, Rider So. Guard/Forward Springfield, Pa.
Cristina Centeno, Siena Sr. Guard Belleville, N.J.

# Repeat All-MAAC First Team selection

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