Albany, N.Y. - Marist College's Rachele Fitz has been named the 2010 Pepsi Max MAAC Women's Basketball Player of the Year, while Niagara University's Kayla Stroman was selected as the Rookie of the Year. Additionally, Fairfield University's Stephanie Geehan earned Defensive Player of the Year honors and Ali Morris of Niagara claimed the Sixth Player of the Year award.
Fitz, a 6-0 senior forward from Seven Hills, Ohio, is now the only player in MAAC women's basketball history to be named Player of the Year three times. Fitz led the conference in scoring (18.0ppg) and field-goal percentage (56.7%). She ended the regular season as the fourth-leading rebounder with 8.2 boards per contest. Fitz also held the second highest free throw percentage (86.8%). She was selected as the MAAC Player of the Week three times during the year.
Stroman, a 5-5 guard from Syracuse, N.Y., was third in the conference with 4.4 assists per game and a 1.3 assist-to-turnover ratio. She was seventh in the league with 2.1 steals per contest and also averaged 9.2 points per game. Stroman was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week three times this year.
Geehan, a 6-2 senior forward from Braintree, Mass., became the first player in MAAC women's basketball history to block 100 shots in a season. She has now amassed 269 career blocks, the most all-time in the conference. Geehan led the league with 3.4 blocks and 11.6 rebounds per game, marks that are both top five in the nation. She was selected as the MAAC Player of the Week four times.
Morris, a 5-8 sophomore guard from Parkersburg, W. Va., appeared in 29 games for the Purple Eagles, coming off the bench in 24 of them. She averaged 6.8 points (4th on the team), 2.1 assists (2nd), and 1.2 steals per game (3rd). Morris also grabbed 3.7 rebounds per contest.
Pepsi Max MAAC Player of the Year Sixth Player of the Year
Rachele Fitz, Marist Ali Morris, Niagara
Rookie of the Year Defensive Player of the Year
Kayla Stroman, Niagara Stephanie Geehan, Fairfield