Cape Cod, MA - The ECAC has announced the 2006 Division III Women's Metro Basketball All-Star team. The Mount Saint Mary College Blue Knights' junior center LaSheena Brown has been tabbed as the ECAC Division III Women's Metro Player of the Year by a vote of ECAC coaches. Brown earned Skyline Conference Player of the Year and was named Most Valuable Player of 2006 Skyline Conference Championship. She led the Blue Knights and the conference in rebounding (11.2 rpg), was second in blocked shots (44) and third in scoring (14.8). She helped Mount Saint Mary's to their seventh straight league title and a NCAA second round appearance.
In addition to being named this year's Player of the Year, Brown also earns a spot on the First Team. Joining her is New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Player of the Year Stephanie Machin of Montclair State. Machin was named a WBCA All-American Honorable Mention. She was also named to the D3hoops.com Regional All-American team, averaging 13.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Machin helped Montclair to a second-place finish in the NJAC and the ECAC semifinals.
Joining Brown and Machin on the First Team is Mercedes Miller, a sophomore forward from Farmingdale State. Miller was named Most Valuable Player as she led the Rams to the ECAC Division III Metro Women's Basketball Championship. She ranked second in the conference in scoring (15.3 ppg), fourth in rebounding (9.9 rpg), second in blocked shots (45) and third in free-throw percentage (0.765).
Baruch's sophomore gaurd Chiresse Paradise and Staten Island's senior guard Kim Thompson were also voted onto the 2006 ECAC First Team. The 2006 City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) Player of the Year, Paradise helped her team make history as the Bearcats advanced to the NCAA semifinals. Paradise led the Bearcats in points per game (16.2), steals (86) and in blocked shots (31). Thompson led the CUNYAC in scoring as she averaged 19.9 points per game. She also led the conference in steals (106) helping to lead her team to a CUNYAC Championship title and a bid to the ECAC Championship.
College of New Jersey's Erin Frank, Dora Enright of Steven's Institute, New Jersey City's Latresse McNair, NYU's Karen Bachman, and Richard Stockton's Lisa Zak have all been named to the ECAC Division III Women's Metro Second Team.
In 2005-2006, the ECAC honored more than 65 women's basketball players during the winter months. The Conference also hosted four Division III championships in the regions of New England, Southern, Upstate and Metro.
The ECAC's membership includes 318 Divisions I, II, and III colleges and universities from Maine to Georgia and westerly to Illinois. The conference provides services to its constituents that include the administration of 110 championships and events in 32 men's and women's sports. The ECAC honors more than 3,000 student-athletes during the academic year through its all- star and player of the week program. Each week of the winter season, the conference has recognized five men's basketball athletes in Divisions II and III.