Blakney Named to ECAC Metro All-Star Team

Blakney Named to ECAC Metro All-Star Team


CAPE COD, Mass. – Farmingdale State sophomore guard Kimberly Blakney (Brooklyn, N.Y./Benjamin Banneker) was named to the 2007-08 ECAC Division III Metro All-Star Team with Second Team honors, as announced by the ECAC on Tuesday, April 22nd.

Juniors Jessica McEntee of New York University and Hillary Klimowicz from The College of New Jersey have been chosen as the Co-Players of the Year, in a vote by the coaches of ECAC member institutions. McEntee averaged a double-double on the season to earn the University Athletic Association (UAA) Co-Player of the Year honor, tallying 20.8 points and 11.4 rebounds per contest. Last year's ECAC Co-Player of the Year, the forward finished the season tied for ninth in Division III in scoring and tied for 19th in rebounds. Klimowicz, the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Offensive Player of the Year, put up double-double figures this season with 16.9 points and 11.0 boards per game. The center blocked 4.1 shots per game (fourth in Division III) and converted over 64 percent of her field goal attempts (second in Division III), leading the Lions to the NCAA Tournament.

TCNJ freshman Kelsey Kutch has been chosen as the 2007-08 ECAC Division III Metro Women's Basketball Rookie of the Year, after garnering the NJAC Rookie of the Year nod. The forward averaged 10.4 points and 6.7 rebounds the year.

Two players from a Kean University squad that went 28-4 on the season and reached the Elite Eight were selected to the ECAC first team. Junior guard Melissa Beyruti scored 19.0 points per game and led Division III in three-point field goals with 108. Chari' Cooper posted numbers of 11.6 points and 14.1 rebounds per game. The senior center ranked third in Division III in rebounding.

Asia Johnson of William Paterson University is the fifth player on the ECAC first team, after a season where she was named the NJAC Defensive Player of the Year. In addition to averaging a double-double with 13.5 points and 11.2 rebounds, the junior forward also recorded 3.7 blocks per game - an average that ranked her sixth in Division III.

Ebony Jackson, a third player from Kean to earn ECAC recognition, was selected to the second team along with Kimberly Blakney of Farmingdale State College, Sally Nnamani of Lehman College, Chiresse Paradise from Baruch College, and Pamela Robinson from SUNY Old Westbury.

2007-08 ECAC Division III Metro Women's Basketball All-Stars

Co-Players of the Year
Jessica McEntee Jr. F NYU
Hillary Klimowicz Jr. C TCNJ

Rookie of the Year
Kelsey Kutch Fr. F TCNJ

First Team
Jessica McEntee Jr. F NYU
Hillary Klimowicz Jr. C TCNJ
Melissa Beyruti Jr. G Kean
Asia Johnson Jr. F William Paterson
Chari' Cooper Sr. C Kean

Second Team
Kimberly Blakney So. G Farmingdale State
Sally Nnamani Jr. F Lehman
Chiresse Paradise Sr. G Baruch
Ebony Jackson Jr. G Kean
Pamela Robinson Jr. G Old Westbury

About the ECAC
The Eastern College Athletic Conference is the nation's largest athletic conference and only multi-divisional conference, with 321 member institutions and over 122,000 student-athletes ranging from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Illinois. The ECAC publicizes the achievements of over 1,100 student-athletes annually through the postseason all-stars. In women's basketball, the ECAC awards one Division II all-star team and four regional Division III all-star teams (New England, Upstate, Metro, and South).

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