KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Feb. 25, 2019) – The Skyline Conference announced the postseason honors and All-Skyline Teams for the 2018-19 women's basketball season on Monday and USMMA boasted two major award winners and two players to the all-conference team. Freshman Lauren Hunter (Tinley Park, Ill.) was chosen by the conference head coaches as the Rookie of the Year, while 11th-year head coach Matt Dempsey was selected as the Coach of the Year. In addition to the Rookie of the Year honors, Hunter also landed on the All-Skyline First Team along with junior Kaleigh D'Arcy (White Plains, N.Y.).
Hunter is the Skyline leader with 18 double-doubles on the season – a mark that, as of Feb. 21, ranked sixth among all DIII players. She also ranks third in the conference with a .518 shooting percentage and 12.3 rebounds per game, while her 17.1 points per game are good for fifth in the league. The plebe earned Skyline Rookie of the Week honors a conference-best six times throughout the year and garnered Skyline and Met. Basketball Writers Association DII/DIII Player of the Week and D3Hoops.com National Team of the Week honors during the first month of the season.
This is D'Arcy's second-straight season being selected to the First Team All-Skyline. This year, the Mariners' tri-captain has produced 14.4 points per game (good for 12th in the conference), 6.1 rebounds per game, a .375 shooting percentage (ranked eighth in the Skyline), 1.5 blocks per game (fourth in the league), a 1.1 assist-to-turnover ratio (sixth in the conference) and 3.1 assists per game (ninth in the Skyline). D'Arcy is no stranger to postseason honors in her career – in addition to the First Team nod in 2017-18, she was also selected as the Skyline Rookie of the Year back in 2016-17.
Dempsey has led the Mariners to a program-best 22 wins this season. They began the year on an 11-game winning streak and finished the regular season with a 16-2 record in Skyline Conference contests, which was good for the #2 seed in the Skyline Tournament. Dempsey, along with long-time assistant Alexa Shields, guided Merchant Marine to its first-ever Skyline Championship and berth into the NCAA Tournament with an exciting 44-39 road victory at top-seed Mount St. Mary in the title game this past Saturday.
To view the complete release from the Skyline Conference, click here.
The Mariners will find out their NCAA Tourney First Round opponent and location in a few hours, as the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball selection show is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. You can find more information about the selection show at this link.
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