Preseason #NECWBB All-Stars Are off to a Nice Start

How have the five Preseason All-NEC selections performed thus far this season?

Just like All-Stars.

Robert Morris’ Artemis Spanou, Saint Francis’ Alli Williams, Mount St. Mary’s Sydney Henderson, Sacred Heart’s Gabby Washington and Bryant’s Naana Ankoma-Mensa have been living up to their preseason billing over the first few games of the 2013-14 campaign.

All five women rank amongst the NEC’s top-eight scoring leaders, while Spanou and Williams ranks amongst NCAA leaders in a couple of categories.

Spanou, who recorded her NEC-record 27th straight double-double performance in last week’s win over UMBC, leads Division I in rebounding (16.0 rpg). Her 19.3 points per game rank fourth in the NEC.

Williams catapulted herself into the NEC scoring lead with her 40-point showing in a 92-79 win over East Tennessee State. Her 24.8 ppg average ranks 11th amongst the NCAA’s top scorers. She is also amongst national leaders in steals, ranking third with a 4.5 spg average.

Williams is only one of four NEC players in the last 15 years to reach the 40-point mark in a game, joining a distinguished group that features former Red Flash stars Jess Zinobile and Beth Swink, both of whom are in the NEC Hall of Fame.

Washington (19.8 ppg) leads Sacred Heart in scoring for the second straight season. The two-time all-NEC guard is also the team leader in rebounding (6.8 rpg).

Henderson has gotten off to hot start for the Mount, scoring at a blistering pace. The native Virginian has reached the 20-point mark in five of the season’s first six games. Only Lehigh held Henderson under 20, but the 5-foot-6 sparkplug still scored 19 points against the Mountain Hawks. Her 22.3 ppg are second-most in the NEC.

Ankoma-Mensa is averaging a double-double through Bryant’s first five games. Her 13.0 ppg and 10.0 rpg are both team highs.

 

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All-NEC Selections at a Glance

Artemis Spanou (Robert Morris)
19.3 ppg, 16.0 rpg, 1.5 bpg, .583 FG pct. (4 games)

Alli Williams (Saint Francis)
24.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 4.5 spg, 12 3FG made (4 games)

Gabby Washington (Sacred Heart)
19.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, .875 FT pct., .500 3FG pct. (4 games)

Sydney Henderson (Mount St.Mary’s)
22.3 ppg, 52. rpg, .485 FG pct., 16 3FG (6 games)

Naana Ankoma-Mensa (Bryant)
13.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 36.2 mpg, .463 FG pct. (5 games)

 

Watch Sydney Henderson’s 27-point night in a 68-64 win over Campbell…

 

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