The Northeast Conference news cycle was saturated with headlines from the league’s Keystone State contingent this week. For a variety of reasons, the week was also a memorable one for the #NEChoops community.
Learn about these noteworthy NEC happenings in the tweets below…
Kovatch Becomes Fastest SFU Player to 1,000 points
— Justin Berl (@JustinBerlPhoto) January 16, 2017
The reigning NEC Rookie of the Year reached the 1,000-point mark in her 48th game, nailing a pull-up three-pointer with 2:31 left in the first half of an eventual 70-55 victory over Robert Morris on MLK Day. Kovatch is the first-ever SFU sophomore to achieve the feat and the 20th fastest to the millennium mark in NCAA Division I history.
SHU Sophomore Snags National Honor from CollegeInsider.com
— Angela Lento (@collegeinsider) January 16, 2017
Sacred Heart’s Quincy McKnight averaged 35.0 points per game last week, including a career-high 44 points to power Sacred Heart to victory in a three-overtime affair at Bryant. In addition to the Lou Henson National Player of the Week award, the SHU sophomore received Player of the Week honors from the New York Met Writers Association and was named to NCAA.com’s All-Week Team for his efforts.
New Events Center in the Works for Colonials
— Ryan Recker (@RyanRecker) January 19, 2017
Robert Morris University announce the planned construction of the 140,000-square-foot UPMC Events Center as the newest addition to RMU’s Moon Township campus. With the Peoples Court, the center will provide a competitive facility for the NCAA Division I Colonials basketball and volleyball programs and will add a modern convention and meeting space for the Pittsburgh West/Airport Corridor region.
Four-time All-NEC First Team Safety Receives Second Showcase Invitation
Congrats to @numerolUNO_1 on getting a Senior Bowl invite today! He has balled out at NFLPA Bowl! Best small school safety in the draft!
— Josh (@Joshnfldraft) January 19, 2017
Saint Francis senior Lorenzo Jerome, who received All-America First Team honors from STATS Inc and the Associated Press, will have a chance to cap his illustrious collegiate career with an appearance in the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier college All-Star game hosted annually in Mobile, AL. Jerome, made 18 interceptions during his NEC career, is currently in Carson City, CA where he is prepping for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which will air on Fox Sports 1 on January 21. The NFL Network will carry the Senior Bowl on January 28.
RMU President Snags Coveted CFP Committee Spot
Dr. Chris Howard is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he was the inaugural recepient of the Campbell Trophy. pic.twitter.com/Ixm4xBwy0L
— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) January 17, 2017
Robert Morris University President Chris Howard has held a number of prestigious titles, including Rhodes Scholar, lieutenant colonel, Campbell Trophy winner and Bronze Star recipient. He picked up a new one this week – College Football Playoff Selection Committee member. Howard was one of three new appointments to the CFP Selection Committee, which is responsible for selecting and seeding the top four teams in the annual playoff.
Former #NECWBB Coach of the Year Recognized at NCAA Convention
— Sandy Barbour (@SandyB_PSUAD) January 19, 2017
Prior to her current tenure as Saint Francis U athletics director, Susan Robinson Fruchtl enjoyed immense accomplishments in the sport of basketball. After coaching the Red Flash to back-to-back NEC titles in 2010 and 2011, she went on to serve a four-year stint as head coach at Big East member Providence. Robinson Fruchtl initially established herself in the collegiate basketball community as a star player at Penn State. On the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of her PSU playing career, the 1991 Wade Trophy winner received the NCAA’s Silver Anniversary Award.