Women's Basketball Duo Garners A-10 Accolades
March 4, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - A pair of UMass women's basketball players were recognized by the Atlantic 10 with postseason accolades as freshman forward Kristina Danella was named to the A-10 All-Rookie Team and senior Stefanie Gerardot earned a spot on the A-10 All-Academic Team, the conference office announced on Wednesday.
Danella is the 14th member of the Minutewomen to receive an All-Rookie nod, the first since 2004-05 when Kate Mills and Pam Rosanio garnered All-Rookie plaudits. For Gerardot, she is the third Atlantic 10 All-Academic team selection all-time, joining Melissa Gurile (1995-96) and Kathy Coyner (2000-01).
Danella enjoyed a remarkable debut season in conference play as she finished as the top rookie scorer in Atlantic 10 games, 10th overall, with 13.3 points per-game, while also ranking first in three-point field goals per game (2.93) and fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.427). Overall, she is averaging 9.4 points per-game, 4.7 rebounds per-game and is first in conference in overall three-point field goal percentage (.421).
Danella collected four A-10 Rookie of the Week awards in 2008-09, matching the most weekly honors by a first year UMass player in program history. The freshman posted four 20-point games during the regular season, including two 25-point games for a career high, and reached double figures 11 times. She logged two double-doubles, as well, and was the team's leading scorer eight times in 29 contests.
The forward has already etched her way into the Minutewomen's record book as she matched the school record for three-pointers in a game with seven against Northeastern on Dec. 20, half of her team's total as the squad set a team record with 14 treys in the contest. With 56 threes on the year, Danella is two away from equaling Katie Nelson's record for made threes in a season and already ranks in the top-15 all-time for career threes.
Gerardot, a double-major in Accounting and Sociology, holds a 3.508 grade-point average and is a Dean's List student who will go on to work for the KPMG accounting firm in Boston following graduation this spring. The guard has enjoyed her finest season in a UMass uniform this year as a senior, as she finished the regular season as the team's leading scorer, third in the Atlantic 10, with an average of 15.0 points per-game. Gerardot has reached double figures in scoring 24 of 29 games so far in 2008-09, surpassing the 20-point mark six times, including a career-best 29 points at Vermont on Nov. 14. Her 434 points and 117 rebounds on the year are career highs, as well.
UMass will begin play in the Atlantic 10 tournament this Friday, Mar. 6, as the 11th-seeded Minutewomen will take on No. 6 seed Duquesne at 8 p.m. in Charlotte's Halton Arena.