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Swain named America East Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Year

Holmes named first-team all-conference, Rebane selected to second team

March 3, 2011

Swain named America East Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Year

American East Release

WEST HARTFORD, Conn.—Freshman guard Jasbriell Swain has been named the America East Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Year, the conference announced today. In addition, junior point guard Andrea Holmes was named to the first team and junior forward Viive Rebane was selected to both the second team and the All-Academic Team. The voting was done by the nine conference head coaches.

Swain made the most of her first college season, being named the America East Rookie of the Week a conference-best five times. She finished the regular season ranked fifth in the America East with 7.9 rebounds per game and 10th with 1.7 steals per contest. Her 17 rebounds against eventual regular-season conference champion UMBC on Feb. 2 was the highest total recorded by an America East player this year.

This marks the second time in the last three seasons that Binghamton has had the America East Rookie of the Year. Holmes earned the honor two years ago.

As for Holmes, this marks the third straight year she has been named all-conference. She was a third-team choice as a freshman and moved up to the second team last year. This season, she ranked fourth in the conference with a career-high 14.3 points per game and was named the America East Player of the Week.

Holmes is just the second player in program history to be named America East all-conference three years in a row. Rachel Laws was named to the first team in 2004 and 2005 and third team in 2006. In addition, Holmes is the fourth Binghamton player to earn all-conference honors, joining Laws, Laine Kurpniece (2008) and current Bearcat assistant coach Sarah Cartmill (2002).

Rebane, who was named to the all-rookie team in 2009, ranked fourth in the conference with 8.4 rebounds and 10th with 11.3 points per contest. She also ranked second overall with a .482 field goal percentage (129-of-226). In her final nine games of the regular season, Rebane averaged 13.2 points and 11.0 rebounds per contest. Like Holmes, she too was named the America East Player of the Week twice during the season.

In the classroom, Rebane was acknowledged for her 3.58 overall GPA. She has been named to the America East Honor Roll the past two years and last April, she was inducted to the National College Athlete Honors Society.

With Swain also being named to the America East All-Rookie Team, the Bearcats have now had three players named to that squad in the past three years. In addition to Rebane, Holmes also earned all-rookie honors two years.

Binghamton (18-11, 11-5 AE) is the No. 3 seed in the upcoming America East Tournament, which will take place in Hartford. The Bearcats face No. 6 New Hampshire on Friday at 2:15 p.m. in the quarterfinal round. Binghamton has already recorded its most victories in a single season since the 2001-02 campaign.

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