Release: March 12, 2009
Contact: David O'Brian (email@example.com)
Holmes named America
East Women's Basketball Rookie of the Year
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Freshman point
Holmes has been named the America East Conference Women's
Basketball Rookie of the Year. Also receiving all-conference
honors for the Bearcats were senior center Laura
Franceski and freshman forward Viive
Holmes, who also received both All-Rookie and third-team all-conference
honors, is the second Binghamton player to receive a major conference
award since the program joined the America East conference prior
to the 2001-02 season. Sarah Cartmill was named the America East
Player of the Year in 2002. In addition, Holmes is also the first
Binghamton rookie named to one of the three main America East
"This is a great honor and accomplishment for Andrea,"
head coach Nicole Scholl said. "She has earned the respect
of her teammates and the other coaches in the conference. Everyone
has seen how much talent she has."
In her first season at the collegiate level, Holmes was named
the America East Rookie of the Week four times. She currently
ranks second on the Bearcats with 9.9 points per game, first
with 4.1 assists per game (which also ranks fourth in the conference),
fourth with 4.6 rebounds per game and second with 1.6 steals
per game (which also ties for eighth in the conference).
Holmes has reached double figures in scoring 12 times this season
and has reached the 20-point mark three times. Her career-high
of 32 points came against Stony Brook on Jan. 18.
Franceski, who leads the conference in blocks (3.1 bpg.), joins
Holmes on the third team. She was the America East Player of
the Week on Feb. 2 and tied both the school and conference records
with eight blocks at Maine on Jan. 31. Franceski also ranked
ninth in the conference with 5.9 rebounds per game and third
on the Bearcats with 8.9 points per game. This marks the first
time in her career that she has earned all-conference honors.
"Laura fought through a lot during this season," Scholl
said. "She is a player who worked hard, provided leadership.
It's been great to see everything coming together for her the
past few games."
Rebane joins Holmes on the All-Rookie Team, marking the first
time Binghamton has had two of the five players named to that
squad. She was named the America East Rookie of the Week on Feb.
16. For the season, Rebane ranked fourth on the team in scoring
(7.8 ppg.), 11th in the conference in rebounding (5.4 rpg.) and
tied for sixth in the America East with 1.7 steals per game.
"We are really excited for Viive," Scholl said. "She
is one of those players you don't notice until you see the stats
after a game. She is a very steady defender who was often asked
to guard the opposing team's best forward."
Binghamton (13-16, 8-8 AE)
is seeded fourth in the upcoming America East Tournament. The
Bearcats face No. 5 UMBC (University of Maryland-Baltimore County)
in the quarterfinals on Friday at noon.
The four-day tournament takes place in Hartford.