BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – For the second time in a week Gallaudet University women's basketball standout Easter Faafiti (Pittsburg, Calif.) has been selected to a national all-region team. D3hoops.com, the national Web site dedicated to NCAA Division III men's and women's basketball, released its 2009-10 All-Region teams on Tuesday and Faafiti was selected as the Women's Atlantic Region Player of the Year as well as a first-team all-region selection.
This is the first D3hoops.com Regional Player of the Year award for Gallaudet since the Web site has selected them starting in 2005-06. In fact, the Capital Athletic Conference has earned four of the five Women's Atlantic Regional Player of the Year awards as University of Mary Washington took home the honors from 2005-08. The D3hoops.com All-Region teams date back to the 2001-02 season. Faafiti is the first-ever Gallaudet University women's player to be selected. Former Bison, Robert Haney Jr., was selected twice to the Middle Atlantic All-Region third teams in 2002-03 and 2003-04.
Marymount (Va.) University women's basketball coach Bill Finney was named the Atlantic Region Coach of the Year while SUNY Old Westbury guard Kystina Agard was named Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year. Three other CAC players were selected to the Atlantic Region teams. Marymount (Va.) forward Kathleen Brown, Wesley College center Angie Owens and York (Pa.) College guard April Sparkman were named to the second team.
D3hoops.com will announce its All-American teams this Saturday during the Final Four.
There were over 676 nominations, a new D3hoops.com record, for men's and women's basketball all-region consideration. The teams were voted on by Sports Information Directors (SID) in each region. Schools were contacted twice, once as the regular-season ended and, if necessary, again through the conference office last week to make sure players were nominated by their respective SID. The All-Region teams include three teams of five players (two teams if the region has 40 or fewer teams), a player of the year, rookie of the year and coach of the year.
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) selected Faafiti to its all-region team last week, as she was one of five players named to Region 3. She is one of 40 finalists in the running to earn one of the 10 spots on the WBCA All-American team that is slated to be released later this week. Faafiti is the 2010 CAC Player of the Year and an All-CAC first team honoree. She was also selected to the D3hoops.com National Team of the Week twice during the 2009-10 season.
Faafiti, a junior-college transfer from Pasadena City College, led the CAC in scoring (19.1 points per game), rebounding (11.1 per game), field goal percentage (.597), offensive rebounds (5.1 per game) and was second in steals (3.3 per game) and fourth in defensive rebounds (6.0). Nationally, Faafiti was ranked in several categories among all NCAA Division III women's basketball programs including; field goal percentage (10th overall), scoring (27th), rebounding (30th) and steals (39th).