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Faafiti earns NEAC Player of the Year award, Cook selected as Coach of the Year

Faafiti earns NEAC Player of the Year award, Cook selected as Coach of the Year

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) released their 2010-11 women's basketball all-conference awards and Gallaudet University swept the two major awards and had two all-conference honorees. In their first season in the NEAC, the Gallaudet University men's and women's basketball programs received seven awards shared amongst six honorees – the most for any school in the conference.

Senior forward/center Easter Faafiti (Pittsburg, Calif.) was selected as the NEAC Player of the Year and was named to the all-conference first team. This is the second year in a row that Faafiti has accomplished this feat as she earned the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year last season while also being named to the All-CAC first team. Fellow senior center Nukeitra Hayes (Anderson, Ind.) was named to the All-NEAC second team and Coach Kevin Cook was selected by his peers as NEAC Coach of the Year. All awards are determined by NEAC coaches as 15 total players were selected (five for each team).

Faafiti averaged 21.3 points, 13.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 4.0 steals per game this season, while shooting 54.0 percent from the field and 72.1 percent from the charity stripe. She ranks seventh amongst all NCAA Division III players in double-doubles (19), eighth in steals per game, 11th in both points and rebounds per game, and 28th in field goal percentage. In the NEAC, Faafiti was ranked first in both steals and field goal percentage, tied for first in rebounding, ranked second in points per game and fourth in assists. Faafiti was also selected five times this season as NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week for women's basketball.

Hayes averaged 12.1 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.7 blocks in 21 games this season and shot 47.6 percent from the floor. In the NEAC, She ranked fourth in field goal percentage, fifth in rebounding and sixth in blocked shots.

In his fourth season at the helm, Cook led the Buff and Blue to a 23-2 regular-season record, including a 20-2 mark in conference play and the No. 1 seed in the NEAC tournament. The Bison had a 20-game win streak to start the season en route to the best start in school history.

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2010-11 Gallaudet University Women's Basketball All-NEAC Honorees

Easter Faafiti headshot  

Coach Kevin Cook headshot  
Nukeitra Hayes headshot  


Easter Faafiti
NEAC Player of the Year
All-NEAC First Team

Kevin Cook
NEAC Coach of the Year

Nukeitra Hayes
All-NEAC Second Team