MINNEAPOLIS - Gallaudet University women's basketball star Easter Faafiti (Pittsburg, Calif.) was selected as a 2010-11 D3hoops.com All-American Honorable Mention over the weekend by the national Web site dedicated to NCAA Division III men's and women's basketball. Last year, D3hoops.com picked Faafiti for its All-American fourth team.
Faafiti is the lone representative from the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) and one of three players from the Atlantic region to be selected to one of the five D3hoops.com All-American teams (first, second, third, fourth and honorable mention) that includes five players per team. Christopher Newport University senior guard Chelsie Schweers was named the Division III Player of the Year while Vassar freshman Cydni Matsuoka was named Division III Rookie of the Year. Nancy Fahey took home top coaching honors for the second straight year as she led Washington (Mo.) University to back-to-back trips to the national championship game.
Faafiti last month was named the 2011 NEAC Player of the Year. During the season Faafiti was selected as the NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week for a record five times. She was also selected to the D3hoops.com National Team of the Week three times and three times picked as the ECAC South Region Player of the Week
Faafiti, a junior-college transfer from Pasadena City College, earned her 1,000th career point as a Bison in just two seasons on February 20. In the final NCAA Division III women's basketball statistics she ranked fourth in double-doubles (four), 11th in rebounds per game (13.5), 12th in points per game (20.5), 12th in steals per game (3.8) and 28th in field goal percentage (53.1). In the NEAC, Faafiti placed first in field goal percentage and steals per game, second in points per game and rebounds per game and fifth in assists per game (4.21).