WASHINGTON, D.C. - Gallaudet University women's basketball senior star Easter Faafiti (Pittsburg, Calif.) has been selected as a Third Team Preseason All-American by D3Hoops.com for the 2010-2011 season. The selection further expands upon her 2009-10 campaign in which she received Fourth Team All-American honors by the same organization for her excellence in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) and nationally.
Faafiti and the Bison will attempt to stampede the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) in its inaugural season in the conference, as it tries to build upon an outstanding 2009-10 season when the Bison finished 14-12 (7-9 CAC). The 14 wins was the program's highest total in a decade, as the Bison earned the sixth-seed in the CAC tournament, which was the team's first appearance in the conference tournament since the 2006-07 season.
"Easter is dedicated and committed to having the best senior season she can have. I'm proud that Easter has blossomed into an outstanding leader and role model for our younger student-athletes," said Kevin Cook, who is entering his fourth season as head coach of the Buff and Blue.
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) in 25 games played and started. Her production earned her CAC Player of the Year honors, becoming the third player in Bison history to do so, joining three-time honoree Ronda Jo Miller (1996-97, 97-98, 98-99) and her teammate Touria Ouahid (2000-01).
Nationally, Faafiti was ranked in several categories among all NCAA Division III women's basketball programs including field goal percentage (10th), scoring (27th), rebounding (30th) and steals (38th). She was also selected as an honorable mention All-American by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) for the 2009-10 season.
The selection makes Faafiti the only student-athlete from the NEAC or the CAC to be bestowed with the preseason award for the 2010-11 season.