BEAVERTON, Ore. – Gallaudet University senior forward/center Easter Faafiti (Pittsburg, Calif.) continues to add more accolades to her resume as she was recently named to the 2011 Women's DIII News All-American third team. The honor places her as one of the top 15 women's basketball players this season in Division III according to this publication.
The publication selected five All-Star teams overall, in addition to 40 honorable mentions and an All-Freshman team. Forward Ashley Roser was included in the All-Freshman squad and was the only other North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) player to receive a distinction. Christopher Newport University senior guard Chelsie Schweers was named Women's DIII News Player of the Year.
This is Faafiti's third All-American team she has been selected to. She was a third-team All-American selected as an honorable mention honoree by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and D3hoops.com. Faafiti earned the NEAC Player of the Year award and earned a spot on the all-conference first team.
In leading the Gallaudet University women's basketball team to a 24-4 record on the year – including their third-ever NCAA tournament berth - Faafiti racked up impressive individual statistics. 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) and 12th in steals per game (3.8). In the NEAC, Faafiti placed first in field goal percentage (.531) and steals per game (3.82), second in points per game and rebounds per game and fifth in assists per game (4.21).
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2010-11 Awards for Gallaudet's Easter Faafiti
- Women's DIII News All-American Third Team
- WBCA Division III All-American Honorable Mention
- D3hoops.com Division III All-American Honorable Mention
- D3hoops.com Atlantic Region First Team
- ECAC Division III South Player of the Year
- ECAC Division III South All-Star First Team
- North Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year
- All-NEAC First Team
- Three-time D3hoops.com Team of the Week (Nov. 22-28, Jan. 10-16, Feb. 14-20)
- Three-time ECAC South Region Player of the Week (Nov. 30, Jan. 11, Jan. 30)
- Five-time NEAC Player of the Week (Nov. 29, Dec. 20, Jan. 10, Jan.18, Feb. 21)
- Two-time Bison of the Month (Dec., Jan.)