GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) released their 2011-12 women's basketball all-conference awards Tuesday and Gallaudet University had a player voted to one of their three all-conference teams. This is Gallaudet's second season in the NEAC and marks consecutive years in which it has had at least one member of the women's basketball team voted onto one of the all-conference teams.
Sophomore guard Britny Latham (Cleveland, Tenn.) was selected to the All-NEAC third team as voted on by the league's coaches. Latham endured an injury-plagued season that forced the one-time starter to resort to coming off the bench with reduced minutes played for the remainder of the season. She played in 21 of 24 games and started the first 12 of the season. Despite injuries, the sophomore's heady performance over the course of the season garnered recognition by the NEAC coaches, who selected 15 players to be honored (five for each team – first, second, third).
Latham averaged 13.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals in 21 games this season and led the team in scoring and three-point field goals made (53). The guard also led the team in double-figure scoring with 15 games and tallied a personal best and team season-high 23 points against Keuka College on Jan. 14. In the NEAC, Latham was second in free throw percentage (80.8 percent), fourth in both three-point field goals made and three-point field goal percentage (35.3 percent) and finished 11th in scoring.
Last season, former Gallaudet great Easter Faafiti (Pittsburg, Calif.) was selected as the NEAC Player of the Year and was named to the all-conference first team. Joining her was Nukeitra Hayes (Anderson, Ind.) who was selected to the All-NEAC second team. Former GU head coach Kevin Cook was named NEAC Coach of the Year, as selected by his peers.
The Bison concluded its 2011-12 season under first-year head coach Brendan Stern and finished 8-16 overall and 6-12 in conference play.
SUNYIT junior guard Lyndsey Brognano was named the NEAC Player of the Year while Wells College freshman Jessilyn Arthaho-Aki took home the league's first-ever NEAC Rookie of the Year honor. College of St. Elizabeth's Nicole Degenhardt was selected by her peers as the NEAC Coach of the Year. SUNYIT led all schools with three all-conference selections.
2011-12 Gallaudet University Women's Basketball All-NEAC Honoree