After receiving the most Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Week accolades in over a decade, freshman forward Alyssa Casey of the Merrimack College women’s basketball program was named NE10 Rookie of the Year to highlight three all-conference selections for the Warriors when the league unveiled its all-league picks on Tuesday.
With the honor, the Andover, Mass. native became the first major award winner for the program since Jenny Smith ’05 was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2004-05. Casey is just the third player in program history since 1981-82 to receive NE10 Rookie of the Year, and the first since Joelle Martin ’06 in 2003.
The first-year post player was also named an all-conference honorable mention selection, while junior Lindsay Werner landed on the all-league third team, and freshman Mayson Kimball joined Casey on the all-rookie team.
Casey earned eight Rookie of the Week selections, the most for any individual since the NCAA Division II’s all-time scoring leader Johannah Leedham’s freshman season at Franklin Pierce (2006-07). She started all 27 games for the Warriors, finishing with averages of 13.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. She finished the season as Merrimack’s leader in total rebounds (163) and field goals made (153) while ranking second in points (364) and thefts (38). Casey scored the most points by a true freshman at Merrimack in the last 15 years, dating back to Martin’s rookie year in 02-03.
Werner collected her first career all-conference selection after leading Merrimack in scoring and finishing sixth in the NE10 with an average of 15.4 points per game. The Groton, Mass. native also paced the Navy and Gold with 63 three-pointers, breaking the single-season program record (62) that had stood for 15 years. She scored in double figures in 21 of 27 games, posted 10 20-point performances and tied her career best with a 32-point effort. Werner finished the season as the first Warrior in six years with a scoring average of at least 15.0 points per game.
Kimball received recognition on the all-rookie team after an equally superb debut season in the Navy and Gold. Among freshmen in the NE10, she only trailed Casey in scoring. The Webster, N.H. native ranked third on Merrimack with 10.6 points per contest, and was Merrimack’s leading scorer over the final eight games of the year at 12.9 points per night. The first-year wing finished third on the Warriors in total boards (129), second in assists (63) and third in three-pointers made (33).
Outside of Rookie of the Year, the other three major awards all went to Stonehill College. Senior Kelly Martin received Player of the Year, senior Elizabeth Grip earned Defensive Player of the Year and Trisha Brown was named Coach of the Year.