Junior Denia Davis-Stewart was named Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year and landed on the all-league second team, headlining a trio of NE10 All-Conference selections for the Merrimack College women’s basketball program. The league unveiled its major award winners and all-league honorees on Monday afternoon.
Davis-Stewart became the second Warrior in as many years to collect a major award; sophomore Alyssa Casey won Rookie of the Year in 2017-18. Senior Lindsay Werner landed on the all-league third team for the second straight season while freshman Kate Mager claimed a spot on the all-rookie squad.
Merrimack’s starting center in all 30 games this season, Davis-Stewart became the second Warrior ever to win NE10 Defensive Player of the Year and first since Jenny Smith in 2004-05. Her defensive accolades including leading the NE10 in both total blocks (107) and blocks per game (3.6); nationally, she ranks second and eighth in those areas, respectively. The Dorchester, Mass. native is also one of the top rebounders around, leading Merrimack and ranking fourth in the NE10 with 11.2 caroms per contest. She finished the conference tournament among the top-20 in Division II in rebounding, as well.
Davis-Stewart’s career offensive season also led her to the all-league second team designation. She ranks second on Merrimack with 13.4 points per game, shooting a career-best 50.3 percent from the field and 71.9 percent at the charity stripe. Her team-leading and career-best 16 doubles-doubles ranks fourth in the NE10; 12 of those double-doubles have comes over the final 16 contests of the season. The post player scored in double figures a career-best 22 times during her junior year.
Werner’s senior season saw the shooting guard perform as one of the top scorers in the conference, earning her the second straight all-league honor. The Groton, Mass. native led Merrimack in both scoring average (15.7) and 3-pointers made (70), ranking 10th in scoring and fourth in triples in the conference. Werner became the 21st player in school history to reach 1,000 career points in 2018-19, and set school records for 3-pointers made in a single season (70) and career triples (190). Werner emerged from Sunday’s NE10 Quarterfinal with 1,120 career points, ranking 16th in school annals.
Mager’s all-rookie campaign featured some stellar shooting numbers for the first-year Warrior. The New City, N.Y. native finished her debut season by averaging 7.9 points per game on 66 3-point field goals while shooting 38.8 percent from the beyond the arc. Mager’s single-season triple total is only bested by Werner’s 70 for the most in a single year in school history. The guard scored in double figures on 10 occasions during the 2018-19 season, appearing in all 30 games for the Warriors.