Merrimack College women’s basketball standout junior Denia Davis-Stewart earned some well-deserved hardware on Thursday as the star forward was named to the 2018-19 Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-East Region Second Team.
It marked the first all-region selection of any kind for the starting center. Davis-Stewart enjoyed a career season that saw her receive NE10 Defensive Player of the Year and her second-ever all-conference selection, landing on the all-league second team.
Just the second Warrior ever to earn the NE10’s highest defensive honor, Davis-Stewart led the conference with a career-high 107 rejections while averaging over 3.5 blocks per game. Nationally, she ended her junior campaign ranking fourth in total rejections and fifth in per-game average. Davis-Stewart also controlled the glass for the Warriors, pulling down a career-best 11.2 rebounds per game. She ranked fourth in the league in rebounding and among the top-20 nationwide.
On the offensive end of the floor, Davis-Stewart took her game to new heights in 2018-19. The Dorchester, Mass. native finished second on the Warriors with 13.4 points per game on a career-best 50.3 field-goal percentage. She also shot a career-high 71.9 percent at the charity stripe. The forward led the Warriors in field goals made (167), and offensive rebounds (91). Her abundance of boards led the third-year Warrior to establish a new career best in double-doubles (16), 12 of which came over the final 16 games of the regular season.
Davis-Stewart will end her NE10 career ranking seventh all-time in conference history with 268 career blocks over three season, which already is a Merrimack record. She posted nine games this past year with at least five blocks, and recorded her first career 20-20 game against Mercy College (23 points, 20 caroms).