NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Highlighted by senior Denia Davis-Stewart being named Northeast Conference (NEC) Player and Defensive Player of the Year the Merrimack College women’s basketball team was well-represented when the NEC announced its major award winners, all-conference, and all-rookie selections on Monday morning.
The team saw two all-conference selections. In addition to wining NEC player and defensive player of the year, Davis-Stewart was named to the all-conference team. After her excellent season shooting the three ball, sophomore Kate Mager grabbed a third-team all-conference nod. Freshman Jayme DeCesare took home an all-conference honor after running the point for the duration of the Warrior season.
Davis-Stewart had one of the best seasons in Merrimack College history. In her first season as a Division I player she led the country in rebounds per game (13.6) and double-doubles (24). The senior forward also led the conference in scoring (18.5), rebounds (13.6), blocks (4.2), and defensive rebounds (11.0). She also finished the season with the NEC single-season record for most blocks in a season with 121. She also set program records in rebounds in a single game (24) and rebounds in a season (395). In additon, Davis-Stewart had two triple-doubles, which tied her for seccond in the country.
Statistically, Mager had the best year in Merrimack history shooting the three ball. The New City native hit 76 threes, which is a new Warrior record. She also led the NEC in three-point percentage (.415) and three-pointers made (76). In addition, she led the conference in minutes played per game (35.6).
DeCesare ran the point for all 29 Warrior games this season. She was the only freshman to start every game for Merrimack. She led the NEC in assist/turnover ratio with 87 assists to just 49 turnovers. The freshman guard averaged 9.2 points and three assits per game.
Stay tuned as more is expected from the Warriors this season. Merrimack is expected to continue play in the postseason in March, with more details to come on what college basketball postseason tournament that Merrimack will play in.