Rutgers-Newark’s Faith Ashby Named NJAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year
Pitman, NJ—Rutgers University-Newark senior guard Faith Ashby (Teaneck, NJ/Teaneck) and The College of New Jersey’s sophomore forward Shannon Devitt (Westfield, NJ/Westfield) have been selected as the New Jersey Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year respectively for the 2018-19 season. Their selections highlighted the 18-member NJAC women’s basketball all-conference team which was announced on February 20. All selections were made via a vote of the league’s 10 head coaches and were based on conference-only statistics.
A three-time NJAC all-conference selection, Ashby wrapped up NJAC league play as the leader in conference-only steals (3.7 per game), while also ranking second in minutes played (38.3 per conference game). A two-time NJAC Player of the Week honoree during her senior season, Ashby also finished third in conference-only assists (3.6 per game), fifth in conference-only scoring (16.4 points per game) and 12th in conference-only rebounding (6.9 per game).
Devitt, who earned the NJAC Rookie of the Year award last year, finished her second NJAC season as the league-leader in both conference-only rebounding (13.0 per game) and conference-only field goal percentage (.567). A four-time NJAC Player of the Week selection this year, Devitt also finished NJAC play ranked fourth in conference-only blocks (1.7 per game), and seventh in conference-only scoring (15.4 points per game).
Kean University freshman guard Shannon McCoy (Barnegat, NJ/Barnegat) was selected as the NJAC Rookie of the Year. A four-time NJAC Rookie of the Week selection, McCoy finished her first NJAC season as the league-leader in conference-only three-point field goals made per game (2.6). McCoy also ranked second in conference-only scoring (18.3 points per game), fifth in conference-only free throw percentage (.732), and fifth in conference-only three-point field goal percentage (.338).
The College of New Jersey’s Chessie Jackson was named NJAC Coach of the Year by her peers for the second consecutive season. Jackson, who earned a share of the award in 2017-18, led this year’s Lions to the NJAC regular season championship with a league-best 15-3 mark in conference play and a 17-8 record overall. In two seasons at the helm of the Lions’ program, Jackson has guided TCNJ to an overall record of 39-15 and a mark of 30-6 in NJAC play.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
|Faith Ashby, Rutgers-Newark|
|DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:||Shannon Devitt, TCNJ|
|ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:||Shannon McCoy, Kean|
|COACH OF THE YEAR:||Chessie Jackson, TCNJ|
|Faith Ashby%+||Rutgers-Newark||SR||G||Teaneck, NJ/Teaneck|
|Marajiah Bacon*^||NJCU||SR||G||Neptune, NJ/Neptune|
|Jen Byrne$||TCNJ||JR||F||Medford, NJ/Shawnee|
|Shannon Devitt||TCNJ||SO||F||Westfield, NJ/Westfield|
|Shannon McCoy||Kean||FR||G||Barnegat, NJ/Barnegat|
|Jenna Harsh%||Ramapo||JR||F||Metuchen, NJ/Bishop Ahr|
|Alex McKinnon||Montclair State||JR||F||Fairfield, CT/Fairfield Ludlowe|
|Dominique Peters||Rowan||JR||F||Lawrenceville, NJ/Lawrence|
|April Peterson||Stockton||SR||F||Lafayette, NJ/High Point Regional|
|Fatimah Williams||Rutgers-Camden||JR||G||Camden, NJ/Timber Creek|
|Hannah Ashby||Rutgers-Newark||JR||G||Teaneck, NJ/Teaneck|
|Kim Calloway||Montclair State||SO||G||Morristown, NJ/Morristown|
|Samantha Famulare||TCNJ||SR||G||Freehold, NJ/Freehold Twp.|
|CeCe Green||William Paterson||SR||G||Boonton, NJ/Boonton|
|Gabby Greene%||Rutgers-Camden||SR||G||Howell, NJ/Howell|
|Wykira Johnson-Kelly||Rutgers-Camden||FR||G||Franklinville, NJ/Delsea Regional|
|Alexis Kriley||Rowan||SO||G||Fair Lawn, NJ/Fair Lawn|
|Payce Lange||Kean||JR||G||Tewksbury, NJ/Voorhees|
|$ – First Team All-Conference 2017-18
% – Honorable Mention 2017-18
* – First Team All-Conference 2016-17
^ – First Team All-Conference 2015-16
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