Agboola, Richards Earn First America East Women’s Basketball Awards of 2013
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Boston University junior Rashidat Agboola and Albany freshman Shereesha Richards earned the first America East awards of 2013, as America East teams completed their first week of conference play.
Agboola (Methuen, Mass.) earned her first America East honor of the season after helping Boston University to a 2-0 start in conference play with road wins at Stony Brook and Hartford. She started the week with nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds in the Terriers win over the Seawolves. She followed that with a conference-high 26 points for the week, accounting for more than half of Boston U.'s points in a 45-39 win at Hartford. Agboola also had five rebounds, three assists and three blocks in the contest. For the week, she averaged 17.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game ranking second in the conference in scoring and fifth in rebounding for the week. Agboola earned the sixth Player of the Week honor for the Terriers this season, as Chantell Alford has claimed four and Mo Moran had one.
Richards (Oceanview, N.J.) earned her fourth Rookie of the Week award after helping lead Albany to a 2-0 start to the America East Conference season, averaging 15.0 points and 8.5 rebounds, while shooting a blistering 76.4 percent (13-17) from the floor. The freshman forward recorded her first double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds in a win over UMBC on Wednesday, also recording one steal while shooting 5-of-7 from the floor. On Saturday at Binghamton, Richards led all scorers with 18 points, while adding six rebounds and one steal, hitting 8-of-10 shots from the field and 2-of-3 free throws.
America East Notes (In 140 characters
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Albany's Ebone Henry moved into second place on the Albany career points list after scoring 25 against UMBC... Boston U's 12-3 start is the best for any America East team since Hartford was 27-3 in 2009-10... Albany has an average margin of victory of 39.5 points in its first two conference games... Stony Brook won at New Hampshire for the first time since Jan. 13, 2007... Albany's 87 vs. UMBC points is the most points scored by an America East team since New Hampshire scored 88 against Rhode Island on Jan. 1, 2011... Only three teams in league history have lost their conference openers and gone on to win the America East title... Binghamton's win over Hartford was the first for the Bearcats over the Hawks at the Events Center since Feb. 23, 2005... The America East is the only conference with two teams in the top-10 of the Mid-Major Top-25. Hartford is 9th and Boston U is 10th... Albany's Julie Forster became the program's all-time leading rebounder with 977 career boards vs. Sam Houston State... Boston U. beat No. 17/15 St. John's, marking the 1st non-conference win over a ranked team for the America East since 2009... The Terriers are averaging 8.5 3-point FGs per game and are on pace for 247 this season. The America East record is 223 set by UMBC is 07-08... Stony Brook has a +6.3 rebounding margin. The Seawolves have not finished the year with a positive rebounding margin since 2006-07 (+1.0)
2012-13 America East Women's Basketball Weekly
Nov. 12 - Player of the Week: Chantell Alford (Boston U); Rookie of the Week: Morgan Murphy (Binghamton)
Nov. 19 - Player of the Week: Chantell Alford (Boston U); Rookie of the Week: Brittany Snow (Stony Brook)
Nov. 26 - Player of the Week: Megan Craig (Albany); Rookie of the Week: Katie Roth (Hartford)
Dec. 3 - Player of the Week: Chantell Alford (Boston U); Rookie of the Week: Liz Wood (Maine)
Dec. 10 - Player of the Week: Chikilra Goodman (Stony Brook); Rookie of the Week: Shereesha Richards (Albany)
Dec. 17 - Player of the Week: Chantell Alford (Boston U);Rookie of the Week: Shereesha Richards (Albany)
Dec. 24 - Player of the Week: Ebone Henry (Albany);Rookie of the Week: Shereesha Richards (Albany)
Dec. 31 - Player of the Week: Mo Moran (Boston U);Rookie of the Week: Liz Wood (Maine)
Jan. 7 - Player of the Week: Rashidat Agboola (Boston U); Rookie of the Week: Shereesha Richards (Albany)