Courtesy: America East Communications

4 Teams Earn America East WBB Major Awards; All-Conference Teams Announced

Release: 03/03/2017

PORTLAND, Maine -  A historic regular season for the New Hampshire Wildcats continued on Friday night as junior forward Carlie Pogue was named America East Player of the Year and head coach Maureen Magarity was named Coach of the Year. The conference’s 2016-17 major awards and all-conference teams were announced at the Annual Awards Banquet held at the Portland Westin Harborview on the eve of the women’s basketball championship.

Joining Pogue and Magarity as major award winners were Maine’s Laia Sole (Sixth Player of the Year), Binghamton’s Alyssa James (Defensive Player of the Year) and Hartford’s Sierra DaCosta (Rookie of the Year). 


Award winners were nominated by their own coaches and voted on by the conference’s head coaches, who could not vote for their own team.


Player of the Year

Carlie Pogue, Jr., F, New Hampshire

  • Second Wildcat to be named Player of the Year in program history and the first since Kris Kinney in 1988-89.
  • Ranked second in the league in scoring (18.9 ppg) and fourth in rebound (7.1 rpg) during conference play.
  • Also ranked second in the conference during league action in field goal percentage (55.1%).
  • Had six double-doubles this season.


Defensive Player of the Year

Alyssa James, Jr., F, Binghamton

  • Earns her second-straight Defensive Player of the Year honor.
  • Joins Albany’s Ebone Henry as the only student-athletes to win the award multiple times.
  • Leads the conference with 64 total blocks, averaging 2.3 per game.
  • Set the America East single-game record with 11 blocks vs. Stony Brook.


Rookie of the Year

Sierra DaCosta, Fr., G, Hartford

  • Becomes just the second Hawk in program history to earn the award and first since Erica Beverly in 2005-06.
  • Led all freshmen in scoring at 11.7 points per game, which ranked 11th overall in the conference.
  • Also ranks in the top-15 of the league in steals and 3-point field goals made.


Sixth Player of the Year

Laia Sole, Fr., F, Maine

  • Becomes the second freshmen to win the award in the short four-year history.
  • Averaged 11.3 points per game while shooting 50% from the floor during conference play.
  • Is the second leading scorer on the team despite playing just the fourth-most minutes.


Coach of the Year

Maureen Magarity, New Hampshire

  • Is the second Wildcat head coach and first since Kathy Sanbron in 1993-94 to be named Coach of the Year.
  • Led UNH to a program record 25 wins and the team’s first No. 1 seed.
  • Helped the Wildcats win their first outright regular season title.
  • UNH leads the conference and ranks in the top-25 in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 54.5 points per game.


The America East Women’s Basketball Championship begins on Saturday, March 4 at noon with all four quarterfinal games to be played at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Maine. The quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinal round at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 5. Every game of the championship will be available on ESPN3 , and the WatchESPN app. Visit #AETourney Central on for more details.

First-Team All-Conference
Imani Tate, Sr., G, Albany
Imani Watkins, Jr., G, Binghamton
Sigi Koizar, Sr., G, Maine
Taylor McCarley, Sr., G, UMBC
Carlie Pogue, Jr., F, New Hampshire

Second-Team All-Conference
Jessica Fequiere, Jr., G/F, Albany
Alyssa James, Jr., F, Binghamton
Deanna Mayza, Sr., G, Hartford
Kat Fogarty, Jr., F, New Hampshire
Kori Bayne-Walker, Sr., G, Stony Brook

Third Team All-Conference
Darby Lee, Jr., F, Hartford
Laura Castaldo, Jr., G, UMBC
Kayla Gibbs, Jr., F. UMass Lowell
Olivia Healy, Jr., G/F, New Hampshire
Brittni Lai, Jr., G, New Hampshire

All-Defensive Team
Imani Tate, Sr., G, Albany
Alyssa James, Jr., F, Binghamton
Janelle Harrison, Jr., F, Hartford
Taylor McCarley, Sr., G, UMBC
Christa Scognamiglio, Sr., G, Stony Brook

All-Rookie Team
Kai Moon, G, Binghamton
Sierra DaCosta, G, Hartford
Blanca Millan, G, Maine
Laia Sole, F, Maine
Hanna Crymble, F, Vermont

All-Academic Team
Cassandra Edwards, Sr., Albany - 3.92, Psychology
Deanna Mayza, Sr., Hartford - 3.51, Communication
Sigi Koizar, Sr., Maine - 3.97, Biology
Pandora Wilson, Sr., UMBC - 3.53, Health Administration & Policy
Sydney Smith, Jr., Vermont - 3.73, Business Administration

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