March 29, 2011
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena men's basketball senior Ryan Rossiter and women's basketball senior Serena Moore were both today named ECAC Division I Basketball All-Stars. Both Rossiter and Moore were named to their respective Second Teams.
Rossiter was the lone MAAC player to make the men's list, while Moore was one of two players from the conference to make it on the women's side as she was joined by Marist's Erica Allenspach who was named to the First Team.
UCONN captured both major awards with Kemba Walker being named the 2010-11 ECAC Division I Men's Basketball Player of the Year while Maya Moore took home the women's highest honor.
This award is just another in a long line of honors for Rossiter this year. In addition to being named MAAC Player of the Year, he was recently selected to the NABC District I First Team, Basketball Times All-District Team (Northeast) and yesterday was named an AP Division I All-American Honorable Mention.
Rossiter led the MAAC in both scoring (18.7) and rebounding (13.2) this past season, becoming the first player in the conference to do so since Lionel Simmons (1989-90) 21 seasons ago. The program's all-time leading rebounds with 1,151 boards, Rossiter posted 25 double-doubles and broke the single-season rebounding record with 408 this season. He currently ranks second nationally in both rebounds and double-doubles.
In addition to Rossiter and Walker, Duquesne's T.J. McConnell was named the Rookie of the Year, while Kyle Singler (Duke), Marshon Brooks (Providence), Nolan Smith (Duke) and Charles Jenkins (Hofstra) were named to the First Team. Joining Rossiter on the Second Team were Jordan Williams (Maryland), John Holland (Boston University), Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh) and Dwight Hardy (St. John's).
Moore also had a tremendous season on the women's side. Like Rossiter, she too led the MAAC in both scoring (14.8) and rebounding (8.7) and was second in blocked shots (1.7). A MAAC First Team selection, on Feb. 19 she became just the 13th player in conference history to reach 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 100 blocks for her career.
On the women's side, Alyssa Thomas from Maryland was named the Rookie of the Year with the First Team comprising of Maya Moore, Allenspach, Carolyn Swords (Boston College), Dawn Evans (James Madison) and Jasmine Thomas (Duke). In addition to Moore, the Second Team included Courtney Hurt (VCU), Elena Delle Donne (Delaware), Shante Evans (Hofstra), Tiffany Hayes (UCONN) and Sugar Rodgers (Georgetown).
About the ECAC
The Eastern College Athletic Conference is the nation's largest athletic conference and only multi-divisional conference, with 287 member institutions and over 122,000 student-athletes ranging from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Illinois. The ECAC publicizes the achievements of over 750 student-athletes annually through the postseason all-stars program. In men's and women's basketball, the ECAC awards one Division I and Division II all-star teams each, and four regional Division III all-star teams (New England, Upstate, Metro and South).