WASHINGTON - As the top-seeded American University women's basketball team prepares for Thursday's Patriot League semifinal game against No. 5 Army West Point, senior guard Emily Kinneston has once again been recognized for her outstanding season as she was voted as the 2018 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Tuesday.
Kinneston is the second consecutive Eagle to earn the distinction, after Lauren Crisler was recognized last year. She joins the elite group of four AU women's basketball players who have been selected for the prestigious award since American joined the league in 2000 - Crisler, Jen Dumiak (2015), Alexis Dobbs (2012, 2013, 2014) and Liz Hayes (2007, 2008).
This is the latest league honor for Kinneston, who was voted the Patriot League Player of the Year last week by the league's head coaches. Kinneston, a biology major who holds a 3.79 cumulative GPA, was one of two Eagles to be recognized with a league major award, as head coach Megan Gebbia was awarded her second Coach of the Year honor. Kinneston was also selected for the Patriot League First Team, while junior Cecily Carl made the second team, and senior Maria Liddane was voted to the third team and all-defensive team.
She is one of only five players to have been selected as both the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Player of the Year in a single season. AU alumna Jen Dumiak was the last player to reach the plateau in 2014-15, while Holy Cross' Lauren Maney (1995-96), Kathy Courtney (1996-97) and Amy O'Brien (1997-98, 1998-99) round out the list of double honorees.
Kinneston has led American throughout the season, averaging a career-high 15.5 ppg to become the 18th player in program history to break the 1,000-career point milestone. The Shelburne, Vt., native broke into the single-season record book after Monday's quarterfinal win over Lafayette, scoring 20 points to bring her season total up to 449 - the 10th-highest season point tally in program history. She continues to lead the league in assists, averaging 4.3 per game and is only three away from breaking into the AU single-season top ten list with 126 so far this season.
2018 ACADEMIC ALL-LEAGUE TEAM
Emily Kinneston, American, Sr.
Catherine Romaine, Bucknell, Sr.
Anna Ptasinski, Lafayette, Sr.
Hannah Hedstrom, Lehigh, So.
Stephanie Karcz, Loyola (Md.), So.
Hannah Fenske, Navy, Sr.
The Eagles will return to Bender Arena for the Patriot League Tournament semifinal round on Thursday, March 8, where they will face No. 5 Army West Point.
Ticket prices for the semifinal game, set by the Patriot League, are $12 for adults and $6 for seniors and youth. AU students are admitted free with an AU ID. Rates for groups with 10+ are $4 per person. Tickets are now on sale via AUEagles.com/Tickets. Fans can also visit the Athletics Ticket Office in person, or call (202) 885-TIXX (8499) Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
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