March 3, 2009
WASHINGTON - American University women's basketball sophomore Michelle Kirk has been named to the All-Patriot League First Team, conference officials announced Tuesday. Freshmen Ebony Edwards and Lisa Strack have also been rewarded with spots on the PL All-Rookie Team.
Kirk was named to the conference's first team after leading the Eagles in scoring at 13.7 points per game. The six-foot sophomore from Painted Post, N.Y., also contributed 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per contest. Kirk's field goal percentages (.448) and free throw percentages (.796) landed her in the top 10 in the PL in each of these categories. On Jan. 28, Kirk recorded her first career double-double (27 points and 11 rebounds) in a PL contest against Navy.
"Michelle has proved herself to be one of the biggest offensive threats in the league this season, said AU Head Coach Matt Corkery. "We've also been pleased with her improvements on the defensive end in becoming a more well-rounded overall player."
AU freshmen Edwards and Strack were both named to the PL's all-rookie team. Edwards, a five foot, seven inch guard from Forrestville, Md, averaged 3.9 points per game in 28 appearances this season. She scored a career-high 11 points in the Nov. 19, 2008 win over Howard.
Strack, a five foot, 10 inch native of Langhorne, Pa, appeared in all 29 regular season games this season for the Eagles, which included six starts. She averaged 3.5 points per contest. Strack netted a career-high nine points in the final regular season game on Saturday, a 75-54 win over Lafayette.
"We're excited to have these three student-athletes be recognized by the coaches. I think all three are very deserving of the honors they received. They each made significant contributions in helping us finish as the number two team in the conference," said Corkery.
American finished the regular season with a 19-10 overall record, including a 9-5 mark in the PL. The Eagles will begin play in the PL tournament this weekend as the second seed. AU's quarterfinal game will be played this Saturday, March 7, at 5 p.m. against seventh-seed Lafayette. It will take place at Lehigh's Stabler Arena, and will be shown on Patriot League All-Access.