Westwood, MA --- WPI senior Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) shared NEWMAC Athlete of the Year accolades, repeated as NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Year and became a three-time All-Conference first team selection, as voted upon by the head coaches following the regular season.
Biney owns both defensive nods in the award's brief history and is only the second Boynton Hiller to earn conference athlete of the year honors, and first since Carrie Nolet in 1988. Smith's Kennedy Guest-Pritchett claimed the other half of this year's award. Classmates Madison Beck (Syracuse, NY) and Maura Buckley (Melrose, MA), meanwhile, were was named to the second team and sportsmanship team, respectively.
Biney paced the NEWMAC with 62 steals overall and was second with 38 in the 16 conference games. The team leader in points per game (13.3), rebounds per game (7.3), defensive rebounds per game (5.2) and steals per game (2.5) during the regular season appeared in the top five nine more times, including third in overall field goals (133), and fourth in points (332), rebounds (182) and defensive rebounds (131). Biney hauled in a career-best 14 rebounds versus SUNY New Paltz and handed out eight assists at Smith.
The double-digit scorer in 17 contests, including six double-doubles, registered a season-high 27 points versus Coast Guard in January en route to NEWMAC, NEWBA and D3hoops.com Team of the Week honors. Over the course of the season Biney collected four NEWMAC Offensive and two Defensive Athlete of the Week accolades, including both for the week ending November 26, and two NEWBA Player of the Week nods. The senior helped send the team to the program's third consecutive NEWMAC final with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds versus Babson. She also averaged three steals per game for the tournament.
Beck was second on the team with 12 points per game and third overall in the NEWMAC with a 51.7 percent field goal percentage through the regular season. The NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week following the win at Babson, totaled a career-best 10 boards in a double-double versus Bates in November and a career-high 19 points versus Springfield to begin the calendar year. She closed out the regular season netting double digits in four of the last five games and added key steals in the waning seconds in important wins against MIT and Babson.
More on Buckley and the rest of the WPI winter sportsmanship selections soon.