ROLLA, Mo. - Sophomore Shannon Ryan of the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team secured 2017-18 Division II Conference Commissioner's Association Division II Women's Basketball All-East Region Second Team honors on Thursday.
Formerly called the Daktronics All-East Region team, Ryan is the fourth All-Region selection from the organization in program history. A First Team All-Northeast-10 Conference nod following the season, Ryan helped the Hawks to a 17-12 overall record this season and its fourth playoff berth in the last five seasons.
A transfer to Saint Anselm prior to the season from NCAA Division I Boston College, Ryan had an outstanding debut season with the Hawks. She averaged 18.3 points per game in 2017-18, ranking second in the league while her 10.9 rebounds per game was tops in the NE10. She secured 15 double-doubles, leading the Hawks while ranking second in the conference.
The native of Plattsburgh, N.Y. became only the fourth student-athlete to pull down at least 300 caroms in one season and only the second Saint Anselm student-athlete to ever reach 500 points and 300 rebounds in a season (Two-time All-America selection Rachel Jackson, 1984-85).
On a national scale, Ryan concluded her season ranked fifth in NCAA Division II in overall rebounding (317) and 11th in field goals made (221). Her 15 double-doubles and her 10.9 rebounds were the 12th most in NCAA Division II at her season's end – defensively, she also ranked within the top 50 in blocked shots (56) and blocked shots per game (1.93).
Earning Player of the Week honors on Feb. 5 and Feb. 19 of this season, Ryan scored at least 13 points in all but one game on the season. She also recorded at least nine rebounds in seven-straight games from Jan. 23 to Feb. 17 and hauled in a season-best 19 caroms against Adelphi on Jan. 6. The 30 points scored against Caldwell in her Hawks debut on Nov. 11 was a career-high mark.
A complete list of selections reads as follows.
Kelly Martin, Stonehill (East Region Player of the Year)
Sarah Abbonizio, University of the Sciences
Jenna Erickson, St. Thomas Aquinas
Zhane Robinson, Bloomfield
Dana Watts, American International
Shannon Ryan, Saint Anselm
Kylie Lorenzen, Southern New Hampshire
Kristen Drogsler, Caldwell
Sarah Saba, Daemen
Sasha Patterson, LIU Post