Ryan earns D2CCA All-East Region First Team selection

Ryan earns D2CCA All-East Region First Team selection

PHILADELPHIA – Junior Shannon Ryan (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) of the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team was selected to the 2018-19 Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-East Region First Team on Thursday.

A Second Team All-East pick last year, Ryan has helped the Hawks to a 19-9 record and its eighth NCAA Division II Championship appearance in 2019. Saint Anselm, the seventh-seeded program in the upcoming East Region championship, will battle nationally-ranked and second-seeded Bentley at 2:30 p.m. on Friday in a First Round showdown.

Across 28 games this season, Ryan is averaging 19 points and 12.3 rebounds per game, which are career-high marks in both statistics. She is two points shy of setting a single-season personal best in points scored and, in her last game against Bentley, she set the single-season team record with 345 rebounds to date.

Ryan ranks second nationally with 21 double-doubles, trailing only Southern Connecticut State's Kiana Steinauer, a fellow First Team selection. Ryan's 12.3 rebounds per contest is the sixth-best mark in NCAA Division II and her 19 points per contest is second among Northeast-10 Conference student-athletes.

In addition to her single-season rebounds record, Ryan also set the team's single-season record with her 230th field goal of the season. Earlier in the year against Saint Michael's, Ryan reached 1,000 career points to become only the 19th in team history to do so. Ryan needs only seven offensive rebounds to set the single-season record of 127.

Ryan currently stands as the program's all-time leading rebounder with 11.6 rebounds per game. Her 18.5 points per game in a Hawks uniform is second all-time, trailing only Linda Dunn's mark of 19.2 across 81 games from 1980-84. Her 122 career blocks are the fourth-most all-time and her 662 career rebounds are the 13th most in program history.

She enters the NCAA Division II Championship with 36 career double-doubles, 23 career games with 20 or more points scored and 16 games or more in her career with at least 15 rebounds.

A complete list of honorees reads as follows.

2018-19 D2CCA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL EAST REGION PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Dana Watts, American Int'l, Sr.

2018-19 D2CCA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL EAST REGION FIRST TEAM

Jessica Kaminski, Jefferson, Sr.

Shannon Ryan, Saint Anselm, Jr.

Kiana Steinauer, Southern Conn. St., Jr.

Dana Watts, American Int'l, Sr.

Irisa Ye, USciences, So.

2018-19 D2CCA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL EAST REGION SECOND TEAM

Denia Davis-Stewart, Merrimack, Jr.

Kylie Lorenzen, Southern N.H., Sr.

Sasha Patterson, LIU Post, Sr.

McKayla Roberts, Le Moyne, Jr.

Alex Thomas, USciences, Sr.