College Notebook: Franklin Pierce's Cooper reaps three regional awards
FRANKLIN PIERCE UNIVERSITY men's basketball senior standout Ellis Cooper recently earned three regional honors for his exemplary play throughout the 2013-14 season.
Cooper earned Daktronics Second-Team All-East Region honors, but that award paled in comparison to the other two prestigious accolades, including being named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-East Region First-Team, and being placed on the NCAA Division II East Regional All-Tournament Team.
Cooper averaged 19.0 points and 8.4 rebounds per game this season, despite missing close to two weeks with an injury. He ranks fifth in the Northeast-10 Conference in scoring, while also ranking sixth in rebounding. He shot 56 percent from the field, which is the third highest average in the league. Cooper was named to the All-NE-10 First-Team following the regular season for his impressive play.
He scored in double-figures in all but one game this season, including 12 games with at least 20 points. Cooper also recorded eight double-doubles on the year. After missing a two-week span over late-January and early-February with an injury, Cooper came back with a vengeance by scoring 20 points or more in four-straight games, including a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds in his first game back in a 76-75 win over Southern New Hampshire on Feb. 11.
The East region accolades from the NABC and Daktronics honored Cooper's performance throughout the regular season and NE-10 Tournament, but the NCAA regional all-tournament team honor shined the light on his magnificent play in the first two rounds of the regional.
Cooper averaged 27.0 points and 11.5 rebounds in the two games, including a 30-point, 16-rebound performance in a narrow second round loss to top-seeded Southern Connecticut State.
Despite the setback, the performance was a fitting end to Cooper's amazing collegiate career, which saw him earn a pair of First-Team All-NE-10 honors (2012 & 2014), while also being recognized by the NABC on its East Region team each of the last three seasons. He finished his career with 1,503 points, which is the 10th best scoring mark in program history.
The Saint Anselm College field hockey team picked up a trio of national academic honors from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association recently.
The squad itself was one of 22 teams to garner the 2013 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division II National Academic Team Award for producing a team grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
Individually, freshman Rose Mooney was one of 40 2013 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division II Scholars of Distinction. Those individuals achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher through the first semester of the 2013-14 academic year. Mooney played in all 17 games, including 13 starts, and tallied four points on a goal and two assists.
Mooney and six of her teammates also earned 2013 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division II National Academic Squad recognition for GPAs of 3.3 or higher through the first semester of the 2013-14 academic year. Sophomores Canada Stewart of Derry, Meagan Halligan, Nicole Rugan and Channing Hodgkins as well as freshmen Megan Dodge of Goffstown, and Lauren Wanless joined Mooney on the squad.
The postseason awards continue to roll in for Smith College's Rosa Drummond, of Rye, as she was named to the New England Women's Basketball Association All-Region Second Team and the D3hoops.com All-Northeast Region Third Team.
She also takes home D3hoops.com accolades a season after Paulina Solis and Quattrocchi were placed on the region's second and fourth team, respectively.
Drummond departs the program as the leading scorer with 1,482 points, as well as the top spot in 3-point field goals made (155), 3-point field goals attempted (481), free throw percentage (.822), defensive rebounds (600), games played (114), games started (113) and minutes played (3,174). She is also in the top-10 in 12 other career categories. Drummond also set the record for defensive rebounds with 189 in 2013-14 and established the standard with an 85.5 field goal percentage in 2010-11. In all, Drummond appears 27 more times on the single season top-10 lists.
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