BOSTON – Suffolk women's basketball senior captain Georgia Bourikas has been selected to represented the Rams at the 2018 New England Women's Basketball Association All-Star Classic Game, the organization announced.
Bourikas, who is the first student-athlete to participate in the classic, will wear the blue-and-gold for one final time Saturday, March 24 at Smith College's Ainsworth Gymnasium at 1 p.m.
Bourikas made the most of her senior season as the All-GNAC second-team selection led Suffolk to unparalleled success and a memorable 2017-18 campaign, which included a GNAC Championship run, the program's third 20-season and second-ever victory over Emmanuel and first triumph over the Saints in the league's postseason.
Her final season in Beacon Hill was one for the record books as she became the 10th Suffolk player to ever score 1,000-plus points and grab 500-plus boards throughout her career. As a senior this season, she sat second on the squad with 13.9 points per game behind 21 games in double digits, including five 20-plus point outings and a career-high 30-point evening in a 69-61 win at Fitchburg State Dec. 7. That career night was followed up with a 28-point day, which lifted the Rams to a 90-87 overtime victory at Framingham State to earn player of the week from the GNAC, NEWBA and the USBWA, becoming the first Ram to be recognized as the best player in the nation over a seven day stretch.
The Hull, Massachusetts, was a potent free throw shooter as she put together a 92.5 connection rate (99-107) at the line, which not only is the best in the conference, but sits second among NCAA Division III women's basketball. Defensively, she contributed 6.5 rebounds per game, good for second on the squad. Overall, her offense and defense combined for five double-doubles.
Bourikas collegiate campaign was capped off by her second all-league honor in as many years and her name written across the Rams' record books. She graduates as the biggest threat on the charity stripe to ever wear blue and gold, making 82.4 percent of her 272 attempts (229-272). She ranks in the top five in three-point field goals made (145) and there-point field goals percentage (38.0; 146-384), while appearing on the all-time assists, field goals made, free throws made and points list.
Bourikas is one of three student-athletes from GNAC institutions to be invited to participate in the classic as she will be joined by conference counterparts Regis' Brittany Stone and Kayla Guest from the Saint Joseph (Conn.).
2017-18 NEWBA SENIOR ALL-STAR CLASSIC
Amanda Beatty, Castleton
Madison Beck, WPI
Maddie Bledsoe, Wesleyan
Georgia Bourikas, Suffolk
Leah Douty, UMass Dartmouth
Teagan Dunn, Roger Williams
Kayla Guest, St. Joseph (Conn.)
Makayla Farrara, Castleton
Chelsea Houlihan, UMass Dartmouth
Heather King, Springfield
Alicia Kutil, UMass Dartmouth
Sam MacDonald, UNE
Paige Marquez, Smith
Chanelle Melton, Bridgewater State
Raegan Mulherin, Framingham State
Mariah Nicholas, Roger Williams
Dorothy O'Neill, Western New England
Olivia Shaw, UNE
Destiny Spears, Newbury
Brittany Stone, Regis
Anna Walther, Roger Williams