BOSTON – Jenni-Rose DiCecco of the Suffolk women's basketball team has been selected to the New England Women's Basketball Association's All-Rookie Team, the organization announced today.
DiCecco is the first Ram to be honored in the organization's yearly awards with all-rookie status. The laurels come on the heels of a standout freshman campaign, which saw her take home GNAC Rookie of the Years honors behind a program-record eight conference rookie of the week honors and a pair of NEWBA rookie of the week nods.
Her individual success supplemented into a team achievement as the floor general, who played 35.5 minutes per night, guided the Rams to record-book season, which featured a GNAC Championship run, the program's third-ever 20-win season (21-7) and Suffolk's second-ever victory over Emmanuel and first win against the Saints in the conference postseason; taking down their Boston neighbors, 73-68, in the semis to reach the conference title game.
The Falmouth, Massachusetts, product finished the regular season with a team-best 14.6 points per game, which ranked 12th in the league and sat best among all conference first-years. She leads the way and is seventh in the conference in assists at 3.8 per game with the 5-foot-6 point guard also contributing a pair of double-doubles on the year with 20 games in double digits in scoring. Her offense came from every point of the hardwood, but her three-point field goal finesse of 68 treys made was good for second in the league.
DiCecco is one of three GNAC student-athletes to be recognized by the NEWBA as Saint Joseph's (Maine)'s Kelsie McNamara and Brittany Stone of Regis garnered spots on the first and second team, respectively.
2017-18 NEWBA ALL-REGION
NEWBA Player of the Year: Kate Kerrigan, Bowdoin
NEWBA Rookie of the Year: Kristen Curley, Southern Maine
NEWBA Coach of the Year: Mike McDevitt, Saint Jospeh's (Maine)
NEWBA Official of the Year: Frank Mohr
All-NEWBA First Team
Kate Kerrigan, Bowdoin
Nakira Examond, UMass Dartmouth
Kesli McNamara, Saint Joseph's (Maine)
Kennedy Guest-Prtichett, Smith
Mariah Nicholas, Roger Williams
All-NEWBA Second Team
Ama Biney, WPI
Alicia Kutil, UMass Dartmouth
Mary Kate O'Day, Framingham State
Brittany Stone, Regis
Abby Kelly, Bowdoin
All-NEWBA Third Team
Olivia Shaw, UNE
Payton Ouimette, Babson
Kenzie Worcester, Husson
Taylor V'Dovec, MIT
Kara Holinski, MIT
Kristen Curley, Southern Maine
Jenni-Rose DiCecco, Suffolk
Kylie Gallagher, MIT
Jaymesha Sanders, Newbury
Camila Caanueva, Bowdoin