West Tabbed Empire 8 Women's Basketball Coach of the Year; Foglia, Dumas Land on First TeamFebruary 26, 2014
Hartwick was rewarded for its exceptional season on Wednesday with the release of the 2014 Empire 8 Women's Basketball All-Conference Teams. The Hawks' head coach Missy West was named the 2014 Empire 8 Coach of the Year for guiding her squad to a program record 13 wins and a share of the league regular season title. Senior guard Maria Foglia (Rensselaer, NY/Catholic Central) and sophomore forward Brittney Dumas (Easton, CT/Joel Barlow) were selected to the First Team. Hartwick was the only program in the league with multiple players on the First Team.
Sophomore Jessica Bellai (Schenectady, NY/Schalmont) was selected to the 2014 Empire 8 Conference Women's Basketball Sportswoman of the Year Team.
West earns Coach of the Year honors for the second time in her career after securing the distinction in 2012. In her sixth season at the helm, the Hawks are 21-4, marking the third straight year West has guided her players to 20-plus wins.
Hartwick has earned the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament for the third consecutive year and will be looking to return to the title game in hopes of hoisting the E8 trophy for the first time in program history. 'Wick is ranked fifth in the latest NCAA East Region rankings.
Foglia, the 2013 conference Player of the Year, earns First Team honors for the third consecutive season. She leads Hartwick in minutes played (32.2), three-pointers made (50), free throws made (102), and assists (76) this season. She is also the team's second-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder with averages of 15 points and five rebounds per contest. Foglia ranks second in the Empire 8 Conference and 42nd nationally in three-point field-goal percentage (.391). She is third in the league in scoring and fourth in free-throw percentage (.810).
Foglia has led Hartwick in scoring in 14 of 25 games this season and has reached double figures in all but three games. She is fifth in scoring in the Hartwick record books and a few points shy of the 1,500 mark with 1,496 points in her four seasons. She ranks second in career three-pointers with 162 and is seven free throws short of the program record for career free throws with 456.
Dumas is the only non-senior on the First Team this season. She is the team's leading scorer and rebounder with averages of 15.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. She is shooting 45% (165-for-368) from the floor, leads the Hawks in blocked shots with 21, and is tied for second in steals with 31. Dumas ranks first in the Empire 8 and 21stin the country in double-doubles with 15 in 25 games. She is also second in the league and 58th nationally in rebounds per game and second in the E8 in scoring and field-goal percentage.
The 2013 Empire 8 Rookie of the Year, Dumas has been the team's top rebounder in 21 of Hartwick's 25 games this season. She has paced the team in scoring in 12 contests. In 55 games as a Hawk, she has already netted 819 points and pulled down 453 rebounds.
One member of each conference team was named that institution's representative on the 2014 Women's Basketball Sportswoman of the Year Team. The Empire 8 emphasizes that "Competing with Honor and Integrity" is an essential component of a student-athlete's experience in conjunction with an institution's educational mission. Bellai consistently exhibited the critical traits of an outstanding sportswoman throughout the 2013-14 campaign.
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