March 7, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Providence College senior guard Symone Roberts (New Britain, Conn.) was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team. BIG EAST postseason honors and special awards were released by the league office on Thursday, March 7. The selections were made by a vote of the league's 15 head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players. Roberts is the first Friar to earn All-BIG EAST honors since Chelsea Marandola `10 was named to the First-Team in 2010.
Roberts is having a remarkable senior season with the Friars. Heading into the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship, she leads Providence in scoring (14.7 ppg), assists (4.5 apg) and steals (3.3 spg). She has reached double figures in 25 of the Friars' 29 contests, including six, 20+ point games.
Roberts currently ranks 24th all-time at Providence in career scoring, with 1,058 points. She is the 31st player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone. She also ranks ninth all-time at Providence with 345 assists. This season, she has dished a career-best 129 assists, which marks the most assists by a Friar in a single-season since Mandy Saunders `98 dished 135 during the 1997-98 season.
Roberts also has collected 251 steals during her career, including a personal single-season best of 96 during the 2012-13 campaign. Roberts is five steals shy of matching the Friars' single-season record (101) set by Tracy Lis during the 1991-92 season. Additionally, Roberts ranks 10th among NCAA Division I players in steals, according to the latest NCAA statistics release on March 4.
Four special awards were released on Thursday, in addition to the All-BIG EAST Teams. Connecticut guard Kelly Faris was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year. Carmen Tyson-Thomas (Syracuse) earned the BIG EAST Sixth Man Award. DePaul's Anna Martin took home the BIG EAST Sportsmanship Award, while Faris and DePaul's Brittany Hrynko were co-winners of the BIG EAST Most Improved Player Award.
The All-BIG EAST First Team was comprised of Stefanie Dolson (Connecticut), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Connecticut), Brittany Hrynko (DePaul), Sugar Rodgers (Georgetown), Shoni Schimmel (Louisville), Natalie Achonwa (Notre Dame), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), Nadirah McKenith (St. John's), Shenneika Smith (St. John's), Andrea Smith (USF) and Kayla Alexander (Syracuse).
Roberts was joined on the All-BIG EAST Second Team by Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati), Kelly Faris (Connecticut), Katherine Harry (DePaul), Anna Martin (DePaul), Antonita Slaughter (Louisville), Katherine Plouffe (Marquette), Brittany Morris (Seton Hall), Andrell Smith (USF) and Laura Sweeney (Villanova).
The BIG EAST Honorable Mention squad was filled with Bria Hartley (Connecticut), Breanna Stewart (Connecticut), Jewell Loyd (Notre Dame), Brianna Kiesel (Pittsburgh) and Erica Wheeler (Rutgers). The 10-member All-BIG EAST Freshman Team included Moriah Jefferson (Connecticut), Breanna Stewart (Connecticut), Chanise Jenkins (DePaul), Brooklyn Pumroy (Marquette), Jewell Loyd (Notre Dame), Aliyyah Handford (St. John's), Kahleah Copper (Rutgers), Brianna Butler (Syracuse), Brittney Sykes (Syracuse) and Alisia Jenkins (USF).
Providence enters the BIG EAST Championship as the No. 14 seed and will face No. 11 seed Georgetown on Friday, March 8 at 8:00 p.m. The tournament will be held at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., and will conclude on Tuesday, March 12 with the championship game.
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