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2021-22 Patriot League PenFed Credit Union Women’s Basketball All-Patriot League Teams and Major Awards Announced (3.4.22)

2021-22 Patriot League PenFed Credit Union Women's Basketball All-Patriot League Teams and Major Awards Announced (3.4.22)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Holy Cross senior guard Avery LaBarbera headlined the 2021-22 Patriot League Penfed Credit Union Women’s Basketball post-season awards as Player of the Year when the league announced the honors Friday morning.

Navy senior guard Jennifer Coleman was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league in steals (2.8) and second in rebounds (10.8).

Loyola Maryland freshman forward Lex Therien earned Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors after recording 14 double-doubles, while averaging 12.6 points and 10.9 rebounds in his first season in Baltimore.

Holy Cross head coach Maureen Magairty was named Patriot League Coach of the Year after leading the Crusaders to their first Patriot League regular season title in 17 years.

Patriot League major awards and teams from all leagues are presented by the PenFed Credit Union. They were elected by the Patriot League women’s basketball head coaches, who could not vote for their student-athletes or themselves.



2021-22 Patriot League Basketball Player and Defensive Player of the Year

Avery LaBarbera, St. Croix, Sr., G, Harrison, NY/Harrison
* LaBarbera finished the regular season averaging 16.2 points and 9.8 rebounds after starting all 29 games for the Crusaders.
* The senior’s 16.2 points are tied for second in the League. His 9.8 rebounds per game ranked third in the Patriot League.
* LaBarbera is tied for 13th in the NCAA DI with 17 double-doubles during his senior campaign. She scored in double figures in nine straight games to end the regular season.
* During his career, LaBarbera scored 1,441 points to go with 639 rebounds, 360 assists and 162 steals.



2021-22 Patriot League Women’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Year

Jennifer Coleman, Marine, Sr., G, Richmond, Va./Highland Springs
* Coleman finished the regular season averaging 10.8 rebounds, the second best in the Patriot League.
* Coleman leads the league and finished 15th in the NCAA DI in steals per game (2.8). She also led the league in total assists (136) and minutes per game (37.8).
* The three-time Patriot League Player of the Week ranked 10th in the nation while leading the league with 21.6 points per game.
* In January, Coleman was named to the 2022 Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year Watch List.
* During his Navy career, Coleman recorded 1,285 points, 696 rebounds, 300 assists and 177 steals.

2021-22 Patriot League Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Year

Lex Therien, Loyola Maryland, Fr., F, Marlton, NJ/Cherokee
* Therien led the Patriot League and was 18th in the nation in rebounds (10.9) in addition to leading the Greyhounds and ranking eighth in the League in points (12.6).
* Therien also led the Greyhounds in interceptions (41) and blocks (8).
* She finished the regular season with 14 double-doubles, while scoring in double figures 20 times.
* The freshman has won the Patriot League Rookie of the Week six times this season.

2021-22 Patriot League Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year

Maureen Magarity, St. Croix
* In her second year at Holy Cross, Magarity led the Crusaders to the No. 1 seed in the 2021-22 PenFed Credit Union Patriot League Women’s Basketball Championship.
* Holy Cross recorded its first 20-win season since 2013-14 and set the program record for League wins (14).
* The Crusaders held opponents to a league-low .369 field goal percentage while ranking second in defense (56.0) and fifth in offense (60.5).

2021-22 All-Patriot League Teams
American and Boston University both placed a trio of student-athletes on all three All-Patriot League teams, while Army West Point, Bucknell and Lehigh had two selections each. Holy Cross, Lafayette, Loyola Maryland and Navy rounded out the teams with one winner each.


Six of the 16 student-athletes voted for all three All-Patriot League teams are multi-year winners. Holy Cross senior guard Avery LaBarbera received All-League honors for the fourth time. U.S. Senior Guard Jade Edwards (12.8 ppg, 0.828 FT), Army Senior Guard Alisa Fallon (6.4 rpg), and Navy Senior Guard Jennifer Coleman are three-time honorees.


BU junior forward Maren Durant (7.3 ppg, 9.1 rpg) and junior guard Sydney Johnson (16.0 ppg, 0.429 FG) and Bucknell senior Taylor O’Brien (16.2 ppg) are all twice honoured.

LaBarbera and Coleman are joined in the All-Patriot League first team by pre-season player of the year, USA senior guard Jade Edwards, Boston U’s Johnson and Bucknell’s O’Brien.

Second-team recipients include Fallon, Bucknell guard Cecelia Collins (11.2 ppg), Lehigh senior forward Emma Grothaus (12.6 ppg, .450 FG), and sophomore guard Mackenzie Kramer (16.2 ppg, .459 FG) and Loyola Maryland rookie of the year Lex Thérien.

Due to a vote tie, six student-athletes were placed in the All-League Third Team. U.S. senior forward Taylor Brown (10.3 ppg) and senior guard Emily Fisher (8.2 ppg, 4.3 apg), Army junior forward Sabria Hunter, BU’s Durant and second-in-command forward year Caitlin Weimar (10.0 ppg, 8.6 rpg) and Lafayette junior guard Jessica Booth (11.1 ppg).

The six-member All-Defensive team is highlighted by Coleman, the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. She is joined by Durant (1.7 bpg), American’s Fisher (3.6 rpg, 1.0 spg), Bucknell senior guard Marly Walls (4.2 rpg, 1.7 spg), Holy Cross senior guard Addisyn Cross ( 1.3 spg) and Lafayette senior forward Naomi Ganpo (8.0 rpg, 2.3 bpg).

Therien and Collins were joined by BU guard Alex Giannaros (10.2 ppg), Colgate guard Taylor Golembiewski (10.1 ppg) and Lafayette guard Abby Antognoli (8.7 ppg) in the rookie team.



2021-22 Women’s Basketball All-Patriot League Teams and Major Awards

Player of the Year: Avery LaBarbera, St. Croix, Sr., G

Defensive Player of the Year: Jennifer Coleman, Marine, Sr., G

Rookie of the Year: Lex Therien, Loyola Maryland, Fr., F

Coach of the Year: Maureen Magarity, St. Croix



All-Patriot League First Team
Jade Edwards, American, Sr., G
Sydney Johnson, Boston University, Jr., G
Taylor O’Brien, Bucknell, Sr., G
Avery LaBarbera, St. Croix, Sr., G
Jennifer Coleman, Marine, Sr., G



Second Team All-Patriot League
Alisa Fallon, Army West Point, Sr., G
Cecelia Collins, Bucknell, Fr., G
Emma Grothaus, Lehigh, Sr., F
Mackenzie Kramer, Lehigh, So., G
Lex Therien, Loyola Maryland, Fr., F

All-Patriot League Third Team*
Taylor Brown, American, Sr., F
Emily Fisher, American, Sr., G
Sabria Hunter, West Point Army, Jr., F
Maren Durant, Boston University, Jr., F
Caitlin Weimar, Boston University, So., F
Jessica Booth, Lafayette, Jr., G

Patriot League All-Defensive Team ^
Emily Fisher, American, Sr., G
Maren Durant, Boston University, Jr., F
Marly Walls, Bucknell, father, G
Addisyn Cross, Holy Cross, Jr., G
Naomi Ganpo, Lafayette, Sr., F
Jennifer Coleman, Marine, Sr., G



Patriot League All-Rookie Team
Alex Giannaros, Boston University, Fr., G
Cecelia Collins, Bucknell, Fr., G
Taylor Golembiewski, Colgate, Fr., G
Abby Antognoli, Lafayette, Fr., G
Lex Therien, Loyola Maryland, Fr., F


* Due to a tie vote, there are six members on the third team.
^ Due to a tie vote, there are six members on the all-defensive team.





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