YORK, Pa. – The Capital Athletic Conference released its All-Conference women's basketball teams Monday, and for the first time in both their careers, senior Anna Hackett and Head Coach Kelly Lewandowski tabbed the highest honors of Player and Coach of the Year.
Hackett also earned a spot on the first team, while senior Sarah Seipp and junior Julia McLaughlin were placed on the second team. This is the first time since 2001-'02 that the Sea Gulls placed three players on the all-conference team.
Seipp, who transferred to Salisbury last season, has made her way on to the all-conference team the past two seasons. The Gaithersburg, Maryland native put together a well-rounded season on both sides of the court, scoring 414 points, fifth best in the league, and forcing 72 steals, good enough for fourth in the league. She also paces the Sea Gull defense on rebounds, with 160 boards through 27 games.
McLaughlin earns her first postseason accolade by the conference since her freshman season when she received the Rookie of the Year honor. The Monkton, Maryland native ranks first on the team in blocks with 23, recording over a quarter of the team's total for the season, while she sits third on the team in scoring with 8.4 points per game. McLaughlin comes in at a close second to Seipp in rebounds this season with 140 through 25 games.
Starting her stellar career with the Sea Gulls four years ago, earning the league's Rookie of the Year, Hackett concludes it with the CAC's most honored individual award, being named the Player of the Year.
Taking the court for her first collegiate game on November 19, 2011, Hackett broke into the scene immediately, starting the first game of the season as a freshman and scoring a game-high 17 points in a matchup against Kean University. Since then, the Germantown, Maryland native has started in 101 games of the 107 played in and has made her way up the program's record book in various categories, particularly in points and assists.
Currently with a career-best 483 points this season, Hackett has totaled 1,724 through her four seasons, placing her second in program history and in the top five in league history. The senior only needs two more assists to hit the 500 mark in her career, sitting with 498. That amount places her at No. 3 in the program and No. 7 in CAC history.
Hackett is just the third women's basketball player to come through the program and earn the honor, as Lisa Neylan collected the accolade in 2000 and Amy Campion tabbed it twice in back-to-back seasons in 2002 and 2003. Also being named to the All-CAC team each year of her career, she becomes just the seventh player in 25 years of CAC women's basketball to earn the accolade all four seasons.
Lewandowski, in just her fourth season at the helm, has turned the program around to guide the Gulls to their first CAC title in 13 years. With a new league-best 17 wins in a single season along with a conference championship, the Salisbury head coach earns her first Coach of the Year award. She becomes just the second coach in program history to earn the accolade, as Bridget Benshetler took the league honor three times over her 17-year career for Salisbury.
Along with the 17-1 record in the conference, Lewandowski has led Salisbury to a 25-2 overall record. The 25 victories mark a new single-season record through the 90 years of the program.
Lewandowski and the Sea Gulls now look forward to the Selection Show to determine whom they will take on first in the national tournament. Check out www.suseagulls.com for more information on postseason play as it becomes available.
To view the entire All-CAC release, click here.