MINNEAPOLIS – D3hoops.com released the beginning of its postseason accolades Monday, starting with All-Region awards, and the No. 11 Salisbury University women's basketball team earned the two biggest awards in the Mid-Atlantic region with senior point guard Anna Hackett claiming the Player of the Year honor and Head Coach Kelly Lewandowski being named Coach of the Year.
Hackett, a four-year starter for the Sea Gulls, put together quite a season on the hardwood. Starting the season at the No. 10 spot on the program's all-time scoring list, the Germantown, Maryland native made an eight-spot move to No. 2 with a career-best 561 points this season to end her career with 1,802 total. Along with her ability to score, she also was able to create opportunities for her teammates, ending her four-year stint as the program's third-highest assist leader with 515.
To go along with her Regional Player of the Year acknowledgement, Hackett also earned a spot on the All-Mid-Atlantic first team. This is her third appearance on the All-Region team, as she earned a spot on third team last season and second team her sophomore season.
Lewandowski, in her fourth year at the helm, led the Sea Gulls to the best season in the 90 years of the program. With a program-best 28 victories this year, she guided SU to its first Capital Athletic Conference championship in 13 years and punched its ticket to the big dance. In the NCAA tournament, the Sea Gulls earned the opportunity to host the opening two rounds, defeating Bridgewater State University and Stockton University, in that order, to advance to the Sweet 16. Advancing past Amherst College in the sectional semifinals, the program reached another feat: making the Elite Eight. Although the Sea Gulls fell to Montclair State University, it is the furthest any team in program history has advanced in the national tournament.
Progressively getting better each season, Lewandowski and the Gulls have put together a four-year record of 76-35, only falling three times this year.
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