ATLANTA – The historic season for the Salisbury University women's basketball team has come to a close, but the accolades continue to come in for the outstanding performance during the 2014-15 season. On Thursday evening, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced its All-American teams and for the first time in 12 years a Sea Gull has been honored as senior Anna Hackett was named an honorable mention All-American.
The award is just the latest in a season of honors for Hackett, who was named the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year and the D3hoops.com Mid-Atlantic Region Player of the Year as well as being named to each all-star team's first team.
This season, Hackett was one of the most potent offensive threats in the nation, not just in putting points on the board herself – having scored 18.1 points per game, which ranked in the top 50 in the nation – but also in helping her teammates score, having notched 4.2 assists per game. Both totals were second in the CAC, as Hackett helped the Sea Gulls to the regular-season and CAC tournament titles this year. Hackett was also one of the most clutch players in Division III, connecting on 86.8 percent of her free throws, which ranked 17th in the nation.
Salisbury set a program record in wins, going 28-3 on the season, making the deepest NCAA tournament run in the 90-year history of Sea Gull women's basketball, advancing to the sectional finals for the first time ever.
The honor is the way Hackett caps one of the best careers in the history of the program, as she climbed the school record books throughout her four years in maroon and gold, finishing second in program history in points (1,766) and third in assists (509).
Over Hackett's four years, she appeared in all 111 games, starting 105, while leading the team to a 76-35 record including three trips to the CAC tournament semifinals and the CAC championship this year.
Hackett is just the fifth Sea Gull to be named as All-American in Salisbury women's basketball history, joining Amy Campion (first team in 2002 and '03), Lisa Neylan (honorable mention in 2000 and '01) Amy Cooke (honorable mention in 1999), and Josie Harper (first team in 1983).