DANBURY, Conn. – The postseason accolades continue to roll in for the No. 12 Salisbury University women's basketball team, as the Eastern College Athletic Conference announced its 2014-15 Division III South Women's Basketball All-Star Teams Wednesday and senior Anna Hackett and Head Coach Kelly Lewandowski earned top honors of Player and Coach of the Year.
Hackett, who is concluding her career with the Sea Gulls as the second-leading scorer in program history with 1,802 points and third in assists with 515 points, has added another honor to her four-year resume donning the maroon and gold. The Germantown, Maryland native was named Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year before being named Regional Player of the Year by D3hoops.com. She capped it off with one of the top honors in the nation being named an honorable mention All-American by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and first team by D3hoops.com, a feat that hasn't been accomplished by a Sea Gull in 12 seasons.
The senior point guard started all four years for Salisbury, taking the court 111 times for an average of 34.2 minutes each game. Shooting an impressive 46 percent from the field through her four years, Hackett averaged 16.2 points per game. With her 1,802 career points, she sits No. 9 in the nation for Division III in active career leaders. For assists, she lands at No. 7.
Lewandowski, like Hackett, tabbed several top honors of her own this season behind her team's record-breaking run. Coaching to the program's fourth league title, she earned CAC Coach of the Year after guiding the Gulls to a 17-1 record in the conference. The 17 victories set a new league record for wins in a single season.
In her fourth year at the helm, Lewandowski helped the Gulls back into the national tournament for the first time in 13 seasons. Winning three games in the big dance, Salisbury advanced farther than any other team in program history, making the Elite Eight before falling to the hands of Montclair State University, a squad that appeared in the national championship.
Upon the conclusion of the season, Lewandowski was named Regional Coach of the Year by the WBCA and D3hoops.com.
Through her four seasons, she has accumulated a 76-35 overall record, 47-15 in the CAC.
Salisbury concluded the year with a 28-3 record, 17-1 in the conference, while breaking six single-season program records including: most victories (28), best winning percentage (.903), most games played (31), most points scored (2,161), most three-point field goals made (145) and attempted (481).