Morrison Named Little East Conference Rookie of the Year

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NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – After one of the most dominant freshman campaigns in program history rookie center Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) was named the 2012 Little East Conference Rookie of the Year as well as being named to the All-Rookie Team and a Second Team All-Conference honoree as announced by the executive office Tuesday afternoon.

With the conference's top rookie honor, Morrison became the first Beacon to be named Rookie of the Year since the 1994 season.  She was also the only freshman to be named to the 11-member All-Little East teams with her second team all-conference selection.

Named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Week six of the 12 times it was presented this past season, Morrison was also named the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) Rookie of the Week three times, and became the first player in program history to be named to the D3Hoops.com Team of the Week. 

This past season, Morrison's 16.5 points and 10.1 rebounds led all first-year players in the Little East Conference.  Having started in 22 of the 26 games played this season, the North Reading native shot a team-leading 39.8% (150-for-377) from the field and finished fourth on the team at the charity strip as she shot 60.9% (106-for-174).  On the glass she registered 255 rebounds with 83 of those coming on the offensive side of the court.  She also handed out 22 assists and dominated the Beacons defense with a combined 39 blocks and 35 steals. 

Of her 25 appearances this season, Morrison finished in double-figures a combined 21 times.  She also set a program record for most double-doubles in a single-season with 13 and currently ranks in the top-25 in the NCAA Division III women's basketball in that same category.  Amongst her many standout performances was a career-best 31 points in the Beacons first win over Eastern Connecticut State University under head coach Courtney Mattingly on January 14.  She would follow-up that performance with a 30-point showing just seven days later at Western Connecticut State University.  In the overtime win at Plymouth State University, Morrison tallied a career-best 16 boards to help the Beacons remain in the hunt for a spot in the Little East Conference tournament, which they eventually earned following a 75-53 win over Eastern Connecticut in the regular season finale.