COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College women's basketball sophomore Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) was selected for Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-District 1 honors on Thursday as one of five student-athletes who were recognized for their accomplishments both on the court and in the classroom. At least one Saint Michael's student-athlete has now been recognized with an Academic All-District accolade in 15 consecutive school years.
Ferreri earned an accolade voted upon by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) while advancing to the Academic All-America national ballot, which will be voted upon later this month. Academic All-America selections will be announced in March. Of the five All-District picks, Ferreri was among four Northeast-10 Conference representatives. Saint Michael's women's basketball players have now been lauded with Academic All-District laurels eight times, breaking a tie with men's soccer (7) for the most in College history.
Among the 39 instances on record of Purple Knights being chosen, only Ferreri and Alpine skier Brad Farrell '16 claimed the awards as early as their sophomore years.
Ferreri leads the team in steals (44), assists (66) and field goal shooting (41.0%) this winter in her first season as a starter. The 5-foot-8 guard adds 9.1 points, 16 blocks and 3.9 rebounds. She is one of two NE10 players averaging at least 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.5 blocks, as Ferreri ranks third in steals and ties for seventh in helpers.
While majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry, Ferreri holds a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average and has landed on the NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll all three of her completed semesters thus far. Her two highest-scoring games came in Saint Michael's victories this year, including last night when she netted 21 points with seven rebounds and three steals at Franklin Pierce University. On Dec. 10, Ferreri broke out for a career-high 23 points with five assists during a triumph at Southern New Hampshire University. She has scored in double figures 10 times this season, dished off at least three assists in 10 games, and rattled off multiple steals 12 times.
To be nominated for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, possess at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and be a starter or significant reserve. The NCAA Division II District 1 consists of members of the NE10, Central Athletic Collegiate Conference (CACC) and East Coast Conference (ECC). Through the Academic All-America program, CoSIDA names separate teams at each the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III levels, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.