COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College women's basketball junior Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) earned a prestigious College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) NCAA Division II Academic All-America accolade on Tuesday, becoming the third member of her program ever recognized. Ferreri joins Kathy O'Neil '81 and Megan Olsen '13 as the Purple Knights' Academic All-America picks, with O'Neil and Olsen claiming the accolade during their senior seasons.
Ferreri, who advanced to the national ballot after earning an Academic All-District 1 selection last month, was one of 16 women from across Division II to be lauded on three teams due to their accomplishments both on the court and in the classroom. She was the only representative of the Northeast-10 Conference while among two from the East Region, and landed on the six-player third squad. Winners were selected by members of CoSIDA. The College has now had at least one student-athlete claim the award four out of the last six school years.
Junior Levi Holmes III of the Saint Michael's men's basketball team was also named CoSIDA Academic All-America on Tuesday, as he and Ferreri are the 12th and 13th student-athletes in College history to earn the recognition, with those Purple Knights accounting for 15 selections. Saint Michael's joined only Northern State (S.D.) University in having one basketball player from each gender named Academic All-America this year.
Ferreri, who joined Olsen as the only Purple Knights hailed CoSIDA Academic All-District twice, led the team in steals (63) for the second straight year, posting career highs in scoring (10.1), rebounding (4.9), assists per game (3.2) and steals per contest (2.4). The 5-foot-8 guard added 16 blocks, one shy of her career high, while shooting 43.7 percent on two-point field goals. A first-year captain, Ferreri is second in the NE10 in steals average, good for fifth in the NCAA East Region. She is also 10th in the league in assists.
While majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry, Ferreri holds a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average - she was among seven Academic All-America selections with a 4.0 GPA - and has landed on the NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll all five of her completed semesters. The lone student on Saint Michael's College's Presidential Search Committee, Ferreri was an NE10 Academic All-Conference selection as a sophomore.
Ferreri put her versatility on display numerous times this season, including while totaling 22 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals versus Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) College on Dec. 29, and 13 points, 11 boards, three assists and three steals against Daemen (N.Y.) College the next day. Ferreri notched nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists at Adelphi University on Jan. 13 before going for double figures in scoring five times in the final seven games, registering 17 points twice in that span. She posted 14 points, eight assists, five rebounds and five steals versus Franklin Pierce University on Feb. 3 and 12 points and nine assists - to zero turnovers - against Saint Anselm College on Feb. 17.
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.
2017-18 Academic All-America® Division II Women's Basketball Team
|Andi Daugherty||Ashland University||Sr.||3.95||Finance|
|Jessica Kelliher||Lewis University||Jr.||3.80||Organizational Communications|
|Miranda Ristau||Northern State University||Sr.||4.00||Biology|
|Drew Sannes||Minnesota State University Moorhead||Gr.||4.00 / 4.00||Business Administration|
|Laina Snyder||Ashland University||Sr.||3.91||Business Management|
|Erin Walsh||Lee University||Sr.||4.00||Health Science|
|Alexis Dillard||Anderson University||Gr.||4.00 / 4.00||Master of Arts in Elementary Ed. Certification|
|Rachel McInerney||Ferris State University||Sr.||3.97||Elementary Education|
|Jordan McPhee||Seattle Pacific University||Sr.||3.98||Business Administration|
|Hailey Tucker||Southwestern Oklahoma State University||Jr.||3.86||Communications|
|Alisha Breen||Montana State University at Billings||Sr.||3.67||Health & Human Performance|
|Kori Bullard||Ouachita Baptist University||Sr.||4.00||Biology|
|Morgan Dahlstrom||University of Southern Indiana||Sr.||3.91||Exercise Science|
|Emily Ferreri||Saint Michael's College||Jr.||4.00||Biology|
|Anja Fuchs-Robetin||Florida Southern College||Jr.||3.92||Exercise Science|
|Emily Miller||Roberts Wesleyan College||So.||4.00||Marketing|
CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year: Miranda Ristau, Northern State University