COLCHESTER, Vt. - Women's basketball senior Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) became the third student-athlete in Saint Michael's College history to land a Google Cloud NCAA Division II Academic All-America first team accolade on Tuesday, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). It was Ferreri's second consecutive Academic All-America nod.
Ferreri, who landed on the third squad as a junior, joined men's basketball senior Levi Holmes III in claiming Google Cloud Academic All-America laurels on Tuesday, as they are now among only four two-time Academic All-America picks in College annals. Michel Dupont '98 (men's ice hockey) and Tim Williamson '08 (men's soccer) were the first two, as Ferreri is the initial woman to claim multiple Academic All-America accolades. She, Dupont (1997-98) and men's soccer student-athlete Brandon Beaudoin '07 (2006-07) are the lone first team picks in Saint Michael's Athletics history. Ferreri is one of three Academic All-America honorees in the history of her program, along with Kathy O'Neil '81 (1980-81) and Megan Olsen '13 (2012-13).
Ferreri, who advanced to the national ballot after earning an Academic All-District 1 selection last month, was one of 15 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 five-player first squad. Winners were selected by members of CoSIDA. Ferreri is the first women's basketball player from the NE10 to secure a first team position since Bentley University's Lauren Battista in 2013-14. The College has now had at least one student-athlete claim Academic All-America five of the last seven school years.
Ferreri and Holmes remain among 13 student-athletes in College history to earn the recognition, with those Purple Knights accounting for 17 selections. Saint Michael's joined only Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Tarleton State (Texas) University in having one basketball player from each gender named Academic All-America this year, but only Saint Michael's had one of each on the first two teams. Holmes was a second teamer.
Ferreri, the only three-time Google Cloud Academic All-District selection in College history, turned in career highs nearly across the board this year, in scoring (12.9), rebounding (6.3), offensive rebounding (2.2), assists (3.7), minutes (33.2), three-point shooting (33.8%) and three-pointers (24). The 5-foot-8 guard matched her best in shooting (41.6%) while adding 1.8 steals per game and 11 blocks. She is eighth in the NE10 in assists, ninth in steals, 17th in offensive rebounding, 18th in rebounding and tied for 18th in scoring. The second-year captain is the only player in program history - and only the third man or woman at Saint Michael's - with 850 points (913), 400 rebounds (449), 250 assists (269), 150 steals (173) and 40 blocks (46) in a career, having played 103 games.
While majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry, psychology and religious studies, Ferreri holds a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average and has landed on the NE10 Academic Honor Roll all seven of her completed semesters. The lone student on Saint Michael's College's Presidential Search Committee last year, Ferreri was an NE10 Academic All-Conference selection as both a sophomore and a junior.
Ferreri put her versatility on display numerous times, never more so than when she had a triple-double of 23 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists against nationally-ranked United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) outfit Vermont Technical College on Dec. 16. Ferreri scored 17 points in both meetings with nationally-ranked Bentley University, adding six rebounds on Dec. 1 and six assists on Feb. 20, while posting 14 points, seven boards and three blocks against regionally-ranked Saint Anselm College on Dec. 4. Her line of 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists in only 27 minutes propelled Saint Michael's to a convincing victory over regionally-ranked Southern Connecticut State University on Feb. 2, and she stuffed the stat sheet with 23 points, nine rebounds, seven offensive boards, four steals, three assists and a block versus Franklin Pierce University on Nov. 20. Ferreri recorded 14 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals in her final college game against regionally-ranked Merrimack College on Feb. 26.
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.
2018-19 Academic All-America® Division II Women's Basketball Team
|Cassidy Boensch||Grand Valley State University||Jr.||3.93||Biochemistry & Pre-Med|
|Emily Ferreri||Saint Michael's College||Sr.||4.00||Biology|
|Jessica Kelliher||Lewis University||Sr.||3.84||Organizational Communications|
|Alexy Mollenhauer||Anderson University||Jr.||4.00||English / Secondary Education|
|Mikayla Williams||UC San Diego||Jr.||3.89||Public Health|
|Kallie Bildner||Lindenwood University||Jr.||3.96||Physical Education w/K-12 Certification|
|Anja Fuchs-Robetin||Florida Southern College||Sr.||3.95||Exercise Science|
|Tiffany Lapotsky||East Stroudsburg University||Jr.||4.00||Exercise Science|
|Hailey Tucker||Southwestern Oklahoma State University||Sr.||3.90||Communications|
|Katie Webb||Southeastern Oklahoma State University||Gr.||3.93/4.00||Business Administration|
|Natalie Diaz||Dominican (Calif.) University||Sr.||3.55||Business Administration|
|Emily Eshoo||University of Tampa||Sr.||4.00||International Studies|
|Jodi Johnson||Ashland University||Jr.||3.85||Supply Chain Management|
|Emily Miller||Roberts Wesleyan College||Jr.||3.99||Marketing|
|Katie Webster||Tarleton State University||Sr.||4.00||Kinesiology|
Google Cloud Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year: Jessica Kelliher, Lewis University