WESTWOOD, Mass. - After another thrilling season of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) competition, the league announced the 2018-19 Women's Basketball All-Conference and postseason awards.
Smith's Lauren Bondi was named the Athlete of the Year after an impressive senior campaign. Bondi led the NEWMAC in overall points per game (18.7), three-point percentage (43.0) and free throw percentage (85.3). The senior guard helped the Pioneers earn the No. 2 seed in the NEWMAC Tournament and an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament.
Springfield's Alex Goslin earned the title of Defensive Player of the Year for her efforts on the court during her junior season. Goslin ranked first in overall steals with 59 and was top five in steals per game. The junior guard tallied at least one steal, with a career-high seven in a single game, in every game except two and pulled down 80 rebounds.
MIT's Christina Antonakakis was tabbed the Rookie of the Year. The first-year guard started four games for the Engineers and was second overall in the conference in three-point percentage (42.9). Antonakakis scored in double-digit figures 12 times this season.
Emerson's Bill Gould was named the Coach of the Year after leading the team to a 11-5 NEWMAC record and a fifth-seed in the tournament. Gould and the Lions finished the season with a 17-9 overall record and held a six-game winning streak during the 2018-19 season.
The NEWMAC Women's Basketball All-Conference Team consists of a first and second team of six selections which are voted on by the 11 head women's basketball coaches. The 2018-19 honorees are listed below.
Also being recognized are the 11 women's basketball student-athletes that were named to the All-Sportsmanship Team. The award is intended to recognize one student-athlete from each team, in every sport that best demonstrates the ideals of the NEWMAC and its Code of Conduct, regardless of his/her overall performance or statistics for the season.
Lauren Bondi, Smith
Athlete of the Year
Alex Goslin, Springfield
Defensive Player of the Year
Christina Antonakakis, MIT
Rookie of the Year
Bill Gould, Emerson
Coach of the Year
2018-19 NEWMAC Women's Basketball All-Conference Team
|First Team All-Conference||Lauren Bondi||Smith College|
|First Team All-Conference||Payton Ouimette||Babson College|
|First Team All-Conference||Kennedy Guest-Pritchett||Smith College|
|First Team All-Conference||Kara Holinski||MIT|
|First Team All-Conference||Alex Goslin||Springfield College|
|First Team All-Conference||Charlie Boyle||Emerson College|
|Second Team All-Conference||Gracie Restituyo||Springfield College|
|Second Team All-Conference||Micaela Martinelli||U.S. Coast Guard Academy|
|Second Team All-Conference||Katherine Tamulionis||Babson College|
|Second Team All-Conference||Ogechi Ezemma||Clark University|
|Second Team All-Conference||Caitlin Aguirre||Wellesley College|
|Second Team All-Conference||Mikayla Pucci||Wheaton College|
2018-19 NEWMAC Women's Basketball All-Sportsmanship Team
|Emily Bonifacic||Babson College|
|Cori Oullette||Clark University|
|Kate Foultz||Emerson College|
|Annika Brooks||Mount Holyoke College|
|Sydney Koh||Smith College|
|Lauren Rudolph||Springfield College|
|Zoe Riis-Fallica||U.S. Coast Guard Academy|
|Zojajha Ayub||Wellesley College|
|Natalie Wind||Wheaton College|