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Earlier named All-America, she becomes program's fourth ECAC POY

mcfetridge 72_6639.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's  Ashley McFetridge (Canton) has been selected New England Division III women's basketball Player-of-the-Year by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).

The honor follows numerous ones this year for McFetridge, who was earlier named WBCA Division III All-America, Little East Conference Player-of-the-Year, first-team All-New by the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) and to the NEWBA Senior Classic.

She becomes the program's third ECAC Player-of-the-Year, following two-time winner Allison Coleman (2000-01 and 2002-03), and Wendy Rogers (1991-92). McFetridge becomes the 15th All-ECAC selection, 12th first-team pick.

Five players were chosen to the ECAC first team and five to the second team. Also gaining an individual major award was Babson freshman forward Nicole Wurderman, named Rookie-of-the-Year.

Additionally, McFetridge was also named to the all-conference first team and to the All-Defensive Team for the third year in a row and earned a spot on the LEC Winter All-Academic Team for the second time in her second year of eligibility. She led the conference in points (404) and was third in scoring average (13.9) and rebounding average (8.1) and second in field goal percentage (.502) and blocked shots (1.8).

The 6-foot-2 inch McFetridge completed her 107-game career ranked fourth all-time in career points (1,364),  first in blocks (158), sixth in rebounds (777) and tied for ninth in games. She helped Eastern to three 20-wins seasons and an overall record of 86-27 (.761)

Eastern won 25 and lost four this year and captured the LEC regular season title. The Warriors earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Division III tournament, their 12th appearance in program history.