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Basketball: Two Net Little East Honors

McCourt is women's Player of Week, Preston is men's Rookie of Week


McCourt (far left), Preston

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Two Eastern Connecticut State University basketball players have been recognized in the Little East Conference awards program for the week ending Jan. 6.

In the sixth report of the year, women's basketball sophomore forward Shannon McCourt (New Fairfield) was recognized as the conference's Player-of-the-Week for the first time in her career, and men's basketball freshman guard Trachone Preston (Enfield) was recognized for the first time in his career as the conference's Rookie-of-the-Week.

McCourt was named the conference's Rookie-of-the-Week in back-to-back weeks a year ago en route to earning a spot on the LEC All-Rookie Team at the conclusion of the season. She becomes the first Eastern women's basketball player to earn a weekly award this season.

Preston becomes the second men's player recognized this season - following Player-of-the-Week Chris Robitaille (Canton) Nov. 26 - and becomes the program's first Rookie-of-the-Week since Jamie Kohn in February of 2010.

In three games this past week, the 5-foot-11 inch McCourt averaged a double-double with 18.7 points and 13 rebounds per game to help Eastern (3-9 overall, 1-2 Little East) post a 1-2 mark. She connected on 52 percent (27-for-52) of her attempts from the field. McCourt was named to the Springfield College All-Tournament team after averaging 18 points and 11.5 rebounds against Bridgewater State and Swarthmore. On Jan. 5, she poured in 20 points and pulled in 16 rebounds to power the Warriors to their first Little East win of the campaign, defeating Plymouth State. McCourt also contributed on the defensive end of the court with four steals and a block.

McCourt ranks second in the LEC in scoring (14.7) and third in rebounding (9.6), seventh in field goal percentage (.450) and tied for first in defensive rebounds (7.3).

The 5-foot- 9 inch Preston averaged 14.4 points and 2.6 steals per game to help Eastern  (8-5 overall, 2-1 Little East) record wins in two of its last five games - the first four on the road. A starter in each of his five appearances, Preston reached double figures four times. On Dec. 22, Preston poured in a career-high 24 points, including five triples, and handed out five assists at Messiah. On Jan 5, he registered 16 points, pulled in three rebounds, and dished out three helpers in a Little East victory over Plymouth State.  

Preston is one of five double-digit scorers for the Warriors, averaging 10.2 points - second among freshmen in the conference. He also leads the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.511) and tops all conference rookies with an. .806 free throw percentage (seventh overall). He is second among freshman in three-point field goals per game (1.8), eighth overall.

Eastern hosts Massachusetts Dartmouth in a Little East doubleheader Tuesday. The women play at 5:30 and the men at 7:30 p.m.


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