Stonehill Skyhawks Athletics

Stonehill Pair Collects NE-10 Postseason Honors


Sophomore Mary Louise Dixon earns All-Northeast-10 honors for the first time with her third team selection. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)

Dixon earns third team All-Northeast-10 honors, while Faieta selected to NE-10 All-Rookie Team

EASTON, Mass. (February 23, 2011) – Two members of the Stonehill College women's basketball team have earned postseason recognition from the Northeast-10 Conference as selected by the Conference's 16 head coaches today. Sophomore guard Mary Louise Dixon (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) has earned All-Northeast-10 Conference honors for the first time with her selection to the third team, while freshman forward Tori Faieta (Lynn, Mass./Saint Mary's) was named to the NE-10's All-Rookie team.

Dixon, the 37th All-Northeast-10 selection in program history, has been the engineer at the point for Stonehill again as a sophomore. She is one of three players on the team to start all 26 games and leads the Skyhawks in scoring with 12.9 points (17th NE-10), while ranking second in rebounds with 5.5, dishing out a team-best 5.0 assists (4th) and adding 1.6 steals in a team-high 35.3 minutes per game (5th). Dixon ranks third among NE-10 leaders in free-throw shooting percentage at 88.7-percent (86-for-97), which is currently good for second on Stonehill's all-time single- season list. She is the only player in the Conference averaging both five assists and rebounds per game and is 11th in assist/turnover ratio (+1.5).


Dixon

Dixon has led Stonehill in scoring ten times this season, netting a season-high 23 points on four occasions, including back-to-back games this month as the Skyhawks made their postseason drive. She has led the team in rebounding seven times and assists on 20 occasions. In 22 NE-10 games, she is averaging 12.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists (4th) and 1.6 steals in 35.7 minutes per game, converting 87.8-percent (65-74) of her free-throw attempts (4th).

In 54 games (41 starts) over her two year career, Dixon is averaging 10.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.9 steals. Her 35.3 minutes per game this season is currently the third-best single season average in program history, while her 83.6-percent (148-177) career free-throw percentage is currently good for third in program history.

Dixon earned NE-10 All-Rookie team honors as a freshman when she was named NE-10 Rookie of the Week once. Also strong in the classroom, she has been named to the NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll all three semesters and Athletic Director's Honor Roll for the spring 2011 semester.


Faieta

Faieta joins Dixon as an All-Rookie team selection for Stonehill and is the fifth Skyhawk freshman to earn the honors since the award started in 2001-02. She has appeared in all 26 games for Stonehill, starting 17 – including 16 of the last 17 contests – and is averaging 8.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and a team-high 1.4 blocked shots (2nd NE-10) in 22 minutes per game.  Faieta is shooting 46.7-percent (93-for-199) from the field (16th) and has led the Skyhawks in rebounding seven times, including each of the last three games, and scoring twice.

Faieta, named the NE-10 Rookie of the Week once, has scored in double-figures ten times, including a season-high 15 points at then No. 17 Franklin Pierce University on November 22. She also led the Skyhawks with 12 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots in Tuesday's postseason clinching win over Saint Anselm College. Faieta grabbed a season-high eight rebounds three times this winter and blocked a season-best seven shots against Franklin Pierce on January 31.

Faieta has played all 22 NE-10 games this season, starting 15, and is averaging 9.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.6 blocked shots (2nd NE-10) in Conference play, while shooting 46.9-percent from the field (15th). Her 38 blocked shots overall this season are tied for tenth on the program's all-time single season list.

Stonehill (13-13, 9-13 NE-10), seeded ninth for the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament, opens postseason play tomorrow night when it visits eighth-seeded American International College (12-14, 11-11 NE-10) for a first matchup in Springfield at 7 p.m. The winner will advance to Sunday's quarterfinal round to visit top-seeded and No. 6-ranked Bentley University (24-3, 20-2 NE-10) at 1 p.m. The NE-10 Championship is slated for Sunday, March 4, at 1 p.m.

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