Rousseau Named NE-10 Woman of the Year Finalist

Biddeford, Maine, native is Stonehill's candidate following outstanding career

EASTON, Mass. (May 31, 2011) – Stonehill College senior women's basketball standout Emily Rousseau (Biddeford, Maine/Biddeford) has been named one of three finalists for the 2011 Northeast-10 Conference Woman of the Year Award, to be selected by the Senior Woman Administrator Council (SWA), and announced at the Conference's end of the year meetings in Providence in June. The winner will automatically be put forward as the Conference's nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year.
Rousseau is a finalist along with University of New Haven senior track and field athlete Shannon Gagne and Southern Connecticut State University women's basketball senior Logan Lentz.

Rousseau, a two-time Capital One Academic All-District I selection, earned honorable mention All-America honors from the State Farm/Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Coaches' All-America program this past season. She is a three-time All-Northeast-10 performer for the Skyhawks, helping lead the program to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and one trip to the NE-10 Championship game over her career. Rousseau earned first team All-NE-10 honors as a junior when she was also a Daktronics second team All-East Region honoree and collected second team All-Conference honors as a sophomore and senior.

Rousseau, who has earned a 3.64 cumulative grade point average while majoring in finance at Stonehill, has been inducted into the Delta Mu Delta, Lambda Epsilon Sigma and Financial Management Association honor societies. She has volunteered at New England Sinai Adult Day Care, while also being involved in the Student Leadership Academy and Lifeskills programs at the College. Rousseau has earned Division II Athletic Director's Association (ADA) Academic Achievement Award recognition and has been named to the NE-10 Commissioner's and Athletic Director's Honor Rolls every semester.

Rousseau started 17 of the 18 games she played for Stonehill during her senior season and led the Skyhawks with 16.8 points per game to go with 3.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals in 32.8 minutes per game. Rousseau led the team in free-throw shooting, converting at 84.3-percent (59-70), including a streak of 35-straight early in the season. Rousseau led Stonehill in scoring 11 times this winter, netting a career-high 34 points in a 78-60 win at Molloy College on November 14. She averaged 16.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists in Conference play.

Rousseau surpassed a pair of 1,000-point milestones over her collegiate career, becoming the 25th player in Stonehill history to net 1,000 points during a contest at Merrimack College on November 23. She also surpassed 1,000 points for her career during a win at Southern New Hampshire University as a junior. In 91 games played in three seasons at Stonehill, Rousseau totaled 1,176 points, 294 rebounds, 347 assists and 107 steals. Including her 23 appearances (16 starts) at Maine in 2007-08, she has totaled 1,363 points, 363 rebounds, 393 assists and 124 steals in 114 career games played. Rousseau was a two-time America East Rookie of the Week at Maine and has earned NE-10 Player of the Week honors twice since joining Stonehill.

The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors senior student-athletes for their collective collegiate achievements in service, leadership, athletics and academics. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics (CWA) receives nominations from each conference in Division I, II and III.

All conference nominees from the three divisions are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee in which the committee then will select the top ten winners from each division. From among those 30 honorees, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. Finally, the members of the CWA will vote from the top nine to determine the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year.

Stonehill (17-11, 12-10 NE-10) earned its 30th-straight trip to the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament this season after finishing in a tie for seventh in the Conference standings.