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Four UMBC Basketball Players Among Nominees for America East Fansí Choice Player of the Year
Chris De La Rosa
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.óVoting for the 2011 America East Menís and Womenís Basketball Fansí Choice Player of the Year has opened at AmericaEast.com, and four Retrievers are among the 32 nominees. Junior guards Erin Brown (
Kurowski and Brown have established themselves as two of the best players in the America East this season, as each rank among the top six scoring leaders in the conference.
Kurowski leads the league in scoring with 15.2 points per game, and she ranks 16th in the NCAA with an .882 free throw percentage. She also leads UMBC with 1.8 steals per game while also averaging 5.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per contest and shooting 39.9 percent from the floor. Kurowski currently ranks ninth all-time at UMBC with 1,192 career points, and she has ranked in the top 10 in the America East in scoring in each of her three seasons.
Brown has rebounded from an injury-marred sophomore campaign to post a career year in 2010-11. She ranks sixth in the league with 13.7 points per game, including 17.7 ppg in her last six contests. In addition, she leads the Retrievers with 5.8 rebounds per game and 52 three-pointers while shooting 38.7 percent from the floor and 86.2 percent from the foul line.
De La Rosa leads the America East with 6.4 assists per game and has been ranked as high as sixth nationally this season. He is also the conferenceís third-leading scorer, averaging 16.1 points per game and recorded 20 or more points in four consecutive games earlier this season, one shy of a UMBC Division I mark. With his scoring and assist numbers, De La Rosa is directly responsible for more than 53 percent of UMBCís offense this season.
Fry has posted career highs in scoring and rebounding after returning from season-ending knee surgery a year ago. He is averaging 10.1 points per game in America East contests and is ranked fifth in field goal percentage (.505) and third in free throw percentage (.921) in league play. Fry has played in 116 games at UMBC, tied for fourth place on the schoolís all-time list.
Preliminary voting for the America East Menís and Womenís Basketball Fansí Choice Player of the Year runs through Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 12 p.m. Five finalists will be named to the final ballot of voting, which will close Monday, Feb. 28, at 12 p.m.. The womenís winner will be announced on AmericaEast.com on Tuesday, March 1, while the menís winner will be announced in the same manner on Wednesday, March 2. Only one vote per person per valid email address will be counted.
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