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Cassidy Garners First America East Women’s Basketball Player of the Week
Carlee Cassidy averaged 18.0 ppg in two games en route to her first America East weekly award.
The award is the first of Cassidy’s career and marks the first time a Retriever earned a Week 1 conference award since UMBC joined the America East in 2003.
Cassidy led the Retrievers with 18.0 points per game in two games last week. She led all scorers with a career-high 24 points and also added personal bests in rebounds (6), assists (3) and free throws (9-for-9) in the season opener against No. 13 George Washington on Nov. 9, when she was named the Marlow Sports America East Player of the Game. She shot 6-for-13 (.462) from the floor, including 3-for-7 (.429) from 3-point range.
She bested her previous career high of 17 with 18 points in the second half alone, including 15 of the Retrievers’ final 19 points of the game. She also hit all nine of her free throw attempts, marking the best perfect game for a Retriever since Brittnie Hughes also went 9-for-9 at American on Dec. 1, 2005.
Then against Rider two days later, Cassidy scored 12 points despite spending much of the second half on the bench with four fouls, and she hit all four of her free throws, bringing her season total to 13-for-13. For the week, she shot 43.5 percent (10-for-23).
Cassidy and the Retrievers hit the road for the first time this season, taking on nearby