Katie Brooks Named America East Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week

, Mass.—UMBC freshman guard Katie Brooks (Maryville, Tenn./Heritage) was named America East Rookie of the Week for the week ending Nov. 23, the conference reported Monday. Brooks helped lead the Retrievers to a 2-1 week with 17.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.7 steals per game in three contests.

Brooks started the week with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go along with five rebounds and a game-high five assists in UMBC's 89-60 victory over George Mason on Wednesday.

Two days later, she scored a career-high 28 points in just 28 minutes while adding two assists, three steals and a team-high seven rebounds in the Retrievers' 88-73 win over Northern Illinois on the first day of the Seton Hall Basketball Classic. She shot 6-for-11 from the floor and 16-for-22 from the foul line against the Huskies, and the 16 free throws set a school record.

Finally, Brooks tallied 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting to go along with three assists, two rebounds, a block and a steal in the championship game against Seton Hall and was named to the All-Tournament Team.

For the week, Brooks shot a team-best 54.5 percent (18-for-33) from the floor, and her 10 assists and 14 rebounds were tied for team highs, while her 17.7 ppg and five steals were the second-best marks on the team.

Brooks is averaging 13.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game this season while shooting a team-best 46.2 percent from the floor.

UMBC freshmen have won three of the last four America East Rookie of the Week awards dating to last season, as forward Meghan Colabella garnered the honor in each of the last two weeks of the 2007-08 campaign.

Brooks and the Retrievers (2-2) return to action this weekend when they head to New Rochelle, N.Y., for the Iona Thanksgiving Classic, where they will take on Western Michigan on Saturday and UMES on Sunday.