CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—UMBC freshman point guard Lauren Chase (Bowie, Md./Riverdale Baptist) was named America East Rookie of the Week for the first week of the season, the league announced Monday.
Chase opened her career with two strong outings running the point, helping to lead the Retrievers to their first 2-0 start since 2005. She averaged 11.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and a league-best 7.0 assists while shooting 50 percent from the floor.
She scored 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting while adding three assists in her collegiate debut against Morgan State on Friday, becoming the first Retriever to start a season opener since teammates Erin Brown and Michelle Kurowski in 2008.
But she topped that performance at Monmouth two days later, as she finished one rebound shy of a triple-double with 10 points, 11 assists and nine boards in 36 minutes of action, and she knocked down two clutch free throws with 16 seconds remaining to seal the Retrievers' four-point victory. The 11 helpers set a UMBC rookie record, tied for the fifth-most ever by a Retriever in a single game and were the most since Brittnie Hughes dished out 12 assists on Dec. 29, 2006. In addition, it was the first time a UMBC player recorded double digits in assists since Michele Brokans had 10 on Jan. 24, 2009.
Through the first weekend of the season, Chase leads the America East with 7.0 assists per game and ranks second with a 2.8 assist-to-turnover ratio, as she recorded 14 helpers while committing just three miscues in 31.0 minutes per game. She is the only player in the league to record at least 10 assists so far this season, and her 11.0 ppg are tied for 16th in the conference and led all freshmen.
Chase is the first Retriever to earn America East Rookie of the Week honors since Kurowski on March 2, 2009.