GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo collected all three major State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Women's Basketball awards as the league announced its postseason honors, Tuesday. Junior forward McKenna Brooks was named Player of the Year, first-year guard Natalie Alfieri garnered Rookie of the Year honors and Scott Hemer was voted Coach of the Year. First-year guard Lindsay Halpin joined Alfieri on the SUNYAC All-Conference Second Team as well.
Brooks averages 12.0 points per game on a SUNYAC-leading 49.8 shooting percentage along with 7.9 rebounds per game and a league-best 2.3 steals per game. She scored a season-high 21 points in a 90-63 victory over Morrisville (Nov. 21) and netted 19 points in a fourth-quarter comeback win over host New Paltz, 58-56 (Dec. 2). An All-Conference Second Team selection last season, Brooks is the fifth Knight to earn SUNYAC Player of the Year honors, joining Shannon McGinnis '15 (2015), Melissa Graham '13 (2013), Megan Mackey '98 (1996) and Katie Smith '95 (1994, 1995).
Alfieri scores 8.9 points per game, including a career-high 19 points in an 82-56 home win over Brockport (Feb. 3). She also averages 4.8 rebounds per game and ranks fourth in the league with a 39.3 three-point shooting percentage. Alfieri is the fourth Geneseo student-athlete to be named the conference's top rookie, joining Allison McKenna '16 (2013), McGinnis (2012) and Mackey (1995).
Halpin averages 9.7 points per game, including a career-high 21 points in a 75-58 victory over visiting Oneonta (Feb. 10). She ranks second in the conference in assists (3.5) and steals (2.1) per game and sits seventh in three-point shooting percentage (36.2).
Hemer is the first coach in the history of the conference to be named SUNYAC Coach of the Year four-consecutive seasons. Despite graduating all five starters from last year's squad, he guided the Knights through the regular season without a conference loss for the second year in a row while leading the SUNYAC in scoring, scoring defense, field goal percentage, three-point percentage, rebounding margin and steals. Hosting the SUNYAC Tournament as the top seed for the second-straight year, Geneseo advanced to its sixth-consecutive conference championship game with a 63-57 win over New Paltz, before defeating Oneonta, 58-52, to win the first SUNYAC title since 2015 and clinch its fourth-consecutive NCAA Tournament apperance.
The Knights will take on Ithaca in the NCAA Tournament First Round this Friday in a game hosted by Tufts at 5:00 p.m.