BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Gallaudet University women's basketball star Easter Faafiti (Pittsburg, Calif.) was selected to the 2009-10 D3hoops.com All-American Fourth Team over the weekend by the national Web site dedicated to NCAA Division III men's and women's basketball. This is the second All-American honor for Faafiti, who was selected as an honorable mention All-American by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) last Thursday.
Faafiti becomes the first Bison in a decade to earn a spot on a D3hoops.com All-American team. Three-time first-team selection Ronda Jo Miller was the last Gallaudet basketball player (men's or women's) to be named All-American by D3hoops.com in 2000. Miller was a three-time honoree from 1998-2000 and teammate Touria Ouahid was an honorable mention selection in 1999. Miller and Ouahid are GU Athletics Hall of Fame members.
Faafiti is the lone representative from the Capital Athletic Conference on any of the four teams, which featured five players, and a five-member honorable mention team made by D3hoops.com. Hope junior center Carrie Snikkers was named the Division III Player of the Year while Calvin freshman Carissa Verkaik was named Division III Rookie of the Year. Nancy Fahey took home top coaching honors as she led Washington (Mo.) University to its fifth national title, first since a four-year run from 1998-2001.
Faafiti, a junior-college transfer from Pasadena City College, led the CAC in scoring (19.1 points per game), rebounding (11.1 per game), field goal percentage (.597), offensive rebounds (5.1 per game) and was second in steals (3.3 per game) and fourth in defensive rebounds (6.0). Nationally, Faafiti was ranked in several categories among all NCAA Division III women's basketball programs including; field goal percentage (10th overall), scoring (27th), rebounding (30th) and steals (38th).
Gallaudet had a breakout season as the Bison posted a 14-12 record, the most wins in a decade, and earned the sixth-seed in the CAC tournament. GU made its first appearance in the CAC tournament since the 2006-07 season. This is the last year for Gallaudet in the CAC as the Bison are leaving for the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) this summer. GU is a charter member of the CAC since the conference formed in 1989.
2009-10 Awards for Gallaudet's Easter Faafiti
- WBCA Division III All-American Honorable Mention
- D3hoops.com Division III All-American Fourth Team
- D3hoops.com Atlantic Region Player of the Year
- D3hoops.com Atlantic Region First Team
- WBCA All-Region First Team (Region 3)
- Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year
- All-CAC First Team
- ECAC Division III South All-Star First Team
- Two-time D3hoops.com Team of the Week (Jan. 4-10, Jan. 11-17)
- ECAC South Region Player of the Week (Feb. 22)
- Four-time CAC Player of the Week (Dec. 7, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 22)
- Two-time Bison of the Month (Dec., Feb.)