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Trio of Little East Players Earn NEWBA Weekly Honors

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Three Little East Conference (LEC) women's basketball players picked up weekly honors from the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA), headlined by Eastern Connecticut's Mya Villard (Cromwell, Conn.) and Julie Keckler (Trumbull, Conn.) taking home Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors, respectively. UMass Dartmouth's Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) earned a spot on the Honor Roll for the second time this season.

Villard averaged 23.0 points and 14.0 rebounds with a 66.7 shooting percentage and 14-of-17 free-throw shooting, and also blocked four shots and had four assists. In a 99-70 win at Western Connecticut Wednesday, the junior forward had season-highs of 34 points and 19 rebounds and was 13-of-16 from the floor and 8-of-9 from the foul line with three blocks and three assists. In a 69-57 win at Plymouth State Saturday, she had 12 points and nine rebound and was 6-of-8 from the foul line.

Keckler averaged 10.5 points, 6.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds in an average of 26.5 minutes per game last week. The freshman guard shot 55.6 percent from the floor and was 9-of-10 from the stripe.  Against Plymouth State, she had 17 points, four rebounds and two assists. She was 5-of-7 from the floor (2-of-3 from distance) and 5-of-6 from the stripe.

Examond averaged a double-double effort of 16 points and 10 rebounds per game in 1-1 week for the Corsairs. The senior forward finished with 19 points, eight boards and three steals in 75-67 setback to top-ranked Bowdoin on Thursday. Examond added 13 points and 12 rebounds in 70-43 triumph at Keene State on Saturday that extended UMD's regular season conference winning streak to 19 straight. She shot 77 percent (13-of-17) from the field for the week.

2018-19 NEWBA Weekly Awards

Player of the Week
Dec. 11 - Mya Villard (Eastern Connecticut)

Rookie of the Week
Dec. 11 – Julie Keckler (Eastern Connecticut)

Weekly Honor Roll
Dec. 11 – Nakira Examond (UMass Dartmouth)
Nov. 27 – Nakira Examond (UMass Dartmouth)
Nov. 20 – Brooke Raiche (Castleton)