PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The Little East Conference (LEC) announced its 2018-19 women's basketball major award recipients and all-conference selections following a vote of the leagues nine head coaches Tuesday. UMass Dartmouth senior forward Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) was named the LEC Player of the Year, while Corsairs' head coach Matt Ducharme was named LEC Coach of the Year.
Rhode Island College also had a pair of major award recipients as junior forward Ornela Livramento (Pawtucket, R.I.) earned LEC Defensive Player of the Year honors and freshman forward Willcia McBorrough (Providence, R.I.) was named LEC Rookie of the Year.
Examond led the Little East in scoring (17.7 ppg), rebounding (9.9 rbg) and field goal percentage (58.9%) on her way to earning her second LEC Player of the Year award in three years, and extends the Corsairs' streak of Player of the Year recipients to five in a row. She earned her third consecutive first-team all-conference selection, and wrapped up her collegiate career as the UMass Dartmouth's all-time leading scorer and rebounder with 1,675 career points and 1,035 career rebounds.
Ducharme was named LEC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season and for the third time overall during his five-year tenure at UMass Dartmouth after guiding the Corsairs to a 22-5 overall record and the program's third LEC regular season title after going 14-2 in league play. The Corsairs advanced to the conference title game for the second consecutive season as the No. 1 Seed, which was their third appearance in program history.
Livramento became the third Anchorwoman to be named LEC Defensive Player of the Year following a season that saw her rank among the conference leaders in rebounding (fifth, 7.6 rpg), steals (fourth, 64) and blocked shots (sixth, 28), while also averaging 10.1 points per contest. She was additionally named a First-Team All-Conference selection for the first time in her career after earning Second-Team honors as a sophomore.
McBorrough is the third RIC player to be named LEC Rookie of the Year after starting in all 27 games as a freshman and averaging 8.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest while picking up four LEC Rookie of the Week awards. She finished her rookie campaign ranked second in the league in field goal percentage at 57.6 percent.
The full 2018-19 all-Little East Conference listing is as follows:
2018-19 Women's Basketball All-Conference Awards
|Player of the Year||Nakira Examond||UMass Dartmouth|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Ornela Livramento||Rhode Island College|
|Rookie of the Year||Willcia McBorrough||Rhode Island College|
|Coach of the Year||Matt Ducharme||UMass Dartmouth|
|First Team All-Conference|
|Nakira Examond||Sr.||F||UMass Dartmouth||New Bedford, Mass.|
|Mya Villard||Jr.||F||Eastern Connecticut||Cromwell, Conn.|
|Brooke Raiche||So.||G||Castleton||Ira, Vt.|
|Jalani Jackson||So.||G||UMass Boston||Brockton, Mass.|
|Joie Grassi||So.||F||UMass Boston||Plymouth, Mass.|
|Ornela Livramento||Jr.||F||Rhode Island College||Pawtucket, R.I.|
|Second Team All-Conference|
|Ashley Brown||Jr.||G||UMass Dartmouth||New Bedford, Mass.|
|Jess Conant||Sr.||G/F||Plymouth State||Canton, Maine|
|Alexa Srolovitz||Sr.||G||Southern Maine||Montreal, Que|
|Jess Korzec||Sr.||G||UMass Dartmouth||West Brookfield, Mass.|
|Jackie Luckhardt||Jr.||G||Southern Maine||Londonderry, N.H.|