Shields WBCA HM All-American: Daily Sports Digest, March 23, 2012

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Brittany Shields Named To WBCA Honorable Mention All-American

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PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y.- Senior forward Brittany Shields (Cold Spring, NY/Haldane) was named Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association (WBCA) Honorable Mention All-American after an stand-out season for Pace. Shields was also recently a Northeast-10 Conference First Team All-Conference selection as well as a Daktronics Second Team East Region selection.

Shields led the Setters with 17 points and 10 rebounds per game, while shooting 50.7% from the field on the season. She also posted 12 double-doubles this year. Shields ranks fourth in the NE-10 in scoring, second in rebounds, 12th in field goal percentage and third in double-doubles. She currently ranks 25th in the nation in rebounds, 49th in scoring, 40th in field goal percentage and 26th in double-doubles.

She was named to the NE-10 Weekly Honor Roll 11 times this season. Shields was previously named the NE-10 Rookie of the Year in 2008-09 and was an NE-10 Second Team selection last season. The 5-10 forward started the first three games of the season with three consecutive double-doubles and finished the season with twelve overall.

Shields set a career-high of 17 rebounds against New Haven on February 4. She reached 1,000 career points in a victory over Adelphi on December 6 to become the 25th player to join the 1,000-career point club for Pace University. She currently ranks seventh place in school history with 1,323 points and ranks 11th in rebounds in Pace history with 771 rebounds for her career.

Shields helped lead the Setters to a third place finish in the conference at 20-9 overall record and 16-6 in the conference. The Setters were selected to their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament as the #4 seed this season.

Hana Wright Named Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y.- Freshman catcher Hana Wright (Hillsboro OR/Valley Catholic) was named Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Week after batting .467 in a 7-1 week. The Setters swept three doubleheaders on their North Carolina road trip last week. 

Wright batted .467 with five runs scored, three doubles, two homeruns, and six RBI’s in a 7-1 week. She went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI’s in a sweep over Fayetteville State, and then was 3-for-5 with two homeruns, three RBI’s, a double and three runs scored in a sweep over Virginia State.

Pace Softball Splits With Caldwell College

, N.Y.- The women’s softball team a twin bill with Caldwell College in a non-conference doubleheader.  Pace dropped the first one 14-8 but won the second 10-4. The Setters stand at 12-2 overall, while Caldwell stands at 12-5 overall. 

The Setters committed three of the four errors in the game in the first inning as the Cougars came out strong at the plate. Caldwell tallied two runs and put two runs on the board to start the opener. 

The Setters got on the board in the third as Jeane Drury (Flanders, NJ/Morris Catholic) reached first on a bunt before a home-run by Lana Buchbinder (San Francisco, CA/George Washington) brought her in.  

Nicole Schultheis (Plainview, NY/Bethpage) singled and was brought in on a double by Natalie Gellos (Seattle, WA/Holy Names Academy) while Samantha Garcia (Rancho Cucamonga, CA/Rancho Cucamonga) singled to bring Gellos home and advanced to second on a throwing error by the Cougars.  Chelsea Shea (Babylon, NY/West Babylon) singled to left field to bring Garcia home and take the lead 5-3. 

Caldwell scored seven runs in the fourth inning, one run in the fifth and three in the seventh to make the score 14-5. Garcia blasted a three-run homerun in the seventh but the Setters fell short of a comeback.

Garcia went 2-for-4, scored two runs and four RBI’s while Hana Wright went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Buchbinder went 1-for-3, scored a run and batted in two.  

The Setters were the first team on the board in the second game as Drury brought Garcia in with a homerun in the second inning. Pace put another two runs on the board in the third as Garcia and Drury had RBI singles.

Garcia homered in the fifth bringing in Gellos and Luana Natalicio (Garfield, NJ/Saint Mary) to put the Setters up 7-0. Caldwell got on the board in the sixth on a three-run homerun.  The Setters answered by putting three more runs up in the sixth as Hana Wright (Hillsboro, OR/Valley Catholic), Gellos and Garcia each tallied an RBI. 

The Cougars scored one run on a homer in the seventh but were unable to catch up to the Setters before the final out. 

Garcia led Pace to the win as she homered and tallied five RBI’s while Drury also homered for Pace and totaled three RBI’s. Kelly Fisher (Castle Rock, CO/Douglas County) pitched a complete game for the Setters giving up only four runs on six hits and striking out four Cougars. 

The Setters travel to Southern Connecticut State for a conference double-header on Saturday, March 24 at 12 pm.

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