Ayanbeku, Cristino Named to NJAC Women's Basketball All-Conference Team

Montclair, NJ (2/24/10) – Junior forward Kisandra Ayanbeku (Brockton, MA / Randolph) and senior forward Catherine Cristino (Farmingdale, NJ / Colts Neck) were each chosen to the All-Conference Team as the New Jersey Athletic Conference unveiled its 2009-2010 squad on Wednesday.

Ayanbeku was selected to the First Team while Cristino garned Honorable Mention honors. It is the second selection for both players as Ayanbeku repeats as a First-Team pick while Cristino was named Honorable Mention during the 2007-08 campaign. Both players played key roles in helping MSU to a 16-10 mark this past season, including a 9-4 record in conference play and berth in the NJAC Tournament semifinals.

Ayanbeku was one of the top all-around players in the NJAC this past season as she averaged a double-double over the course of 25 games this season. An NJAC Player of the Week selection for February 8, she averaged 16.1 points per game - the best season average by an MSU player since 2001 and the third highest in the last 20 years in addition to pulling down 10.5 rebounds per contest. Ayanbeku ranked in the Top 6 in four categories as she is currently ranked third in scoring and rebounding, fifth in the field goal percentage (.515) and sixth in free-throw shooting (.783) while also added 41 steals.

Ayanbeku scored in double figures in all but one contest this season and posted 15 or more points in 17 contests while topping 20-plus four times, including 27 against Ramapo College on February 6. She had 12 double-double outings and grabbed a career-high 18 boards versus No. 2 Kean in the NJAC Tournament semifinals.

Cristino wrapped up an outstanding career as she too appeared in all 25 contests averaging 14.3 points per game and adding 4.3 rebounds per contest. Cristino became the 15th player in program history to surpass the 1,000-point mark and she finished 13th all-time with 1,088 points. The 6-1 Cristino currently ranks seventh in the NJAC in scoring, seventh in field goal percentage (.483) and ninth in blocked shots (23).

Cristino also ranked second in three-point field goal percentage (.429) as she connected on 30-of-70 attempts from behind the arc. The 30 three-pointers gave her 85 for her career, the second-highest total in MSU history. Cristino also finished with 117 career blocked shots, good enough for sixth place on the all-time Montclair State list.