Ayanbeku Honored at NJAIAW Girls and Women in Sport Day Celebration

Kisandra Ayanbeku (left) with her NGWS Award along with head coach Karin Harvey

Montclair, NJ (2/8/11) - Senior basketball forward Kisandra Ayanbeku (Brockton, MA / Randolph) added another honor to her lengthy list of career accolades this past weekend as she was Montclair State's Honor Award winner at the 19th annual New Jersey National Girls and Women in Sports Day awards luncheon held at the Richard Regan Athletics and Recreation Center at Seton Hall University.

Ayanbeku played a key role in helping Montclair State to a 16-10 mark during the 2009-10 season, including a 9-4 record in conference play and berth in the NJAC Tournament semifinals. A First-Team All-NJAC pick for the second straight year, she was one of the top all-around players in the NJAC this past season as averaging a double-double over the course of 25 games. An NJAC Player of the Week selection Ayanbeku 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, named to the D3Hoops Atlantic All-Region Third Team, ranked in the Top 6 in the NJAC in four categories - third in scoring and rebounding, fifth in the field goal percentage (.515) and sixth in free-throw shooting (.783) while also adding 41 steals.  She 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. Ayanbeku had 12 double-double outings and grabbed a career-high 18 boards versus No. 2 Kean in the NJAC Tournament semifinals.

Ayanbeku was named the Montclair State Carol Blazejowski Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year for the 2009-10 academic year

This season, Ayanbeku became the 16th player in Montclair State history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark as she reached the mark in the Red Hawks' contest at William Paterson on December 1. She currently leads the team in scoring at 13.4 points per game (9th in the NJAC) and is averaging 8.8 rebounds (4th in the NJAC) while shooting 79.2 percent from the free-throw line, fourth-best in the conference this season.