Montclair, NJ (2/23/11) – Senior forward Kisandra Ayanbeku (Brockton, MA / Randolph) and junior guard Jaime Ericson (Flemington, NJ / Hunterdon Central) were both named to the Second Team as the New Jersey Athletic Conference unveiled its 2011 All-Conference Team on Wednesday.
Ayanbeku and Ericson have played a key role in helping the Red Hawks to the semifinals of the NJAC Tournament where they will face No. 20 William Paterson in Wayne, NJ on Wednesday evening.
Ayanbeku, who earns her third straight All-NJAC honor leads MSU in just about every statistical category, including scoring, rebounding, field goal and free-throw percentage. Appearing and starting all 26 games this season, Ayanbeku is averaging 14.0 points and 9.5 rebounds while shooting 80.5 percent from the free throw line. In addition, Ayanbeku has collected 45 assists and a team-leading 51 steals.
A two-time NJAC Player of the Week this season, Ayanbeku is ranked eighth in the NJAC in scoring, third in rebounding and second in free-throw percentage. She is also second in the league in double-double performances this year with 12. She has scored 10 or more points in 22 of 26 games this year and registered her first 20-20 contest against Rutgers-Newark with 20 points and 20 rebounds. In December, Ayanbeku became the 16th player to reach the 1,000-point plateau in MSU women's basketball history and she is currently seventh with 1,296 points.
Ericson, who collects her first All-Conference accolade, is second on the team in both scorign and rebounding at 12.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in 26 games. She ranks in the Top 15 in the NJAC in both categories and is also fifth in three-point field goal percentage at 38.7 percent. Ericson has five double-doubles, including a 13-point, 10-rebound performance against Richard Stockton in the first round of the NJAC Tournament last Saturday.
Ericson set the single-season and career marks for three-point field goals knocking down 53 this season to up her career total to 130.