By Jerry Del Priore
Look who picked up another basketball accolade.
That’s right, it’s St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn) guard Kelly O’Donnell, who D3hoops.com named Atlantic Region women’s basketball Rookie of the Year, announced today.
She becomes the first Bears women’s basketball player to receive year-end honors from the site.
O’Donnell had earned seven Skyline Conference Rookie of the Week Honors and the conference’s Rookie of the Year Award, as well as Second-Team All-Conference.
The Marine Park, Brooklyn, native helped the Bears to a program-best 9-9 record in Skyline Conference play and a spot in the Skyline Conference Championship for the second time in three seasons. O’Donnell put up team highs in scoring (17.8), rebounding (8.0), steals (2.5) and double-doubles.
The 5-foot-10 guard started in all 26 contests of the Bears’ 11-15 campaign and set a program rookie record. O’Donnell averaged 17.8 points per game that ranked third in the Skyline Conference and was second among all rookies in Division III women’s basketball (65th overall).
O’Donnell scored in double figures in all but one tilt, finishing on an active streak of 24 games, which included two Division I opponents.
The former St. Edmunds Prep High School hoops star also became the first rookie in Bears history to amass three 30-plus-point games, highlighted by a career-high 35 points against sibling rivals St. Joseph’s (Long Island). O’Donnell set a team single-game record, swiping 10 steals against Sarah Lawrence to record the first points-steals double-double in team history.