Women's Basketball: Villard Chosen for NEWBA Weekly Award for Seventh Time

Women's Basketball: Villard Chosen for NEWBA Weekly Award for Seventh Time


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Junior forward Mya Villard (Cromwell) has been recognized with a weekly honor by the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) for the seventh time in her career when she was named to the weekly honor roll Monday for the week ending Jan. 6.

Villard led all players with 20 points – moving to within a point of 1,000 in her three-year career – in a 75-65 non-conference home win over Johnson & Wales University last Wednesday in the team's only contest. Villard, who had nine points in Eastern's 22-point fourth quarter, totaled double figures in points for the 11th time this year for the Warriors, and posted her fifth double-double in her last seven games (missing four other double-doubles this year by one rebound), with a game-high 12 rebounds.

Two additional players from the Little East Conference were recognized by NEWBA: freshman forward Willcia McBorrough of Rhode Island College was named Rookie-of-the-Week and junior guard Alexis Quenneville of Castleton University joined Villard on the five-person honor roll.

Villard ranks second in the LEC in points (17.1) and rebounds (10.1) per game, and free throws (52). She is shooting 51.5 percent from the floor and 73.2 percent from the stripe and has 11 blocked shots.

On December 11, the 5-foot-10 inch Villard was selected as the NEWBA Player-of-the-Week when the Warriors finished first-semester play with Little East Conference road wins over Western Connecticut and Plymouth State University. She averaged 23.0 points and 14.0 rebounds with a 66.7 field goal percentage in those games, when she was also 14-of-17 from the foul line with four blocked shots and four assists.

As a sophomore, Villard was selected as NEWBA Player-of-the-Week once and to the weekly honor roll twice, and as a freshman was tabbed as the NEWBA Rookie-of-the-Week twice in consecutive weeks.

Eastern (8-3, 4-0 LEC) hosts three LEC games in five days: Tuesday against Castleton University and Thursday against the University of Southern Maine, both at 5:30 p.m., and Saturday against Keene State College at 1 p.m.