February 24, 2009

Blakney Picks Up Two More Weekly Awards

Blakney Picks Up Two More Weekly Awards

- Rams junior guard named to D3hoops.com Team of the Week and Met Basketball Player of the Week -


Farmingdale, N.Y. - Junior forward Kimberly Blakney (Brooklyn, N.Y./Benjamin Banneker) picked up two more weekly awards for her play during the week of February 16th - February 22nd. She was named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week and the Met Basketball Writer's Association (MBWA) Player of the Week, to go along with her Skyline Player of the Week award.

Despite playing in just two of the team's three games, Blakney averaged 37.5 points, 12 rebounds, seven steals, four blocks and 3 assists per game. Farmingdale (16-8, 14-4 Skyline) beat Yeshiva 70-35, then lost to Purchase 78-74 and Mt. St. Vincent 102-98. She posted 25 points and nine rebounds against Purchase, before exploding for a career-high 50-point performance against Mount Saint Vincent. In that game, she added 15 rebounds and 10 steals, marking the second triple-double of her career. She also blocked 5 shots and had 4 assists, and her 17 free throws made in that game is a school record.

For the week, she shot 50% from the field, 46.7% from behind the arc and 83 percent from the free throw line. She was also named the Skyline Conference Player of the Week for the fourth time this season. Farmingdale heads to the Skyline Conference tournament this week as the second seed. They have a first round bye and will host either Mount Saint Vincent or St. Joseph's on Thursday night at 6:00 p.m.

Blakney is the second player from Farmingdale State to be named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week this season. Four other players among Division III women's basketball teams joined her on this week's team, including LeighAnn Burke (DeSales), Jordan Osley (Mount Mary), Kathleen Brown (Marymount), and Renee Brandenburg (Bethany).

The MBWA Player of the Week is selected regardless of Division, and names an Honor Roll for players who are not named the Player of the Week but receive votes. Blakney was joined this week by Judie Lomax (Columbia), Molly Tubridy (Dowling), Kelly Regan (Manhattan), Christina Baxter (Mercy), Meredith Paggi (Mount Saint Mary), Brittany Shields (Pace), Jennifer Danio (Purchase), Jennifer DiChiara (Queens), and Erin Anthony (U.S. Military Academy).

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About the D3hoops.com Team of the Week
The Team of the Week is in its 12th season and recognizes the top performance at each of the five positions from the previous week. It is selected by D3hoops.com staff from nominations by SIDs and coaches.

About the PrestoSports/MBWA Weekly Player of the Week Award
Celebrating its fifth season, the Player of the Week Award is granted on a weekly basis by the New York Area Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association. Each week, each of the nearly 75 schools that play college basketball in the Tri-state area have the ability to nominate one male and one female student-athlete, based upon their on-court accomplishments over the previous seven days. An esteemed panel of media members votes to select the winners from the nominations. All players who receive votes, but are not named the Player of the Week, are then named to the Honor Roll.




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