Feb. 2, 2009

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston women's basketball player Laniece Langford (Boston, MA/Jeremiah E. Burke) has been named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Week for the week of January 26 to February 1, it was announced today by the conference. She becomes the second UMass Boston women's player to earn the award this season. Classmate Evan Gregory-Stewart (Edgewater, NJ) was also named for the week of November 10-16.

The freshman averaged 18 points, seven rebounds, three steals, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks per game, while shooting 49% (16-33) from the floor in two games last week. The guard began the week with 16 points on 7-10 from the floor to go with six rebounds, five steals and four assists in the Beacons' 58-41 victory over University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on January 27. A graduate of Jeremiah E. Burke High School, Langford capped the week with a career-high 20 points in addition to eight rebounds, an assist, a steal and a personal-best three blocked shots at nationally-ranked Eastern Connecticut State University on January 31.

The 5'8" guard has been outstanding for UMass Boston since joining the team at mid-year in her first collegiate game on January 3. She leads the team averaging 10.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 0.70 blocks per contest and ranks second with 2.2 steals and 2.9 assists per outing in 10 games, while making four starts. Langford is already second on the squad in total points with 106, despite missing the season's first nine games and leads the team in total free throws made with 32. She posted her first career double-double with 15 points and a career-high 12 rebounds and added a personal-best six assists to go with three steals vs. Bridgewater State College on January 15. Langford has netted double-digits in six contests and grabbed five or more rebounds on seven occasions and has at least one steal in every game that she's appeared in, while dishing for three or more assists in four efforts.

Prior to her collegiate career, Langford was a highly decorated high school player, earning a spot on the Boston Herald's All-Scholastic team four times as well as the Boston Globe's All-Scholastic squad three times. She was also named a McDonald's High School All-American and was featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" spot.

The Beacons are currently 3-16 on the season, including 1-8 in Little East Conference play and will be in action again on Saturday, February 7 when they host Western Connecticut State University in a conference match-up at 1:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center.