Feb. 9, 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 February 2-8, it was announced today by the conference. The award marks the second straight week that she has earned the honor. It is also the third time that a UMass Boston player has earned the accolade this season. Classmate Evan Gregory-Stewart (Edgewater, NJ) was also named for the week of November 10-16.

The freshman was outstanding in the Beacons' only game of the week, matching a career-high with 20 points to go with 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. She also added a career-best six blocked shots in addition to two assists and a steal, while sinking 14 of 17 free throw attempts vs. Western Connecticut State University on February 7.

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 11.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per contest and ranks second with 2.1 steals and 2.8 assists per outing in 11 games, while making five starts. Langford is already second on the squad in total points with 126, despite missing the season's first nine games and leads the team in total free throws made with 46. 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 seven contests and grabbed five or more rebounds on eight 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. A product of Jeremiah E Burke High School, Langford is averaging 18.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 2.3 steals and 2.3 assists per game over her last three outings.

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 3-17 on the season, including 1-9 in Little East Conference play and will be in action again on Tuesday, February 10 when they host University of Southern Maine in a conference match-up at 5:30 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center.