Feb. 16, 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 9-15, it was announced today by the conference. The award marks the third straight week that she has earned the honor to tie for the most times of any player in the league. It is also the fourth 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 put together the best all-around week of her young collegiate career, averaging 19.3 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, 2.3 steals and a block per game, while shooting 43% (20-47) from the floor, including 2-3 from three-point range in three games on the week. The guard scored no fewer than 18 points and no more than 20 to sustain her consistent play over the past three weeks. Langford began the week with 18 points and a career-high matching 12 rebounds for her third double-double of the season and added two assists, a pair of steals and a blocked shot in 27 minutes of action vs. University of Southern Maine on February 10. The Jeremiah E. Burke High School product came back two days later to register one of the greatest all-around efforts in school annals with 20 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists to fall just one helper short of her first collegiate triple-double and added two steals and a blocked shot in a 64-63 win over Suffolk University on February 12. She capped the week with a personal-best tying 20 points on 7-13 from the floor to go with six rebounds, four assists, three steals and a blocked shot vs. Plymouth State University on February 14.

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 13.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.2 blocks per contest and ranks second with 2.1 steals per outing in 14 games, while making eight starts. Langford already leads the squad in total points (184), blocks (16) and free throws made (62), despite missing the season's first nine games. She posted her first career double-double with 15 points and a career-high 12 rebounds and added six assists to go with three steals vs. Bridgewater State College on January 15. Langford has gotten even better since then, making an impact in every facet of the game for the Beacons, netting double-digits in 10 contests and grabbing five or more rebounds on 11 occasions and has at least one steal in every game that she's appeared in, while dishing for three or more assists in six efforts and recording at least one block in each of her last five outings. She has been exceptional over her last five games, averaging 19.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1.8 steals per game, while scoring exactly 20 points in four of those games.

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.

UMass Boston is currently 4-19 on the season, including 1-11 in Little East Conference play and will be in action again on Tuesday, February 17 when it travels to North Dartmouth, MA to take on University of Massachusetts Dartmouth at 5:30 p.m. for a Little East Conference match-up.