March 3, 2009

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston women's basketball player Laniece Langford (Boston, MA/Jeremiah E. Burke) has been named to the Little East Conference All-Rookie Team, it was announced today by the conference. The Beacons place a player on the All-Rookie squad for the first time in school annals, in the fourth year of the conference sponsoring such a team.

Langford became one of the top rookies in the conference this season being named the LEC Rookie of the Week three times, despite joining UMass Boston in its 10th game of the season to begin the second semester as a transfer. The freshman led the Beacons in scoring (13.2 ppg.), rebounding (7.1 rpg.), assists (3.0 apg.) and blocks (1.0 bpg) per game in addition to making the most free throws on the team with 75, while ranking second with 2.1 steals per outing in 17 games. The point guard started 10 contests and missed just two conference games on the season and ranked among the league leaders in conference-only statistics, placing third in scoring with 14.3 points per game, seventh with 6.9 boards per game, ninth with 2.7 assists per game, eighth with 2.0 steals per game and fourth with 1.2 blocks per game. A graduate of Jeremiah E. Burke High School, Langford posted a team-best five double-doubles and netted double-digits in points on 12 occasions, including five efforts with 20 or more points. She nearly registered her first career triple-double with 20 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists to go with a pair of steals and a block vs. Suffolk University on February 12. Langford enjoyed a six-game stretch from January 31 to February 17 where she averaged 19.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.0 blocks per game and was extremely consistent, scoring no less than 18 and no more than 21 points in any of those outings. The guard was also a staple on the defensive end of the court, grabbing five or more rebounds in all but four games and came up with at least one steal in every contest, while dishing for three or more assists seven times.

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 finished the season with an overall 5-21 record, including 2-12 in LEC play.