March 4, 2008

PROVIDENCE, RI - University of Massachusetts Boston women's basketball player Myrna Tangar (Randolph, MA) has been named to the Little East Conference All-Defensive Team, it was announced today by the conference. The Beacons place a player on the All-Defensive squad for the first time in school annals, in the third year of the conference sponsoring such a team.

Tangar was easily one of the most tenacious defensive players in the Little East Conference this season, leading the league with 10.1 rebounds per game, which was good for 46th in the nation, while ranking fifth among the LEC steals leaders with 2.08 per outing. She grabbed eight or more rebounds on 20 occasions, including 15 double-digit efforts and a career-high of 17 vs. Rhode Island College on January 26 and Eastern Connecticut State University on February 2. The 5'7" guard also averaged a robust 15.0 rebounds per game over a four-game stretch from January 26 to February 7 and closed out the season with 14.3 rebounds in the final three games of her career. The senior picked up at least one steal in all but four games, including 17 straight contests from December 11, starting with a career-high seven vs. Mount Ida College and ending on February 19 with two vs. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and came up with two or more thefts in 17 outings. She averaged 3.1 steals over an eight-game stretch from December 11 to January 22. The Randolph High School product started all 26 games for UMass Boston and was one of the best playmakers in the LEC this season as well, dishing for 2.8 assists per game to lead the team and stand seventh among the conference leaders, while handing out three or more assists on 12 occasions, including a career-high eight dimes vs. nationally-ranked University of Southern Maine on January 22. Tangar also averaged 5.7 points per game and was the team's best three-point shooter, knocking down 39% (10-26) of her three-point tries to lead UMB.

Tangar transferred to the Beacons from NCAA Division II Adelphi University and saw action in 19 games in her first season with UMass Boston last year, while averaging 2.6 points and 4.0 rebounds. For her four-year career, between the two schools, she has played in 73 games and averaged 3.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in addition to collecting 106 assists and 88 steals.

The Beacons finished the season with an overall 8-18 record, including 3-11 in LEC play and a 64-60 victory over eventual Little East Conference Champion Eastern Connecticut State University on February 2.