Dec. 13, 2010

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston women's basketball player Colleen Hooper (Mansfield, MA) has been named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Week for the week of December 6-12, it was announced today by the conference. It is the second consecutive week that Hooper has received the honor and the third straight week that a UMass Boston freshman has been recognized as freshman guard Kendra Mosley also received the award during the week of November 21-27.

Hooper put together an even better week than last, reaching double digits in scoring in each of her three contests to average 19.3 per game, while shooting at a 53.3 percent (8-for-15) clip from behind the three-point arc to lead UMass Boston to a 2-1 week. The shooting guard from Mansfield, MA. netted a career-high 24 points to help the Beacons pick up a 68-62, double-overtime victory against Mount Ida on Tuesday. Two days later, Hooper dropped in 12 points against Lesley University. She matched her season-high in three-pointers made (4) en route to scoring a team-best 22 points against Rhode Island College. Hooper also averaged 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 steals per game.

Through the first month of the 2010-11 campaign, the 5'8" shooting guard has been a solid contributor for UMass Boston, averaging a team-high 14.5 points per game to rank sixth overall in the Little East Conference. She leads the team in field goals made with 53 and boasts a .414 shooting percentage, the highest on the team among players attempting more than 20 shots. Hooper is currently among the league leaders in several three-point shooting categories ranking first in three-point field goal shooting percentage with a .420 clip (21-for-50), and tied for fifth in both total three-point field goals made (21) and three-point field goals made per game (2.1). The rookie also ranks among the league leaders in a steals per game, averaging 2.2 per contest which is good for seventh best in the LEC.

UMass Boston is currently 8-2 on the year to match the 1982-83 squad's best start in program history. The Beacons have already surpassed last seasons' win total and are currently holding opponents to a .334 shoot percentage to rank second in the conference while allowing an average of 50.5 points to rank third in the Little East Conference. UMass Boston will be in action again on Tuesday, December 14 when it travels Framingham State University to conclude its' first semester schedule with a 6:00 p.m. non-conference match-up.

To see all the Little East Conference weekly winners visit the LEC website at: http://www.littleeast.com/sports/wbkb/2010-11/News/20101213-wbkb-report-4.pdf