NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College first year forward Mairead Hynes has been honored as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Basketball Rookie of the Year.
Hynes made her impact felt immediately at the collegiate level as the only conference player to average a double-double, ranking second in both points (16.9) and rebounds (10.4). Hynes also owns the sixth-best field goal percentage in the league at 48.3 percent. She set the college's single season record while leading the NESCAC with 132 makes from the free throw line.
"We are excited that Mairead has been recognized by the NESCAC coaches as the Rookie of the Year," Connecticut College Head Women's Basketball Coach Brian Wilson said. "She had an amazing season and made an immense impact on our team and in our league during her first year. One of Mairead's best traits is her desire to improve - we know she is not satisfied and we are excited to watch her develop in the years to come."
Hynes posted 11 double doubles this season to lead the Camels to their highest win total since 2012. She was honored as the NESCAC Player of the Week on December 8 and was recognized for a second time by the conference on January 26, 2015. Hynes was honored by the New England Women's Basketball Association this season as a Rookie and Player of the Week.
On the national level, Hynes was distinguished for her excellence in the front court on the prestigious D3Hoops.com Team of the Week December 10.
Hynes put up some gaudy numbers in her first year in New London. She had 26 points and 20 rebounds in a 70-53 triumph at Trinity December 4. At the Hampton Inn/West Springfield/Naismith Classic Third Place Game against the College of Staten Island, Hynes exploded with 29 points and 16 boards in a 74-68 triumph.
In an overtime loss at Rhode Island College January 22, Hynes poured in a career-high 36 points and ripped down 17 rebounds, shooting 12-for-19 from the field and 12-for-15 at the charity stripe. She added 26 points and 16 rebounds in a home NESCAC game against Williams February 13.