Five members of the William Smith basketball team and the Heron coaching staff earned Liberty League recognition as announced by the conference office this afternoon. Senior Jacqueline Murphy was named the league’s Defensive Performer of the Year and first-year Melanie Patterson was tabbed the Co-Rookie of the Year. Head Coach Lindsay Sharman and assistant coaches Gabrielle Guynan and Charlie Evangelista were selected the Co-Coaching Staff of the Year.
Junior Chloe Hayter earned a spot on the all-conference first team, and senior Erin O’Brien was named to the second team. Seniors Sasha Borenstein and Murphy garnered honorable mention, while Patterson was a unanimous selection to the all-rookie team.
Murphy shared a team-high and ranked seventh in the Liberty League, averaging 8.4 rpg for William Smith this year. A starter in all 26 games, she added 7.5 points per game and 1.8 assists per game to go along with 25 steals. The five-foot four guard grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds in wins over Buffalo State and at Skidmore. She produced four consecutive double-doubles in victories over Rochester, RPI, Skidmore and RIT. Murphy posted a season-high 20 points in the Herons’ 65-53 win at Skidmore. She was named the Liberty League Performer of the Week once this season.
Murphy ranks second in William Smith history in career rebounds with 888 in 101 career games. Her 218 rebounds this season are tied for 11th on the Heron single season list. Murphy sits in first on the William Smith career list for defensive rebounds with 590 and is second in career offensive rebounds with 298. In her career, Murphy produced 643 points, 158 assists and 127 steals. She garnered all-league first team honors in 2011-12 and earned all-rookie honorable mention as a first-year.
Patterson ranked second on William Smith in field goal percentage (.444), assists per game (2.0), and steals per game (0.96). She ranked third in 3-point field goal percentage (.370) and fourth in points per game (11.1). The four-time Liberty League Rookie of the Week posted a season-high 24 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals in a 75-72 overtime win over Vassar. Patterson posted eight double digit scoring performances in her rookie season.
A first-team honoree for the second year in a row, Hayter led the Herons in points per game (14.5), rebounds per game (8.4), blocks per game (0.7) and field goal percentage (.485). A starter in every game, she finished the year ranked third in the Liberty League in field goal percentage, fourth in free throw percentage (.802), sixth in rebounds, ninth in scoring and 11th in blocks. Hayter logged three double-doubles this season, including 22 points and a season-high 14 boards in a 64-54 win at Skidmore. She produced a season-high 23 points in a victory over Bard and reached double digits in scoring in 20 games this season. Hayter was named the Liberty League Performer of the Week once this season.
In 78 career games, Hayter has recorded 955 points and 552 rebounds. She currently ranks seventh on the William Smith career lists for free throws made (230). Hayter also ranks 13th in career rebounds and 18th in career points.
O’Brien led the Herons with 4.3 assists per game and 32 steals this season. She ranked second in the team with 12.1 points per game and ranks fourth with 3.5 rebounds per game. O’Brien ranks third in the Liberty League in assists and fourth in assist-to-turnover (1.7). She’s 16th in the conference in scoring and steals. O’Brien posted a season-high 21 points against Nazareth and added 20 against St. Lawrence. She dished out a season-high 12 assists against Brockport. O’Brien reached double figures in scoring in 18 games this year.
O’Brien played in 103 games logging 880 points, 352 assists and 159 steals in her William Smith basketball career. She ranks fourth on the William Smith list for career assists and 23rd in career points. O’Brien garnered all-conference honorable mention in 2012-13 and all-rookie honorable mention in 2010-11.
Borenstein, a starter in 23 of the 24 games she played in, led William Smith and the Liberty League with 70 3-pointers this year, which ranks third on the Heron single season list. She also led the team and ranked second in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (.419). Borenstein went 14-for-15 at the free throw line this season. She posted a season-high 27 points, on a William Smith record-tying nine 3-pointers, in an 81-63 win over Cortland. Borenstein had recorded 26 points in the previous game, a 91-66 win over Potsdam. She was tabbed the Liberty League Performer of the Week once this year.
Borenstein logged 953 career points in 103 games at William Smith. She holds the Heron career record for 3-point field goals made with 264 and ranks second in 3-point field goals attempted (677) and 3-point field goal percentage (.390). Borenstein also ranks 19th in career points.
Sharman and her staff led William Smith to a 19-7 overall record and a 12-4 mark in conference play this season. From Dec. 5-Jan. 25, the Herons put together a 13-game winning streak, the program’s longest winning streak since 2007-08. William Smith’s 19 overall wins and 12 conference victories are the most for the program since the 2007-08 season. This is the fourth time Sharman has been a member of the conference Coaching Staff of the Year, and the third time she has received the award as a head coach.