March 3, 2010

Chapin named UAA Player of the Year

WALTHAM, Mass. - Senior guard Jessica Chapin of Mendon. N.Y., has been named the 2010 University Athletic Association (UAA) Women's Basketball Player of the Year.

Chapin, a first-team All-UAA selection for the second year in a row, is the second Brandeis player to be named UAA Player of the Year, joining Jaime Capra '08, who shared the honors in her senior season.

Chapin was a four-time UAA Player of the Week this season and was the league's leading scorer, averaging 16.9 points per game, 64th in all of NCAA Division III play. She also finished second in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6 a/to) and minutes played (32.0 mpg), third in 3-pointers made (46 3FGs), fourth in steals per game (2.2 spg) and free-throw percentage (75.9%) and sixth in assists per game (3.0 apg) and 3-point percentage (34.8%). Chapin led the Judges in scoring 17 times in their 24 games, was the squad's top rebounder five times and topped the team in assists 10 times, posting four double-doubles. She set three school records this season, with 167 career 3-pointers and 36 points and seven trifectas in a game against Carnegie Mellon on Feb 7.

Chapin wrapped up her career as the only player in school history to rank among the top 10 in points (1,280, sixth), rebounds (521, eighth), assists (262, sixth) and steals (243, third). With 405 points on the season, Chapin turned in just the fourth 400-point campaign in Brandeis history.

In addition to Chapin's first-team honors, sophomore guard Morgan Kendrew of Cotuit, Mass., and junior forward Amber Strodthoff of DePere, Wisc., were honorable mention All-UAA honorees. Kendrew was the team's second-leading scorer, averaging 10.3 points per game, 12th in the UAA. Strodthoff was the squad's top rebounder at 7.9 boards per game, fourth-best in the league, while finishing with four double-doubles, tied for third in the circuit

Overall this season, the Brandeis women posted a 16-8 record, while their string of four-straight NCAA tournaments was snapped. The Judges faced the sixth-toughest schedule in the nation according to D3hoops.com, facing seven NCAA tournament teams, including a season-sweep of UAA foe Rochester.

Chapin is a 2006 graduate of Honeoye Falls-Lima High School. She is the daughter of Michael and Deborah Chapin, Mendon, N.Y.

Kendrew is a 2008 graduate of Barnstable High School. She is the daughter of Richard and Ingrid Kendrew, Cotuit, Mass.

Strodthoff is a 2007 graduate of DePere High School. She is the daughter of Todd and Marcie Strodthoff, DePere, Wisc.

View the entire 2010 All-UAA Women's Basketball team