FARMINGTON, Conn. - Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.), a junior center on the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team was named to the 2002-03 America East All-Conference First Team, while senior Aubrey Danen (Oconomowoc, Wis.) was an America East Third Team selection. The announcement was made at the conference's annual awards banquet held at the Farmington Marriott Wednesday evening.
Matthias is currently enjoying one of the finest seasons in Wildcat basketball history. A two-time America East Player of the Week selection, Matthias leads the team in scoring (17.0 ppg), rebounding (9.6 rpg), blocked shots (42) and field goal percentage (.548), with her efforts in all four categories ranking among the top-10 single-season marks in UNH history. Her numbers in all four categories also place her among the conference leaders, as she is ranked first in blocks, second in rebounding, third in field goal percentage and fourth in scoring.
Matthias has recorded a school-record 13 double-doubles on the season and has reached double figures in 24 of 27 games while registering at least 20 points on eight separate occasions. She needs just nine points to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
An America East Second Team selection last season, Matthias is the seventh player in UNH history to be an America East First Team selection and the fourth to claim the honor as a junior. Kris Kinney (1988), Sheila Danker (1996) and Orsi Farkas (1999) are the other juniors in Wildcat history to be first team selections. The other former UNH players that were first team all-conference honorees are Kelly Butterfield (1985), Kendall Daly (1993) and Karen Pinkos (1988).
Danen is a member of the Third Team for the second-straight season. She ranks second on the Wildcats in rebounding (6.4) and fourth in scoring (9.6) while recording five double-doubles. Earlier this season Danen, who served as a tri-captain for the second year in a row, became the 11th player in school history to record 1,000 points and just the sixth to register 1,000 points and 600 rebounds. She currently ranks seventh in UNH history in scoring (1,084) and sixth in rebounding (661). Danen was a member of the conference's All-Rookie Team in the 1998-99 season.
UNH (12-15, 7-9 America East) returns to action Thursday when it faces fifth-seeded Stony Brook in the quarterfinals of the America East tournament hosted by the University of Hartford. Game time is set for 8:30 pm.