CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – University of New Hampshire senior forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) was named the 2012 America East Co-Player of the Game, the conference announced Tuesday.
Beliveau received the most Player of the Game honors during the season to garner the end-of-year award, sharing the honor with Erin Brown of UMBC. Beliveau earned the award 10 times this winter, picking up the end-of-year award for the second straight season.
Beliveau, a fifth-year senior, led the Wildcats to their first winning season since 2006 and four seed in the upcoming tournament. The senior forward is the only America East player to rank in the top five in both scoring and rebounding after finishing the regular season with 13.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. She notched a league-best 10 double-doubles this season, five of them against America East opponents. Beliveau is third in the league with an 85.3 percent free-throw percentage and is also one of the top defensive players in the league with 2.1 steals per game.
The Player of the Game award was determined by tabulating award winners from the regular season. At the conclusion of each America East home game, a player was named the Player of the Game. Just one player was tabbed in non-conference games, while a player from each team was recognized during conference games.
The league's annual awards, including the all-conference teams, as well as Player, Rookie and Coach of the Year, will be announced later this week. The women's honors will be unveiled at the women's awards reception on Thursday, March 1 at 12 p.m. while the men's will be given out on Friday, March 2 at 5 p.m. Both receptions will be held at University of Hartford, site of the 2012 of the America East Men's & Women's Basketball Championship Presented By Newman's Own.
Beliveau and the fourth-seeded Wildcats will take on fifth-seeded UMBC in the quarterfinals of the 2012 America East Basketball Championship presented by Newman's Own at the University of Hartford's Chase Family Arena on Friday, March 2 (2:15 p.m.).