April 18, 2005
NEW YORK - Senior Janelle McManus, who recently finished her stellar career with the Fairfield University women's basketball team, garnered yet another award on Monday, as the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA), announced the All-MET Teams. McManus was a second-team All-MET choice, as voted on by the tri-state area women's basketball coaches.
McManus and the other members of the first and second All-MET teams will be honored at the 72nd annual NIT/MBWA Awards Dinner on Wednesday evening at the Pegasus West at the Meadowlands Racetrack.
The Belle Harbor, N.Y. native was a first-team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) selection this past season, after leading Fairfield in scoring with 14.1 points per contest. She was also a preseason All-MAAC first-team choice, and was named the inaugural MBWA Player of the Week on Dec. 9, 2004.
The 5-foot-6 guard netted her 1,000th collegiate point on Dec. 5, 2004, against Manhattan College at the Arena at Harbor Yard. She also netted her 1,000th point as a member of the Fairfield women's basketball team on "Senior Night" against Loyola with 25 points. As a freshman at Boston College she scored 282 points.
McManus was also instrumental in Fairfield advancing to the semi-finals of the 2005 MAAC Women's Basketball Championships. She scored 25 points to lead all scorers, knocking down several key buckets late in regulation and in the extra session, to help Fairfield to a 66-65, overtime win against Siena College.
She finished her collegiate career with 1,324 points, and 353 assists. She scored in double figures in 24-of-29 games as a senior, and had six outings of 20 or more points.
She is the 11th player in school-history to be selected to the All-MET team, and in nine of the last 11 years, at least one Fairfield player has been named to the prestigious team, the last came in the 2001-02 season, when Schrene Isidora was selected.
Along with McManus and Isidora, Trish Elser (1992), Robin Massari (1994), Christine Fryer (1995, 1996), Jessica Grossarth (1997), Paige Driscoll (1998), and Gail Strumpf (1999, 2000, and 2001) were chosen to the team. Additionally, Fairfield Head Coach Dianne Nolan was the 2001 All-MET Coach of the Year.
2005 MBWA All-Met Teams
First Team Matee Ajavon, Rutgers, Fr., G, 5-8, Newark, N.J./Shabazz Ashley Bush, Seton Hall, Sr., G/F, 5-10, Frederick, Md./Frederick Fifi Camara, Marist, Jr., F, 6-1, Conakry, Guinea/Genesee Community College Cigi McCollin, Hofstra, So., G, 5-7, Long Island City, N.Y./Christ the King Chelsea Newton, Rutgers, Sr., G, 5-11, Monroe, La./Carroll Cappie Pondexter, Rutgers, Sr., G, 5-9, Chicago, Ill./John Marshall Kia Wright, St. John's, So., G, 5-8, Copiague, N.Y./Copiague
Second Team Michelle Campbell, Rutgers, Jr., F, 6-2, Princeton, N.J./Notre Dame Essence Carson, Rutgers, Fr., G, 6-0, Paterson, N.J./Rosa Park/Paterson Eastside Angela Clark, St. John's, So., F, 6-1, Copiague, N.Y./Copiague Kristin Keller, Marist, Sr., C, 6-3, Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes Janelle McManus, Fairfield, Sr., G, 5-6, Belle Harbor, N.Y./Bishop Kearney
Player of the Year: Cappie Pondexter, Rutgers Coach of the Year: Vivian Stringer from Rutgers
Janelle McManus was selected second-team All-MET on Monday