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Coles and Hetzke Claim MAAC Awards
- Updated: March 7, 2015
Freshman forward Margot Hetzke was named the unanimous choice as the 2014-15 MAAC Rookie of the Year. The 5-foot-11 Penfield, N.Y. native led all first year players around the league in scoring averaging 13.8 points per game, which was good for the fifth best mark in the league.
“It’s a big blessing more than anything else,” said Hetzke. Having the opportunity to even be a part of Siena Basketball , to have a scholarship and be able to play the minutes that both Kollyns and I have been able to play his year is great. I did not anticipate this. I was just hoping to get on the floor this year.”
Leading the Saints in scoring during her freshman campaign, Hetzke scored a career high 29 points in her first game with Siena and ended the regular season with four 20 point efforts. Hetzke pulled down 7.3 rebounds per game and shot 45.1 percent from the floor and contributed two double-doubles on the year.
“It’s amazing to be a part of this,” said Hetzke. ”To be able to sit in a ceremony like we just had, just being there was fun and to actually be brought up on stage, to be a part of the MAAC, the MAAC does a lot of great things and I’m lucky to be a part of it and even luckier to be Rookie of the Year.”
Hetzke was a unanimous choice to the All-Rookie team, was selected to the All-MAAC Third Team and was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week nine times this season, while receiving five ECAC weekly honors.
“There would be no way to get this award without everyone else,” Hetzke said. ”I can’t say it enough ho much love there is between each other on the court every single game, every day in practice. When you only have 7 people you really need the love. This could not have happened without everybody, without coach, without the girls I play with, without the assistants, the fans of Siena. Everything has been an enormous support system. I’m very thankful.”
Senior guard Tehresa Coles was selected as the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year. Coles, a 5-foot-10 senior guard from Loudonville, N.Y., was voted as the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 3.1 steals per game for the Saints which ranks first in the league and 16th in the country.
“It means a lot and it’s just really exciting,” Coles said. ”I feel like it’s a really good way to go out my senior year knowing that this compliment was paid. Really that’s what it is a compliment being paid to this program because our defense is so team oriented. It’s not just one person. It’s not just two people. It’s all five of us on the court and the two who sub in for us working together and communicating. That’s something we’ve been working on all year and for it to finally come together and pay off right now, it feels great.
An All-MAAC Second Team selection, Coles set the Saints All-Time steals record on February 19th and sits at 298 career steals, ranking third among active leaders in the nation and eighth all time in MAAC history. She averages 5.1 rebounds per outing, including 2.1 offensive rebounds per game which ranks 10th in the conference this season.
Coles described that winning this award in the context of such a successful season for the Siena program makes it even more rewarding.
“It means so much because we’ve worked so hard,” said Coles. ”This is really a great group of girls. We’re all so close and we’ve all witnessed each other’s growth and development throughout this season not only physically but mentally and together, collaboratively. For it to pay off and for us to have the success that we’ve had this season, it’s absolutely great.”
On the offensive side, Coles contributes 13.5 points per game and 2.9 assists per game this season. She joined Siena’s 1,000 point club on January 24th and finished the regular season with 377 points.
2015 MAAC BASKETBALL AWARD WINNERS
Player of the Year: David Laury, Iona, Sr.
Rookie of the Year: Schadrac Casimir, Iona, Fr.
Sixth Players of the Year: Andrew Nicholas, Monmouth, Sr. and Zedric Sadler, Rider, Sr.
Defensive Player of the Year: Ousmane Drame, Quinnipiac, Sr.
Coach of the Year: Kevin Baggett, Rider University
Player of the Year: Damika Martinez, Iona, Sr.
Rookie of the Year: Margot Hetzke, Siena, Fr.
Sixth Player of the Year: Maria Napolitano, Quinnipiac, Jr.
Defensive Player of the Year: Tehresa Coles, Siena, Sr.
Coach of the Year: Tricia Fabbri, Quinnipiac