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Four Siena Saints Earn All-MAAC Honors

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Siena Basketball seniors Tehresa Coles from the women’s team and Rob Poole from the men’s squad highlighted the Saints’ All-MAAC selections announced by the league office Monday. Coles was tabbed a Second Team All-MAAC selection, while Poole garnered Third Team honors.

Women’s freshmen Margot Hetzke and Kollyns Scarbrough were named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team, with Hetzke also earning Third Team All-MAAC honors. Hetzke was one of just two conference freshmen to be named to an All-MAAC Team, joining Fairfield’s Casey Smith who was also a Third Team selection. It marks the third time in program history and first time since the 1999-00 season that the Saints have boasted a pair of MAAC All-Rookie Team honorees.

A local standout from Loudonville, N.Y., Coles was a two-time MAAC Player of the Week (Nov. 24, Jan. 26). On Jan. 24 the Saints’ captain became the 26th member of the Siena Women’s Basketball 1,000 Point Club and on Feb. 19 she broke the program’s all-time career steals record with her 282nd career theft. In yesterday’s Senior Day win over Saint Peter’s, Coles became just the sixth player in the MAAC’s 33-year history to eclipse 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists and 250 steals for her career. Siena’s first Second Team All-MAAC selection in five years, Coles currently ranks 15th nationally averaging 3.1 steals. In the MAAC, she stands sixth in scoring (13.5) and third in free throw percentage (.821).

Poole is a Third Team All-MAAC selection for the second consecutive year. The Cherry Hill, N.J. native ranks ninth in the MAAC in scoring (14.2), second in free throw percentage (.833) and tied for seventh with 52 three-pointers. One of five active players in all of Division I with 500 career rebounds, 200 three-pointers, 200 assists and 100 steals, Poole ranks 10th in program history with 1,471 career points. In conference action, Poole averaged 14.4 points while shooting a blistering 41.5% from three-point range.

A native of Penfield, N.Y., Hetzke joins Liene Jansone (2000-01) as the only Siena freshmen to be named to a postseason All-MAAC Team. Hetzke was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week a program record nine times this season, which was the third most in conference history. A five-time Corvias ECAC Division I Metro/Upstate Rookie of the Week, Hetzke ranks fifth in the MAAC in scoring (13.8) and fourth in rebounding (7.3). Her 399 points scored are the fourth most by a freshman in program history and she has recorded five double-doubles and four 20+ point scoring performances.

Scarbrough has started all 29 games during her freshman campaign for the Saints, averaging 7.2 points and 4.8 rebounds. The Jamaica, N.Y. native has scored in double figures seven times and twice dished out five assists or more in a game. She ranks second on the team shooting 30.9% from three-point range and third in steals (31).

Hetzke and Scarbrough were joined on the MAAC All-Rookie Team by Smith, Marist’s Allie Clement and Saint Peter’s Sajanna Bethea. Those five players are now eligible to be named the MAAC Rookie of the Year which will be announced during the conference’s postseason awards show Friday at 5 p.m. at Swyer Theater at The Egg in Albany and aired on ESPN3.

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