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Four UMBC Basketball Players Among Nominees for America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year


Chauncey Gilliam

Chris De La Rosa

Carlee Cassidy

Tope Obajolu
 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass—Voting for 2010 America East Men’s and Women’s Basketball Fans’ Choice Player of the Year has opened at AmericaEast.com, and four Retrievers are among the 32 nominees. Sophomore guards Chauncey Gilliam (Columbia,Md./Brewster Academy) and Chris De La Rosa (Washington Heights, N.Y./All Hallows/Siena) represent UMBC on the men’s ballot, while senior guard Carlee Cassidy (Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill) and sophomore center Topé Obajolu (Randallstown, Md./Archbishop Carroll) are the Retrievers on the women’s ballot.

 

Gilliam leads UMBC in scoring with 13.3 points per game and is currently sixth in the America East Conference with 15.2 ppg in league contests. He has scored in double figures in 10 consecutive games, and he has tallied 20 or more points five times this year, including a career-high 26 pin UMBC’s win at Hartford on Feb. 11.

 

De La Rose leads the America East this season with 5.1 assists per game, and he is second in assist-to-turnover ratio. His 136 assists to date are the 10th-most in school history for a single season. The transfer from Siena is also averaging 11.5 points per game and has averaged 17.8 ppg in UMBC’s last five contests.

 

A two-time America East All-Conference selection, Cassidy is UMBC’s all-time leader in 3-pointers with 239, the third-most in America East history, and her 1,564 career points rank second all-time at UMBC and 24th in the conference. This season, she is averaging a team-best 12.9 points per game to go along with 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest.

 

Obajolu has broken out since America East play began in January. In 13 league games, she is averaging 11.2 ppg – the second-best mark on the team – and shooting a team-best 47.1 percent from the floor, ranking sixth in the America East. She also leads the league with 2.3 blocks per game during that span. Obajolu is averaging 8.2 ppg on the season.

 

Voting for the America East Men’s and Women’s Basketball Fans’ Choice Player of the Year runs through Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 12 p.m. for the men and Thursday, Feb. 25, at 12 p.m. for the women. Five finalists will be named to the final ballot of voting, which will close on Monday, March 1, for the men and Tuesday, March 2, for the women. The men’s winner will be announced via AmericaEast.com on Tuesday, March 2, while the women’s winner will be announced in the same manner on Wednesday, March 3.

 

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