March 6, 2012

Kendrew, Cincotta earn All-UAA honors for Women's Basketball

WALTHAM, Mass.- Two members of the Brandeis University women's basketball team have earned All-University Athletic Association (UAA) honors. Senior guard Morgan Kendrew of Cotuit, Mass., was a second-team All-UAA selection while graduate student Diana Cincotta of Plymouth, Mass. , earned an All-UAA honorable mention.

                Kendrew, despite missing five games due to injury, finished the regular season as the team's leading scorer with 12.0 points per game while posting a team-best 28.6% shooting from 3-point range. She also finished first on the team in free throw percentage with 83.0% while averaging 3.4 rebounds per game. In the UAA, Kendrew finished seventh in scoring, 11th in 3-pointers made with 26, 12th in 3-point shooting percentage at 28.6% , and would have been second in free throw percentage with 83.0% but she did not shoot enough free throws to qualify.

                During the regular season, Kendrew played in 20 games, starting the final 17. She scored in double-figures 13 times, including three 20+ point performances. Kendrew led the team in scoring 12 times, including a stretch where she led the team in scoring in 11 of their 12 games. She scored a season-high 22 points in a 67-56 win over Carnegie Mellon on Jan. 29th. She finished her career on Senior Day against rival NYU on Feb. 25th with 21 points for her sixth career 20+ point performance in a 62-55 win. Kendrew finished her career with 974 points, good for 10th on the career list while ranking second in free throw percentage at 81.3% and fourth in 3-pointers with 113.

                Kendrew has also been selected to participate in the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) Senior All-Star Classic. At the conclusion of each season the NEWBA sponsors the Senior All-Star Classic as a memorable way for many seniors to finish their collegiate careers. Players from around the region are nominated by their coaches and Sports Information Directors. Coaches then select the 22 participants through a vote. Kendrew will be playing at the contest hosted by Western New England University on Saturday, March 24th at 1:00 p.m. to close out her collegiate career.

                Cincotta finished the regular season as the team leader in 3-pointers made with 42 while finishing second in scoring with 8.2 points per game. She also finished second on the team with 26 steals. Cincotta finished tied for fourth in the UAA in 3-point field goals made while finishing 13th in 3-point shooting percentage.

                During the regular season, Cincotta started all 25 games. She scored in double-figures 11 times, including a streak of five games that featured a four-game winning streak by the Judges. Cincotta scored a season-high 20 points to kick off the winning streak in a 75-59 win over Daniel Webster on Dec. 3rd. She led the team in scoring four times while tying for the team lead once. Cincotta finished her last year averaging a career-high 8.2 points per game. She played 92 career games while finishing fifth in school history with 107 3-pointers.

                The Judges finished the year 9-16 and 2-12 in the UAA against incredibly tough competition. A young team that was missing their senior leader Kendrew for the first five games of the season competed valiantly. Led by rookie point guard Hannah Cain, Brandeis faced top competition like undefeated and second-ranked Chicago, ninth-ranked Washington University (Mo.), and Rochester. Still, the Judges had high notes of a four-game winning streak early in the season and a huge win on Senior Day over rival NYU to close out the year on a high note.

                Kendrew is a 2008 graduate of Barnstable High School. She is the daughter of Rick and Ingrid Kendrew, Cotuit, Mass.

                Cincotta is a 2007 graduate of West Boylston High School. She is the daughter of Jeff and Doreen Cincotta, Plymouth, Mass.