COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College women's basketball senior Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) was selected for Google Cloud NCAA Division II Academic All-District 1 honors on Thursday, becoming the first student-athlete in College history to claim the achievement in three different years.
Ferreri, who became one of 13 Google Cloud Academic All-America picks in Saint Michael's history last year, was one of five student-athletes recognized for their accomplishments both on the court and in the classroom. Google Cloud teams are selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Ferreri and Megan Olsen '13 (twice) are the lone Purple Knight women's basketball players to ever collect multiple Google Cloud Academic All-District nods, as at least one Saint Michael's student-athlete has now been recognized with an Academic All-District accolade in 17 consecutive school years.
Ferreri advances to the Academic All-America national ballot, which will be voted upon early next month. Academic All-America selections will be announced in March, when Ferreri will seek to become the third two-time honoree in College history, including the first woman. Of the five Academic All-District 1 picks, Ferreri was among three Northeast-10 Conference representatives. Saint Michael's women's basketball players have now been recognized with Academic All-District laurels 10 times, the most in College history.
Ferreri has turned in career highs nearly across the board this year, in scoring (13.3), rebounding (6.4), offensive rebounding (2.2), assists (3.7), minutes (33.1), shooting (42.7%), three-point shooting (35.9%) and three-pointers (23). The 5-foot-8 guard adds 1.8 steals per game and 11 blocks. She is eighth in the NE10 in assists, ninth in steals, 17th in scoring, and 18th in rebounding and offensive rebounding. The second-year captain is the only player in program history - and only the third man or woman at Saint Michael's - with 850 points (895), 400 rebounds (439), 250 assists (261), 150 steals (169) and 40 blocks (46) in a career, having played 101 games.
While majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry, psychology and religious studies, Ferreri holds a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average and has landed on the NE10 Academic Honor Roll all seven of her completed semesters. The lone student on Saint Michael's College's Presidential Search Committee last year, Ferreri was an NE10 Academic All-Conference selection as both a sophomore and a junior.
Ferreri has put her versatility on display numerous times, never more so than when she had a triple-double of 23 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists against nationally-ranked United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) outfit Vermont Technical College on Dec. 16. Ferreri scored 17 points in both meetings with nationally-ranked Bentley University, adding six rebounds on Dec. 1 and six assists on Feb. 20, while posting 14 points, seven boards and three blocks against regionally-ranked Saint Anselm College on Dec. 4. Her line of 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists in only 27 minutes propelled Saint Michael's to a convincing victory over regionally-ranked Southern Connecticut State University on Feb. 2, and she stuffed the stat sheet with 23 points, nine rebounds, seven offensive boards, four steals, three assists and a block versus Franklin Pierce University on Nov. 20.
To be nominated for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, possess at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and be a starter or significant reserve. The NCAA Division II District 1 consists of members of the NE10, Central Athletic Collegiate Conference (CACC) and East Coast Conference (ECC). Through the Academic All-America program, CoSIDA names separate teams at each the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III levels, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.