BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Adding to her accolades after an outstanding season where she was tied for the league lead in points scored, St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) sophomore Kelly O'Donnell (Brooklyn, N.Y./St. Edmund Prep) was selected to the D3hoops.com All-Region Second Team.
Averaging 18.5 points per game and ranked among the Skyline leaders in nearly every statistical category, O'Donnell was recently named an All-Skyline Conference First Team selection, her second All-Skyline nod after being named to the second team last season.
O'Donnell paced an offense that is ranked 30th in Division III and helped lead St. Joseph's to a 16-10 mark overall and 12-6 in league play, the Bears best season since joining the Skyline and culminating in the first home playoff game in school history.
The 5-foot-10 Brooklyn native was one of six players in the league to average a double-double finishing 14 games with 20-or-more points and placed in the top 10 in the Skyline nearly every offensive category — points (18.5, #2), rebounds (10.7 rpg, #7), steals (2.1 spg, #8), assists (3.0 apg, #12), and blocks (1.3 bpg, #8).
Tied for fourth in the league with 14 double-doubles, O'Donnell recorded the first triple-double in program history with 29 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists in a win over Sarah Lawrence. She also recorded a rare points-steal double-double with 22 points and 10 steals—matching her single-game record—in a win over Mount Saint Vincent.
Currently averaging 18.2 points through her first two seasons, she's on pace to become the fastest Bear to reach the 1,000-point scoring mark needing just 54 more points to reach the milestone.
O'Donnell was honored last season by D3hoops.com as the Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year and becomes the first player in program history to receive All-Region honors from the site. She joins two other Skyline players named to the All-Region team with Mount Saint Mary's Kayla Cleare landing on the first team and USMMA's Lauren Hunter named Rookie of the Year and appearing on the second squad.
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D3hoops.com 2019 women's All-Atlantic Region team
Player of the Year: Morgan Birmelin, DeSales
Coach of the Year: Fred Richter, DeSales
Rookie of the Year: Lauren Hunter, Merchant Marine
|G||Faith Ashby||Rutgers-Newark||Sr.||Teaneck, N.J.|
|G||Morgan Birmelin||DeSales||Sr.||Honesdale, Pa.|
|G||Nafisa Saunders||Neumann||Sr.||Coatesville, Pa.|
|C||Kayla Cleare||Mount St. Mary||Sr.||West Hempstead, N.Y.|
|C||Ashley Murray||Rosemont||Sr.||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|G||Jade Aponte||Hunter||Sr.||Baldwin, N.Y.|
|G||Kelly O'Donnell||St. Joseph's (Brkln)||So.||Brooklyn, N.Y.|
|F||Marajiah Bacon||New Jersey City||Sr.||Neptune, N.J.|
|F||Shannon Devitt||TCNJ||So.||Westfield, N.J.|
|C||Lauren Hunter||Merchant Marine||Fr.||Tinley Park, Ill.|
|G||Shannon McCoy||Kean||Fr.||Barnegat, N.J.|
|F||Rachel Carmody||Misericordia||Sr.||Waymart, Pa.|
|F||Katie McShea||Marymount||Fr.||Hainesport, N.J.|
|F||Rebecca Prociak||King's||Jr.||Wilkes-Barre, Pa.|
|C||Natasha Hessling||Marywood||Sr.||Honesdale, Pa.|