NEW YORK, N.Y. – Senior Madison Rowland was named the All-Met Division II Women's Basketball Player of the Year to headline three honorees from the Queens College women's basketball team, as the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association announced its year-end awards on Thursday. Elizabeth Naumovski was selected as the DII Coach of the Year, while redshirt senior MacKenzie Rowland landed on the All-Met First Team.
It was a historic season for Madison, breaking record after record during her senior campaign. She was named the 2017 NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) Ron Lenz National Player of the Year, while earning All-America honors from both the D2CCA and WBCA. Madison was also honored as the D2CCA East Region Player of the Year and ECC Player of the Year, as well as earning the NCAA East Regional Most Outstanding Player Award for her performance in the Knights' regional championship. She was named Met Player of the Week three times this season and earns All-Met First Team honors for the fourth season in a row.
The all-time points and steals leader in Queens and ECC history, Madison averaged a career-best 21.8 points per game this season, good for fifth in Division II, and scored a program-record 697 points on the season. She once again led DII with 4.7 steals per game and set a school record with 151 steals this season. Madison also recorded 10.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 blocks per contest, while shooting 50.5 percent overall. She is the only player in NCAA history to officially record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 500 steals, 400 assists and 100 blocks in a career. The senior finished her stellar career at Queens with career totals of 2,375 points, 1,071 rebounds, 507 steals, 403 assists and 114 blocks. Madison's 507 steals leave her ranked fourth in DII history, while her career average of 4.5 steals per game is tied for ninth all-time. Meanwhile, her 2,375 points also put her in the top 20 on the DII all-time career scoring list.
This season, Naumovski surpassed the 100-win plateau and is now the program's all-time DII leader in wins with 102. She led Queens to its first-ever NCAA Division II East Regional title and Elite Eight appearance behind a program-record 27 wins, finishing 27-5 overall. She was named ECC Coach of the Year after leading the Knights to their first ECC Regular Season Championship since the 2008-09 season with a 17-1 mark in conference play. Queens capped off the regular season on a 16-game winning streak and finished with a perfect 12-0 record at home, while earning a bid into the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row. Queens finished the season ranked No. 7 in the WBCA Top 25 Coaches' Poll, its best-ever finish in the poll.
MacKenzie also wrote her name in the record books after capping off a stellar career. She was named the ECC Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-ECC First Team, while landing on the D2CCA All-Region Second Team. MacKenzie led Division II with 23 double-doubles this season, which leaves her tied for 11th in DII single season history. She reached 1,000+ points and 1,000+ rebounds for her career this season, finishing second in program history with 1,181 career rebounds and fourth in scoring with 1,744 career points. She also finished third on the program's single season list in rebounds (361) and fourth in blocks (63) this season, while her 565 points on the year leave her fifth on the single season scoring list. MacKenzie averaged 17.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.7 steals per game this season, while shooting 49.5 percent from the field.
The All-Met honorees will be recognized on Wednesday, April 26, at the 84th annual NIT/MBWA Haggerty Awards dinner at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, N.Y.