Four Knights Land All-Conference Honors, Hemer Named Coach Of The Year

GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo Women's Basketball Head Coach Scott Hemer was named State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Coach of the Year for the third-straight season while four Knights were tabbed All-SUNYAC picks, announced Wednesday.

Senior guard Kara Houppert landed first-team honors,  senior guard Katie Durand and sophomore forward McKenna Brooks each earned second-team recognition and senior forward Bridgit Ryan was selected to the third team.

Hemer led the Knights (26-1) to an undefeated regular season, the second in program history, and to their third-straight NCAA Tournament berth. Geneseo also earned the top seed in the SUNYAC Tournament and reached the conference finals for the fifth-straight season. Hemer has now been named SUNYAC Coach of the Year four times (2011, 2015, 2016, 2017), tying former Cortland head coach Jeannette Yeoman for the most in conference history and most among active SUNYAC coaches.

Houppert averages 8.9 points per game with 4.3 rebounds per game and 3.4 assists per game. She leads the conference with a program record three-point shooting percentage (46.2) and ranks second in the SUNYAC in assists (91). Houppert scored a season-high 18 points in both regular season meetings with New Paltz and tied a program record for three-point shooting percentage going 5-for-5 from beyond the arc against the Hawks (Feb. 11). 

Durand leads the Knights and ranks 11th in the SUNYAC with 11.3 points per game, while also averaging 3.8 rebounds per game and 1.6 assists per game this season. The senior scored in double-digits in 18 of Geneseo's 27 games, including a career-high 23 points on a season-best nine made field goals in a 69-55 win over Fredonia (Jan. 10).

Brooks averages 8.6 points per game and ranks 11th in the SUNYAC with 6.4 rebounds per game. The sophomore ranked second in field goal percentage in the SUNYAC (47.8), sixth in steals (49), fifth in made free throws (78) and second in offensive rebounds (85) and scored a career-high 22 points in a 61-47 victory over Buffalo State (Jan. 24).

Ryan averages 7.8 points per game and stands ninth in the conference in rebounds per game (6.8) and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0). She netted a season-high 17 points and added six rebounds in a 52-40 victory over Lebanon Valley (Nov. 19) and grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds in a 56-39 victory over New Paltz (Feb. 11).