April 19, 2006
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Holy Cross junior guard/forward Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) has been selected the 2006 Patriot League Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as announced by league officials this morning.
"This is a tremendous honor for both Brittany and our program," said Holy Cross head coach Bill Gibbons. "In a league that prides itself on academics, this makes this award very special. Brittany has matured and improved as a player and we have high expectations for her and our team next season."
Keil was a Second Team All-League pick, a Patriot League All-Tournament Team selection, garnered Preseason All-Patriot League accolades, and was named the Holy Cross Club of Worcester Winter Homecoming Game Most Valuable Player this season.
A Biology major with a concentration in BioChemistry, Keil owns a 3.96 cumulative grade point average, and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America District I First Team, advancing her to the national ballot. She was a CoSIDA Academic All-America District I Second Team selection last season.
Keil has made the Holy Cross Dean's List of Scholars every semester and has earned 4.00 grade point averages in two of her five total semesters. She earned a 3.94 grade-point average in the Fall, which tied for 11th best among Holy Cross student-athletes.
The versatile six-foot-two swing player started 28 of 29 games this season and posted six double-doubles on the year, which was the second most in the Patriot League. She finished the season second on the team and tied for 11th in the Patriot League with an 11.0 points per game average, and led the team and finished seventh in the Patriot League with a 6.2 rebounds per game average. She also ranked fifth in the conference in blocked shots (0.76 blocks per game) and shot 35.0 percent from long range, which was good for seventh in the League.
Keil averaged 30.8 minutes, 11.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.76 assists, 1.23 steals and 0.92 blocks per game in conference games.
Keil is the sixth Holy Cross women's basketball player in program history to win the scholar-athlete award, and the second in as many years, as Lisa Andrews ('05) won the award last year.
Holy Cross finished the 2005-06 campaign with a 16-14 overall mark and a 10-4 record in Patriot League play. The Crusaders dropped a heartbreaking 69-68 decision to Army in the Patriot League Championship game.
Others players nominated for this award were Lindsey Hollobaugh (Bucknell), Megan Ballard (Colgate), Jenny Callan (Lehigh) and Kate Hobbs (Navy).