Somerset, N.J. (March 7, 2018) – Mount St. Mary's junior Juliette Lawless has been named the Northeast Conference Most Improved Player along with a selection to the All-NEC Third Team. Mountaineer freshman Daly Sullivan joined Lawless in garnering end-of-the-year honors with a spot on the NEC All-Rookie Team.
Lawless did it all for the Mountaineers during her breakout junior season under first-year Head Coach Maria Marchesano, leading the team in points (11.2), rebounds (6.4), assists (3.5), and steals (1.8) per game, while more than doubling up on her previous career-highs in three of the four. Lawless ranked among the top-10 players in the Northeast Conference in seven different categories, including rebounds, assists, and minutes played. The Mahopac, N.Y. native stepped up her game in league play, registering double-digit points in 11 of the 18 games and averaging a team-high 12.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists in conference tilts. Lawless dropped a career-high 21 points to go along with nine rebounds in the team's win over Wagner in late January, and collected her first career double-double with 13 points and 14 boards in a win over Central Connecticut in mid-February.
Sullivan burst onto the scene during her rookie season with the Mountaineers, finishing the campaign with the second-most three-pointers in a season (75) in program history, trailing only Myriam Baccouche's mark of 79 during the 2003-04 campaign. Sullivan ranked fourth in the NEC in three-pointers made on the year and 10th in three-point percentage (.350). The South Bend, Ind. native closed out the season averaging 10.1 points per contest, good for third-best on the team. Sullivan drained a season-high six three-pointers on a pair of occasions against Maryland Eastern Shore and Saint Francis U. The six threes are tied for eighth-most in a single game in program history.