Ronaghan Named 2014 NEWBA Rookie of the Year

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth freshman Megan Ronaghan (North Attleboro, Mass.) was recently named the 2013-14 New England Women's Basketball Coaches' Association (NEWBA) Rookie of the Year. 

Roger Williams University senior Kaitlyn Bovee (Berlin, Conn.) was voted the Player of the Year, while Anthony Ewing of the University of New England was tabbed as the Coach of the Year.

The freshman forward from North Attleboro, Mass. has been highly decorated this winter, earning Little East Conference Rookie of the Year and first-team honors.  A member of the All-Little East Rookie Team, she represented the Corsairs on the prestigious D3Hoops.com Team of the Week after averaging 20.5 points and eight rebounds in a pair of non-conference games against Salve Regina and Bridgewater State.

A starter in 24 of her 25 appearances, Ronaghan led all first-year student-athletes in scoring (13.8) and rebounding (6.2), while ranking among the conference leaders in field goal percentage (4th, 47.7), free throw percentage (4th, 82.3), and blocked shots per game (4th, 1.3). She had a major impact on the top-ranked UMass Dartmouth offensive attack, ranking second on the team in points per game.  Ronaghan reached double figures in scoring 19 times, while registering at least 20 points five times. She poured in a season-high 28 points against Castleton State and Western Connecticut. A consistent threat in the paint, Ronaghan posted three double-doubles as a rookie, most recently against Keene State in the regular-season finale with 17 points and 11 rebounds. She pulled in a season-high 16 boards against Little East leader Rhode Island College on Feb. 18, 2014. Ronaghan completed her first season in a Corsair uniform with 359 points, 162 rebounds, 33 assists, 33 blocks, and 25 steals.

In 2014, UMass Dartmouth posted an overall record of 15-11, including an 8-6 mark in the conference circuit.  The Corsairs enjoyed a season-high four-game winning streak between Feb. 8 and Feb. 18, where UMass Dartmouth defeated the top three teams in the Little East.  Head Coach Amanda Van Voorhis led her charges to a 58-54 win over the Anchorwomen to properly send her two seniors out victoriously in their final home game inside the Tripp Athletic Center.  The Corsairs were edged in the quarterfinals of the Little East Championship tournament at Western Connecticut.