McKinley Named to All-Region First Team
D3Hoops.com has announced its All-Region Teams and Rensselaer student-athlete Hillary McKinley was selected to the East Region First Team. It marks the first career All-Region honor for the senior forward and captain, who averaged a double-double for the Engineers this season.
A native of Quinebaug, Conn., McKinley led the Engineers in a number of categories this season, including scoring (14.6 points per game), rebounding (10.4 caroms per game), and blocks (70). Playing in 24 of the team’s 26 contests, she also added 22 assists and 27 steals with a 26.5 minutes per game average. Additionally, McKinley was the only player in the Liberty League to average a double-double all season.
Posting a career year, McKinley—the 2011-12 Liberty League Player of the Year selection—became the program’s career and single season record holder in blocks. Her 70 blocks in 2011-12 surpassed the mark of 66 set by Tess Swatt during the 1985-86 season, while the 162 career blocks eclipsed Swatt’s long-standing mark of 132, which she set from 1982-86.
Additionally, McKinley recorded at least 10 points in 18 games, including six games with 20-plus points. She also notched 10 or more rebounds in 15 contests and had at least one block in every game, including 15 contests with three or more.
A five-time Liberty League Performer of the Week, McKinley led the conference in blocked shots, recording 38 more than second place. She was also second in rebounds, offensive rebounds (3.88 average), and field goal percentage (52.7 percent; 148 of 281). McKinley also ranked third in the league in scoring and defensive rebounds (6.54 average).
Against the nation’s best, the former Tourtellotte Memorial High School standout currently ranks 16th overall in blocked shots per game (2.92 average) and is 34th in field goal percentage.
McKinley played in all 25 games, including six as starter during her junior campaign. She averaged 9.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, while recording a team-high 44 blocks. A two-time conference Performer of the Week, she also had 32 steals and shot 45.9 percent (95 of 207) from the field.
In her career, McKinley finished with a 7.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game average. Playing in 98 games, including 34 as a starter, she added 56
assists, 91 steals, and 162 blocks while averaging 18.1 minutes per game.
Rensselaer concluded its season with a 16-10 record. The squad finished second in the final Liberty League standings with a 10-6 mark, but fell in the conference semifinals to eventual champion, Vassar.
To read more about McKinley, go to www.rpi.edu/about/inside/issue/v6n4/basketball.html.