Van De Venter Lands Patriot League Second Team Honors
Feb. 27, 2007
EASTON, Pa. - Junior forward Vanessa Van De Venter (Tannersville, Pa./Pocono Mountain East) garnered Second Team All-Patriot League honors for the 2006-07 season, the league office announced on Tuesday afternoon.
"This is such a well-deserved honor for Vandy," said head coach Tammy Smith. "She never lets down, and both her work ethic and constant intensity have been a huge part of this program's growth. It is also great for the Lafayette women's basketball program to have somebody of her caliber get recognized among the League's elite."
Lafayette's leading scorer has paced the Leopards in 12 games this season and averages 12.2 points a contest. Van De Venter has turned her game up a notch thus far in Patriot League play, ranking third in scoring (13.9 ppg) and field goal percentage (46.3%) in conference action. She has scored in double-figures 19 times this year and has registered three games with at least 20 points, including a season-high 23 at Army on Feb. 20.
The Tannersville, Pa. native has provided a solid inside presence underneath all season and is second on the team averaging 4.8 rebounds per game. Van De Venter has also totaled more assists (49) this season than in her previous two years combined (41).
"Vandy worked extremely hard in the off-season and came back mature and with much more consistency," Smith said. "She has become a vocal leader both on and off the court. Her fellow players feed off of Vandy's intensity and drive, which has made them become more focused as a unit."
Van De Venter, who was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie team in 2004-05, has scored 905 career points in 85 games played. She is the only player on Smith's roster to start all 29 games this season and is on pace to become the 14th 1,000-point player in Lafayette women's basketball history. Van De Venter would be the first since Colleen Fitzpatrick (2000-04), who lands fourth on the list. An Economics and Business major, Van De Venter is also the first Lafayette player since Fitzpatrick (2003-04) to earn first or second team all-league honors.
Lafayette (7-22, 5-9) is the sixth seed heading into Saturday's quarterfinal showdown with Holy Cross in the first round of Patriot League Tournament play in Annapolis, Md. The Leopards will play in the final game of the day, tipping off at 6:30 p.m. at Navy's Alumni Hall.
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