Local teams rewarded
It was a big week for the Siena and UAlbany basketball teams in terms of individual and team accolades.
Siena freshman point guard Marquis Wright was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rookie of the week after averaging 11.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists in a pair of road games at Manhattan and Iona, respectively.
UAlbany senior guard Gary Johnson was named the America East Conference player of the week after scoring a career-high 28 points at Maine and adding 13 points at UMass-Lowell.
UAlbany sophomore forward Shareesha Richards was named the America East Conference women's player of the week for the eighth time this season after collecting her 11th and 12th double-doubles of the season, a program record.
Meanwhile, the UAlbany women kept their No. 9 ranking in the College Insider Women’s Mid-Major Top-25. The Great Danes have earned a top-10 ranking for eighth consecutive weeks.
The 15-3 Great Danes currently have a six-game winning streak. They host New Hampshire Thursday at noon.