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Grenci, Anosike selected to MAAC all-star teams

Grenci, Anosike selected to MAAC all-star teams

Siena senior captains Lily Grenci and O.D. Anosike were named to their respective Metro Atlantic Ath

Siena senior captains Lily Grenci and O.D. Anosike were named to their respective Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference basketball all-star teams Monday.

Grenci was named to the women’s first team and is eligible to be named the MAAC Player of the Year Thursday, while Anosike was a men’s second-team selection.

With Anosike being named to the second team, Siena’s streak of seven straight years with at least one first-team selection came to an end. The streak marked the second longest in MAAC history, trailing only LaSalle, which once boasted a first-team All-MAAC selection for eight straight years.

Grenci, who was named to the first-team for the second consec­utive year, joins Val Higgins (1990-91), Liz Lops (1993-94), Kim Colunio (1994-95), Melanie Halker (1997-99), Gunta Basko (2001-02) and Laura Menty (2007-08) as multiple first-team selections in Saints history.

Grenci was joined on the first team by Canisius’ Ashley Durham, Iona’s Damika Martinez, Niagara’s Lauren Gatto and Rider’s MyNeshia McKenzie. One of these five players will be named the Pepsi Max MAAC Player of the Year.

The announcement of both the men’s and women’s Players of the Year, Rookies of the Year, Defensive Players of the Year, Sixth Players of the Year and Coaches of the Year will be made during the postseason awards ceremony Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

A first-team selection last year after becoming the first player in conference history to lead the country in rebounding, Anosike currently ranks second in the nation in rebounding (11.4) and sixth in double-doubles with 16. The first player in program history to be named a candidate for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, Anosike is averaging 12.9 points and ranks fifth in the MAAC in field-goal percentage (49.8 percent).

Anosike enters the MAAC championships ranked second in program history with 1,054 career rebounds and 26th in scoring with 1,222 points. His rebounding total is fifth best in league history, and he is one of just nine MAAC players to have 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

Like Anosike, Grenci was also the first student athlete in Siena women’s history to be named one of just 30 candidates nationally for the Senior CLASS Award last fall. She ranks second in the MAAC in scoring (15.4), third in rebounding (9.4) and 10th in steals (1.7).

Grenci, who on Friday became the 25th Siena women’s player to eclipse the 1,000 career-point plateau, stands fifth in career free throws made (344) and 19th in rebounding (603).

The Siena men are the No. 9 seed and will take on eighth-seeded Marist Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in the first round of the MAAC tournament at the MassMutual Center. The women are the No. 6 seed, and take on third-seeded Fairfield Friday at 11:30 a.m. in the quarterfinals.

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