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Liberty grad Wood claims 3 America East honors for Maine women’s basketball team

Thursday, Mar. 6 | By Jeff Malmgren
Liberty graduate Liz Wood finished the regular season ranked in the top 10 of seven statistical categories in the America East conference. --Courtesy Photo
Liz Wood cleaned up at the America East women’s basketball awards reception Thursday in Albany, N.Y.

A University of Maine sophomore and Liberty High graduate, Wood made the all-conference second team, the conference’s all-defensive team and the conference’s all-academic team.

Wood was the only America East player to rank in the conference’s top 10 in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and field goal percentage. The 5-foot-10 forward from Catlett ranked seventh in scoring with 12.4 points per game, seventh in rebounding with 6.7, ninth in assists with 2.9, fifth in steals with 2.0 and eighth in field goal shooting at 43.7 percent.

Wood also had the conference’s eighth best assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.3, and she played the ninth-most minutes at 31.2 per game. She led Maine in rebounding, assists, steals and minutes played.

Wood’s teammate Ashleigh Roberts also made the all-conference second team, making them the first Maine players to be honored since Ashley Underwood in 2007.

Wood was also the lone AE player to make both an all-conference and the all-academic team. The biology major has a 3.95 GPA.

After scoring 16 points during a 64-62 win over New Hampshire in the Black Bears’ regular season finale, Wood has 650 career points. She led Maine with 289 points last season en route to being named AE Co-Rookie of the Year.

Maine has a 16-13 record overall, its best mark since 2004-05, and went 10-6 in the conference to finish fourth. The No. 4 Black Bears will begin the America East tournament Friday with a quarterfinals game against No. 5 Harford.

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