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Imani Watkins AEast Player of the Year, Bearcats land three players All-Conference

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Binghamton University Bearcats women's basketball team held multiple honors, Friday, at the America East's annual Award Banquet. Three players earned a spot on the all-conference team, two of them receiving individual awards for outstanding work on the court.

Gaining one of the highest honors of the AEast, BU senior guard Imani Watkins was named the America East Player of the Year (POY), making her only the second player in Binghamton history to be named AEast POY.

Watkins was also named first-team all-conference for the second year in a row. She currently leads the conference in points, and ranks 24th in the nation with 20.4 points per game (ppg). With 2,060 career points, Watkins ranks first all time in Binghamton's athletic program and 10th in AEast history.

Also earning individual recognition, Alyssa James, named Defensive Player of the Year for her third consecutive year. During the ceremony, James was selected second-team all-conference for leading the AEast in blocking and ranking 3rd in the nation with 3.45 blocks per game (bpg).

The third Lady Bearcats star to earn a spot on the second-team all-conference team, Kai Moon, is one of just four underclassmen (sophomore) to earn a spot in the AEast. Last year, Moon was named AEast All-Rookie Team. 

Today marks the third time in program history that Binghamton has had three all-conference selections (2004 and 2016). The Lady Bearcats is the only program in the America East to have earned all four major awards in the four years since Linda Cimino became the women's head coach. 

Congratulations Binghamton Bearcats, we hope to see you in the 2017-18 Championship.


Binghamton University is the 3rd seed in the upcoming America East Tournament at Portland, Maine. They will face 6th seeded Hartford in the quarterfinals, Saturday at 8:15 p.m.