WORCESTER, MA- Wheaton College women's basketball senior Krystin Hickey (Manchester, NH/New Hampton School) became the program's first four-time all-league player during Tuesday's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) postseason meeting at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).
Hickey, who earned first-team accolades for the third consecutive year, is one of the top players to have come through the program. Surpassing Allyson Aube '95 as Wheaton's all-time leading scorer, Hickey finished her decorated career with 1,540 points. Aube and Hickey are the program's lone players to have garnered all-conference honors at least three times.
A two-time all-region player and 2006 NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, Hickey helped lead the Lyons to their second consecutive trip to the conference tournament championship game. Pacing Wheaton in scoring with 13.3 points per game, Hickey also led the squad in all three shooting categories, going 48.7 percent from the floor, 38.7 percent beyond the three-point arc and 83 percent at the charity stripe. She was also second in rebounding average (5.3) and steals (44), tied for second in assists (65) and third in blocks (9).
In the conference, Hickey is second in three-point shooting, third in free throw percentage, eighth in scoring and field goal percentage, and tied for 10th in assists. In 28 starts, she recorded double-figure scoring 22 times while grabbing six or more rebounds in 14 games. Hickey at least tied for the team lead in scoring on 13 occasions and in rebounding 10 times.
On February 4 against visiting Babson College, Hickey moved into the top spot on the all-time scoring list. In addition to scoring, she sits first in career three-point shooting (.401) and field goals (587), third in free throw percentage (.803), fourth in field goal shooting (.484), fifth in free throws (269), seventh in three-pointers (97), ninth in assists (238) and rebounds (600), and 10th in steals (188). Hickey is also tied for second in games played (112). During the 2007-08 season, she became the first junior in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
During her career, Hickey played an integral role in helping the Lyons to one of the top four-year stretches in program annals. Wheaton posted four winning seasons with an average of 18 victories, going 72-41 with an NCAA Tournament appearance and an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament showing. The Blue and White also captured NEWMAC regular season and tournament titles Hickey's junior year while reaching the ECAC Tournament final the year prior.
Wheaton went 17-11 this winter, winning four of its last five games while finishing as the runner up in the league tournament. The Lyons tied for fourth in the conference standings at 9-4. Of the 10 NEWMAC teams, Wheaton had the second-highest league win total in the last three seasons combined.