March 2, 2010

Record-setting Wheaton point guard Bailey lands on NEWMAC first team

WORCESTER, MA- Wheaton College women's basketball senior Andrea Bailey (Needham, MA/Needham) was one of five players named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) all-league first team during Tuesday's coaches meeting at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

Bailey extended the program's streak of having at least one first-team pick to four years, as a least one Lyon has now drawn all-conference accolades each of the past five seasons. The honor was the first of the record-breaking point guard's standout career.

Bailey leads all of Division III in assists (168) and helpers per game (6.2) while also standing first in the NEWMAC in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.51), second in three-point field goal percentage (.393), third in three-pointers (48), tied for seventh in steals (51) and ninth in defensive rebounds (120) despite standing at 5-5.

The co-captain averaged 9.3 points and 5.6 rebounds and hit 82.0 percent of her free-throw attempts, as Bailey is the lone player in Division III averaging at least 9.0 points, 6.0 assists and 5.5 rebounds, and she joins a single Division I player as the only two NCAA women's basketball players with those figures. She scored in double figures 14 times this winter, handed out seven or more assists on 11 occasions and pulled down six or more rebounds 11 times.

As a senior, Bailey broke the program's 21-year-old career assists record, finishing with 500, while surpassing the 20-year-old season mark. She ended with 168 helpers, due in part to matching Wheaton's 16-year-old game record of 12 on December 12 at Springfield College. In her final contest, Bailey neared a triple-double, tallying 17 points, nine rebounds and nine assists during a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal loss to eventual champion Babson College.

Bailey tied for the school record in games played (114) while placing second in three-point percentage (.351) andseventh in three-pointers (102). This season, Bailey was eighth in a season at Wheaton in threes and free throw percentage and ninth in three-point shooting.

The Lyons went 74-40 overall and 42-15 in league play during Bailey's career, advancing to the NEWMAC Tournament semifinals each year and twice making the championship game. Wheaton won its first NEWMAC regular season and postseason crowns in 2008 while earning its initial NCAA Tournament appearance since 1995. This year, the Blue and White finished 16-11 overall while posting a 12-6 league mark, taking fourth during the regular season.

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