Burks-Wiley, Kinneary, Umez-Eronini Earn All-Conference Accolades

GO TERRIERS Junior Jesyka Burks-Wiley
Junior Jesyka Burks-Wiley

March 12, 2008

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Juniors Jesyka Burks-Wiley, Christine Kinneary and Amarachi Umez-Eronini earned spots on the 2008 America East All-Conference teams, the league announced on Thursday at the awards banquet held at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Burks-Wiley was named to the second team, while Kinneary garnered third-team honors and Umez-Eronini received all-defensive accolades.

Burks-Wiley has led the Terriers on the offensive front all season, posting double figures in 21-of-29 games, including a stretch of 10 straight contests. The Kansas City, Mo., native averages a team-high 12.9 points per game and recorded a career best when she poured in 21 points at St. John's on Dec. 21.

Kinneary (Plainedge, N.Y.) has played the part of the Terriers' point guard unselfishly this season, dishing out 202 assists - one shy of tying a single-season school record. She tied a BU single-game record of 14 handouts on Nov. 19 versus Northeastern, becoming the first Terrier to record over 10 assists in a contest since Rachel Vanderwal on Jan. 8, 2005. She has since accomplished that feat five times this season. Kinneary has reached double-figuring scoring in the last 7-of-8 games and reset her career high versus Binghamton on Feb. 13 with a 23-point performance.

Umez-Eronini (Washington, D.C.) recorded a team-high 54 steals in 2007-08 to go along with 8.1 ppg and 5.3 rpg. She has started 28-of-29 games and notched two double-doubles this year. The first came on Jan. 30 versus UMBC when she posted 13 points and brought down a career-high 16 rebounds. In the regular-season finale, she scored 12 points with 10 rebounds to help the Terriers clinch the third seed in the AE tourney.

All-America East Conference Teams



First Team

Laine Kurpniece (Sr., F, Binghamton)

Danielle Hood (Sr., F/C, Hartford)*

Erica Beverly (So., F, Hartford)

Carlee Cassidy (So., G, UMBC)

Courtnay Pilypaitis (So., G, Vermont)*

Second Team

Diana Delva (So., F/C, Hartford)

Gia Sanders (Sr., F, Albany)

Jesyka Burks-Wiley (Jr., F, Boston U.)

Amy Rosenkrantz (Jr., G, Vermont)

May Kotsopoulos (So., G, Vermont)

Third Team

Laura Sario (Sr., G, Binghamton)

Kristin Drabyn (Sr., G, UMBC)

Dana Ferraro (Sr., F, Stony Brook)

Kristin Higy (Sr., F, Albany)

Christine Kinneary (Jr., G, Boston U.)


Janea Aiken (G, Albany)

Tanna Ross (F, Maine)

Meghan Colabella (F/C, UMBC)

Denise Beliveau (F, UNH)

Kirsten Jeter (F, Stony Brook)


Gia Sanders (Sr., F, Albany)*

Erica Beverly (So., F, Hartford)

Dana Ferraro (Sr., F, Stony Brook)

Amarachi Umez-Eronini (Jr., G, Boston U.)

May Kotsopoulos (So., G, Vermont)*

Rookie of the Year

Denise Beliveau, F, UNH

Defensive Player of the Year

May Kotsopoulos, So., G, Vermont

Player of the Year

Courtnay Pilypaitis, So., G, Vermont

Coach of the Year

Trina Patterson, Albany

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