By: Ethan Fuller
The Patriot League unveiled its 2020 All-Patriot League awards on Friday and four members of Boston University women’s basketball found themselves recognized.
Maggie Pina nabbed one of the four major individual awards, winning Patriot League Rookie of the Year after averaging 13 points per game in conference play and making 69 three-pointers on the whole season — the most of any Terrier rookie in history. A lethal threat off the catch, the freshman cleared 20 points three time this season, including a career-high 26 in a loss to Lafayette and 23 in a home win over Holy Cross.
Pina also earned a spot on the All-Patriot League Third Team with her performance.
Junior point guard Katie Nelson climbed the highest on the All-Conference team ladder, landing on the All-Patriot League second team. Nelson logged the most time of any player in the Patriot League, playing 714 of a possible 720 minutes in conference play and sitting for just 17 minutes all season. Her endurance helped her average 12.5 points per game over and 10.9 in PL play.
Nelson also averaged over three rebounds, three assists and a steal per game in conference. She moves up to the Second Team after earning All-PL Third Team honors last year and All-Rookie recognition in 2018.
Another freshman to receive multiple accolades, Maren Durant featured on both the All-Defense and All-Rookie squads. The 6-3 center earned her first start on January 12 against Army and started all but two matchups since. She was a force on the defensive end, averaging two blocks and nearly a steal per game as the anchor of BU’s starting five.
Durant averaged 7.0 points and 7.4 rebounds in conference and shots 54 percent from the field, helping her land on the All-Rookie Team.
Lastly, explosive guard Sydney Johnson started 24 of BU’s 29 games, helping her earn All-Rookie honors. Johnson opened her career with a 21-point performance in a loss to Marist. Though she struggled with shooting inconsistency, Johnson started to find her stroke in Patriot League play, making 37 percent of her threes over the 18-game stretch.
Johnson averaged 7.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in conference, often using a quick first step and advanced ball-handling to blow by her defenders.