Robert Morris was the dominant women’s basketball team in the North East Conference this season and were rewarded for that as a number of Colonials won conference awards on Monday.
It all starts at the top as Charlie Buscaglia won a record 4th straight NEC Coach of the Year Award. Buscaglia led Robert Morris to their 4th consecutive NEC regular-season title- the first NEC team since St. Francis (PA) in 2000-2004 to win four in a row.
The Colonials enter the NEC Tournament tonight as the top seed and the heavy favorite to make a return appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
In terms of individual player awards, Robert Morris had three players named to the first, second and third teams.
Senior forward Nneka Ezeigbo was named to the NEC 1st Team, becoming the fifth player in RMU history to earn four All-NEC honors joining Elise James (1996-2000), Laura Lindak (1989-94), Artemis Spanou (2010-14) and Anna Niki Stamolamprou (2013-17). Ezeigbo finished the season averaging 14 points, 8.2 rebounds and recorded 23 double-figure scoring games, 8 double-doubles, and six 20-point scoring games.
Ezeigbo’s front court teammate Irekpitan Ozzy-Momodu was named to the NEC 2nd Team after averaging 9.1 points, 8.6 rebounds per game and shoot 56% from the field. The native of London, England registered 7 double-doubles and scored double-digit rebounds in ten games despite averaging just 16 minutes per game.
The other Colonial honored was sophomore Isabella Posset, who was selected to the NEC 3rd team. Posset, who graduated from Beaver High School, led the NEC in steals per game (2.3) and became the 27th different Colonial to record 100 steals in a season and fourth fastest to reach that milestone. Last season, Posset was named to the NEC All-Rookie Team.
Robert Morris opens up NEC Tournament play tonight against eighth-seeded Wagner. Tipoff is set for 7 PM from the UPMC Events Center.