Depew, NY - Wednesday, May 1 marked a day of celebration and recognition for all of D'Youville's student-athletes at the yearly Athletics Awards Banquet at Salvatore's Hospitality.
Head coach Dan Glover and graduate assistant Taylor Duchon presented the awards to their D'Youville women's basketball team.
With a career year in 2018-19, sophomore forward Kelsey Carpenter (Hilton, NY/Hilton) was named the team's Most Improved Player. Carpenter averaged career highs in points/game, FG%, 3PT%, FT%, rebounds/game, steals/game, assists/game, and minutes/game. Kelsey started eight games this past season with her best coming against Hilbert as she scored a career high 22 points with a career high nine rebounds. Throughout the season, Kelsey continued to grow her role on the team and become an important player for the women.
Sophomore guard Kailey Kellner (Coupeville, WA/Coupeville) turned in a strong second season for the Spartans, consistently working on her game to make an impact for her team and was the recipient of the Spartan Award. Kellner averaged career highs in points/game and FG% this season and was a presence in the gym working out and working on her game. The Spartan Award represents a player who exemplifies teamwork, passion and a dedication to their team.
In her first season with the team, freshman guard Danielle Hore (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park) was one of the best players in the AMCC and was named the team's Most Valuable Player. Hore finished second in the AMCC in assists (5.7 APG), third in steals (2.6 SPG) and rebounds (9.7 RPG), fourth in minutes (36.7 MPG), and sixth in scoring (14.7 PPG) as she was arguably the most complete player in the conference as just a freshman.
With her ability to stuff the stat-sheet, Danielle recorded eight double-doubles and nearly recorded three triple-doubles. She tallied double-figures in scoring in 23 of 25 games and led the team in points, rebounds, assists, minutes, steals, field goal percentage, and free throw percentage. During the season, Hore was named AMCC Player of the Week twice (11/20, 1/14) as well as honors such as AMCC Newcomer of the Year and an AMCC Second Team All-Conference selection at the end of the season.
(Pictured from left to right: Hore, Kellner, Carpenter)