Hilton, NY– Three members of Sage's women's basketball team were honored with the release of the 2019-2020 Empire 8 Women's Basketball All-Star Teams. Sage, which earned the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Empire 8 tournament, had three players honored with the announcement on Thursday of the teams. Graduate player and forward Megan Flynn (Hoosick Falls, NY/Hoosick Falls Central) was named to the First Team, while graduate performer, Kaitlyn Bowman (Chateaugay, NY/Saranac) was named to the Second Team as a Guard/Forward. Senior guard Gessica Patregnani (Troy, NY/Lansingburgh) was named to the Empire 8 Sportswoman of the Year Team.
Head Women's Basketball Coach Allison Coleman noted, "I am very excited to see Meg and Kaitlyn earn their all-conference honors."
Graduate player and forward Megan Flynn was named to the First Team. Just honored as a 2019-2020 CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team honoree, Flynn leads the Gators with 11 double-doubles of the year. Flynn boasts 18 career double-doubles while adding 837 career points as she is now 13th in career scoring. She is now fifth with her 661 career rebounds. A 25-game starter for the Gators, she leads the team with her 10.8 rpg average, while adding 13.0 ppg. She is eighth in the conference in scoring, while standing third in rebounding and seventh in field goal percentage with her 51.3% (122-238). Her 11 double-doubles is third in the conference and ranks 56th nationally in Division III. She also ranks 33rd nationally in rebounds (269), while also ranking 41st nationally
with her rebounds per game average.
Coleman added, "Meg has been our floor leader for the past several years and this year has been no different. She is a workhorse that sacrifices her body to ensure her team is successful. She is a true leader by example and we are very proud that she represents Sage Women's Basketball with all of her on court and off court accolades."
Sage's graduate performer, Kaitlyn Bowman, who just scored her 1,000th career point in the Gators' regular-season win over Utica on February 22, earned a selection to the second team.
"Kaitlyn has also put together a great season for us this year," added Coleman. "She is asked to handle the ball in a lot of situations which is not her true on court position. Kaitlyn is able to get to the rim, hit a mid-range shot and set up her teammates with assists. Kaitlyn being named to the Empire 8 all-conference team is a testament to excellent season she has put together."
She is the eighth Sage women's player to score 1,000 career points as she now has 1,001. She joins her sister, Megan Bowman (2011-2015, 1080 points) as the school's only sister tandem with 1000 points. Bowman also is now fourth in career rebounding as Sage with 783, while adding 302 career assists which is fourth best. With her appearance on Saturday, she also made her 107th appearance and is second all-time behind 108 games played by Frankie Pearson (2013-2017). She is currently second in the league with her 4.88 assists per game average and leads Sage with 122 assists this season. Bowman has an 11.8 ppg average with an 8.2 rpg average is 25 games started. With the latest NCAA Division III statistics, she appears in seven categories and is 11th nationally in free throw attempts, 17th in made free throws, 25th in assists, and 31st in assists per game average, while also ranking in both offensive rebounds and rebounds.
Coleman commented about her sportswoman team honoree, "Gess has been a staple of our program for the past four years." She added, "Not many realize how much adversity Gess has faced over the course of her career here at Sage. I am so proud to honor Gess with the Sportswoman of the Year. Her hard work, perseverance and dedication to our program has been second to none."
Senior guard Gessica Patregnani leads Sage with 44 made three point baskets this season, while also shooting 49.4% from three point range. She started 24 games for Sage and has a 9.0 ppg average, while also handing out 37 assists with 32 steals. She is now 19th on the career scoring list with her 706 points, while boasting 151 career three pointers, which is fourth. She is also now tied for 6th in career appearances with 101. She owns a 39.7% career three point shooting percentage as well at Sage having made 151 of 380 three point baskets.
Seeded second, Sage brings a record of 14-11 overall into the playoffs after producing a record of 10-4 in the league.
Sage and Utica will meet in the 2020 Empire 8 Semifinals on Friday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. on the campus of St. John Fisher College. The semifinal winners meet Saturday at 4 p.m. on February 29 with the league's automatic qualifier on the line.