Tufts' DeCandido and Pace, Husson's Donovan Headline NEWBA Postseason Honors

Tufts' DeCandido and Pace, Husson's Donovan Headline NEWBA Postseason Honors

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (March 11, 2020) – The New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) has announced its award winners and All-Region selections for the 2019-20 season.

Nominations for NEWBA awards and All-Region were submitted by both coaches and sports information directors in the region, and selections were made based on a vote of the coaches. More information on all honorees can be found below. 

Player of the Year
Erica DeCandido • Tufts University (Senior, Guard/Forward, North Wales, Pa.)

NESCAC Player of the Year and 1st Team All-NESCAC selection. DeCandido leads the Jumbos in points (16.3), rebounds (8.3), assists (3.6)...2nd in steals (1.9). DeCandido became the fourth student-athlete in Tufts history to be named NESCAC Player of the Year. From the field, DeCandido has a shooting percentage of 51.0 percent (179-351). The 5-11 guard has scored in double figures in 24 of the Jumbos' 29 games this season.

Rookie of the Year
Bailey Donovan • Husson University (First-year, Center, Island Falls, Maine)
The North Atlantic Conference Rookie of the Year and All-NAC First Team honoree, Bailey Donovan, finished out the regular season leading all NCAA Division III women's basketball players in field goal percentage with 64.90% (159-245). Impressively, the rookie wrapped up the regular season leading the NAC in points (203), points per game (14.5), and points per 40 minutes (25.6), as well as offensive rebounds (45), field goals (83), and field goal percentage (65.4 percent).  She added on an impressive 50 blocks and 25 steals to her career total of 375 points and 255 boards. 

Coach of the Year
Jill Pace • Tufts University (1st Season)
Formerly an assistant with the Jumbos, Coach Pace returned to Tufts and led the team to an undefeated NESCAC regular-season (10-0) and new program record for consecutive wins at 26. She has directed the Jumbos to a 26-1 record heading to the NCAA Tournament this weekend. Pace is Tufts' first NESCAC Coach of the Year since former leader Carla Berube was selected in 2015.


Decandido, Tufts

Pace, Tufts

Donovan, Husson 


All Region Teams

1st Team

Erica DeCandido – Tufts University (Player of the Year)

Maddie Hasson – Bowdoin College

Mary Kate O’Day – Framingham State

Anna Barry – Eastern Connecticut

Samantha Roy – Bowdoin College

2nd Team

Meghan Foley – Gordon College

Mya Villard – Eastern Connecticut

Emily Farrell – Western New England

Molly Ryan – Tufts

Emily Bonafacic – Babson College

3rd Team

Katelyn Pikunka – Smith College

Ashley Brown – Umass-Dartmouth

Mya Mosley – Worcester State

Melissa Gray – Westfield State

Alex Goslin – Springfield College


All-Rookie Teams

1st TEAM

Bailey Donovan – Husson University (Rookie of the Year)
Pam Gonzalez – Regis College

Meg Bauman – Babson College

Sam Hourihan – Springfield College

Flannery O’Connor – Framingham State 

2nd TEAM

Elise Magro – Castleton

Alexis Finnerty- Nichols College

Erin Gallella – Worcester State

Bri Forbes – Wheaton College


NEWBA Senior All-Star Classic


 Erica DeCandido - Tufts

Mary-Kate O’Day – Framingham State

Emily Farrell – Western New England

Meghan Foley- Gordon College

Mya Villard- Eastern Connecticut

Mya Mosley – Worcester State

Ashley Brown – Umass-Dartmouth

Emily Bonafacic- Babson College

Emily Velozo – Framingham State

Jocelyn Chaput – Univ. of New England

Emily Jacques – Springfield College

Tianna Sugars – Colby Sawyer

Melinda Ogden – Maine Maritime

Lexie Hamilton – Colby-Sawyer

Rene Hudson – New England College

Sam Leone – Roger Williams

Angelina Marazzi – Fitchburg State

Chelsea Moussette – Westfield State

Meg Orbann – Western New England

Jordyn Gauvin - Rhode Island College 

Torie Scorpio – Salve Regina

Courtney Carlson – Western New England

Game will be played at Western New England on March 28