SJU's Erin Shields Named An I-AAA Scholar-Athlete
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's women's basketball senior guardwas selected to the I-AAA Scholar-Athlete Team for the second straight year, organization officials announced on Monday.
The only Hawk in program history to earn I-AAA Scholar-Athlete distinctions twice, Shields capped her career as one of the top guards to even don the Crimson and Gray. Leading Saint Joseph's to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament, she posted a team-best 14.9 points per game this year, while setting the single-season mark for three-pointers with 96 and finishing with the 15th-most points in a year with 492.
Named to the All-Big 5 First Team and Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team this season, Shields matched the single-season mark for games played this year (33) and set the all-time record for career games, playing in all 130 games the past four seasons. Additionally, Shields enters the SJU record book as the all-time leader in free throw percentage (90.5 percent) and finished fifth in three-point percentage (37.6 percent), 10th in scoring (1,34 points), assists (366) and field goal attempts (1, 135).Basketball players from all Division I-AAA Athletic Directors Association member institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the nominees was required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletics credentials. Nominated student-athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games listed on the nomination form. To be eligible for nomination to the Scholar-Athlete Team, she must have reached junior academic standing at their institution. Voting for the honor is conducted by Division I-AAA Athletic Directors.