Toliver and Valderas Earn MAAC All-Academic Honors

March 7, 2005

Baltimore, Md. - Junior Jackie Valderas and sophomore Ebony Toliver earned spots on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Academic Team as announced by the conference office last week. 31 student athletes comprised the 2004 New York Lottery MAAC Women's Basketball All-Academic Team.

To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student athlete must complete two semesters at their institution, be a significant starter or reserve and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale. Saint Peter's led all schools with five members named to the team. Canisius and Siena both had four student-athletes on the team, followed by Iona, Manhattan, Marist, Niagara and Rider who all had three members. Loyola had two student-athletes named to the team and Fairfield had one member.

Valderas, who also earned the Sixth Player of the year, appeared in all 28 games this sason while scoring an average of nine points and pulling down 5.6 rebounds. She ranked second on the team in both categories and posted a team-best 23 blocks. Valderas is pursuing an interdisciplinary degree in psychology and biology.

Toliver also appeared in all 28 games while starting in 13. She scored an average of 4.4 points, pulled down 1.7 rebounds and dished on 1.4 assists a game. Toliver's major is currently undecided.