NEW YORK – The Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association named Columbia first-year Abbey Hsu its 2019-20 All-Met Women's Div. I Rookie of the Year, as announced by the association on Monday. Hsu also landed a spot on the All-Met Third Team.
Hsu becomes the second Columbia women’s basketball player in program history to earn the association’s Rookie of the Year award – current sophomore Sienna Durr earned Columbia’s first such honor last season. The Lions are the only program to have won the award twice since the MBWA first selected a Women’s Div. I Rookie of the Year in 2012.
Traditionally, the All-Met awards would have been presented at the 87th annual NIT/MBWA Awards Dinner at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s awards dinner has been canceled. The reception is the oldest such awards program in the United States.
The Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA) selects its annual Div. I All-Met teams and awards from the 21 colleges and universities in the New York metropolitan area. Those schools include: Army West Point, Columbia, Fairfield, Fairleigh Dickinson, Fordham, Hofstra, Iona, LIU-Brooklyn, Manhattan, Marist, Monmouth, NJIT, Rider, Rutgers, Sacred Heart, St. Francis, St. John's, St. Peter's, Seton Hall, Stony Brook and Wagner.
Hsu is the third Lion in four years to earn one of the MBWA’s major awards and is the first rookie to land on one of the All-Met teams. Camille Zimmerman ‘18CC, Columbia's all-time leader in scoring and rebounding, was named the association's Player of the Year in 2016-17. Sienna Durr was named the Rookie of the Year a season ago.
A 5-11 guard out of Parkland, Florida, Hsu helped lead the Lions to a historic season. Columbia posted a 17-10 overall record and 8-6 mark in the Ivy League to finish fourth in the standings and qualify for the Ivy League Tournament for the first time. Unfortunately, this year’s tournament was canceled before the Lions had a chance to compete. Columbia’s 17 overall wins and eight Ivy victories were its most in a decade and marked just the second time since becoming a Div. I program in 1986-87 that the Lions posted a winning season. Columbia also won a program-record six-consecutive Ivy League games and earned season sweeps over Harvard, Dartmouth and Brown.
A five-time Ivy league Rookie of the Week, Hsu led the Lions in scoring with a team-high 14.3 points per game overall, as well as 16.4 points in Ivy League play. The Second Team All-Ivy honoree’s scoring average on the season ranked seventh, while her Ivy League scoring average led all league rookies and ranked fourth.
Hsu was one of the most efficient shooters in the Ancient Eight, leading all league competitors in 3-point percentage (.411) and ranking sixth in field goal percentage (.457). Her field goal percentage was tops among Ivy League rookies. Hsu was even better over the 14-game league season, where she shot an Ivy-best 43.4 percent from long range and a rookie-best 45.4 percent from the field. She reached double figures in 20 of the 27 games, including four 20-point performances and one 30-point performance. Hsu’s career-high 31-point effort came in an 89-64 blowout win over Harvard (Feb. 15), in which she hit 11-of-15 from the field and 6-of-9 from 3-point range. She went on to be named the National Freshman of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
2019-20 All-Met Basketball Teams (Div. I)
Player of the Year: Stella Johnson, Rider University
Coach of the Year: Lynn Milligan, Rider University
Rookie of the Year: Abbey Hsu, Columbia University
Stella Johnson, Rider
Bre Cavanaugh, Fordham
Arella Guirantes, Rutgers
Rebekah Hand, Marist
Quadasha Hoppie, St. John's
Shadeen Samuels, Seton Hall
Alana Gilmer, Marist
Tekia Mack, Rutgers
India Pagan, Stony Brook
Grace Vander Weide, Marist
Courtney Warley, Manhattan
Leilani Correa, St. John's
Nevena Dimitrijevic, St. Francis Brooklyn
Desiree Elmore, Seton Hall
Emilija Krista Grava, Wagner
Abbey Hsu, Columbia
Emily LaPointe, Manhattan