Kovatch, Williams honored by NEC

SOMERSET, N.J. — Saint Francis women’s basketball alums Jess Kovatch and Alli Williams were named to the Northeast Conference’s All-Decade Team, released by the league office on Friday.

The team was decided on by a panel including several media members as well as head coaches in the conference, including current Saint Francis Director of Athletics Susan Robinson Fruchtl.

Kovatch essentially re-wrote the Saint Francis and NEC record books. Her 472 career 3-point field goals are good for second in the history of Division I women’s college basketball. Kovatch led the league in scoring three times, highlighted by a league-record 831 points as a junior in 2018, finishing second in the nation at 24.4 points per game.

Kovatch became the fourth player to win consecutive NEC Player of the Year awards in 2018 and 2019. Following her team’s victory in the 2018 NEC Championship Game, Kovatch was selected as the Tournament MVP after setting a new tournament record with 103 points.

Williams was a contributor, mainly off the bench, as a freshman for the Red Flash’s 2011 NEC Championship team. As a sophomore, the Altoona native doubled her scoring average to earn a place on the All-Conference second team.

As a senior in 2014, Williams demonstrated her versatility on both ends of the floor, leading the league in scoring at 25.3 points per game, while also landing on the NEC’s All-Defensive team. During the Red Flash’s 132-124 3OT win against Sacred Heart in the 2014 NEC Tournament quarterfinal, Williams tied a NEC Tournament record, putting up 47 points.

Williams currently stands third on the league’s all-time scoring and rebounding lists and was the 11th player in NCAA history to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 300 steals in their career.


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