Brooklyn's own Epiphanny Prince, a star hoopster at Rutgers, is taking home some more hardware for her trophy case.WHITE PLAINS, NY Epiphanny Prince of Rutgers was named 2007-08 All-Met Division I women’s college basketball player of the year Tuesday by the National Invitation Tournament and Met Basketball Writers Assn. 

Brian Giorgis of Marist and C. Vivian Stringer of Rutgers were co-winners of the Maggie Dixon coach of the year award.


Joining Prince on the All-Met first team: Matee Ajavon, Rutgers; Essence Carson, Rutgers; 2006-07 player of the year Kia Vaughn, Rutgers; Rachele Fitz, Marist; Valerie Nainima. LIU.


Named to the All-Met second team: Jennifer Walkling, FDU; Caitlin Flood, Manhattan; Kia Wright, St. John’s; Monique McLean, St. John’s; Noteisha Womack, Seton Hall; Sabra Wrice, Fairfield.


A sophomore guard from .Brooklyn, N.Y., Prince led the Scarlet Knights with 469 points, 13.8 ppg, 84 steals and 2.45 steals per game (No. 3 in the Big East Conference), along with producing 94 assists and 5.2 rpg. She was named to the AP All-America third team.


Prince represents the ninth time in 13 seasons a Scarlet Knight has been named MBWA player of the year. She immediately succeeds teammate Vaughn..


Stringer captured All-Met coach of the year for a record sixth time, following previous designations in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005 and 2006. She guided the Scarlet Knights (27-7) to a fourth straight NCAA Sweet Sixteen berth, eventually losing in the Final Eight round. Overall, Stringer has led 21 teams to the NCAA tournament, including 10 of the last 11 years, and her overall coaching record is 840-267.


Giorgis guided the Red Foxes (32-3) to an undefeated MAAC regular season (18-0) title and the conference championship, and a fourth trip to the NCAAs in his sixth season at the helm. Marist defeated DePaul in the first round of the NCAA tournament before losing to LSU. Giorgis previously was named All-Met coach of the year in 2004.


All-Met players and coaches will be honored Thursday evening, April 17, at Giants Stadium Club in East Rutherford, N.J.

 SUMMARY FIRST TEAM: Epiphanny Prince, Rutgers, 5-9, so, G, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Matee Ajavon, Rutgers, 5-8, sr, G, Newark, N.J.; Essence Carson, Rutgers, 6-0, sr, G/F, Paterson, N.J.; Kia Vaughn, Rutgers, 6-4, jr, C, Bronx, N.Y.; Rachele Fitz, Marist, 6-0, so, F, Seven Hills, Ohio; Valerie Nainima, LIU, 5-7, so, G, Suva, Fiji. SECOND TEAM: Jennifer Walking, FDU, 6-0, sr, F, Westminster, Md.; Caitlin Flood, Manhattan, 5-11, sr, F, Blairstown, N.J.; Kia Wright, St. John’s, 5-8, sr, G, Copiague, N.Y.; Monique McLean, St. John’s, 5-11, jr, G, Newport News, Va.; Noteisha Womack, Seton Hall, 6-3, jr, F, Washington; Sabra Wrice, Fairfield, 5-8, sr, G, Riverside, N.J. Player of the year: Epiphanny Prince, RutgersCo-Coachs of the year: Brian Giorgis, Marist; C. Vivian Stringer, Rutgers.

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