PARKS, ROBINSON NAMED TO ALL-ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE TEAMS

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RICHMOND, Va. – The award-winning seasons of VCU senior Robyn Parks (Waldorf, Md.) and freshman Keira Robinson (Columbia, S.C.) picked up a little more bling Tuesday, as both players earned All-Atlantic 10 honors on the eve of the start of the conference championship.

Parks (pictured, right), the conference's leading scorer and rebounder, was named All-Atlantic 10 First Team and earned a spot on the league's All-Defensive Team. She is the first Ram to earn First Team honors since VCU joined the A-10 prior to the 2012-13 season.
 
She was joined on First Team by Dayton's Ally Malott and Andrea Hoover, Fordham's Erin Rooney, as well as Katie Healy of St. Bonaventure. Hoover was named A-10 Player of the Year.

A 6-foot forward, Parks is averaging 21.8 points and 9.3 rebounds and has compiled 12 double-doubles this season. On three occasions, she's reached the 30-point plateau. If she holds steady, Parks will become just the eighth woman to lead the A-10 in scoring in consecutive seasons. Parks was an All-Atlantic 10 Third Team pick a year ago after pouring in a league-best 18.7 points per game.
 
It's been a season of accolades and historic moments for Parks. She's pumped in 631 points this season, third-most in school history, to climb to sixth on VCU's all-time scoring list with 1,500. Parks also ranks eighth in program history in rebounds (692), 10th in steals (172), fourth in free throws (363), sixth in double-doubles (21) and second in games played (122).
 
Parks is the first Ram since Courtney Hurt in 2012 to earn a First Team All-Conference award and the first since Kita Waller in 2010 to nab an All-Defensive honor.
 
Meanwhile, Robinson has spearheaded one of the nation's top freshman classes. A speedy point guard, Robinson is averaging 11.6 points, 6.3 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game this season. Robinson ranks 16th nationally – and second among freshmen – in assists per game, and her 183 assists this season are third-most in school history.
 
Behind Parks and Robinson, VCU has staged the fifth-best turnaround in the country this season, adding 10 wins to its 2012-13 total. They'll lead eighth-seeded VCU (21-8, 9-7 A-10) into the A-10 Championship this week at the Richmond Coliseum. The Rams will open tournament play in Thursday's first round with crosstown rival Richmond at noon.
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