PARKS, ROBINSON NAMED TO ALL-ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE TEAMS
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.
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.