NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – VCU Women's Basketball earned six total All-Atlantic 10 honors as announced by the league office on March 7.
Beth O'Boyle was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year while Tera Reed earned All-Atlantic 10 First Team Honors. Taya Robinson was named to the All-Defensive Team and All-Atlantic 10 Third Team. Dannielle Hammond earned All-Atlantic 10 Third Team Honors and Kseniya Malashka was named to the All-Rookie Team.
VCU went 21-8 overall and won a share of its first regular season conference championship and earned the No. 1 overall seed for the first time in a conference tournament. The Rams were selected sixth in the A-10 Coaches Preseason Poll and finished 13-3 in conference play.
O'Boyle is only the second VCU coach to be named coach of the year, joining Mike Dunavant who won the award from the Sun Belt during the 1986-87 season. O'Boyle is in her fifth season at the helm and has helped guide VCU to one of the best turnarounds in the country. The team went 7-22 last season but surged to a 21-8 overall record this season and a 13-3 record in the A-10.
Reed is the first VCU player to earn All-Atlantic 10 First Team honors since Robyn Parks in 2014. Reed led the team in scoring for the second consecutive season with an average of 12.3 points per game. Last season, she earned All-Rookie honors from the league and became the first VCU freshman to lead the team in scoring since Quanitra Hollingsworth in 2005-06. This season, she led the team in scoring in 13 games.
Robinson earns her first honors from the A-10 after being named to the All-Defensive Team as well as the All-Atlantic 10 Third Team. Robinson was a key cog in VCU's defensive efforts this season. VCU ranked second nationally in scoring defense (50.8 ppg), second in 3-point field goal defense (24.5 percent) and third in field goal percentage defense (32.9 percent) during the regular season. Robinson averaged 9.8 points per game and led the team with 4.4 rebounds per game.
Hammond was named to the All-Atlantic 10 Third Team as she emerged as one of VCU's top offensive threats this season. Hammond led the A-10 in field goal percentage at 59.1 percent and ranked second on the team in scoring during conference play at 10.8 points per game. Hammond also ranked fifth in the A-10 in blocks with 42. She earned the honors despite playing just over 20 minutes per game off the bench.
Malashka was named to the All-Rookie Team after averaging 6.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Malashka ranked second on the team in blocks with 26 and shot 38.1 percent from the field. She was also a big contributor on defense, helping VCU earn their top national defensive rankings.
The Rams are set to face No. 8 seed Saint Joseph's at 11 a.m. in the A-10 Quarterfinals on March 7 at Duquesne University. That game will be streamed on ESPN+.