SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Senior Leanne Ockenden (Syracuse, N.Y.) has been named the 2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. Ockenden won the award outright in 2013.
This is the fifth time Marist has had a Defensive Player of the Year and Ockenden is just the second Red Fox to win the award alongside Marist assistant coach Alisa Kresge (class of 2007). Kresge earned the honor in three straight years, sharing the title in 2005 and winning it outright in 2006 and 2007.
Ockenden, who was selected to the All-MAAC Third Team, led the Red Foxes with a 52 steals this season, and has recorded 8 blocks. She averaged 1.7 steals, 3.8 defensive rebounds, 11.8 points, and 2.4 assists per game during the regular season. Ockenden was named MAAC Player of the Week on Nov. 25, 2013 after she scored 63 points in three games, shooting 63.6 percent from the floor 47.4 percent from three-point range, and a perfect 12-12 from the free throw line.
Ockenden, embraced the nightly challenge of defending the opponent’s best offensive scorer. Ockenden faced off against All-MAAC First Team honoree, MyNeshia McKenzine on Feb. 21, who averages 19.5 points per game, and held her to just six points. In two meetings against Iona this season, she held All-MAAC First Team honoree and two-time MAAC Player of the Year Damika Martinez to an average of 19 points per game. This falls well below Martinez's average of 24.5 points per game, best for eighth nationally.
The Red Foxes face Siena tonight, Friday, Mar. 7 in the 2014 MAAC Quarterfinals. Tip-off is set or 7 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.