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Army's Anthony Attains Patriot League Women's Basketball Honors

The following article on Army's Erin Anthony appeared in the Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) on Wednesday, March 3, and was written by Andre Williams.

She's a double-double performer on the court, an academic scholar off it, and one day Army junior forward Erin Anthony aspires to make good use of her civil engineering degree by helping to build roads or buildings.

Right now, she's building a legacy at West Point.

On Tuesday, the former Parkland High star was a repeat Patriot League first-team selection as well as the league's repeat Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Defending Patriot League champion Lehigh was rewarded for going 13-1 in league play with sophomore center Emily Gratch and junior guard Erica Prosser both earning first-team honors.

Lehigh senior Alex Ross, a deadly 3-point shooter, was named to the second team, capping off the Mountain Hawks' all-league performers and adding delight in a season filled with heights.

''We are the only program to have three players on first or second team,'' Lehigh coach Sue Troyan said. ''It just speaks to our depth, what we've done this year and the success the team has had this year, too.''

Lehigh (26-3) went 13-1 in league play to finish as co-league champs. The Hawks and American split, but Lehigh had a higher RPI rating and earned the No. 1 seed for the Patriot League Tournament.

Army struggled to a 5-9 league record, despite Anthony averaging 16.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, the only league player to average a double-double. But the two awards for Anthony, who boasts a 3.7 GPA, was fitting reward for a Cadet who averages less than six hours of sleep.

''I get back from practice and I usually hit the books from 7:30 to 12:30 and I wake up every morning at 6:15 to be at breakfast formation and then classes starting at 7:30,'' Anthony said.

''It's a different lifestyle and I've bought into it and I'm glad it's paying off for me.''

Anthony's honors parade also includes a spot on ESPN The Magazine's first-team Academic All-American team, the first to make the team in Army's history and just the fourth Patriot League player to garner All-America academic acclaim on the team since the league was established in 1990-91.

''I'm really, really proud because here at West Point we are taking 20-some credits per semester,'' Anthony said. ''It's just really busy.''

A year after earning second-team all-league honors, the 6-foot-2 Anthony turned up her game and become one of the league's most dominant post players. She ranks second with 50 blocks, six coming against Lehigh on Feb. 14.

She's most proud, however, of her rebounding.

''Rebounding is just something I've been good at since high school and it's something that I've worked on,'' Anthony said. ''A lot of it just comes from being able to understand how the ball is coming off the rim and being able to anticipate and things like that.

''It's one of those hustle things. I think back to high school and I finished 60 rebounds away from 1,000. You think about all the times when you just held back, when you could have taken another step or two toward the ball, so I try to remember that when I'm out there playing. I can accomplish so many more things if I keep focused and putting effort into it.''

Being selected all-league in back-to-back years speaks volumes of Anthony's play.

''A lot of these things is stuff I never imagined I'd be able to accomplish when I first came to Army and I've been really lucky with the coaching staff and teammates who've supported me throughout the season,'' Anthony said.

''They never gave up on me and as a post player you need the guards to get you the ball, and they've done that so unselfishly. It just feels so good to be able to get this for myself, because I know that the whole team is being recognized, too.''

Lafayette junior forward LaKeisha Wright (11.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg) was named to the second team. A former all-rookie team member, Wright shoots 45.5 percent from the field and has averaged a team-high 31 minutes per game.
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