Redshirt freshman forward notches spot on A-10 All-Rookie squad

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Redshirt freshman Mayowa Taiwo prepares to pass the ball in a game against UMass. Taiwo was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team, becoming the first freshman since 2019-graduate guard Mei-Lyn Bautista nabbed the feat in 2016.

Redshirt freshman forward Mayowa Taiwo nabbed a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team, according to a release Thursday.

Taiwo led the team in rebounding, securing 6.1 boards per game and 183 over her first year with the Colonials (14-16, 8-9 A-10). She ranked No. 14 in the conference in overall rebounds and bumped to No. 7 in offensive rebounds per game, ripping 69 boards on the year.

A Hanover, Maryland-native, Taiwo will go down as the first freshman to earn the honor since 2019-graduate guard Mei-Lyn Bautista accomplished the feat in 2016.

A knee injury sidelined Taiwo for the 2018-19 season, but she bounced back this season. During the conference slate, Taiwo averaged 8.3 points and 6.2 boards. She shot 52.3 percent from the floor, tabbing her as the second most efficient shooter in the A-10.

Taiwo was a mainstay on the court, averaging 25.2 minutes per game in 23 starts. She was one of four players to appear in all 30 games.

The Colonials enjoyed contributions from its first-year core, including freshman guard Essence Brown, redshirt freshman guard Tori Hyduke and freshman forward Faith Blethen. Hyduke and Blethen ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in average minutes, three-point percentage when more than 10 attempts were taken and assists.

Redshirt junior guard Sydney Zambrotta tied with Blethen for second in assists, with both players dishing 49 passes.

After injuries plagued the team early in the season, the Colonials started A-10 play 1-4. The squad began to peak at the right time down the stretch, ending the regular season on a three-game win streak.

The team ended its season in the first round of the A-10 tournament, dropping a rematch to Richmond.

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