Callan Taylor ’12 and Hannah Kimmel ’17 Named to the Northeast Conference All-Decade Team

Callan Taylor ’12 and Hannah Kimmel ’17 Named to the Northeast Conference All-Decade Team

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SOMERSET, N.J. – Sacred Heart women's basketball alumnae Callan Taylor '12 and Hannah Kimmel '17 each earned a spot on the Northeast Conference's All-Decade Team, as announced on Friday afternoon. SHU joins Robert Morris and Saint Francis U as the only two league members to have multiple players honored to the All-Decade Team.

Taylor, a two-time Northeast Conference Champion (2009, 2012), finished her career as the all-time leading rebounder in SHU women's basketball history. Across a stellar four-year career, Taylor racked up 1,123 career rebounds (sixth-most in NEC history) while adding 1,822 career points (second-most in program history). A two-time All-NEC First Team selection, Taylor also earned Second Team honors in 2009-10 as well as All-Rookie Team in 2008-09, giving her All-NEC marks all four years of her career.

As a first-year, Taylor started 28 games while averaging a double-double in the 2009 NEC Tournament, leading the Pioneers to the league title. In the NCAA Tournament, Taylor scored 24 points against Ohio State, the most-ever scored by a Pioneer in a national postseason tournament game. Taylor went on to lead the league in rebounding in 2009-10 (9.4 RPG) while All-NEC First Team marks in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. She capped her career with per-game averages of 16.3 points and 9.6 rebounds, on her way to the 2012 Player of the Year award and a second NEC title.

Perhaps the most-decorated player in program history, Kimmel was another well-rounded athlete with the stats to back it up. She finished her career with 1,758 points (fourth-most in program history) while adding 239 three-pointers (second-most at SHU and the fourth-highest rebounds (884) and steals (194) of any player in program history. Her top single-season came in her 2015-16 junior season where she averaged 16.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game on her way to the 2016 NEC Player of the Year award.

A six-year contributor at SHU, Kimmel overcame two ACL tears throughout her career and still became a four-time All-NEC honoree. Kimmel first tore her ACL prior to her first collegiate season in 2011 and then suffered the same injury in the same leg prior to her sophomore campaign in 2012. Despite the multiple setbacks, Kimmel is a three-time All-NEC First Team honoree (2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17), tied with Amanda Pape for the most in a career of any Pioneer in school history. Including Kimmel's NEC All-Rookie Team honor in 2013-14, she is a four-time All-NEC selection, tied with Taylor and Pape for the most at SHU.

Robert Morris forward Artemmis Spanou (2010-14) was named the NEC Player of the Decade. Taylor and Kimmel were joined on the All-Decade Team by: Spanou and Anna Niki Stamolamprou of RMU, SFU's Jessica Kovatch (2015-19) and Alli Williams (2010-14), Breanna Rucker (2012-16) of Bryant, Ashley Palmer (2010-12) of LIU, Jasmine Nwajei (2013-16) of Wagner and Erika Livermore (2011-16) of FDU.

The NEC All-Decade Team was selected by a 10-person panel comprised of a mix of broadcasters, coaches, conference and school administrators and athletic communication professionals including: SHU broadcaster Randy Brochu, SHU women's basketball head coach Jessica Mannetti, NEC TV play-by-play announcers Paul Dottino and Craig D'Amico, SFU radio announcer Patrick Farabaugh, RMU radio announcer Adam Gusky, Bryant Assistant Athletic Director for Communications Tristan Hobbes, SFU Director of Athletes Susan Robinson Fruchtl, NEC Asst. Commissioner for Communications & Digital Media Strategy Ralph Ventre and RMU Assistant Media Relations Director Ethan Woy.

The panel was given a list of the 25 greatest players from the 2010s and was tasked with narrowing the field down to the 10-member #NECWBB All-Decade team. The final team consists of six former Players of the Year, a total of 25 first-team All-Conference selections, and eight combined championship rings.