Niagara Gazette — This is the first time Niagara has had two players on the all-MAAC team since 2009, when Tyrone Lewis and Bilal Benn were both selected.
Freshman forward T.J. Cline was selected to the all-rookie team and is now eligible to win the Rookie of the Year award. Cline won three MAAC rookie of the week awards, tying Manhattan's RaShawn Stores for the league-high. He has the highest scoring average (7.7) among players on the all-rooke team, which also includes Manhattan's Shane Richards and Fairfield teammates Marcus Gilbert and Madou Sidibe.
Niagara's Joe Mihalich is one of the Coach of the Year favorites for leading the youngest playing rotation in the league to an outright regular season championship after being picked to finish fifth in the preseason coaches poll. Mihalich has not won Coach of the Year since 2005. He also won the award in 1999.
Gatto, a junior center, was fourth in the MAAC in scoring at 14.4 points per game and field goal shooting (48.8 percent). Her 6.3 rebounds per game ranked 10th.
The rest of the all-MAAC team consists of Damika Martinez from Iona, Lily Grenci from Siena, MyNesha McKenzie from Rider, and Ashley Durham from Canisius.
Niagara's Kayla Stroman, the preseason player of the year, was not selected to any of the three all-MAAC teams.
The Niagara women begin MAAC tournament at 3:30 p.m. Friday when they face Rider in the quarterfinals.
The Niagara men will play the winner of Friday night's Marist-Siena prequarterfinal at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.