West Hartford, Conn. – Junior forward Ruthanne Doherty was one of six players named to the WNIT All-Tournament team as announced following the title game on Sunday at Baylor. Doherty led the Hawks through the three games that made up the preseason tournament, averaging 15.5 points and 5.3 rebounds.
Doherty joins Baylor’s Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims, Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins and Natalie Novosel as well as UCLA’s Rebekah Gardiner on the elite team. Griner and Sims led their Baylor Bears squad to the 2011 Preseason WNIT title with a 94-81 final over Notre Dame.
Doherty opened the 2011-12 season with a 19 point night against the Manhattan Jaspers in the first round of the invitational event. She opened that game hitting her first seven shots from the field, finishing 7-of-8 overall. She was also 5-of-7 from the free throw line while providing a pair of assists.
Against Long Island, Doherty finished with 18 points on 8-of-17 shooting, while also collecting 12 rebounds for the team’s first double double of the year. She would add three assists and four steals. In the semifinal loss at Notre Dame, Doherty finished with eight points and two rebounds while passing for three assists and compiling a career-high five steals.
Her WNIT All-Tournament honor comes in addition to Third Team All-Conference and All-Tournament honors following her sophomore year and an All-Rookie distinction following her freshman season in 2009-10.
Doherty and the Hawks return to action on Tuesday night when they welcome Central Connecticut to West Hartford for a Nutmeg State clash at 7:00 p.m. The Hawks and Blue Devils meet in a rematch of the 2010-11 season opener which resulted in a 46-41 victory for CCSU in New Britain.